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TechDirt 12/05/2019 09:30
As Silicon Valley giants like Google and Facebook face all manner of (justified) regulatory scrutiny, telecom has been able to somehow , despite engaging in (if not ) behaviors over the years. While Congress obsesses about new ways to regulate "big tech," the US government has oddly been busy . That's at least partially by design; giants like AT&T and Comcast pushing for the hyper regulation of companies telecom increasingly competes with in the online ad space. The result: as Silicon Valley faces an endless cavalcade of daily DC and press outrage, the telecom sector has suddenly little to no scrutiny whatsoever. Whether it's the speed at which the competition-eroding T-Mobile merger is being , or the blind eye (like location data), telecom.
TechDirt 12/05/2019 06:27
The recent election in Hong Kong may have , but supporters of protesters and newly-elected candidates still aren't able to do much celebrating on social media. WeChat, the massively popular messaging app owned by China's Tencent, is apparently censoring posts and shutting down pro-democracy accounts. That a Chinese company would censor pro-democracy messages is unsurprising. What's a bit more unexpected is Tencent's apparent willingness to shut down accounts owned by users in other countries, . Bin Xie, an information security analyst at Texas Children’s Hospital, wrote “The pro-China candidates totally lost” in a WeChat group before having his account shut down. Xie is now part of a WhatsApp group for Chinese Americans who’ve recently been.
TechDirt 12/04/2019 22:35
For whatever reason, while we see a ton of instances of someone trying to trademark a word or phrase that is absolutely generic and not a source identifier, often it seems some of the most instances come from the literary world. Why authors have such a hard time with this is perhaps not entirely mysterious. Steeped in an industry with a tradition of strong views on copyright protections, I suppose it's a short leap that those in that industry would assume trademark works the same way. After all, journalists make this mistake all the time, so why not authors? Still, witnessing my book-writing brethren make a run at trademarking words like "" or "" is more than slightly frustrating. And , as author Christine Feehan has applied for a trademark.
TechDirt 12/04/2019 18:29
I'm always happy to see someone add to the growing body of First Amendment/vanity license plate case law. Using a very limited amount of space, some applicants have managed to offend the delicate sensibilities of government agencies, even without using the number 5 twice to spell "A55.". A New Hampshire man applied for a license plate to make an about law enforcement (COPSLIE) only to have it rejected by the state, which claimed this fact was "offensive to good taste." He took his case to the state's Supreme Court and drove away with and a future full of hassling by law enforcement. Completely conversely, the Indiana Supreme Court refused to give a cop , arguing rather absurdly that speech-via-vanity plate isn't protected because it's too… s.
TechDirt 12/04/2019 16:28
A few weeks back, a Canadian court issued a against GoldTV, an IPTV service that copyright holders allege are engaging in piracy by offering streaming access to unauthorized TV streams. The case itself is interesting in that Bell Media and Rogers Media sued GoldTV's owners (listed as John Does) as defendants, but then also had all Canadian broadband ISPs listed as "respondents," including Bell Canada and Rogers Communications -- which almost makes this a case where Bell and Rogers are effectively suing themselves. Wacky. The plaintiffs in the case demanded that the various ISPs block GoldTV. Not surprisingly, Bell's and Rogers' ISP arms consented to the demand with no protest (as did Fido and Videotron). Most of the other ISPs "took no posi.
TechDirt 12/04/2019 15:00
Singapore's continues to pay off for the Singaporean government. It's already been used to made by political opposition leaders and now it's converted Facebook to an extension of the ruling government. , the founder of "anti-establishment" news site State Times Review has been irritating the Singapore government for a few years now. Late last year, his site published an article claiming Singapore's prime minister was complicit in laundering Malaysian government funds through Singapore's banks. This resulted in the Monetary Authority of Singapore filing a criminal complaint against Tan for "impugning its integrity." The Ministry of Law then demanded Facebook remove Tan's posts from its site. None of this worked. Tan, now a resident of Austra.
TechDirt 12/04/2019 13:44
As he , Rep. Devin Nunes has now for accurately reporting what the indicted Lev Parnas's lawyers had told them about Devin Nunes. Rather than state court in Virginia, this time, Nunes' lawyer, Steven Biss filed the case in the big boy federal court in Virginia. may be the most laughable one yet of Nunes' various SLAPP suits, and I should remind you that one of them involves him . The timing of this suit was a bit inauspicious, given that it was filed at around the same time as the House Intelligence Committee released its , which shows multiple phone records showing that Devin Nunes and Lev Parnas were in phone contact with each other -- which is the very heart of the CNN story. From the report:. That appears to show Parnas and Nunes playing.
TechDirt 12/04/2019 13:39
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TechDirt 12/04/2019 12:26
Reporter Jon Schwarz, over at The Intercept, has yet another story of content moderation at scale gone wrong, focusing this time on Twitter and his own account. It seems that a bunch of white supremacists on Twitter got mad at him, found an old joke, taken out of context, reported it en masse, and Twitter blocked him over it. Schwarz's story is worth reviewing in detail, but I think he gets the wrong message out of it. His take is, more or less, that , and can't be bothered to understand the context of things (we'll get to the details of the spat in a moment):. It would be easy to interpret this as active contempt by Twitter for its users. But it’s more likely to be passive indifference. Like any huge corporation, Twitter is focused on the n.
TechDirt 12/04/2019 09:22
We've noted for a while now how mobile carriers don't seem particularly aware that they're associating 5G in the minds of American consumers with hype and bullshit. AT&T's efforts to use bogus phone icons to ; Verizon's tendency to dramatically ; scant handset support and annoying surcharges; overly ambitious marketing means that consumers' first contact with 5G is generally one of disappointment. That's not to say that 5G won't be a solid improvement when it arrives at scale, just that carriers were abundantly eager to overstate what 5G can do and where it's available, and didn't stop to think that they were doing the technology a disservice. The latest case in point: T-Mobile this week proudly proclaimed it had launched "America's first n.
TechDirt 12/04/2019 06:21
Tony Robbins is American. Buzzfeed is an American news organization. Last week, Buzzfeed published its sixth story in an investigative series about Robbins, that included a story of at a summer camp in California. Which, last I checked [ looks around quickly ], is also in America. So, you might wonder why it is that Robbins has . Robbin's layer, Paul Tweed has the decision to sue in Ireland, but I'm having trouble seeing how any of this is convincing:. "My client is entitled to have his name cleared. In my opinion the Irish courts are just as capable of making that determination as the English courts or the American courts," said Mr Tweed. He said Ireland would be the appropriate forum for both sets of proceedings as Twitter’s European headq.
TechDirt 12/03/2019 22:25
I never stop being surprised at how often the of comedy and comedians makes it on our pages. Between strange concepts like comedians claiming copyright on stand-up jokes and a more war sometimes waged on the technology audience members carry around in their pockets, it really does feel like those in comedy should have, you know, a better sense of humor about all of this. But to really see the combination of entitlement and disdain for the public at work in the world of comedy, you have to turn to SNL's Pete Davidson. Davidson apparently to anyone that buys tickets to his stand-up shows, with penalties of up to a million dollars for violations of that agreement. Whatever you do, never tweet at a Pete Davidson comedy show. The “Saturday Night.
TechDirt 12/03/2019 16:30
When last joined us on the podcast, it was to discuss her experiment with cutting big tech companies out of her life. This week she's back to discuss something even harder to escape, and subject of her recent : the low-profile companies that . Follow the Techdirt Podcast on , subscribe via or , or grab the . You can also keep up with all the latest episodes . | |
TechDirt 12/03/2019 13:44
Those assholes at ICE are still at it. For most of the past year, ICE's has resulted in a , but not very many prosecutions. The sting involved a fictitious university set up by ICE to ensnare foreigners seeking to extend their US stays by complying with the law. That's the underlying truth that was dismantled by ICE's fiction. Visitors on student visas are allowed to stay in the country as long as they continue their studies. ICE's fake college looked like a legitimate option, seeing as the agency had talked an accreditation agency into giving it the official thumbs-up as a certified education entity. The fake college had and a physical building. It also had staffing that accepted tuition money before turning applicants in to ICE agents. IC.
TechDirt 12/03/2019 13:39
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TechDirt 12/03/2019 12:28
Last Wednesday, right before Thanksgiving, some very odd news broke about the University of North Carolina $2.5 million and a bullshit confederate statue that had been torn down by protestors in 2018. The Sons of Confederate Veterans have a history of and movements, with a special focus on promoting Confederate monuments and symbols -- symbols of support for slavery from a bunch of literal traitors -- as well as promoting about the US Civil War. Contrary to the belief of some, those monuments -- including the one at UNC -- were put up many years after the Civil War, and were frequently put in place as a show of racist attitudes and beliefs, not as a historical remembrance. There's a reason so many places are choosing to take those down. The.
TechDirt 12/03/2019 09:24
Last year, the DOJ into whether AT&T, Verizon and a telecommunications standards organization had conspired to make it harder for consumers to switch mobile carriers. At the heart of the controversy was eSIM, a technology that's supposed to make it easier than ever to switch carriers without consumers needing to buy and install a new SIM card. With eSIM, user identification technology of a traditional SIM card is instead transferred to the device's processor or modem itself. Ideally, that could let a consumer switch carriers within just a few seconds. But given AT&T and Verizon had already been losing subscribers hand over fist to smaller competitors like T-Mobile, they had a vested interest in ensuring this technology never fully materiali.
TechDirt 12/03/2019 06:23
Hey, . Why try harder? Four Orange County sheriff’s deputies have been fired after a two-year audit by the Sheriff’s Department found systemic abuses in the handling of evidence, the Southern California News Group has learned. [...]. The explosive audit found that nearly one-third of the evidence collected from February 2016 to February 2018 was booked beyond the agency’s one-day policy . Some bookings were tardy by more than a month, creating questions about chain of custody. One official from the Public Defender’s Office said thousands of criminal cases could be affected. As the article notes, four deputies have been fired. Another seven have been "disciplined." Seventeen criminal investigations have been opened targeting deputies. So far,

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