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On September 30th, eBay announced that it will adopt a new business strategy—break up the company by spinning off PayPal.  This comes six months after one of eBay’s investors, Carl Icahn, first suggested this strategic move.  After the breakup is complete, PayPal will be a separate publicly traded company, free to [...]

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Alibaba: King of Retail?

On September 30, 2014 By Mike Sellner

Alibaba, the Asia-based online marketplace similar to the American site Amazon.com, went public on Friday, September 19, 2014.  The initial public offering raised over $21 million on the first day of sales.  As of Wednesday, September 25, the offering reached over $25 million raised, making it the largest IPO of all time, beating [...]

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Un-”like”-ly Property Interests

On September 26, 2014 By Philip Houten

As social media has become as ubiquitous in Americans’ lives as commuting or sunsets, disputes over these new concepts have challenged the legal system to adapt archaic legal concepts to govern their use.  One such concept is a Facebook “like,” which allows a user to publicly display his or her affection for a photo, [...]

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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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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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Netflix has been one of the most vocal opponents of the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Just this week the streaming company filed a Petition to Deny with the FCC which formally asks the government to block the deal.

Netflix argues that if the two cable companies [...]

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Facebook Inc. will soon start using information gathered from third-party websites and mobile applications for more targeted advertising.  In a statement released June 12, the company said that it is “making ads better” by showing its 1.28 billion monthly users “ads that are more relevant to their interests.”

“Today, we learn about your [...]

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Like a diamond, the internet is forever. But should it be? As more of our lives move online, digital storage continues to expand exponentially, and search engines become ever-more adept at culling that information, some people are questioning whether internet users should have the right to be forgotten.

Last month, the European [...]

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Entertaining Conglomeration

On May 27, 2014 By Zachary Altman

Over the last several months the high profile merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been a major point of interest for analysts, commentators, and consumers of digital entertainment. Currently the primary potential hurdle left for the deal’s completion is regulatory approval with the Department of Justice. Critics argue that this [...]

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Ending Revenge Porn Through Copyright

On April 3, 2014 By Philip Houten

The growth of interactive internet sites over the past couple decades has lead to the blossoming of an industry specializing in user-generated pornography. This phenomenon has become known as “Porn 2.0,” and has provided users an outlet to post photos and videos not only of themselves, but also of people who have [...]

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