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Wil Wheaton discusses TV, cord-cutting, piracy — and desperately making sure fans can watch his show

Look, we already know that Wil Wheaton is awesome (and I don't just say that because he's admitted to being a big Techdirt fan). He has consistently been awesome to fans, building up true connections with those fans by being more open, human and awesome……

Apple pulls popular weed-growing game from App Store

It should be clear by now that Apple sees most of us as the proverbial unwashed masses and is on something of a mission to immolate immoral thought patterns by trying to put everyone's head in the collective sand. That seems to be the only explanation……

Airbnb agrees to hand data over to NY attorney general after second subpoena

Airbnb Under Pressure, Agrees To Hand Over Data To NY’s Attorney General (via Techdirt) As we’ve discussed a few times, NY’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, has been trying to go on a fishing expedition through Airbnb’s records, looking for what he calls “illegal hotels.” Of course, he’s more or less…

Too big to let stand?: European officials continue gunning for Google

German Official Says It May Be Time To Break Up Google… Just Because (via Techdirt) Having already gone through antitrust investigations in both the US and in Europe, without facing any serious penalties (and having regulators more or less recognize that Google wasn’t doing anything anti-competitive), it appears that Google’s…

German court: Jesus doesn’t deserve copyright protection

The initial copyright on a work is supposed to be bestowed upon the person who added that creative element that made it subject to copyright. For example, if you were to dictate a new novel, you should still get the copyright, rather than the stenographer……

Lawrence Lessig’s anti-SuperPAC SuperPAC raises first $1 million in just 12 Days

Lessig’s Anti-SuperPAC SuperPAC Raises First $1 Million In Just 12 Days (via Techdirt) We’re a little late on this (past few days have been quite busy…) but Larry Lessig’s SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs has hit its first target way early. As you hopefully remember, the goal was to reach…

Days after federal rebuke, Snapchat app ranks dead last in EFF’s privacy findings

Snapchat Comes In Dead Last On EFF’s Privacy Protecting List; Just Days After Getting Spanked By FTC (via Techdirt) Snapchat is often pitched as a more “private” alternative to other messaging apps, considering that a key part of its pitch is that the messages/images you send to others quickly disappear.…

Florida lawmakers aim to restore children’s rights to openly carry Pop-Tart ‘guns’ on campus

It seems to me that if it takes a new law to force school policies to more closely resemble common sense, then there's definitely a problem with those policies. The question remains as to why this couldn't be changed at a school administration level……

The glorious history of video game panics

We've talked in the past about the wonderful world of moral panics that typically show up anytime a new kind of entertainment and/or technology is introduced. Whether they revolve around Dungeons and Dragons, social media, now-accepted pagan holidays……

Transparency? Now the White House is banning intel staff from discussing media leaks

Head-In-Sand Approach: White House Bans Current & Former Intelligence Staff From Discussing Any Media Leaks (via Techdirt) The Obama administration continues to make incredibly ridiculous decisions in response to the whole Snowden thing. A few weeks ago, we wrote about new rules from James Clapper that banned intelligence community employees…

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