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Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Fall Semester 2015

Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this fall for the latest term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let’s get started.
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It’s Crazy How Much Cell Information Cops Think They Can Just Seize 

A federal appeals court just ruled that the government needs a warrant to obtain cell phone location records from your service provider. It’s the third ruling at this level on the matter, and the first that says a warrant is indeed necessary. Warrantless tracking of this kind is now more likely to be heard by the… »8/05/15 6:20pm8/05/15 6:20pm

Sorry You Can't Have Any More Sex Toys Because of This Patent

The dream of teledildonics, or having sex over the internet using remote-controlled sex toys, has been around since the 1990s. Every once in a while, new companies try to perfect the technology, so that you can enhance your sexting with a little something extra. But now the dream is about to die — thanks to patent… »7/23/15 4:18pm7/23/15 4:18pm

Selling Erotic Ebooks Is Illegal in Germany Before 10pm 

Thanks to an old-fashioned law that treats ebooks like movies, online booksellers in Germany are eligible for a $56,000 fine if they sell erotic ebooks before 10pm. That means any young fraus desperate to buy sensual Clippy stories may have to wait until after dark if booksellers come up with a plan to comply. »6/22/15 2:16pm6/22/15 2:16pm

Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Summer Semester 2015

Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this summer for the latest term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let’s get started. »5/13/15 1:12pm5/13/15 1:12pm

Appeals Court Rules That Your Electronics Can Stay Turned On In Flight

Back in 2013, the FAA saw sense, and ruled that passengers can use their electronic fondleslabs during takeoff and landing. And, shortly after, the Association of Flight Attendants sued, claiming the FAA had overstepped its bounds. An appeals court just ruled against the AFA, meaning takeoff Candy Crush is here to… »5/10/15 9:06pm5/10/15 9:06pm

Court Says Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking Is A-Okay

Do you like privacy? You’re going to hate this news. A federal court just ruled that law enforcement doesn’t need a warrant to obtain cell tower location data. This is just a year after the same federal court ruled that it did need a warrant, a move some called the biggest privacy wins in recent memory. Now it is a… »5/05/15 4:50pm5/05/15 4:50pm

Expert in Supreme Court Lethal Injection Case Did Research on Drugs.com

Tomorrow, when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the highest-profile death penalty challenge in seven years, the justices will begin ruling on this question: Does Oklahoma’s use of the common surgical sedative midazolam fail to make prisoners unconscious during lethal injections, thus violating the Eighth… »4/28/15 4:10pm4/28/15 4:10pm

Google Attempts to Fight Patent Trolls with a Pretty Dubious Strategy

Google’s legal team has just announced that they’ll be buying as many patents as possible in order to “remove friction from the patent market” and defeat patent trolls, companies that buy patents just to sue people on bogus charges of infringement. But there’s a big problem with this strategy. »4/27/15 12:55pm4/27/15 12:55pm