Sir, This Is A Supreme Court (Not A Wendy’s)
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by Mike Masnick
3h ago
On Monday, the Supreme Court heard the oral arguments over both Florida and Texas’ social media content moderation laws. Even though the issues were similar, and the parties challenging both laws (NetChoice and CCIA) were the same (and had the same lawyer, Paul Clement, argue both cases), the laws are somewhat different, and so each was heard separately. The Florida case went first, and the Texas case went after. Roberts even jokingly pretended to be surprised to see Clement again, and Clement kicked off the Texas part by laughing and noting he wouldn’t pretend that they hadn’t all just been i ..read more
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Italy’s ‘Piracy Shield’ Creating Real Problems As VPNs Start Turning Away Italian Users
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by Mike Masnick
4h ago
Back in October, Walled Culture wrote about the grandly named “Piracy Shield”. This is Italy’s new Internet blocking system, which assumes people are guilty until innocent, and gives the copyright industry a disproportionate power to control what is available online, no court orders required. Piracy Shield went live in December, and has just issued its first blocking orders. But a troubling new aspect of Piracy Shield has emerged, reported here by TorrentFreak: A document detailing technical requirements of Italy’s Piracy Shield anti-piracy system confirms that ISPs are no ..read more
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Daily Deal: The Ultimate PHP Training Bundle
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by Gretchen Heckmann
4h ago
PHP is an invaluable tool to help web developers build powerful websites. The beginner-to-advanced Ultimate PHP Training Bundle will teach you all things PHP so you’ll be able to build seamless, interactive sites before you know it. It’s on sale for $20. Note: The Techdirt Deals Store is powered and curated by StackCommerce. A portion of all sales from Techdirt Deals helps support Techdirt. The products featured do not reflect endorsements by our editorial team ..read more
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No One Cares That Bill Ackman’s Wife May Have Plagiarized; They Care About Ackman’s Hypocritical Double Standard
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by Mike Masnick
7h ago
Earlier this year, we wrote about outspoken financier Bill Ackman’s threat to sue Business Insider over articles regarding accusations by the publication that Ackman’s wife, Neri Oxman, had plagiarized parts of her dissertation years ago. The timeline and context of what happened here is important because Ackman continues to ignore it. Ackman got upset about activity by students at his alma mater, Harvard, in response to the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7th. He then helped orchestrate a campaign to oust Harvard’s new President, Claudine Gay, because of what he viewed as her insufficient ..read more
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The Vice Media Collapse Was Entirely The Fault Of Incompetent, Fail-Upward Brunchlords
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by Karl Bode
7h ago
As we survey the rubble that once was the U.S. journalism industry, a common refrain involves lamenting that “online journalism just isn’t profitable.” But as the recent collapse of outlets like Sports Illustrated and The Messenger illustrate, the real culprit often isn’t that journalism isn’t profitable, it’s that U.S. media is predominantly run by utterly incompetent individuals who fail upward into positions of power. Last week’s collapse of Vice media came as no surprise given years of stories about waste and excess by a rotating crop of terrible management. Also unsurprising is that most ..read more
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A Swiftian Solution To Some Of Copyright’s Problems
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by Mike Masnick
19h ago
Copyright is generally understood to be for the benefit of two groups of people: creators and their audience. Given that modern copyright often acts against the interests of the general public – forbidding even the most innocuous sharing of copyright material online – copyright intermediaries such as publishers, recording companies and film studios typically place great emphasis on how copyright helps artists. As Walled Culture the book spells out in detail (digital versions available free) the facts show otherwise. It is extremely hard for creators in any field to make a decent living fr ..read more
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Bluesky Begins To Make Its Decentralized Vision Real
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by Mike Masnick
23h ago
For semi-obvious reasons, I’ve been following developments at Bluesky closely, given that my Protocols, not Platforms paper was originally part of the reason Jack Dorsey decided to create Bluesky. I have no official association with the organization, though I did help Twitter review some of the early Bluesky proposals and spoke with a few of the candidates they looked at to lead the company (including Jay Graber, whom Jack eventually tabbed to run it). While Dorsey has since soured on the approach that Bluesky is taking, preferring the nostr protocol’s approach (and deleting his Bluesky accoun ..read more
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Massachusetts State Troopers Used A Phone App To Make Hundreds Of Illegal Recordings
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by Tim Cushing
1d ago
Law enforcement says laws are the rules that apply to everyone, but especially to people who aren’t in the law enforcement business. We have to follow the laws or face the consequences. But it often appears cops hold themselves to a lower standard. They only have to follow the laws that won’t get in the way of them doing cop stuff. State laws can be ignored. The Constitution can be shunted off to the side. Any other impediment to “efficient” policing should be ignored in pursuit of this peculiar interpretation of “justice.” In Massachusetts (which has been home to plenty of law enforcement sca ..read more
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Surprise: Wall Street Journal Editorial Board (Correctly) Explains Why Florida’s & Texas’ Social Media Laws Are Horrible And Unconstitutional
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by Mike Masnick
1d ago
This morning, as you likely heard, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the NetChoice/CCIA cases regarding Texas’ and Florida’s social media laws. The outcomes of these cases will have a pretty major impact on the future of online speech. While a lot of people have suggested that the states’ arguments are supported by conservatives, and the platforms’ arguments are supported by liberals, that’s not really how the support has lined up at all. Many traditionally conservative groups and individuals filed amicus briefs in support of the platforms, and a few liberal groups filed briefs in supp ..read more
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Why Isn’t Taxpayer-Funded U.S. Broadband Mapping Data Owned By The Public?
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by Karl Bode
1d ago
We’ve noted for decades how, despite all the political lip service paid toward “bridging the digital divide,” the U.S. doesn’t truly know where broadband is or isn’t available. The FCC’s past broadband maps, which cost $350 million to develop, have long been accused of all but hallucinating competitors, making up available speeds, and excluding a key metric of competitiveness: price. You only need to spend a few minutes plugging your address into the FCC’s old map to notice how the agency comically overstates broadband competition and available speeds. After being mand ..read more
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