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  1. Emojis Can Now Get You Arrested, Unless You’re Threatening A Woman In Tech Apparently

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Now you not only have to worry about what your use of emojis (or lack thereof) is conveying to your significant other - you also have to keep in mind what they might mean to a jury.

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  2. We’re Not Surprised: The Facebook Experiment Is Probably Illegal

    Dislike.

    Over the weekend it was revealed that Facebook engaged in "psychological experiments" on hundreds of thousands of its users. Not everyone is as outraged by the news, but it seems pretty clear that those people are in the minority and that most of us would kiiiinda like to be asked first. Well, joke's on Facebook, because despite their weasel-y excuses, they might have still broken the law anyway.

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  3. It’s Not Illegal to Play Pinball in Oakland… Anymore

    All the people in jail for pinball offenses are going to be pissed.

    Hey, youth of the 1970s! Your favorite, oft-demonized recreational activity that doesn't actually hurt anyone is finally going to lose its ridiculous illegal status so that you can go about your business in peace: Oakland is lifting its ban on pinball! ...You knew I meant pinball, right?

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  4. GoldieBlox Thinks You Need a License To Link To Its Site, Might Need To Hire Some New Lawyers

    May I make a suggestion? TAKE TO THE SEA! Three miles out, and it's a free-for-all!

    After the news came out that Goldieblox actually sued the Beastie Boys first (which we'll admit we initially got wrong), things for the start-up have been getting progressively hairier. Now someone's found an unusual clause in their Terms of Service, which has some preposterous claims about who can and can't link to their site. Yikes.

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  5. Supreme Court May Decide Boobies Case

    Today in Boobs

    There's a lot here in this story. There's a couple of fifteen year old girls who were barred from handing out breast cancer awareness bracelets by their school district. There's the much debated trend in breast cancer awareness campaigns to skew to a focus on the sexual appeal of breasts rather than the saving of lives as the motivating factor. There's the parents who thought that this was a violation of their daughters' First Amendment rights that was worth taking it all the way to a federal appeals court. But mostly, there's the undeniably delightful idea that a Supreme Court justice of America might say the word "boobies" on the record during a session.

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  6. Bradley Manning Acquitted on Charges of Aiding the Enemy, Found Guilty of 19 Other Counts

    Yeah. So that happened.

    The verdict for the Bradley Manning trial has finally been delivered down from Colonel Denise Lind in Fort Meade, Maryland. As to be expected, it's a mixed bag of results, but most importantly, Manning has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy -- a charge that would have landed him life in prison.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: We Found Carl

    Things We Saw Today

    Entertainment Weekly is here to let us know that The Walking Dead's Chandler Riggs has successfully navigated himself further through the treacherous shoals of puberty. (io9)

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  8. The California State Government Is Now In Possession of $10,000 Worth of Star Wars Merchandise

    I will make it legal!

    Eric Hodgson, a California citizen who was attempting to defraud $2 million from the California State Department of Transportation, has lightened his sentence by relinquishing a number of his possessions to the state.  Among these possessions is $10,000 worth of Star Wars merchandise, which, apparently, now belongs to the state of California.

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  9. Someone Tried To Kickstart A Where the Wild Things Are Sequel Book

    Today In Obvious

    Why do people think they can get away with crowdfunding something that doesn't belong to them? 

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  10. Summit Entertainment Is Being Sued For An Egregious Amount Of Money By A Twilight Parody Company

    Meanwhile...

    Wait until you hear why.

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  11. High School Student Makes the Cap Pop Off a Water Bottle With Science, Now She’s Facing Adult Felony Charges

    Today in Depressing

    Kiera Wilmot is a sixteen-year-old student with good grades and a "perfect" behavior record. Or at least she was. She has been expelled from her Florida school after creating a small chemical reaction that caused no damage or harm, and additionally been arrested and charged with possession and discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. According to the Miami New Times, she will be tried as an adult.

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  12. FCC Isn’t Sure How to Censor Television Anymore, Wants Our Advice

    The Boob Tube

    The Federal Communications Commission wants a piece of our minds. I suggest you keep your use of profanity to the minimum.

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  13. Things We Saw Today: An Adorable Swedish Detective Agency

    Things We Saw Today

    According to Jezebel's translation, these young ladies are charging $2.50 for easy cases, $6.25 for medium, and $12.50 for hard, but they won't work on their own birthdays. I'd say that's a good deal.

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  14. If This Lawsuit Succeeds, It Could Break Amazon’s Dominance of the eBook Market

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    The new and growing market for eBooks has allowed companies to call into question some of the basic and universal characteristics of reading and owning books. That you can loan them to your friends, for example, or that by purchasing a book you're also purchasing the ability to read it whenever you want, wherever you want, until you lose it, donate it, give it away, or wear through its well-loved spine. eBook publishers have, to put it mildly, established that these are qualities of a book that they do not intend to carry over to the new format, which is to a certain extent fine, so long as consumers know what they're getting into. But the eBook market also has other problems, namely accusations of price fixing, and, due to the combination of software that limits the kind of device a given eBook can be read on and the dominance of the Kindle over the eReader market, bullying tactics. A new lawsuit filed by three independent bookstores is looking to strike at the heart of the problem: the insistance of eReader makers that their books should not be readable on other devices.

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  15. Here’s What U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz Has to Say About the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz

    Aaron Swartz's suicide last week was just the beginning. The public outcry from the tech community has been massive, with a petition to remove the prosecuting attorney for Aaron's case, one Carmen Ortiz, from office hitting the required number of signatures for an official White House response relatively quickly. In large part, a majority of these complaints center around the opinion that the prosecution was overzealous at best. Ortiz, for her part, has remained mum on the subject. Until last night, that is. Her office has released an official statement on the matter of Swartz's prosecution and, uh, it's... definitely something.

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  16. Things We Saw Today: A Medic Alert Bracelet for the Perfectly Healthy

    Things We Saw Today

    As the daughter of an attorney, I feel compelled to say that this is something you can always work out with a loved one beforehand, in writing. (CubicleBot)

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  17. Finnish Police Confiscate 9-Year-Old Girl’s Laptop Because Piracy

    No. No no no no no no no. no.

    Seriously, Finland? We understand that Internet piracy is a problem, but this is just too much. Police raided the home of a nine-year-old girl and confiscated her laptop — her Winnie the Pooh laptop – because she was accused of downloading one song off The Pirate Bay. That really happened. We all live in this world now. Back in the spring of this year, the parents of the little girl were told their Internet connection had been used in an act of online piracy. Their daughter had come across a song she was searching for on The Pirate Bay and downloaded it. She later bought the album. The family was told to pay 600 euros for the incident and sign a non-disclosure agreement, but they refused at the time. On Tuesday, things got real when Finnish police showed up at their door with a search warrant, and took their daughter’s Winnie the Pooh laptop. Read more of this story at Geekosystem.com.

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  18. Representative Zoe Lofgren Shows Her Internet Savvy: Ask Reddit for Internet Law Suggestions

    the internet is serious business

    Zoe Lofgren made sure that her name echoed loudly through the hallowed halls of the internet (did you know we have halls? Yeah, like tons of halls. Acres. With pillars and junk.) a year ago during the SOPA/PIPA debates in congress, by loudly opposing it, and even engaging in a Reddit AMA, hoping to drum up some attention to the pretty alarming powers the bill gave to rights holders and the pretty alarming requirements it made of internet service providers. While I won't say she brought the issue to Reddit's attention in the first place, her engagement with a large and influential internet community became part of a temporary internet revolution that culminated in Wikipedia, Tumblr, Reddit, Google, and a host of other websites going completely dark or otherwise completely devoting a day to raising awareness of the bill. She has returned to Reddit recently, at the turn of the tide to perform a rather interesting experiment:

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  19. Idiocracy Later: Minnesota Drops Controversial Online Education Stance

    As you may recall, Minnesota took a bold stance against free online education last week. The gist of the situation was that the state wanted to somehow curtail free online education outlets because they hadn't been given permission to operate within Minnesota's borders. This reasoning traced back to a decades-old law that was meant to apply to degree-granting institutions. After a day worth of Internet backlash, Minnesota's Office of Higher Education performed a quick 180 and now supports the use of websites like Coursera.

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  20. Idiocracy Now: Free Online Education Deemed Illegal in Minnesota

    One might think that free online education is one of the very few things that's looking positive in the entire education scene. The quality varies wildly, but even the basics being entirely free to peruse is a relatively new, and helpful, concept. Allowing folks the ability to educate themselves is a basic tenet of progress. That's not how Minnesota sees it, however. The state is enforcing a law mainly meant to apply degree-granting institutions to try and curtail free online courses, because they never got permission to operate in Minnesota. Seriously.

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