law

  • Microsoft Stream is a new video service for businesses

    Microsoft Stream is a new video service for businesses

    Microsoft today launched Stream, a new business video service that aims to give businesses that want to share video internally the same kind of tools and flexibility that YouTube offers to consumers — but with the added benefits of the security tools enterprises expect from their document management services. The service is now available as a free preview. As James Phillips… Read More

  • Psst… it’s still okay to share your Netflix password

    Psst… it’s still okay to share your Netflix password

    A Federal Appeals Court this month issued a ruling that makes password-sharing a federal crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. That has given many Americans pause, as sharing passwords to online services like Netflix and HBO GO is a fairly common activity these days — and now, thanks to the verdict, one that breaks federal law. But don’t panic just yet: Netflix is still… Read More

  • What Apple’s differential privacy means for your data and the future of machine learning

    What Apple’s differential privacy means for your data and the future of machine learning

    Apple is stepping up its artificial intelligence efforts in a bid to keep pace with rivals who have been driving full-throttle down a machine learning-powered AI superhighway, thanks to their liberal attitude to mining user data. Not so Apple, which pitches itself as the lone defender of user privacy in a sea of data-hungry companies. Read More

  • TPP Trade Agreement Slammed For Eroding Online Rights

    TPP Trade Agreement Slammed For Eroding Online Rights

    Measures agreed in an international trade treaty between Pacific Rim countries threaten Internet users’ privacy and consumer rights, civil and digital rights organizations have warned today. Read More

  • Pay To Play: How Investors Get Burned Fast In A Downturn

    Pay To Play: How Investors Get Burned Fast In A Downturn

    Earlier this year, the law firm Fenwick & West published a report analyzing the financing terms of 37 U.S.-based venture-backed companies that raised money at valuations of $1 billion or more in the 12-month period ending March 31. The report’s headline-grabbing conclusion was that in all cases, the investors had received significant downside protection in case the… Read More

  • The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

    The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

    The alleged owner of the Silk Road, an online black market, has been sentenced to life in prison by Judge Katherine B. Forrest in a Federal District Court in Manhattan. He was found guilty on seven charges, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, narcotics conspiracy and money laundering. Read More

  • Microsoft Loses Email Privacy Case With U.S. Gov, Will Appeal

    Microsoft Loses Email Privacy Case With U.S. Gov, Will Appeal

    Microsoft lost an appeal today, as a federal judge ordered that it must comply with a U.S. warrant seeking email data on servers located in Ireland. During this process, it has been Microsoft’s contention that a warrant issued by the U.S. doesn’t have legal standing because the data being sought is stored abroad. Judge Loretta A. Preska disagrees. Read More

  • Lawyer, Disrupt Thyself Crunch Network

    Lawyer, Disrupt Thyself

    According to TechCrunch, law is the sector with the least VC investment. I’m not at all surprised by that. I’ve been practicing law for nearly 25 years, in myriad settings (large firm, GC at a tech company and now GC at a venture capital firm), and I’ve seen precious little innovation in my field over that time, and certainly nothing that promises to be… Read More

  • On California’s Bizarre Internet Eraser Law For Teenagers

    On California’s Bizarre Internet Eraser Law For Teenagers

    California has passed a well-intentioned law allowing teens to scrub their youthful indiscretions from the Internet. Starting in 2015, any minor can request that a digital service provider delete pictures of themselves passed out drunk at a Justin Bieber concert. The law doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, since nearly every imaginable service offers a delete button. Perhaps more… Read More

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