The use of online social business review sites, such as Yelp, Foursquare, Urbanspoon/Zomato, TripAdvisor, and many others, has grown significantly over the past few years. As of 2016, Yelp had 135 million monthly visitors and 95 million reviews; Yelp first became a profitable company in 2014. While social review platforms provide [...]

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Google Fiber Nashville Litigation

On December 2, 2016 By smallick

Google Fiber recently paused its efforts to provide services in several cities in order to revamp its expansion approach. But in Nashville and Louisville, where Google Fiber’s progress was further along, Fiber hit a different kind of snag: legal challenges from other ISPs. This post focuses on the challenges brought in Nashville and their possible [...]

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Brexit and the Future of UK Sports

On November 22, 2016 By rjohnson

The United Kingdom joined the European Union’s predecessor—the European Economic Community—in 1973. Since then, the EU has become the largest market in the world. A cornerstone of the EU is the development of a Single Market that allows people, goods, services, and capital to move freely within its borders. The Treaty on the Functioning [...]

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The U.S. is Losing the Economic Drone War

On November 22, 2016 By pbauleke

Despite the FAA passing regulations that allow the use of drones for commercial purposes, these regulations do not allow Amazon to implement drones for delivery.  As told in a commercial by Jeremy Clarkson—former host of Top Gear—Amazon envisions a world in which [...]

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Your Emoji May Be Used Against You in a Court of Law

On November 22, 2016 By omarshall

Emojis can be potent symbols for communication.  A seemingly serious message can become playful with the addition of a “winking face” emoji; a knife or gun emoji can indicate sinister intentions.  The use of emojis skyrocketed after Apple included an emoji keyboard on its iPhone in 2011 and now play a large part in everyday [...]

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just made your online personal information a lot safer. On October 27, the FCC announced new regulations that limit an Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) ability to give out your personal information to third parties, such as marketing firms. Under these news rules, information will now be broken into Continue Reading

The increasingly popular blockchain, the underlying technology of the bitcoin, has been the object of a “patent land grab” by companies seeking to capitalize on its potential outside of the bitcoin context.[1] Most recently, it has found another use at AT&T, where researchers filed a patent application for a blockchain-based device and [...]

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Backpage.com, once a sleuth-like tool in the fight against sex trafficking, has become the target of criminal investigation. Earlier this month, California Attorney General Kamala Harris charged the classified ad website’s CEO Carl Ferrer with pimping and conspiracy, deploying the help of Texas law enforcement to execute his arrest.

Free speech advocates [...]

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