Policy & Law

Supreme Court says intent matters in Facebook threat case

Adi Robertson June 1, 2015 01:08 pm8 hours ago 19

The Supreme Court has issued its opinion on a high-profile online threat case, reversing a lower court's judgment against a man who posted violent messages on Facebook. But while it's clearly guiding the...

Other questions about online threats will have to wait

US says it will help Japan defend against cyberattacks

Amar Toor June 1, 2015 02:30 am19 hours ago 3

The US government this week announced that it will expand its cybersecurity partnership with Japan, amid growing concerns over potential attacks against military bases and other infrastructure on the...

China isn't pleased

The Patriot Act's broadest surveillance powers have expired

Russell Brandom June 1, 2015 10:12 am11 hours ago 42

Central portions of the Patriot Act are now expired, after a late-night Senate vote failed to extend the provisions. Those portions include Section 215, which applies to business records requests and has...

"A lose-lose proposition." Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

US police have killed hundreds this year, but the FBI still doesn’t keep count

Lizzie Plaugic May 31, 2015 04:46 pm05.31.2015 80

In the first five months of 2015, US police forces fatally shot at least 385 people, The Washington Post reports. That's more than two people per day, and more than double the amount of police killings on...

There's no comprehensive database

Tesla loses fight with dealers to sell its cars in Texas

Dante D'Orazio May 31, 2015 03:13 pm05.31.2015 114

Tesla doesn't just make unique cars — it has a pretty unique way of selling them, too. The company handles sales directly, meaning there are no dealerships. And as you might expect, powerful auto dealers...

Musk will have to wait two more years for a vote

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht has been sentenced to life in prison

Russell Brandom and Chris Welch May 29, 2015 04:02 pm05.29.2015 332

Ross Ulbricht, founder and mastermind of the Silk Road, has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of narcotics conspiracy and other charges earlier this year. Those charges came with a...

"I’ve had my youth and I know you must take away my middle years, but please leave me my old age." Ross Ulbricht, in a pre-sentencing statement

Get amped for Sunday's Patriot Act vote with the weirdest political ad of 2015

Russell Brandom May 29, 2015 02:57 pm05.29.2015 20

If you have never seen a Super PAC ad promoting civil liberties in the tone of a monster truck rally, this is your chance.

First, some context. The Patriot Act is set to expire on Monday, and while the...

"Defendor of Freedom"

World Cup sponsor logos redesigned to protest labor abuses in Qatar

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Republicans want to kill the FCC's plan to subsidize internet for the poor

Colin Lecher May 29, 2015 09:36 am05.29.2015 181

This week, the FCC proposed offering internet subsidies to poor Americans, and Republicans in Congress are already lining up to slam the idea.

"Obama phone" debate all over again

India arrests pigeon accused of spying for Pakistan

Amar Toor May 29, 2015 07:41 am05.29.2015 28

Police in India this week arrested a pigeon on charges of spying for Pakistan. As BBC News reports, the pigeon was taken into custody on Thursday after a 14-year-old boy found it in a historically...

Bird registered as "suspected spy"

Apple can't get rid of its court-appointed antitrust monitor, judge rules

Colin Lecher May 28, 2015 11:25 am05.28.2015 83

Apple has been on anything but friendly terms with Michael Bromwich, the corporate monitor appointed to oversee the company after it lost its price-fixing ebooks case against the United States government....

But the fight will likely go on

FCC proposes subsidizing high-speed internet for low-income households

Jacob Kastrenakes May 28, 2015 10:37 am05.28.2015 44

One of the Federal Communications Commission's biggest goals has been getting all Americans online, and today it's proposing new support for households that can't afford access. According to The New York...

The program could bring more households online

Pentagon accidentally sent live anthrax samples to labs via FedEx

Amar Toor May 28, 2015 05:24 am05.28.2015 9

The Pentagon this week said that it accidentally sent live anthrax samples to government and private laboratories in at least nine states, and to a US military base in South Korea. As the Associated Press...

"There is no known risk to the general public." Col. Steve Warren, Pentagon spokesman
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