STLR Link Round Up – October 2, 2015

New Rules Require Credit Cards to Use Security Chips As of October 1, retailers may be liable for fraudulent transactions at their stores if they fail to use chip cards. Visa and MasterCard set the deadline for the new rules as part of their agreement with various retailers and banks, and American Express will be shifting liability to their retail partners on October 16. The new rules follow President Obama’s executive order last year mandating Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round – September 25, 2015

Xi Jinping Seeks to Reassure American Business and Tech Community As part of a busy week-long U.S. Tour, President Xi Jinping of China has reached an agreement with President Barack Obama of the U.S. that neither country’s government will conduct or support cyber-theft of intellectual property or trade secrets for commercial advantage. The deal establishes a law-enforcement dialogue between specific senior officials in both countries, who will be responsible for analyzing incoming requests for legal Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round Up – April 7

Google Receives Patent for Robot Personalities The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently awarded Google a patent for “methods and systems for robot personality development.” The patent describes a cloud-based system whereby a user could choose and download different personalities to a robot. The robot will further “develop” its personality based on information from the owner’s electronic devices – such as phones or tablets – as well as from speech and facial patterns. Some, however, Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round Up – March 27, 2015

Google’s First Privacy Loss A UK Court of Appeal ruled that safari users will retain their right to sue Google over alleged misuse of privacy settings. Safari users argued that Google, bypassing individual Safari security settings, installed tracking cookies on their computer. Plaintiffs alleged that this allowed Google to gather individual data about the user to target them with advertising, which Safari, unlike other browsers, aims to prevent. The initial right to action was established Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – March 13, 2015

Tracking License Plates The increasing use of Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology is causing concern. Police in Oakland, California recently released the data they have collected using the technology, and the sheer amount of information is astounding. Analysis by the Electronic Frontier Foundation revealed that as few as two patrol cars equipped with ALPRs could be responsible for collecting as many 63,272 data points. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ALPR technology uses high speed Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – March 13, 2015

Obama Announces ‘TechHire’ Jobs Initiative President Obama has announced a new $100 million grant program to train and hire new job seekers in the technology space. “TechHire” may not have the same ring as “America Works,” but the initiative plans to provide tech training and job placement opportunities in 20 regions across the country, with the help of 300 private sector employers. Together, these 20 regions have 120,000 openings in the technology sector, where some entry Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – March 6, 2015

Compuware the First Company to be  Fined $1.1 Million Under New Anti-Spam Law CRTC penalizes Quebec company for emails sent to consumers without their consent. The CRTC is preparing to mete out a $1.1 million fine against a company it accuses of “flagrantly” flouting Canada’s anti-spam legislation. This case represents the first time the CRTC has sought to impose a financial penalty under the anti-spam law, which came into effect last July.The CRTC alleges the company Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 20, 2015

High Profile Vulnerabilities Continue to Make Headlines Lenovo users found out that new laptops had come preinstalled with malicious code, known as Superfish. The code is hidden deep within Windows and is very difficult to find, raising the question of how it got there in the first place. Lenovo is providing a removal tool to its users. (CNET) Kaspersky Lab, a Russian computer security firm alleged that groups linked to the U.S. Government had embedded spyware Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 13, 2015

Intra District split further complicates personal jurisdiction in Patent Law. The United States District Court for the District of Delaware has been the latest jurisdiction to become a patent litigation hotbed, with patent law in general surging over the last decade.  The district has long been home to corporations, with over 50% of all publicly traded companies in the United States incorporating in Delaware today.  Housing such a diverse and large number of companies in Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 02, 2015

Climate Change at the Forefront Climate change has found purchase with Republican voters, half of whom now support government action to combat the global threat, and nearly as many of whom are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports fighting climate change (though the cause of climate changes remains a divisive issue). This development could be a boon for President Obama as he seeks to pass his budget for the federal government, which includes Continue Reading →