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Does European data privacy regulation help entrench U.S. tech firms?

Roslyn Layton, AEI, in November: The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), along with similarly heavy-handed regimes such as California’s Consumer Privacy Act, entrenches established platforms that have the resources to meet their onerous compliance requirements. Since the GDPR’s implementation in May, the rank and market share of small- and medium-sized ad tech companies has declined by 18 to 32 percent in the EU, while these measures have increased for Google, Facebook, and Amazon. ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Technology, Privacy, Law, California, Uncategorized, Eu, Gdpr, Google Facebook, Alex Stamos, James Pethokoukis, General Data Protection Regulation GDPR, Antonio Garcia Martinez


At the Rattatz Café...

... go ahead and talk about whatever you like. I hope you get a glimpse of the Super Worm Moon. It's too overcast for us here at Meadhouse, but we did get a good look at this morning's moonset, so that almost counts.Please remember to use the Althouse Portal to Amazon when you're purchasing your various worldly goods. The portal link is always there in the sidebar.Thanks to all who've gotten into the swing of the new comments policy, which puts everything through moderation and has worked real...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Drawing, Moon, Rats, Ann Althouse, Meadhouse, the Althouse comments community


"Who Still Buys Wite-Out, and Why?"

They're asking the rite question at The Atlantic.But correction fluids are not only surviving—they appear to be thriving, with Wite-Out sales climbing nearly 10 percent in 2017, according to the most recent public numbers. It’s a mystery of the digital age....Yeah, Mike Nesmith's mother... Liquid Paper... We needn't go back into that history. I'll just say Wite-Out is to Liquid Paper as Oreo is to Hydrox. Back to the question at hand: Why are people still buying a lot of correction fluid?Even as...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Law, Atlantic, Drawing, Handwriting, Cookie, NPD, Bic, Mike Nesmith, Ann Althouse, David A Graham, Tia Frapolli


Podcast: Elsa Alcala says Texas death penalty unreliable; parsing new TX traffic-stop data; prospects for Lone-Star marijuana reform, and other stories

Here's the March 2018 episode  of the Reasonably Suspicious podcast, recorded last week on the SXSW Podcast Stage hosted by Cadence13. Former Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Elsa Alcala was our special guest, focusing on junk forensic science and the death penalty.Here's what's on this month's show: Opening Riff Would permanently shifting to Daylight Savings Time reduce crime? Top Stories Prospects for marijuana reform in TexasNew data on use of force at Texas traffic stopsLegislative pr...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Law, Alcala, Texas Legislature, Gritsforbreakfast, Elsa Alcala, SXSW Podcast Stage, Cadence13 Former Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Death, Texas Public Information ActAs always Grits


Manifesto from Australian Terrorist in New Zealand

There is massive faux outrage over the video and manifesto being shared online. Meanwhile, Hitler's Mein Kampf is being sold on Amazon.com, while videos of jets crashing into the twin towers are copiously available on YouTube. Videos of people jumping and falling from the burning buildings can be found in seconds on YouTube. CNN, Al Jazeera and many others are lying about the contents of the manifesto. This can readily be seen by simply reading the manifesto of this far leftwing terrorist, ...
Tags: Amazon, Featured, Military, New Zealand, Hitler, Trump, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, CNN Al Jazeera


TaxAct vs. H&R Block vs. TaxSlayer: Which is the Best, Low-Cost Tax Services?

How are you filing your taxes this year? We’ve compared three of the big names in budget-friendly tax software to help you decide on one. Find out which comes out on top, here’s TaxAct vs. H&R Block vs. TaxSlayer. Table of Contents A Little Bit About Each Product Key Features Pricing Sign-Up Process Security Mobile Support & Accessibility Customer Service & Support Bottom Line: Which One Wins? Editor’s Note: Pricing is up to date as of March 3, 2019 I t’s almost tax time and you know wh...
Tags: Amazon, Taxes, Marketing, Customer Service, Military, Irs, Puerto Rico, Turbotax, H R Block, HSA, TaxAct, H R Block H R Block, Starting, TaxSlayer, IRS Publications, TaxAct Express


Do Adjacent Organic Search Results Constitute Trademark Infringement? Of Course Not…But…–America CAN! v. CDF

One of the screenshots from the complaint A charitable fundraising organization, America CAN!, has a registered trademark in the phrase “Write off the car, not the Kid.” The organization purports to help the education of high risk youths, and it claims that “100% of the net proceeds go to the kids.” So the “kid” in the trademarked phrase appears to refer to disadvantaged youths, not tax writeoffs for being a parent. As a parent, the pun didn’t work for me. The lawsuit relates to Make-a-Wish Nor...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Yahoo, Law, California, Marketing, America, Search Engines, Trademark, BPI, Ftc, Weber, Florida Bar, Cooper, Abraham


Acko, a digital insurance provider in India, raises another $65M at a $300M valuation

Acko — a startup out of India that has taken on the country’s antiquated insurance industry with a digital-first product for drivers and others in transportation-related scenarios (for example, cancelled ticket insurance) — has raised more funding as it passes 20 million customers on its books. The company has closed a Series C of $65 million from a list of investors that includes not just the co-founder and former CEO of Flipkart, but also its arch-rival, Amazon — speaking to the opportunity in...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, Ecommerce, Asia, India, Insurance, Tech, Canada, Flipkart, Binny Bansal, Amazon Amazon, Varun, Bansal, Acko, Dua


Morning Docket: 03.12.19

* Baker McKenzie jerks around partners the way most firms jerk around associates. [American Lawyer] * Amazon agrees to stop doing that thing that looks a lot like an antitrust violation. [Axios] * Should Ty Cobb be mouthing off about the Mueller probe in public? [The Hill] * Bankruptcy trial features travel agents explaining how American Airlines has ruined competition in the airline industry. In other news, there are still travel agents? [Law360] * "Squirrel Sex" is the go-to explanation fo...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Donald Trump, American Airlines, Harvard Law School, Mueller, Harvard Gazette, Baker & McKenzie, Ty Cobb, Robert Mueller, Morning Docket, Entertainment Law


Boston Tech Watch: .406, Circle, Haven, Shift, LinkSquares & More

The Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan-led healthcare moonshot has a name. The venture capital dollars continued to roll in for A.I. startups. The Akamai-Janrain deal was pegged at $125 million. And a local VC firm is reloading for a new fund. Read on for more of this week’s Boston technology and innovation news.—Shift Technology, a fraud detection technology startup serving the insurance industry, raised $60 million in a new Series C funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Previo...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Boston, Trends, Insurance, Tech, Cybersecurity, Fraud, Mit, Harvard, Unemployment, Paris, Fundraising, Cambridge, Deal, Carbonite


Amazon’s Silk Road: A Brand’s Best Friend?

Amazon continues to experiment with IP policing solutions that can be used to protect both established and nascent brands that sell on its site.
Tags: Amazon, Law, Infringement, Intellectual Property, Gaston Kroub


Front-paged at the NYT: How to eat lunch at your "luxurious" company.

In case this has never occurred to you, snack items can be lunch. Inside, the article is "How to Make Meals From Office Snacks/At start-ups and luxurious companies, the free lunch is for the taking, if you’re bold enough." I look forward to more NYT articles about things that are "free... for the taking, if you’re bold enough."How to Stock Your Home Office... supplies are free, if you're bold enough! For Shoppers at Department Stores: The clothes and makeup you need for your big date are free fo...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Law, Steve Jobs, Ethics, Philosophy, Nyt, Tumblr, Shame, Vox, Vox Media, Michael, Department Stores, Jennings, Fisher, Georgetown University


Pot debate at #txlege launches early, Soldiers as cops?, Tailoring corrections practices to women prisoners, and other stories

At the Texas Legislature this week, criminal-justice bills are finally being heard, although not yet in all committees, and all on the House side. Most of the major legislation remains to be seen; some of it has yet to be filed. Excepting marijuana discussions described below, all the biggest #cjreform debates of the session are all yet to come. But here are a few mostly-small bills up in committee this week that deserve Grits readers' attention: Marijuana reform debate launches early This after...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Law, Gop, House, Republican Party, Greg Abbott, Legislature, Plano, Moody, James White, Wu, Texas Legislature, Juvenile Justice, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ


At the Manhole Rat Café...

... what does it take to get out of here?(Please consider using the Althouse Portal to Amazon.) [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Law, Drawing, Rat, Ann Althouse


Amazon won’t sell porn, but will sell anti-vaxxer books

Tech companies like Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube have all recently moved to ban, demonetize or otherwise moderate content related to anti-vaccination causes.Amazon, which currently sells documentaries, books and merchandise created by anti-vaxxers, has offered no plans to do the same.How much responsibility private companies should take when it comes to keeping potentially dangerous information from the public remains an open question. None Amazon has no stated plans to moderate or remove ant...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Pinterest, Internet, Youtube, Government, Society, Cnn, Innovation, Philosophy, Philadelphia, Vaccines, Calif, Adam Schiff, Children s Hospital


One Good Book

This morning I've finally finished adding the "Featured Comments" to the "Museum Tricks" post. It makes good reading, I think. There are some great ones. Bear in mind too that "Featured" comments are merely representative comments, not necessarily all the "best" ones. There are some great comments in the Comments Section, too. Comments are featured here on TOP so people who don't have time to read all the comments can conveniently read a few. Advance notice: I have to take tomorrow off to deal w...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Photography, Society, David, Moma, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, John Szarkowski, David Van Elslande, Gisele Freund


Jeff Bezos: world's richest man finally tops list of biggest donors

Bezos, who holds Amazon stock valued at about $137bn, contributed a total of $2bn in 2018Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man and one frequently tagged a cheapskate when it comes to giving away money, has emerged as a leading philanthropist. Related: Jeff Bezos: the Amazon billionaire and Trump bete noire Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Society, US news, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Philanthropy, Michael Bloomberg, Trump, Bezos


2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 7 (Content Moderation, Section 230, & More)

[ugh, somehow this got lost in my drafts folder. Sharing it now…] * Vice: “The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People.” If you read only one article on content moderation, choose this one. Things I learned included: Facebook has a policy for images depicting celebrities photoshopped with anus mouths/eyes. * New York Times: Inside Twitter’s Struggle Over What Gets Banned * Washington Post: Jack Dorsey says he’s rethinking the core of how Twitter works * Vice: In...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Law, Washington Post, Russia, Atlantic, New York Times, Islam, US Senate, Jack Dorsey, Sheryl Sandberg, Ny Times, Slashdot


At the Light Gray Café...

... you can stay up all night. And you can shop at Amazon through the Althouse Portal. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Law, Drawing, Rats, Ann Althouse, Light Gray Café


Morning Docket: 02.21.19

* Accountants are the new bakers when it comes to discriminating against gay people. I guess this means tax prep is more a matter of artistic interpretation, which in fairness explains Amazon's tax bill last year. [Fox News] * Tesla GC self-driven back to Williams & Connolly after two months. [National Law Journal] * "Lawyer likens R. Kelly to Beethoven to explain studio move." Who can forget that "immortal beloved" letter about urolagnia? [Star Tribune] * A good look at the renewed effort to...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Government, Diversity, Tesla, Copyright, Beethoven, Fox News, Lgbtq, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Biglaw, Strip Club, R. Kelly, Star Tribune, Rosen


"The suit alleges that The Post 'targeted and bullied' 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann in order to embarrass President Trump."

I'm reading about the lawsuit against The Washington Post in The Washington Post.“In a span of three days in January of this year commencing on January 19, the Post engaged in a modern-day form of McCarthyism by competing with CNN and NBC, among others, to claim leadership of a mainstream and social media mob of bullies which attacked, vilified, and threatened Nicholas Sandmann, an innocent secondary school child,” reads the complaint.It added, “The Post ignored basic journalist standards becaus...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Nbc, Law, Washington Post, Wikipedia, Court, Journalism, Atlanta, Ted, Cnn, New York Times, Bill Cosby, Cosby, Catholic, John


Who Are Alternative Legal Service Providers Today?

Bob Ambrogi reported this morning that Axiom, a global legal services company providing legal professionals and technology to legal departments in the largest companies in the world, is going public. Made me wonder who were the “alternative” legal service providers of today. Companies like Axiom or traditional law firms? After all, Axiom already has 2,000 employees across three continents.   A few weeks ago, Frank Ready of Legaltech News reported that Elevate, providing consulting, te...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, UK, Technology, Law, Cisco, Andreessen Horowitz, Thomson Reuters, Justin Kan, Chandler, Atrium, Ambrogi, LegalZoom, Bob Ambrogi, Access to legal services, Liam Brown


At Ratty's Café...

... I'm sure you've got plenty left to talk about.And stuff to buy at Amazon — through the Althouse Portal. I just bought an 8-pack of Tiny But Mighty popcorn. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Law, Drawing, Rats, Ann Althouse, Althouse Portal


Developments in the digital ecosystem today

By Trisha Jalan and Sneha Johari A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem: ACT Fibernet has expanded to Lucknow, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. T-Series will start producing web series and web films, this venture will be headed by Vinod... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Video, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Social Media, Insurance, Whatsapp, Policy, Regulation, Flipkart


"Lying shrivelled upon a blue cloth, jaundice yellow but for the bloody end where it was sliced off—apparently as cleanly as sashimi..."

"... the severed penis is instead a listless nubbin, small and sad: not a pound of flesh so much as a few pathetic ounces. Still, it is the enduring symbolic power of the penis which gives the documentary its cumulatively disquieting effect....  Most salutary is the way that 'Lorena' reveals what happens when symbols of manhood are under threat—a subject as relevant today as it was in the early nineties, when John’s penis became a potent stand-in for masculinity itself and the cultural response ...
Tags: Amazon, Comedy, Law, John, Whoopi Goldberg, Lorena, Ann Althouse, Rebecca Mead, Genitalia, Lorena Bobbitt, Bobbitts


Background Checks: Getting a Job with a Misdemeanor

My question involves criminal records for the state of: California. I'm looking for work at the moment to try and take care of school and car expenses. I reapplied to Amazon after working there two years ago, and have to go through their process all over again, with a pending start date of March 1. That said, I still have a hit-and-run charge from last April (the incident was in April, the hearing in December) on my record. What companies, if any, will hire if I have that on my record? And shoul...
Tags: Amazon, Law, California, Employment and Labor


Criminal Records: Getting a Job with a Misdemeanor

My question involves criminal records for the state of: California. I'm looking for work at the moment to try and take care of school and car expenses. I reapplied to Amazon after working there two years ago, and have to go through their process all over again, with a pending start date of March 1. That said, I still have a hit-and-run charge from last April (the incident was in April, the hearing in December) on my record. What companies, if any, will hire if I have that on my record? And shoul...
Tags: Amazon, Law, California, Criminal Records


Here's How Your Birthday Color Can Bring Harmony Into Your Home

Decorating our spaces with intention is a task that's easier dreamt about than done — at the end of the day we lack energy, direction, and inspiration for total home makeovers. But what if elevating our apartments was as easy as incorporating a single color? According to astrologer and metaphysician, Michele Bernhardt, it is. We chatted with the author of Colorstrology and mind behind its vibrant Pantone birthday calendar about just how we can (and should) use color to bring energy into our hom...
Tags: Amazon, Nordstrom, Fashion, Music, Georgia, Society, Baja, Lulu, Anthropologie, Wayfair, Bernhardt, Seung, Sara Miller, Anthropologie Place, Seung Won Chun, Michele Bernhardt


Morning Docket: 02.15.19

* Today begins the national emergency of "not enough constitutional law scholars to fill every cable news interview slot." [NY Times] * Great when the new AG starts off his tenure with some light corruption. [Vanity Fair] * The Supreme Court's assault on the bar is unsurprisingly spreading. [National Law Journal] * The demands of in-house hiring folks can make them their own worst enemy. [Corporate Counsel] * Amazon has bailed on its NYC headquarters putting an end to one of the most comical...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Vanity Fair, Ny Times, AG, In-House Counsel, Morning Docket, Morrison & Foerster, Bill Barr


"Who in the name of God would bring a half-eaten eight-ounce jar of Hellmann’s mayonnaise to a public meeting?"

A few days ago, I was talking about a problem that Kamala Harris has as she runs for President:She's too much of a prosecutor to win the love of a minority group Democrats need to turn out if they're going to beat Mr. Criminal Justice Reform Donald Trump.Shouting Thomas started off a comment with...The job of a prosecutor is to put black guys in jail, as noted in "Bonfire of the Vanities."...I said:Thanks for reminding me of that book, which I've been meaning to read.I just finished "Lake Succes...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Kamala Harris, Harlem, Scott Fitzgerald, Wolfe, Tom Wolfe, Hellmann, Vanities, Charlotte Simmons, Mayonnaise, Ann Althouse, Laslo Spatula, Racial Politics, Althouse, reference to the Gatsby project



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