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Federal Judge Says Fuck The 1st Amendment While Upholding Public University’s Drag Show Ban

4 hours 13 minutes ago
Most laws and policies banning drag shows are experiencing swift judicial blowback thanks to their obvious regulation of expressive speech. Some legislators have attempted to work around this expected roadblock to oppression by avoiding any mention of drag shows or drag performers when crafting unconstitutional laws, instead pretending they’re simply strengthening existing obscenity laws. None […]
Tim Cushing

Daily Deal: The Big Data And Analytics Master Toolkit

4 hours 18 minutes ago
Most modern companies put a lot of stock into data when making crucial business decisions. As such, they require employees who understand how to work with mass amounts of data, and effectively analyze it to get a holistic view of the company. These skills aren’t just reserved for analysts, they’re valuable for professionals in any […]
Gretchen Heckmann

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

1 day 3 hours ago
We’ve got one commenter taking both top spots on the insightful side this week, but also… not really. Because in what I believe is a first, our top winner on the insightful side is Samuel Abram commenting on the previous comments post to celebrate a comment from last week, by Stephen T. Stone, that didn’t […]
Leigh Beadon

This Week In Techdirt History: September 17th – 23rd

2 days 2 hours ago
Five Years Ago This week in 2018, Ajit Pai was whining about California’s net neutrality effort, while a court ordered the FCC to hand over data on bogus public comments about net neutrality, and Congress failed to invite a single consumer advocate to its upcoming hearings about broadband privacy rules. A Swedish ISP gave us […]
Leigh Beadon

10th Circuit Reminds Cop That A Driver Doing Nothing Suspicious Is Not Reasonable Suspicion To Extend A Stop

2 days 23 hours ago
Law enforcement officers rarely care about enforcing traffic laws. Moving violations may produce a little extra revenue for the city or state, but it doesn’t do much for the officers performing the stops. Pretextual stops? The leveraging of any perceived moving violation in hopes of performing a vehicle search? That’s where the money is, thanks […]
Tim Cushing

The Enshittification Of Streaming Continues As Amazon Starts Charging Prime Video Customers Even More Money To Avoid Ads

3 days 1 hour ago
Thanks to industry consolidation and saturated market growth, the streaming industry has started behaving much like the traditional cable giants they once disrupted. As with most industries suffering from “enshittification,” that generally means imposing obnoxious new restrictions (see: Netflix password sharing), endless price hikes, and obnoxious and dubious new fees geared toward pleasing Wall Street. […]
Karl Bode

White House, States Try To Convince Supreme Court In Jawboning Case

3 days 4 hours ago
As we noted last week, the Supreme Court put on hold the injunction issued by the 5th Circuit regarding the administration’s efforts to influence how social media companies deal with misinformation. As you’ll recall, Louisiana and Missouri and a variety of nonsense peddlers all sued the Biden administration, claiming that their 1st Amendment rights were […]
Mike Masnick

Daily Deal: Adam Elements Mag 3 Magnetic 3-in-1 Foldable Travel Charging Station

3 days 4 hours ago
Charge more devices while saving space with Adam Element’s Mag 3 Magnetic 3-in-1 Foldable Travel Charging Station. This charging station replenishes your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods in one shot. The foldable design minimizes the size for storage and traveling, while the included USB-C charging cable supports up to 15W of power. Charging both vertically […]
Gretchen Heckmann

CBP Tells Senator Ron Wyden It Will Stop Buying Location Data From Third Parties

3 days 5 hours ago
In 2018, the Supreme Court handed down the Carpenter decision. That decision built on the one declaring phones off limits without a warrant — one delivered four years earlier. The rationale was this: phones are always on, all-knowing, and everywhere all the time. Given the amount of data generated by everyday smartphone use, the Supreme […]
Tim Cushing

Countries Eye Weight Tax To Counter Public Safety Threat Of Extremely Heavy, Large EVs

3 days 23 hours ago
The United States is already a global leader in traffic-related fatalities, with a thirty-percent jump in the last decade. That’s in contrast to every other developed country, which saw a decline. So of course it’s a perfect time to flood American highways with a parade of extremely heavy EVs with unprecedented acceleration. Some of which are extremely […]
Karl Bode

EU-Funded ‘Automated Deception Detection’ Border Security Project Concludes, But Public Aren’t Allowed To See Research Details

4 days 2 hours ago
Note: Since the publication of this article, the iBorderCtrl website has disappeared. We have updated the links in the post to point to an archived version of the site. Four years ago, Techdirt wrote about iBorderCtrl, a research project funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 framework. According to the project’s Web site: iBorderCtrl […]
Glyn Moody

What State Action Doctrine? Biden Administration Renews Push For Deal With TikTok, Where US Government Would Oversee Content Moderation On TikTok

4 days 4 hours ago
So, for all of the nonsense about what level of coercive power governments have over social media companies, it’s bizarre how little attention has been paid to the fact that TikTok is apparently proposing to give the US government control over its content moderation setup, and the US government is looking at it seriously. As […]
Mike Masnick