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This Week In Techdirt History: April 14th

This Week In Techdirt History: April 14th

techdirt.com     22+ hour, 46+ min ago

This week in 2014, the world was dealing with the Heartbleed bug and turning its attention to the NSA's possible awareness of it -- leading Obama to tell them to start revealing fl...

Sixth Circuit Court Dumps Lawsuit Seeking To Hold Twitter Responsible For The Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Sixth Circuit Court Dumps Lawsuit Seeking To Hold Twitter Responsible For The Pulse Nightclub Shooting

techdirt.com     1+ day ago

Another one of 1-800-LAW-FIRM's lawsuits has been tossed for a second time. After being shut down at the district level for attempting to hold social media companies responsible fo...

Peachtree Officials Come To Their Senses, Vote Down Plan To Finance Lawsuits Against Critics Following Widespread Criticism

Peachtree Officials Come To Their Senses, Vote Down Plan To Finance Lawsuits Against Critics Following Widespread Criticism

techdirt.com     1+ day ago

Peachtree Officials Come To Their Senses, Vote Down Plan To Finance Lawsuits Against Critics Following Widespread Criticism "You get to decide whether you've been defamed or not a...

Daily Deal: Readitfor.me Standard Plan

Daily Deal: Readitfor.me Standard Plan

techdirt.com     2+ day, 47+ min ago

A leading book summary service for entrepreneurs, executives, and business coaches, Readitfor.me condenses the most important books into twelve-minute summaries that will keep you ...

Facebooks Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Privacy Week

Facebook's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Privacy Week

techdirt.com     2+ day, 47+ min ago

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The DOJ Isnt Buying T-Mobiles Nonsensical Merger Benefit Claims

The DOJ Isn't Buying T-Mobile's Nonsensical Merger Benefit Claims

techdirt.com     2+ day ago

In 2014 T-Mobile and Sprint tried to merge, and regulators (quite correctly) pointed out the deal wouldn't be good for consumers or the market, and blocked it from happening. Fast...

Supreme Court Again Ducks A Chance To Clarify First Amendment Protections

Supreme Court Again Ducks A Chance To Clarify First Amendment Protections

techdirt.com     2+ day, 5+ hour ago

The First Amendment is getting no help from the nation's highest court. Yet again, the Supreme Court is declining an opportunity to answer a very important question about free spee...

The UKs Dubious Plan For Age-Based Porn Filters Begins On July 15

The UK's Dubious Plan For Age-Based Porn Filters Begins On July 15

techdirt.com     2+ day ago

Undaunted by the fact that internet filters never actually seem to work, the UK continues its quest to censor the internet of all of its naughty bits. The UK has long implemented ...

Tennessee Sheriff Defends Departments Armored Vehicle With A String Of Non Sequiturs

Tennessee Sheriff Defends Department's Armored Vehicle With A String Of Non Sequiturs

techdirt.com     2+ day ago

Thu, Apr 18th 2019 3:38pm -- Tim Cushing Recently, the Greene County (TN) Sheriff's Department spent the day being owned on Twitter. It wasn't necessarily the sheriff's fault. The...

Peachtree City Wants To Use Taxpayer Money To Sue Critics Of City Government

Peachtree City Wants To Use Taxpayer Money To Sue Critics Of City Government

techdirt.com     2+ day ago

We see bogus defamation lawsuits filed all the time to censor critics, and as a public official, the bar to a successful defamation lawsuit is (for very good reasons) quite high. S...

Dont Force Web Platforms To Silence Innocent People

Don't Force Web Platforms To Silence Innocent People

techdirt.com     2+ day ago

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a hearing last week to discuss the spread of white nationalism, online and offline. The hearing tackled hard questions about how online plat...

Daily Deal: Excel Data Analyst Certification School

Daily Deal: Excel Data Analyst Certification School

techdirt.com     3+ day, 44+ min ago

Unlike other eLearning courses that bog you down with dull voiceovers and boring videos, the Excel Data Analyst Certification School features real, hands-on projects to turn you in...

New Paper: Why Section 230 Is Better Than The First Amendment

New Paper: Why Section 230 Is Better Than The First Amendment

techdirt.com     3+ day, 44+ min ago

We've talked a lot over the years about the importance of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) in helping to create and enable the internet and all of the free speec...

James Comey Offers Up Half-Assed Apology For Being Such An Asshole About Encryption

James Comey Offers Up Half-Assed Apology For Being Such An Asshole About Encryption

techdirt.com     3+ day ago

Thu, Apr 18th 2019 9:33am -- Tim Cushing You can take a man out of the FBI, but you can't take the g-man out of the man. Comey may be as unimpressed as many of us are with the cur...

White House Wont Share Data On Whether It Interfered In AT&T Merger Review

White House Won't Share Data On Whether It Interfered In AT&T Merger Review

techdirt.com     3+ day ago

The late 2017 DOJ announcement that it would be suing to stop AT&T's $86 billion merger with Time Warner turned more than a few heads. While the DOJ insisted that the move was driv...

That Was Quick: Thomas Goolnik Already Gets Google To Forget Our Latest Story About Thomas Goolnik Getting Google To Forget Stories About Thomas Goolnik

That Was Quick: Thomas Goolnik Already Gets Google To Forget Our Latest Story About Thomas Goolnik Getting Google To Forget Stories About Th...

techdirt.com     3+ day ago

That Was Quick: Thomas Goolnik Already Gets Google To Forget Our Latest Story About Thomas Goolnik Getting Google To Forget Stories About Thomas Goolnik 2. Dear Thomas Goolnik: Se...

The End Of The Absurdity: Iceland, The Country, Successfully Invalidates The Trademark Of Iceland Foods, The Grocerer

The End Of The Absurdity: Iceland, The Country, Successfully Invalidates The Trademark Of Iceland Foods, The Grocerer

techdirt.com     3+ day ago

The End Of The Absurdity: Iceland, The Country, Successfully Invalidates The Trademark Of Iceland Foods, The Grocerer Way back in late 2016, we asked the same question that has be...

John Oliver Has Famous Actors Act Out The Deposition Richard Sackler Is Trying To Hide

John Oliver Has Famous Actors Act Out The Deposition Richard Sackler Is Trying To Hide

techdirt.com     3+ day ago

One of the issues that we've discussed quite a bit on Techdirt over the years is the lengths that some people want to go to to hide court records and important public documents. Th...

Google Pays $3.8 Million To Clean Up Its Fiber Mess In Louisville

Google Pays $3.8 Million To Clean Up Its Fiber Mess In Louisville

techdirt.com     3+ day ago

When Google Fiber launched in 2010, it was lauded as a game changer for the broadband industry. Google Fiber, we were told, would revolutionize the industry by taking Silicon Valle...

EU Parliament Votes To Require Internet Sites To Delete Terrorist Content In One Hour (By 3 Votes)

EU Parliament Votes To Require Internet Sites To Delete 'Terrorist Content' In One Hour (By 3 Votes)

techdirt.com     3+ day ago

EU Parliament Votes To Require Internet Sites To Delete 'Terrorist Content' In One Hour (By 3 Votes) A bit of deja vu here. Once again, the EU Parliament has done a stupid thing f...

Daily Deal: TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Daily Deal: TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

techdirt.com     4+ day ago

TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones feature top-grade, high-performance neodymium-backed 40mm speakers. The Z2s use T-Quiet active noise canceling technology to drown o...

Stop Saying That Section 230 Was A Gift To Internet Companies

Stop Saying That Section 230 Was A 'Gift To Internet Companies'

techdirt.com     4+ day ago

Saying that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230) is a "gift" to internet companies that should be taken away because some people use the internet badly is like s...

Government Tossing Child Porn Cases Rather Than Discuss Its Torrent-Tracking Software In Court

Government Tossing Child Porn Cases Rather Than Discuss Its Torrent-Tracking Software In Court

techdirt.com     4+ day ago

The federal government isn't done tossing cases rather than let defendants have access to slightly more level playing field. A new investigation by ProPublica has uncovered more di...

Could Article 13s Upload Filters Be Thrown Out Because Of The EU-Canada Trade Deal CETA?

Could Article 13's Upload Filters Be Thrown Out Because Of The EU-Canada Trade Deal CETA?

techdirt.com     4+ day ago

Now that the EU's awful Copyright Directive has been passed, it would be easy to give up, and assume that nothing more can be done. That's far from the case. Under EU law, this dir...

Motel 6 To Pay Out Another $12 Million For Handing Guest Info To ICE

Motel 6 To Pay Out Another $12 Million For Handing Guest Info To ICE

techdirt.com     4+ day ago

Motel 6 To Pay Out Another $12 Million For Handing Guest Info To ICE A handful of Motel 6 owners and operators suddenly decided the best use of their guest info was as fodder for ...

Techdirt Podcast Episode 208: A Free Speech Chat With FIRE

Techdirt Podcast Episode 208: A Free Speech Chat With FIRE

techdirt.com     4+ day ago

It's time for another special cross-post from a different podcast. Mike was recently a guest on the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's So To Speak podcast, for an inte...

Daily Deal: The Complete Cisco CCNA Collaboration Bundle

Daily Deal: The Complete Cisco CCNA Collaboration Bundle

techdirt.com     5+ day, 59+ min ago

As a leading networking provider, Cisco's name carries a great deal of weight in the IT scene, and their certifications can be major assets if you're looking to climb the career la...

AI Wont Save Us From Fake News: YouTubes Fact Checking Tool Thinks Notre Dame Fire Is About 9/11

AI Won't Save Us From Fake News: YouTube's Fact Checking Tool Thinks Notre Dame Fire Is About 9/11

techdirt.com     5+ day ago

These links didn't last for very long, but at the very least, it should be a reminder that expecting AI to magically fact check breaking news in real-time is (at the very least) a ...

EU Parliament Takes Up Its Next Attempt To Wipe Out An Open Internet: Terrorist Content Regulation Vote On Wednesday

EU Parliament Takes Up Its Next Attempt To Wipe Out An Open Internet: Terrorist Content Regulation Vote On Wednesday

techdirt.com     5+ day ago

EU Parliament Takes Up Its Next Attempt To Wipe Out An Open Internet: Terrorist Content Regulation Vote On Wednesday For the past few weeks and months I've been warning people tha...

As Expected, EU Nations Rubber Stamp EU Copyright Directive

As Expected, EU Nations Rubber Stamp EU Copyright Directive

techdirt.com     5+ day ago

As was widely expected, the EU Council (made up of representatives of the EU member states) has officially rubber stamped the EU Copyright Directive that the EU Parliament passed a...

Game Exclusivity Wars Are Upon Us And Valves Anti-Review-Bombing Process Is Without A Rip-Cord

Game Exclusivity Wars Are Upon Us And Valve's Anti-Review-Bombing Process Is Without A Rip-Cord

techdirt.com     5+ day ago

Earlier this year, we wrote about the rather sudden emergence of Epic Games' entry into the game distribution business. In a move to directly compete with Valve's Steam, the Epic's...

T-Mobiles Revolutionary New TV Service Looks Like The Same Old Crap

T-Mobile's 'Revolutionary' New TV Service Looks Like The Same Old Crap

techdirt.com     5+ day, 22+ hour ago

So we've noted for a while that T-Mobile's brand reputation as a fiesty consumer-friendly disruptor is only really skin deep. While the T-Mobile of a few years ago certainly added ...

Starz Issues Laughably Unbelievable Excuse And Apology For Taking Down Tweets

Starz Issues Laughably Unbelievable Excuse And Apology For Taking Down Tweets

techdirt.com     5+ day ago

Earlier today, I posted my article about how Starz was issuing obviously bogus takedowns concerning tweets about a news story on TorrentFreak concering how a social media agency, T...

Daily Deal: Raspberry Pi 3B+ & 37 Sensors Starter Kit

Daily Deal: Raspberry Pi 3B+ & 37 Sensors Starter Kit

techdirt.com     6+ day, 1+ hour ago

The Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit is perfect for anybody with an interest in STEM projects. You'll get a new Raspberry Pi 3B+, along with a Sensor Kit that has 37 sensor modules alo...

ICEs Fake University Sting Operation Also Used A Bunch Of Fake Facebook Profiles

ICE's Fake University Sting Operation Also Used A Bunch Of Fake Facebook Profiles

techdirt.com     6+ day, 1+ hour ago

Mon, Apr 15th 2019 10:44am -- Tim Cushing In an effort to boost bust numbers and further cement its reputation as the ugly embodiment of punitive xenophobia, ICE set up a fake uni...

Starz Really, Really Doesnt Want You To Know That TorrentFreak Wrote About Leaked Shows, Or That Anyone Tweeted About It

Starz Really, Really Doesn't Want You To Know That TorrentFreak Wrote About Leaked Shows, Or That Anyone Tweeted About It

techdirt.com     6+ day ago

Starz Really, Really Doesn't Want You To Know That TorrentFreak Wrote About Leaked Shows, Or That Anyone Tweeted About It Something weird is going on with Starz over the past few ...

Creator Of Silk Road 2.0 Did Double The Business, Sentenced To Only Five Years In Prison

Creator Of Silk Road 2.0 Did Double The Business, Sentenced To Only Five Years In Prison

techdirt.com     6+ day ago

Mon, Apr 15th 2019 3:27am -- Tim Cushing The government got its win -- all of it. But it was only temporary. Silk Road 2.0 swiftly took the original's place, run by another young ...

Stupid Battle Over YouTube Subcribers Now Includes A Takedown Order From A Court In India

Stupid Battle Over YouTube Subcribers Now Includes A Takedown Order From A Court In India

techdirt.com     6+ day ago

Mon, Apr 15th 2019 6:33am -- Tim Cushing One of the stupidest fights over internet points has reached its latest nadir. It's nadirs all the way down, tbh. If you're interested, th...

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

techdirt.com     6+ day ago

This week, Mason Wheeler scored a first place win on both the insightful and funny sides. For insightful, it was a response to our mention of Jack Valenti's famous "Boston stranger...

This Week In Techdirt History: April 7th

This Week In Techdirt History: April 7th

techdirt.com     1+ week ago

This week in 2014, former NSA and CIA boss Michael Hayden was getting pathetically aggressive, calling Dianne Feinstein too emotional to judge the CIA torture report (which we were...


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