The happy face and "Have a Nice Day ☺" helped to define the '70s. With two dots and a pencil stroke, schoolchildren have brightened handwritten messages by filling in their O's with mini-smileys. These days, nary a cheery e-ma
Mike Herchenbach was sure he would get a fine. He’d pay a couple hundred dollars, like his roommates, and go on with his life, even though he wasn’t at the party that got out of hand at his rental house. After all, his name was on the lease.
The federal judge overseeing the patent infringement case against the maker of the BlackBerry portable e-mail device rejected a request by the Justice Department to hold proceedings on how to exempt government users from a shutdown of service.
A federal court judge has concluded that an image search service run by Google Inc. infringes on the copyrights of adult entertainment company Perfect 10 Inc. by displaying small versions of its images in search results.
Based on the group's own digital watermarking technology, for tracking pirated audio files in peer-to-peer file-sharing networks as an alternative to digital rights management, which he says require special players and are prone to hacking.
The plight of homeowners is hard to ignore. "But at the same time ... there are hundreds if not a couple of thousand faces of people you don't see, of people of all levels of income who as a result of the economic development will get jobs,*
Residents rejected a proposal to evict Supreme Court Justice David Souter from his farmhouse to make way for the "Lost Liberty Hotel." But voters deciding which issues should go on the town's March ballot replaced the group's propos
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will re-examine the validity of the so-called JPEG patent held by Forgent Networks, who claim that their patent covered the JPEG compression technique used in digital cameras and PCs. Forgent has collected $105 mi
When it comes to home entertainment - music and movies - the Senate is considering making those rules a lot more annoying. A bill, the Digital Content Protection Act of 2006, is designed to give the FCC control over home entertainment technology.
Patricia Santangelo just wanted to save money, but the mother of five quickly realized that acting as her own lawyer against the music companies accusing her of illegal downloading was a big-time money-burner.
Draft legislation making the rounds in the Senate gives us a preview of the MPAA and RIAA's next target: your television and radio. They want to pass laws that will regulate new technologies in advance and freeze fair use forever.
Angered by a Supreme Court ruling that gave local governments more power to seize people's homes for economic development, a group of activists is trying to get one of the court's justices evicted from his own home.
The cell phone records privacy issue continues to attract more and more media interest by the day. I've been doing interviews with a slew of local radio stations around the country, will be taping Inside Edition later this week, TV continues to c
After months of emotionally exhaustive waiting and wondering, homeowners in the most devastated parts of New Orleans now know they'll have to wait until late June to rebuild, and it's not certain their property will be safe from public seizur
Cingular today obtained a Temporary Restraining Order from a US Court, against two companies involved in unlawfully obtained and disseminated Cingular customer cell phone records. "Cingular will not tolerate the theft of customer records,"
I reported the other day that your cell phone records are on sale online for anyone to buy, without your permission. Well, this morning AMERICAblog bought former presidential candidate, and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (SACEUR), General We
Washington D.C.'s city council voted overwhelmingly to ban smoking in the U.S. capital's bars, restaurants and other workplaces, with portions of the ban expected to take effect as early as this spring.
How to determine when an invention is "obvious" is one of the most critical and contentious issues in patent circles. Critics say, the hurdle for passing the obviousness test has been steadily lowered, and the U.S. is now awash in a sea of
Along with fraud and coercion, Cam and his colleague, embedded journalist Aamer Madhani, found on US military bases widespread de facto debt bondage coupled with the confiscation of foreign workers' travel documents.
A suburban Kansas City man is appealing a ticket he received for homemade yard signs opposing the war in Iraq. The ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri is helping David Quinly appeal the citation in Johnson County District Court. Quinly sought the ACL
A federal appeals court rejected an attempt by the grand-daughter of "Winnie the Pooh" author A.A. Milne and backed by the Walt Disney Co to strip rights to the popular children's books from the estate of long-time Pooh licensee Stephe
5 months after the US Supreme Court set off a national debate by ruling that the City of New London could seize their property through eminent domain to make way for new private development, no one has been forced to leave.
By a vote of 5 to 4, the Court declared that the Connecticut city and its quasi-governmental development corporation could take the well-maintained homes and businesses to make room for an expansion by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.
The bill, passed 376-38, would withhold federal money from state and local governments that use powers of eminent domain to force businesses and homeowners to give up their property for commercial uses.
For decades, Jean Jesse has dreamed of building a home on the plot she owns near Portland. She may have to dream a little longer. When voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure loosening some of the strictest zoning restrictions in America, Jes
"There is no rule of law here," said Puche, who accuses state officials of encouraging land grabs by declaring his and dozens of other farms state land. Takeovers are part of President Hugo Chávez's recently accelerated land redistribut
Paradise Valley district, which was required to mail election information pamphlets to voters, is being sneaky because the pamphlet didn't spell out the tax implications for residents. District officials maintain that no one asked for that inform
Arizonans driving without licenses are about to get some motivation to obey the law. Effective today, police will manditorily impound vehicles belonging to unlicensed motorists. Let the car stealing begin.
Tempe is asking the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn the Bailey decision where it had tried to condemn the long time brake shop so an adjacent hardware store could turn it into a parking lot. The decision is interfering with its seizure of private
Kelo v. New London was decided in June of 2005. The U.S. Supreme Court saw no problem with government seizing your property to give to other private individuals or groups with the intent of getting more government revenue.