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Sex Offenders' Right To Use Facebook Falls Under Free Speech, Federal Appeals Court Rules

Sex Offenders' Right To Use Facebook Falls Under Free Speech, Federal Appeals Court Rules

Adriana Lee

The latest from a federal appeals court in Chicago may make civil liberties advocates cheer, but will likely unsettle parents of children who frequent social networks: The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that barring registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networks is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union in Indiana had filed...

VA Supreme Court: Judge Can't Force Yelp User To Redact Review

VA Supreme Court: Judge Can't Force Yelp User To Redact Review

Adriana Lee

Remember the tidbit last month about the woman who got slapped with a $750,000 lawsuit for writing a scathing review of her contractor on Yelp and Angie’s List? Jane Perez didn’t just recount her frustrations, she also levied accusations involving missing jewelry and urged people not to hire the company. Ultimately, the judge sided with the plaintiff, granting a temporary injunction...

After 2 Yrs of Futile Negotiations, Ericsson Sues Samsung Over Patents

After 2 Yrs of Futile Negotiations, Ericsson Sues Samsung Over Patents

Adriana Lee

Looks like Apple’s not the only one interested in spanking Samsung in the courts. Today, Ericsson filed a lawsuit against the South Korean company, alleging — you guessed it — patent infringement. Although direct consumer sales haven’t been super-lofty for Ericsson, it is still the dominant leader in cellular networking equipment, with most major smartphones and tablets using the...

Programmer's Conviction Overturned: You Can't Steal Code, It's Not Physical, Says Court

Programmer's Conviction Overturned: You Can't Steal Code, It's Not Physical, Says Court

Adriana Lee

Can you steal something that has no physical properties? That’s a tough nugget to crack, as arguments abound over whether taking software code constitutes theft. Sergey Aleynikov would definitely say no. The programmer was convicted for theft of trade secrets when he left Goldman Sachs with some exclusive code in tow. And it seems the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals agrees — it overturned...

Facebook's Facepalm: Network Goes After Poor Shlub For Commenting on Blog Post

Facebook's Facepalm: Network Goes After Poor Shlub For Commenting on Blog Post

Adriana Lee

Rick Stratton had no idea what was going on. As founder of Feed.us, he would’ve loved to have been featured on a high-profile tech blog. But his venture didn’t get the attention — his face did when it happened to appear in a screengrab used in a 2011 TechCrunch story. How ironic. And Stratton totally got that when he posted a funny comment under the article: “Hey I finally made it onto...