Revisiting Professional Sports’ Stance on Betting

On February 16, 2015 By Sara Whaley

While professional sports leagues have tried their best to pretend that gambling does not exist, the fact of the matter is that illegal gambling is everywhere. Professional sports betting is a major business, estimated to be a $3.8 billion industry; however, only about $100 million will be bet legally. This large boom in sports gambling [...]

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Campaign Technology 2016: A Political Odyssey

On February 13, 2015 By Zac Parsons

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in everyday life, politics is no exception. In 2008, President Obama’s campaign harnessed data in an unprecedented way. He created a digital apparatus that harnessed the power of social media and other emerging digital mediums. Following that unprecedented use of technology in 2008, many campaigns focused their [...]

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Last week, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced in an op-ed his plan proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to “implement and enforce open Internet protections.” This plan follows closely the one described in President Obama’s net-neutrality statement released last November which recommended the use of Title [...]

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After a series of cases holding software patents invalid in the wake of Alice v. CLS, the Federal Circuit, in DDR Holdings v. Hotels.com, encountered a set of software patents that it held to meet subject matter eligibility requirements. The patents in question were directed toward both systems and methods of generating composite [...]

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During the days of Prohibition, an unlikely coalition formed between bootleggers and Baptist. Both groups supported the Eighteenth Amendment, albeit for very different reasons. Baptist saw alcohol as a vile intoxicant that ruined families; bootleggers were able to exact higher prices for their illicit liquor without competition from legal retailers.

Today, another unlikely coalition is [...]

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In the aftermath of Super Bowl XLIX, fans, pundits, and social media commentators have been abuzz about the miraculous end zone interception that guaranteed the New England Patriots their fourth Lombardi trophy over defending champions, the Seattle Seahawks. While the game and the extraordinary interception will go down in gridiron history, it was the events [...]

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‘Birdman’ Legal Troubles

On February 6, 2015 By Sara Hunter

On Sunday, January 25, the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards honored the film ‘Birdman’ with the most coveted award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (Best Ensemble). Since Sunday, the film has attracted immense attention but people are talking about more than just the award. It appears that the Worldview [...]

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With the advent of digital music and streaming platforms, recording artists must think outside the box to make a living. With free streaming services taking the lead in how young listeners (legally) consume music, artists have watched their income from music sales shrink substantially. While an artist can see a whole $8 in revenue from [...]

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Last year, when Comcast announced its plan to purchase Time Warner Cable, the deal came under heavy scrutiny from consumer advocates. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, one of the Senate’s most liberal members, called the proposed deal “a disaster.” In a letter to the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the [...]

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In mid-February, Airbnb will begin to collect hotel taxes in four more cities: Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Jose, and Amsterdam. The short-term home rental service has been collecting taxes in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco for about a year now.

The company allows users to list their home for rent for any amount of [...]

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