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Do you own your virtual property?

On November 3, 2018 By erpeterson

In 2005, Chinese gamer Qiu Chengwei was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his competitor Zhu Caoyuan. A dispute arose between the two over a virtual sword used in the online video game Legend of Mir 3. After investing significant time and resources to obtain the virtual sword, Qiu lent it to Zhu. [...]

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No one ever said that you had to attach your identity to your online postings. In fact, many websites function based on the assumption that users have a right to speak anonymously. For example, Reddit, Twitter, and WordPress are often used by anonymous speakers based on this very assumption. Many of these topics benefit from—or [...]

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Airbnb’s two slogans “live like a local” and “belong anywhere” give a sense of the company’s unique value proposition, that instead of checking into a corporate hotel, travelers can nestle their way in a new city among the natives. Airbnb, a home-sharing app and website founded in 2008, has revolutionized the way people [...]

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Discovering information about your ancestors who lived thousands of years ago has never been easier. After receiving a small amount of your saliva, DNA genetic testing websites like 23andMe and Ancestry.com provide you with detailed results about your lineage. The emailed results from 23andMe give users a percentage breakdown of their ancestry composition [...]

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The difficulty associated with holding large corporations accountable for minute infractions is a significant obstacle to justice in our legal system. The rise of class action lawsuits has helped this problem, but an even quicker and easier avenue is now available.

Do Not Pay is a free iOS application that allows users to “sue [...]

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Farmers have become hackers. Increasingly, farmers have started hacking into their own tractors and other agricultural technology in order to perform a variety of repairs on their equipment. According to these farmers-hackers, this hacking activity is necessary as a result of John Deere’s recent progress in monopolizing the repair regime.

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Did You Accept These Terms and Conditions?

On October 8, 2018 By aehaston

By creating an account, you agree to the Terms of Service & Privacy Policy. This is an example of a sign-in wrap agreement, an electronic contract in which users manifest their assent to a service provider’s terms and conditions by creating an account. Electronic contracts enable efficient transactions in everyday life. Although these agreements [...]

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Human-Animal Chimeras

On September 30, 2018 By diduru

Scientists from the Salk Institute engineered a human-pig hybrid in the lab, apparently the first successful human-animal crossbreed. Injecting human stem cells into animal embryos, they created what is called a chimera, or a creature that consists of cells from two individuals from the same or distinct species. Through their research, scientists [...]

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GoFundMe or GoFraudMe?

On September 23, 2018 By tkcaleb

Crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe create seemingly easy ways for family, friends, and strangers alike to come together and donate to a good cause. Donors can contribute to fund new technologies, cover funeral expenses, and “pay it forward” to deserving individuals.

Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless veteran, used his last twenty dollars to help a stranded [...]

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Several federal circuits are tackling the issue whether the Government’s authority to search persons and property at the border, without a warrant, and often, without any suspicion, includes individuals’ electronic devices. The Fourth and Ninth Circuits have held that the Fourth Amendment requires at least reasonable suspicion for forensic searches of electronic devices [...]

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