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Marijuana-friendly states ask Congress to make banking legal for the weed industry

Recreational marijuana might be having its moment, but that doesn't mean that all the kinks are worked out. Because of laws that still classify it as an illicit substance on the federal level, the ban

Email privacy could be a quick win for Trump and Congress

Congress could chalk up a quick, easy bipartisan victory for taxpayers if both the House and Senate determined to pass the Email Privacy Act as early as possible, and send it to President Trump for si

New Michigan law prepares for autonomous future

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, MI, which honors the automotive past, to sign a bill that aims to enable the automotive future. The law creates regulatio

BOTS Act punishing online scalpers passes Senate, moves on to the House

Scalpers who use bots to slam ticket websites and snatch up a huge proportion of seats at popular shows may soon find themselves in violation of federal law. The Senate and House have both passed vers

Legislating noncompetes

The battle over noncompetes is a modern-day rendition of an age-old trope: the big corporation versus the little employee; Goliath versus David. The only difference? In the fable, Goliath was brutish

To catch a Pikachu: NY Governor moves to ban sex offenders from Pokémon GO

When you think about it, the ability for someone to put a "lure" on a spot of their choosing and attract young Pokémon fans to their location is slightly disturbing — which is why New York Governor

A court ruled that it could be a federal crime to share your Netflix password

Last week the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that an employee acted “without authorization” when he used a former co-worker’s login (with their permission) to

Bulgaria now requires (some) government software to be open source

Fans of free and open-source software are rejoicing today at the news that Bulgaria will now require all software written for the government must be FOSS. But while this is a promising advance, don't

New York has passed a bill legalizing daily fantasy sports

Early this morning, on the last day of the current session, The New York Assembly passed legislation legalizing daily fantasy sports throughout the state of New York. While the bill still needs to be

Why Britain is beating the U.S. at financial innovation

Legislation allowing ordinary American investors to invest in the shares of startups and small businesses was first introduced in the U.S. Congress in 2011. Despite bipartisan support and the approval

House unanimously passes Email Privacy Act, requiring warrants for obtaining emails

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, sending it on to the Senate and from there, hopefully anyhow, to the President. The yeas were swift and unanimous.

Feinstein and Burr’s draft encryption bill would essentially make all encryption illegal

A draft version of a bill on encryption sponsored by Senators Burr and Feinstein has made its way to the internet, and it's exactly as bad a proposed law as everyone worried it would be. The suspicio

FAA committee proposes official categories for drones that fly near crowds

A committee of industry representatives appointed by the FAA turned in recommendations suggesting a four-tiered system for classifying drones and how they may (or mayn't) interact with crowds.

Artificial Intelligence Poses A Greater Risk To IP Than Humans Do

Substantial thought and angst has been expended over the fact that artificial intelligence (AI) is coming to your workplace to take over blue- and white-collar jobs, alike. But a major risk of AI has

If You Want Tech Freedom, Congress Needs To Change A Law

Freedom is critical to the economic engine of Silicon Valley, but laws are not often written to preserve it. A federal decision in October let consumers unlock cell phones, tinker with their tablets a

Congress Can Fuel Tech Growth

Without prompt action from lawmakers and regulators, much of what fuels a critical segment of the U.S. economy -- especially tech-savvy California -- is at risk. U.S. wireless networks and the compani

Can We Get Entrepreneurs And Politicians To Speed Date?

Entrepreneurs need to be more politically engaged. When we think of regulatory hurdles that entrepreneurs face, we think about Uber and Airbnb. But outdated policies affect startups in every industry,

Can Decency Be Legislated?

You may never have heard of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. However, the 1996 federal law has shaped how you have used the Internet for nearly two decades. Section 230 provides Internet

Hollaback! Is One In A Global Community Of Crowdsourced Apps And Blogs Fighting Back Against Street Harassment

On Monday, an app called Hollaback! relaunched in New York City with an unveiling in Brooklyn by Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn. Since its release in 2011, Hollaback! has created

The Parable Of The Wheel

There's a war brewing against the Internet, and it's not just <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/sopa/">SOPA</a> (the bill in Congress that threatens to <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2011
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