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Safarigate: Benign Behavior or Malignant Breach?

Last Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google has purposefully circumvented Safari’s privacy settings, allowing it to track the behavior of users on non-Google sites. These findings contradicted Google’s own instructions as to how users worried about privacy settings could avoid tracking. The report was based off of research at Stanford that had identified [...]

STLR Link Roundup – November 30, 2011

Online shopping sites celebrated their second annual Cyber Monday, with more than 75% of online retailers offering some sort of discount for making purchases on the Monday after Thanksgiving. This year’s Cyber Monday comes after shoppers set a record for online spending – racking up $816 million — on Black Friday. The next status conference [...]

STLR Link Roundup – October 14, 2011

This week, Aurobindo Pharma became the first major generic drugmaker to join a patent pool designed to increase accessibility of AIDS/HIV treatments to the poor around the world. Lawmakers from across the country have written the Obama Administration in hopes of housing new satellite branches of the Patent and Trademark Office in their respective districts. [...]

The Right to Be Forgotten?

Have you ever Googled your own name? Statistics say that you probably have. Egotism aside, in a world where potential employers, schools and even romantic partners are likely to Google you, it would be irresponsible not to be aware of what pops up when you search your name. Many experts (and this non-expert) even recommend [...]

A System of Autonomous Cars

The Vehicle According to a Bundle.com study, Americans spend an average of 72 minutes a day behind the wheel. Imagine the increased productivity and general welfare if that time could be spent on other tasks, such as doing work, checking email, making calls, or even sleeping. Having to spend less time keeping one’s eyes on [...]

Kayak, Orbitz . . . Google? Oh My!

If you ask the average Internet user what Google is, most people would answer: a search engine.  But that’s not all that Google has become in the past ten years.  Many of us have at least heard of their bigger-ticket acquisitions, such as Picasa in 2004, Android in 2005, YouTube in 2006, and DoubleClick in 2007.  But [...]

STLR Link Roundup – April 24, 2010

The latest on the STLR radar: Authorities in San Mateo, California, contemplate filing criminal charges in connection with the sale of an Apple prototype (of a new iPhone), lost by and possibly stolen from an Apple software engineer and bought for $5,000 by the website Gizmodo.com, the New York Times reports. From the San Francisco [...]

STLR Link Roundup – April 9, 2010

The latest on the STLR radar: The British Parliament has approved a law authorizing temporary suspension of internet access for those accused of repeated copyright infringement, reports the New York Times. Opponents of the law, such as the Open Rights Group, promise to turn this into an election issue in Great Britain. Canadian company Wi-Lan [...]

STLR Link Roundup – April 2, 2010

The latest on the STLR radar: The Southern District of New York‘s decision in Association for Molecular Pathology and ACLU v. USPTO and Myriad (the “gene patents case”) handed down last Monday, has generated a lot of commentary this week. Here’s a selection: reports from Wired and On the Edges of Science and Law; IP Watchdog [...]

STLR Link Roundup – March 26, 2010

The latest on the STLR radar: The working text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has been released. See Wired and The Register coverage of the story, and our post on the draft treaty here. The Federal Circuit rules on patent dispute Applera Corp v. Illumina, Inc. on the basis of Californian employment law, writes Patent Docs. [...]