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Microsoft Acquires Maker of Minecraft for $2.5 Billion

By Zac Parsons On September 16, 2014 · Updated September 16, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The era of console gaming is probably coming to an end. At least it seems Microsoft thinks so. Yesterday, the company announced the acquisition of a little-known game publisher called Mojang. It should not be very surprising if you haven’t heard of them, as they have not published many hit games. The one [...]

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By Brenan Salgado On September 15, 2014 · Updated September 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Consumer Protection

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs AB 2365 into law preventing businesses from including provisions that waive “the consumer’s right to make any statement regarding the seller or lessor or its employees or agents, or concerning the goods or services.”

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Last week, you may have noticed the above “wheel of death” at the top of one of your favorite websites, like Reddit or Netflix. The goal of the “Internet Slowdown Day” was to drive visitors to the Federal Communications Commission to comment on the FCC’s proposed rules for net [...]

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A Break in the Cloud: Recent Breach of Celebrity Privacy Stirs Up a Security Storm

By Ryan Dewey On September 12, 2014 · Updated September 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

US Magazine and People are no longer the only sources revealing intimate details about the private lives of celebrities. Over the holiday weekend, hundreds of nude celebrity photos were made available to a few million more than their intended audience. Among the stars hacked were Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and most notably, Jennifer Lawrence.

The [...]

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Copyright Office Decides Monkeys Can’t Be Authors

By Thomas Hayden On September 11, 2014 · Updated September 14, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Last week, the Copyright Office issued new guidance to clarify that it will only register copyrights for creative work produced by humans. Animals and computers (without human intervention) don’t possess “creative powers of the mind” in the same way that humans do. You’re likewise out of luck if you’re a “divine [...]

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Facebook, WhatsApp Merger Potentially Vulnerable Overseas

By Brittany Burnham On September 10, 2014 · Updated September 14, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Earlier this year, Facebook agreed to purchase the startup messaging company WhatsApp for $19 billion. WhatsApp has become hugely popular in the last few years due to its instant messaging capability, but without the usual carrier fees associated with text messaging, its compatibility with all major mobile operating systems, and its [...]

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Iran Eases Restrictions on Censorship, Increasing Public Access to High-Speed Internet

By Mallik Yamusah On September 9, 2014 · Updated September 14, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Last week, the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, and his fellow supporters gained a surprise victory when the government began issuing 3G and 4G licenses to the country’s two main mobile operators. This change in the law will provide millions of subscribers with access to high-speed Internet connections. During his presidential campaign in 2013, [...]

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Sometimes, art imitating life yields some strange results. In 1981, (animated) newspaperman J. Jonah Jameson ran the headline, “threat or menace” when discussing the masked Spider-Man in New York City’s (fictitious) Daily Bugle. Today, such a headline would not seem out of place on recent covers of the New York Post.

Between “Spidey’s” [...]

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