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by mike masnick

It's 2015 already. Aren't we supposed to have personal robots like Rosie from the Jetsons already? Instead, what do we have? Vacuum cleaners that mosey around the house? For this week's awesome stuff, let's look at three interesting robotics crowdfunding...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Saturday, January 24, 2015
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If you program a bot to autonomously buy things online, and some of those things turn out to be illegal, who's liable? We may be about to have the first such test case in Switzerland, after an autonomous buying bot was "seized" by law enforcement. Two...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, January 23, 2015
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As we've mentioned in the past, every year for over a decade, Andy Baio scours the internet to see what Oscar-nominated movies have been put online (the answer is usually almost all of them). He started this back in 2004, when the MPAA laughably claimed...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Saturday, January 24, 2015
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More than five years ago, we wrote about just how difficult it was to actually put something into the public domain legally. For years, we've said that all of our Techdirt posts (where we have the right to do so) are subject to a public domain dedication,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Saturday, January 24, 2015
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If you read Techdirt, hopefully you're also familiar with Fark, the super popular news aggregator that was sort of Digg before Digg, Reddit before Reddit and Hackernews before Hackernews -- but still unique in its own way. It's main claim to fame is...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, January 23, 2015
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As we've been covering for a while now, the FAA is doing everything it can to delay nearly all commercial use of drones, despite the many possible innovations drones can lead to. Are there some legitimate safety concerns? Absolutely, but the FAA's approach...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, January 23, 2015
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Back in the fall, we wrote about how the DEA impersonated a woman on Facebook, even posting photographs of her young children (which they had taken off of her phone), in order to try to track down drug dealers. The woman, Sondra Arquiett, had dated a...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, January 23, 2015
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For many years we've been warning that intellectual property wars over things like music and movies were just a preview to the sort of insanity that would come about when 3D printing goes mainstream. We've seen some copyright takedowns of 3D printed...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, January 23, 2015
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We already wrote about how Senator Richard Burr has demanded that the White House return all copies of the full, unredacted CIA Torture Report, which Senator Dianne Feinstein distributed to various department heads last month. As we noted in our article,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, January 23, 2015
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As you may recall, about a year ago, President Obama gave a speech pledging some fairly weak NSA reforms in response to the Snowden revelations. There were some good things proposed, but he could have gone much further. One specific promise: the NSA...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, January 23, 2015
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