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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 · Leave a 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.

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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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Monday Morning JETLawg

By Brenan Salgado On September 8, 2014 · Updated September 9, 2014 · Leave a Comment


The New York Department of Motor Vehicles rejects a “HAMMAS” plate as “patently offensive.


A new analysis by Brian Krebs suggests that the data breach at Home Depot may involve almost all of the company’s U.S. stores. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wishes to  Continue Reading

Bitcoin Education Day on Capitol Hill

By Brenan Salgado On September 5, 2014 · Updated September 5, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The newly-enacted Chamber of Digital Commerce (CDC), a bitcoin lobbying group, brought more than thirty professionals from the bitcoin industry to Capitol Hill on August 29 in an effort to spread awareness about the digital currency.

The CDC’s goal is to provide information to lawmakers and the general public about the bitcoin technology in [...]

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Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, and the English Premier League is its most popular professional league. This includes the United States, where the league’s television broadcast ratings doubled from 2012 to 2013, and have now surpassed those of the US’s own Major League Soccer.


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