Category Archives: Technology & Cyberlaw

Innovating for the Power… and the Sex

Today’s Guest Post is from Shashi Kara, my partner in Sente Advisors. – RPM This article about companies not getting the value from innovation that they were expecting, got me thinking. How do we know if an innovation is valuable?  I would argue that the value in innovation isn’t in a specific innovative product or process, but the knowledge gained over time as the flow of innovation leads to new learning and further iterations. Apple G4 CubeIn July of 2000, one month after I started working at Apple as a doe eyed graduate, they introduced the Power Mac G4 Cube.  It drew lots of enthusiasts and fans because it stuffed so much into such a small package.  The only other “Power Mac” in Apple’s line up at the time was an enormous 30 lb tower.  Many point to the G4 Cube as being the beginning of the Apple’s modern golden age whereby design and hardware were so seamlessly linked that Apple was able to bring about….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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The Experimental Congress.gov Browser Extension has been Updated

In Custodia Legis – LC: “The experimental Congress.gov browser extension created by Syed Tanveer has been updated so the current legislation feature now defaults to the 116th Congress. Also, the drop-down menu can now search for text that you highlight in CRS Reports, the U.S. Code, and the eCFR. The browser extension does two things. First, if you highlight a citation to a bill on a webpage (ex. H.R.1), the browser extension will redirect you to the bill with that citation, in the current Congress, on Congress.gov. In addition, you can use the extension to highlight text on a webpage and search for that text in Congress.gov.  Just highlight some text, click the dome button in the top-right hand corner of your browser, and you can use the drop-down menu to search for that text in Congress.gov or in CRS Reports (a collection that now includes new content), the U.S. Code, or the eCFR.  For example, you might highlight “John McCain” on a webpage,….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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California Legislation Targets Unregulated "Stem Cell" Clinics but Not Until Next Year

Legislation that may lead to regulation of dubious stem cell clinics is now before California lawmakers, but it is not likely to result in action until sometime next year at the earliest. Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-San Mateo, announced the measure (AB617) last week. He said in a news release, Kevin Mullin, LA Times photo“It is clear that more must be done to ensure the proper regulation of for-profit stem cell clinics."More than 100 unregulated "stem cell" clinics exist in California and hundreds more throughout the nation. They use what they describe as stem cells in untested treatments that cost thousands of dollars. A number of injuries, including blindness, have been reported. (See here, here, here and here.)Mullin's bill would create an advisory board within the state Department of Public Health to study the problems involving unregulated stem cell clinics and make recommendations to the legislature. The panel would also….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Merkel's party in hurricane-strength shitstorm after falsely alleging U.S. corporations pay anti-Article 13 demonstrators

The day after tomorrow, Tuesday, March 26, the European Parliament will hold its first-reading plenary vote on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market aka EU Copyright Directive, at 12:30 PM local time in Strasbourg. The proponents of the totally ill-conceived Article 13 (which is technically Article 17 now due to a renumbering, but everyone knows what is meant by Article 13) would like it to be the final reading, but don't hold your breath:Under normal circumstances and according to conventional wisdom, you'd get your way. But this is an atypical situation with outside pressures and dynamics. There have been various defections in recent weeks from the pro-upload-filter camp, the most important one being Friday's announcement by Poland's Platforma Obywatelska (Civic Platform), the second-largest (by nmber of MEPs) party in the European People's Party group and even in the EU Parliament as a whole, to vote against….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Boeing takes $5 billion hit as Indonesian airline cancels 737 MAX order

Enlarge / A Garuda Indonesia 737-800. The airline is moving to cancel orders for the 737 MAX after the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes. (credit: Boeing) Indonesia's largest air carrier has informed Boeing that it wants to cancel a $4.9 billion order for 49 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Garuda Indonesia spokesperson Ikhsan Rosan said in a statement to the Associated Press that the airline was cancelling due to concern that “its business would be damaged due to customer alarm over the crashes.” Garuda had originally ordered 50 737 MAX aircraft, and Boeing delivered the first of those aircraft in December of 2017. The airline already operates 77 older Boeing 737 models; two of the aircraft ordered were conversions from earlier orders for 737-800s. Garuda also flies Boeing's 777-300 ER, and the company retired its 747-400 fleet in the last few years—so the airline was looking for an economical long-range aircraft to fill in gaps. But the stigma….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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