From the monthly archives: August 2012

It’s that time of year again.  The end of summer signals the beginning of Saturday tailgates, BCS debates, SEC dominance (as of late), Heisman candidates, and all of the other staples of college football.  However, as the 2012 college football season kicks off there are a few pillars of the sport that have gone missing. [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On August 20, 2012 By JETLaw

Following its acquisition by Google, Motorola files patent suit against Apple. More updates on Apple/Samsung case. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reaffirms ruling that isolated human genes can be patented. Sixth Circuit rules that there is no expectation of privacy in [...]

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Google Debuts New Patent Search

On August 17, 2012 By Brandon Trout

Search giant Google has taken another step in its quest to index all of human knowledge. This week, Google introduced a new section of its Google Patent search which allows anyone to search not only existing patents, but also prior art. Google’s introduction to its new Patent search:

“Typically, patents are granted only [...]

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While the First Amendment protects most statements you make, “liking” something on Facebook does not constitute protected speech.  This April, Judge Jackson of the U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Virginia, ruled that clicking the Facebook “Like” button is not protected under the First Amendment.  In that case, a deputy sheriff, Daniel Ray [...]

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Pirates Beware! Google is Downgrading

On August 15, 2012 By Tim Van Hal

Search engine optimization?  It can literally mean the difference between your site being one of the most popular search destinations with millions of hits a day to being seen by only the very few most profligate searchers.  In today’s online world, almost all users utilize a search engine, the most prominent of which is [...]

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Facebook Likes and the First Amendment

On August 14, 2012 By Kathleen Meyers

In 2009, Daniel Ray Carter, Jr., a sheriff’s deputy from Hampton, Virginia, “liked” a Facebook page supporting “Jim Adams for Hampton Sheriff.”  Unfortunately for Carter, Adams lost the election and Sheriff B.J. Roberts won re-election.  After beating out Adams in the election, Roberts declined to retain Carter and several other employees who had supported Adams [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On August 13, 2012 By JETLaw

Google will start downranking sites that receive repeated DMCA takedown notices, in an effort to crack down on piracy websites in its search results. Facebook and the FTC reach a settlement over privacy issues, with Facebook receiving no fine. Facebook ‘likes’ this. The Apple/Samsung battle wages on. [...]

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Who Tracks the Trackers? The FTC

On August 10, 2012 By Joel Slater

On-going debates over Internet privacy have led to the development of “Do Not Track” options in popular web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer. A similar option in Apple Safari allows users to block cookies from third parties and advertisers. Many users are understandably uncomfortable with having their age, socioeconomic [...]

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Thanks to Craigslist, internet users can advertise pretty much anything (legal) on the namesake website, and reach a global audience in doing so.  The whole purpose of Craigslist is to provide a public forum for people to post advertisements relating to jobs, housing, and the sale of goods or services, among many other things. [...]

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The patent war between technology giants Samsung and Apple has been raging since April 2011 when Apple filed a lawsuit claiming that Samsung had illegally aped elements of the iPhone and the iPad and Samsung then countered by filing a number of suits in a number of venues claiming that Apple violated of [...]

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