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Don't Call the New Federal Gun Law a Gun Law

Don’t Call the New Federal Gun Law a Gun Law

“Yeah, I think that was,” Republican senator Thom Tillis says of Cornyn’s unscientific news clipping. JFK’s Legacy For Tillis, what truly unified the disparate group of progressives and conservatives was data—just not gun data. Instead, he says, their negotiations were most influenced by former president John F. Kennedy. On October 31, 1963, Kennedy signed into …

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Could TikTok Charge Users to View Your Videos?  The Law Says Yes

Could TikTok Charge Users to View Your Videos? The Law Says Yes

“At LinkedIn, we’re committed to respecting what’s yours,” says the narrator of a video titled “Who owns your content? You do.” They continue: “So we’ll always ask your permission before using your content in the ads, publications, or websites of other companies.” This should go without saying. Our content should not be used in third-party …

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Europe's Big Tech Law Is Approved.  Now Comes the Hard Part

Europe’s Big Tech Law Is Approved. Now Comes the Hard Part

The potential gold standard for online content governance in the EU—the Digital Services Act—is now a reality after the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly for the legislation earlier this week. The final hurdle, which is a mere formality, is for the European Council of Ministers to sign off on the text in September. The good news …

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Texas Supreme Court Temporarily Enforces Pre-Roe Abortion Law from 1925

Texas Supreme Court Temporarily Enforces Pre-Roe Abortion Law from 1925

The state of Texas is in a state of confusion as to what the actual law is over abortion — made only more dubious by a decision its high court just handed down. On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling from earlier this week giving clinics/docs there the green light to …

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Smartphones Blur the Line Between Civilian and Combatant

Smartphones Blur the Line Between Civilian and Combatant

As Russia continue its unprovoked armed aggression, reports from Ukraine note that the smartphones in civilians’ pockets may be “weapons powerful in their own way as rockets and artillery.” Indeed, technologists in the country have quickly created remarkable apps to keep citizens safe and assist the war effort—everything from an air-raid alert app to the …

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Smartphones Blur the Line Between Civilian and Combatant

Smartphones Blur the Line Between Civilian and Combatant

As Russia continue its unprovoked armed aggression, reports from Ukraine note that the smartphones in civilians’ pockets may be “weapons powerful in their own way as rockets and artillery.” Indeed, technologists in the country have quickly created remarkable apps to keep citizens safe and assist the war effort—everything from an air-raid alert app to the …

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A Bored Ape Lawsuit Won't Set the NFT Previous Seth Green Wants

A Bored Ape Lawsuit Won’t Set the NFT Previous Seth Green Wants

The first thing you should probably do if you find yourself in Seth Green’s position is not tweet about how much you’re “looking forward to previous setting debates on IP ownership & exploitation.” Green, an actor best known for his pouty portrayal of archvillain Dr. Evil’s disappointing son in the Austin Powers franchise, has become …

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A Puzzling Quantum Scenario Appears to Violate a Law of Physics

A Puzzling Quantum Scenario Appears to Violate a Law of Physics

Remember we’re dealing with the photon’s wave function here. Since the bounce doesn’t constitute a measurement, the wave function doesn’t collapse. Instead, it splits in two: Most of the wave function remains in the box, but the small, rapidly oscillating piece near where the mirror was inserted leaves the box and heads toward the detector. …

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Texas Cites Clarence Thomas to Defend Its Social Media Law

Texas Cites Clarence Thomas to Defend Its Social Media Law

Florida’s law remains blocked, and the state is keenly interested in the outcome of the Texas battle. Florida on Wednesday filed a Supreme Court brief supporting Texas, and the Florida brief was co-signed by 11 other states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, and South Carolina. “Amici states have a strong …

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