The end of net neutrality is here

The way the internet is regulated in the US is about to change. The controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections is officially set to take effect on Monday, despite ongoing efforts from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups to save the rules. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted along party

Viet Nam: Proposed cybersecurity law threatens to stamp out online freedom

Presidential Norms and Article II

The nature of the presidency cannot be understood without reference to norms. The written provisions of our constitutional structure do not, by themselves, offer a sufficiently thick network of understandings to create a workable government. Rather, those understandings are supplied by norm-governed practices. Presidential power is both augmented and constrained by these unwritten rules. This

Anticipating and Planning for Geopolitical & Regulatory Changes

Square Acquires Weebly for $365 Million

The payment platform Square is acquiring Weebly, the website builder, for $365 million. This acquisition will help Square expand globally with Weebly’s 625,000 paid subscribers outside of the U.S. The majority of the Weebly team will be joining the Square team. Fitbit is partnering with Google to send health data to doctors. Fitbit will now have access to a

Facebook, Google and Twitter Are Testifying Before Congress Today. Watch Live Here.

The congressional inquiry into how Russian propaganda influenced the outcome of the 2016 continues today, and representatives from tech powerhouses Facebook, Google and Twitter are all in Washington, D.C., to be questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Intelligence Committee. Google, Twitter and Facebook, all publicly traded companies, have been criticized in the

Clothing Company Named ‘Steve Jobs’ Can Keep Name After Apple Loses Legal Battle

Apple isn’t having a very good final week of 2017. Already being forced to admit older iPhones were being purposefully slowed down, followed by an apology and cheap battery replacement offer, now Apple has lost a multi-year Steve Jobs branding legal battle. As The Verge reports, it started back in 2012 when Italian brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato realized

Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd is coming to Disrupt SF

Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd has always done things her own way. Whether it’s standing up for her political beliefs, building a company with fully outsourced engineers or avoiding the usual startup fundraising runaround, Wolfe Herd follows her own instincts in building a business. Which is why we’re super excited to announce that

Washington sues Facebook and Google over failure to disclose political ad spending

Facebook and Google were paid millions for political advertising purposes in Washington but failed for years to publish related information — such as the advertiser’s address — as required by state law, alleges a lawsuit by the state’s attorney general. Washington law requires that “political campaign and lobbying contributions and expenditures be fully disclosed to

An Unlikely Source Stirs Debate Over Avvo Legal Services

(Lawsiteblog) A report published this week is sure to fuel debate over the ethics of lawyers’ participation in Avvo Legal Services and similar for-profit referral services. The report chides the legal profession for its resistance to change and — without using the word explicitly — portrays bar associations as hypocritical in taking stances against Avvo.