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Over 1,500 TSA Agents Have Been Reassigned to Political Rallies Since April

When the Secret Service needs help running security for a political event they turn to the TSA. But with TSA staff shortages and absurdly long lines
at American airports, why is the Secret Service leaning on the TSA for help? New figures obtained by …

Why Google’s fair use victory over Oracle matters

Had Oracle won instead, a cascade of liability could have meant every Android phone owner in the world was breaching copyright law

The Oracle v Google case matters to all of us, not just to the two software titans who have been battling over software copyright issues in the courtroom for the past six years. To understand why, it’s worth considering the cascade of liability that might have followed if Oracle had won the jury trial instead of Google.

Oracle claimed that Google’s reuse of 37 of 166 packages of the Java application program interface (API) in the Android software for smart phones infringed copyright. Oracle claimed intellectual property rights in that API by virtue of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, the developer of the Java technologies, including the API. After a two-week trial, a jury concluded that Google had made a fair and non-infringing use of the API. But what if Oracle had won?

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Twitter Shuts Down Russian Parody Accounts, and the US Government Is Pissed

Twitter parody accounts are the second worst thing on Earth. What’s the worst thing? When Twitter shuts down parody accounts because they might offend public figures. That’s what Twitter has been doing recently with accounts that poke fun at Russian politicians, such as @DarthPutinKGB. And the American government isn’t happy about it.

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