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Amazon v. Trump: The Fight for the JEDI Contract

On February 6, 2020 By

In late 2019, the Department of Defense announced its decision to award Microsoft a $10 billion contract. In winning what is known as the “JEDI” contract, Microsoft will soon embark on a 10-year process to transform the military’s cloud computing services. The government announced this project as part of the Pentagon’s efforts to modernize […]

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Amazon’s facial recognition technology, called Amazon Rekognitition, is a growing part of that tech giant’s portfolio. Unlike Amazon Prime or Whole Foods, however, it remains largely removed from public awareness. That may change dramatically in the coming months if Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has his way.

At a recent Alexa conclave in Seattle, Bezos stated […]

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The U.S. is Losing the Economic Drone War

On November 22, 2016 By

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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Emerging Tech Companies’ Independent Contractor Conundrum

On November 2, 2015 By

For emerging tech companies like Uber or Lyft and established behemoths like Amazon alike, maintaining their classification of a subset of their workers as independent contractors is crucial. Such classification allows these corporations to keep their costs down and limit their liabilities. For the former, in fact, their business model virtually depends on this arrangement.


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FAA’s Launches Proposed Rule for Commercial Drones

On March 24, 2015 By

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a proposed rule to regulate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that seeks to bring the use of drones into the regulated environment of aviation. An aircraft qualifies as a UAS if it is less than 55 pounds, and travels less than 100 miles per […]

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Netflix and Amazon seem to be in a little bit of trouble.  Jerry Kowal, the former director of content at Netflix, has sued both companies based on a number of allegations, including defamation, […]

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The Cloud and Your Privacy

On March 19, 2013 By

Privacy concerns for cloud computing range from hackers obtaining personal information to searches by the government.  What is rarely considered are the autoscan searches routinely conducted by some cloud providers.  These autoscans usually search material when it is uploaded or downloaded.  The cloud providers accomplish this by comparing “Continue Reading

States and small businesses have been battling to close a gaping sales tax loophole that has created an unfair playing field in the retail industry.  For years, online retailers like Amazon and eBay have avoided collecting and paying over state sales taxes.  This has given them a substantial tax advantage over brick-and-mortar retailers that allows […]

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PlayLater: The New (Legal?) Online DVR

On November 8, 2011 By

No one denies that streaming is the future for watching videos.  But you can’t stream Netflix–or any online video–without an Internet connection.  Moreover, some video streams are time-sensitive.  For instance, the free version of Hulu may allow you to view only the most recent episodes of your favorite TV show.  But MediaMall Technologies wants […]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On January 10, 2011 By

In the news…

California passes new law making it illegal to impersonate celebrities, pushing limits of both trademark and publicity rights protection.

After judge orders permanent injunction, LimeWire drags Amazon.com and Apple into legal battle — demanding accounts of possible backdoor dealings with record labels.

Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction still wound […]

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