The Government Wants to Ban Children From Owning and Flying Drones

For a while the government has been scrambling to try and figure out what it should do about regulating drones, especially since there are dumb fucks out there that think it's still acceptable to fly them into planes. We already know that there are laws in the works that would prevent anyone owning a drone over 250 grams without registering and passing some sort of proficiency test, but now the government would like to stop children from flying them too. Read More >>

Police are Predictably Annoyed About Apple’s Plan to Turn Off USB Data Access on iPhones

Tech giant Apple is reportedly planning to prevent anyone who wants to gain access to a encrypted iOS device via techniques like Cellebrite’s GrayKey phone-hacking box by introducing an option to lock USB data access an hour after it’s locked, essentially turning iPhones, iPads, and iPods into sealed black boxes. Officials in the law enforcement community, which has been scaremongering about Apple’s encryption technology for years over the objections of actual tech experts, aren’t happy about it. Read More >>

Swiss Voters Overwhelmingly Choose to Legalise Online Gambling, But Block All Foreign Sites

Switzerland has elected to allow online casinos, though a newly approved law intends to keep foreign operations from sharing in the take. Read More >>

Drone Users are *This* Close to Having to Pass an Online Pilot Proficiency Test

It's no secret that the government has it in for drones, or rather the people who think they can fly drones wherever they like and leave chaos in their wake. It's been gunning for there to be some sort of proficiency test for would-be drone pilots to make sure they understand how to use them safely. Well today the government has announced a bunch of new rules that will crack down on reckless drone flight. Read More >>

Alleged Co-Owners of Mugshots.com Charged With Extortion 

The California Attorney General announced criminal charges against four men it claims are the owners and operators of Mugshots.com. The website has been under fire for years over its practice of scraping law enforcement websites to publish mugshots and often incomplete criminal records. It then demands large fees through a sister site for removing the information. Read More >>

Experts Sign Open Letter Slamming Europe’s Proposal to Recognise Robots as Legal Persons

Over 150 experts in AI, robotics, commerce, law, and ethics from 14 countries have signed an open letter denouncing the European Parliament’s proposal to grant personhood status to intelligent machines. The EU says the measure will make it easier to figure out who’s liable when robots screw up or go rogue, but critics say it’s too early to consider robots as persons—and that the law will let manufacturers off the liability hook. Read More >>

Grumpy Cat Wins £500,000 for Copyright Infringement as Memes Continue to Dominate American Society

There is no greater force in America than The Brand—and those who disrespect it suffer the consequences. This law was recently demonstrated by the owners of Grumpy Cat (née Tardar Sauce), the viral internet superstar with a permanent Clint Eastwood-like scowl, who scored a massive $710,001 payout (£500,000) from a copyright infringement lawsuit. Read More >>

TVAddons Reports That Kodi 18 ‘Leia’ Is Adding Built-in Video Game ROM Emulation

Uh-oh - it looks like modified Kodi boxes may not just be a menace to the film and TV industries - but the platform could soon be upsetting the games industry too. Read More >>

EU Courts Are Set to Decide Whether Uber is a Taxi Service or Not

Uber is not a taxi service. Or at least, that's what Uber would have you believe. Instead the company insists that it's a technology platform that links drivers with passengers, and nothing more. That would mean it's not subject to the same rules and regulations as, say, a local minicab firm. Read More >>

BitTorrent Inc Just Won a Long-Standing EU Trademark Dispute

When you hear the name BitTorrent, you tend to think of piracy, torrenting, and possibly arguments that the communications protocol isn't just used for downloading illegal files. But there was another company called Bittorrent out there, and the two have been locked in a legal battle over the EU trademark for quite some time. A battle that BitTorrent Inc (the well known one) just won. Read More >>

Uber’s Not Leaving London Until Next April or June or Never

The court battle between London and Uber for the right to run app-controlled taxis about the city has kicked off today, with the expensive lawyers beginning their opening arguments. Read More >>

Convicted Drunk Drivers Say Smartphone Breathalysers Helped Prevent Impaired Driving

Back in August, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in the US gave 475 people with drunk driving convictions (DUIs) a smartphone breathalyser, a mobile device that can estimate one’s blood alcohol level instantly. Now CDOT has surveyed the participants, and the results are hugely positive: 90 percent said the breathalyser helped them avoid driving while impaired and 94 percent said they would recommend the product to anyone who drinks regularly. Read More >>

Former Oxford Student Sues Because They Didn’t Teach Him Right

A 39-year-old former student of Oxford University is taking the educational establishment to court, claiming that a less than stellar degree result earned back in the year 2000 cost him a lucrative career in law -- so he'd like £1m in compensation, please. Read More >>

FBI: Man ‘Thought It Would Be Funny’ to Shine Laser in Pilot’s Eyes, Crashed Car in Chase

Authorities say a California man who was arrested after crashing during a high-speed chase allegedly “thought it would be funny” to flash a laser at a police helicopter, Ars Technica reports. Such laser strikes are dangerous because they can disorient pilots and endanger their passengers and people on the ground. The FAA reports roughly 5,000 laser strikes per year around the country, though this might be the most dramatic and idiotic case yet. Read More >>

US Lawmakers Introduce ‘Honest Ads Act’ to Govern Online Political Advertising

US Senate lawmakers on Thursday unveiled their first major legislative effort to increase transparency in online political advertising, called the Honest Ads Act. Sponsored by Senators Mark Warner, Amy Klobuchar, and John McCain, the bill attempts to align rules for online advertising with those broadcast on television and radio airwaves. Read More >>