Aereo Will Shut Down Service at 11:30 AM EST Today

In a blog post published just this morning, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia announced that the streaming cloud-based TV service will go dark at 11:30 AM EST today. The move responds to this week's Supreme Court decision that called Aereo's particular type of service illegal. The fight's not over, but Aereo's defeat is a… » 6/28/14 9:34am 6/28/14 9:34am

Should You Go to Jail For Making Threats on Facebook?

The Supreme Court announced that it will hear the appeal of Anthony Elonis, a man convicted and sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for making threats over Facebook—threats that were often in the form of rap lyrics—according to The Morning Call, the local newspaper covering the case. » 6/17/14 12:20pm 6/17/14 12:20pm

Is Aereo the New Betamax? The Supreme Court Weighs the Future of TV

Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo. It is a case which reportedly has entertainment industry executives wearing out their Xanax prescriptions, as they contemplate the destruction of the entire economic foundation of the television industry. The press keeps repeating » 4/22/14 8:59am 4/22/14 8:59am

Warrant or No, Cops Can Use Aluminum Foil To Block Smartphone Wiping

The legal debate over whether police need a warrant to search a suspect's cellphone is more than just raging on — it's headed to the Supreme Court. But even if the nation's highest court decides a warrant is needed, the authorities could still block you from remote-wiping your phone while they wait for the legal OK to… » 8/28/13 12:10pm 8/28/13 12:10pm

US Supreme Court: Human Genetic Material Can't Be Patented

Big news from the east side of Capitol Hill: It's not okay to patent genetic material taken from the human body. Or at least, it's not okay in the eyes of the nation's highest court. SCOTUS took on the controversial and somewhat futuristic case earlier this year, and with all the torrid discussion about updating all… » 6/13/13 11:01am 6/13/13 11:01am

The FBI Can't Find Many of Its GPS Trackers Now That They're Turned Off

The US Supreme Court had outlawed the warrantless use of GPS trackers so the FBI complied by shutting down all its devices but now is apparently having trouble actually retrieving the hardware. Because the GPS units are turned off. And the FBI has no idea where they are unless they're on. » 3/01/12 9:00pm 3/01/12 9:00pm

Supreme Court Gives the Go Ahead for Re-Copyrighting Public Domain Works

You've got to be kidding me. The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Congress can remove works from the public domain and re-copyright them in order to bring the the pieces into compliance with international copyright schemes. Yeah, because that doesn't run completely against the spirit of copyright law or anything. » 1/19/12 11:20pm 1/19/12 11:20pm

Supreme Court OKs DVR-In-The-Cloud Concept

Hollywood apparently tried to make a federal case about Cablevision launching a virtual DVR, a cable box with no local hard drive that still lets you "record" shows to watch later, and even fast forward through commercials. Hollywood studios got mad because they deemed it unfair re-broadcasting of content. The Supreme… » 6/29/09 8:15pm 6/29/09 8:15pm

In Huge Shift, Court Ruling Effectively Denies Software-Only Patent…

Today, a Federal court of appeals ruling definitely caught the attention of tech companies world wide: in a 9-3 ruling, the court effectively made patenting anything not directly related to an actual machine or object—most purely software-only patents, for example—against the law. As you might imagine, this has… » 10/31/08 5:45pm 10/31/08 5:45pm