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At a technology conference this past Wednesday, Rupert Murdoch, chair of 21st Century Fox, argued that major media companies should develop their own video streaming service that could compete with Netflix and Amazon. His comments likely stemmed from worries that Netflix and Amazon are starting to gain more and more leverage over the traditional content providers. […]
Last year, Greek businessman Victor Restis filed a defamation lawsuit against United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), an advocacy group which, as part of a “name and shame” campaign, had accused his shipping company of doing business with Iran. Restis denies the allegations, while UANI sticks by them. Ordinarily, each side would have its day in […]
EFF recently learned about a patent that covered a method of filming a yoga class. We reviewed the patent and discovered that it was just as ridiculous as it sounded. Despite our familiarity with absurd patents and our concerns about cursory review at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), we were still surprised that this […]
Recently, FBI Director James B. Comey, along with several government officials, have issued many public statements regarding their inability to catch criminals due to Apple and Google offering default encryption to their consumers.We at EFF have been around long enough to see these nearly identical statements being made in the past, and have simultaneously witnessed […]
It’s that time of year when people don sinister masks, spray themselves with fake blood, and generally go all out for a good fright. But here at EFF, we think there are plenty of real-world ghouls to last all year-round. Fortunately, we won’t let them hide under your bed. Sometimes our work sounds like science […]