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The FCC’s Recent Crack Down on Robocall Scammers

By scbrooks On September 15, 2017 · Updated October 4, 2017 · Leave a Comment

You feel the buzzing in your pocket. You pull out your phone and notice it isn’t a weird number calling from Kissimee Florida. Rather, the first six digits of the number are local, so you answer. “Hi this is Elizabeth with Resort Rewards Center and you’ve just won…” ‘click’ you hang up, another telemarketer.

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Moral Rights in the US: Why Monty Python Would Say “Ni!”

By cacartwright On September 15, 2017 · Updated October 4, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Many artists believe that the rights they hold over their works are unlimited. If you create a work of art, you expect to have total control over its use. However, many artists are shocked to find that in the U.S. their rights are uniquely limited. The Visual Artists Rights Act [...]

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Private and Public Privacy Concerns Arising from the iPhone X’s Face ID Tech

By cbburkett On September 15, 2017 · Updated October 4, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Along with its announcement of the iPhone X, Apple revealed that a new technology would be utilized by users to unlock their phones. Due to the lack of a button, Apple’s Touch ID software could no longer be used, thus Apple introduced Face ID. Users will now simply need to look their phone in the [...]

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Patent Challenges Face Uncertain Future as Supreme Court Tackles Inter Partes Review

By nabaniel On September 8, 2017 · Updated October 4, 2017 · Leave a Comment

In November, the Supreme Court will hear argument on whether Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs), one of the most influential changes of the American Invents Act, are an unconstitutional taking of property.  IPRs are a post-issuance review of patent validity before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). This administrative trial before a panel of [...]

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Poverty in Professional Baseball?

By sjanderson On September 8, 2017 · Updated October 4, 2017 · Leave a Comment

With average salaries of $4.4 million per player on major league teams and a league value of nearly $10 billion, professional baseball and the poverty line seem incongruously related. Yet, for approximately 6,000 players on any of the 250 minor league rosters, meagre salaries are as much a part of the game as [...]

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Amid reports of police shootings of unarmed, mostly black, individuals and the waves of accompanying protests, police body cameras have gained favor as a tool to make police-citizen interactions more transparent. Studies have shown that body cameras have decreased the number of complaints against police officers and use-of-force incidents. Additionally, one study has [...]

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After a year long investigation, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced settlements with three popular mobile health measurement applications who claimed their products could measure a consumer’s heart rate without any external devices, using only a consumer’s smartphone camera and sensors. For example, Matis, the company behind My Baby’s Beat, advertised [...]

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The 2004 movie I, Robot features an Audi RSQ that drives itself among other autonomous vehicles in the year 2035. Leading actor Will Smith’s character constantly overrides the car’s autopilot feature in favor of his manual driving, particularly to the surprise of leading actress Bridget Moynahan’s character, who questions Smith, “What do you think you’re [...]

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