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Google’s and Intertrust’s new PatentShield helps startups fight patent litigation in return for equity

Google and Intertrust today announced the launch of PatentShield, a new program that aims to help defend startups from patent litigation — in return for a stake in those companies. The basic ide

Federal court decides that Adobe can’t stay under a gag order over search warrant forever

According to newly unsealed documents, a federal court in California ruled that it is unlawful for Adobe to remain under an indefinite gag order regarding a search warrant for one of its users. In the

Social media firms given a month to fix consumer rights issues in Europe

Facebook, Twitter and Google are under more pressure in Europe to comply with regional rules. The latest issue they find themselves on the hook for relates to complaints pertaining to a variety of con

Google told to hand over foreign emails in FBI search warrant ruling

A U.S. judge has ordered Google to hand over emails stored outside the country in order to comply with an FBI search warrant. The warrant in question pertains to a domestic fraud probe.

On data protection Brexit means mirroring EU rules, confirms UK minister

What does Brexit mean for UK data protection rules? Likely mirroring the major part of EU data protection law, according to UK digital minister Matt Hancock, who was giving evidence to a House of Lord

States aim to legalize the “Right to Repair” your gear

“Unofficial” product repair shops may be getting a leg up in Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, and Kansas. These states are working to legalize repair of devices from any manuf

London startup launches chatbot to help renters exercise their rights

London-based startup RentersUnion has created what it's hoping will be a socially useful chatbot, pitching their web-based bot as a robot replacement for (expensive) housing lawyers.

Arizona plans to sue Theranos over faulty blood tests

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is soliciting outside legal counsel to pursue a consumer fraud lawsuit against the beleaguered blood testing startup Theranos, according to a document posted on

How to DIY a Westworld host at home

Building a Westworld host is kind of like putting together a piece of IKEA furniture while on hallucinogenics — directions are pretty much useless. Instead, here are some *guidelines* for DIY-ing yo

UK startup Farewill wants to give will-writing a web-based makeover

Life's two great certainties are death and taxes. UK startup Farewill is hoping to combine the two: this week's it's officially launching a subscription will-writing service.

UK parliament rubberstamps mass surveillance law

A controversial shoring up and expansion of state surveillance powers in the U.K. has been agreed upon by both houses of parliament, clearing the way for the formality of Royal Assent and the passing

Crunch Report | China’s New Cybersecurity Laws

China has some new cybersecurity laws, starting in January 2017, Tesla will charge owners of new Teslas for Supercharger use if they drive more than 1,000 miles a year, Samsung leaks its AI plans for

EU-US Privacy Shield data transfer deal faces legal challenge

The European Commission's newly minted data-sharing arrangement with the U.S. -- the EU-US Privacy Shield -- is facing a legal challenge on privacy grounds.

Europe’s top court to weigh in on Facebook privacy ‘class action’

Europe's top court, the CJEU, has been asked to rule on whether a privacy-related legal action brought against Facebook can be treated as a class action or not.

Kim Dotcom’s extradition appeal has started and is being live-streamed

More than four years later, Kim Dotcom’s legal battles (at least in New Zealand) may be close to an end. His final appeal to avoid extradition to face charges in the U.S started yesterday in A

UK faces Human Rights challenge to state’s bulk hacking abroad

Privacy rights organization Privacy International has filed another legal challenge to the UK government's use of bulk hacking against foreigners. The filing, with the European Court of Human Rights,

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 &

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 onli

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

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.
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