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Blizzard, Hearthstone, and China – Bans, Backlash, and Politics

Blizzard’s insta-ban of Hearthstone grandmaster Blitzchung comes with dubious Chinese politics.

The Brown Americans [tf charts]

Today’s chart was inspired by Representative Curt Clawson (R-FL).  Rep Clawson, upon meeting (and being introduced to, with title) Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar. The plot: Rep. Clawson spoke to these two fine brown people as if they were foreign…

We May All Be Computer Criminals Soon: The CFAA and the Power to Destroy

Over the last couple of years there’s been a lot of focus on legislation concerning internet privacy and regulation.  SOPA came and went.  CISPA was effectively (so we thought at the time) dead but is rearing its ugly head once again.…

Tech, Law, and the DMCA (Part I of II) – Unlocking Your Phone is Now Illegal

I love technology and the explosion of mobile tech in the last decade – it’s allowed users in the United States and around the world to completely change and enhance the way we communicate and run our day to day…

Congressmen Propose Violence Warnings on Almost Every Game out There

[Article first published as Congressmen Propose Violence Warnings on Almost Every Game out There on Blogcritics.] It’s always a good thing to see when Congress works hard to tackle the tough issues.  You know, economic health, unemployment, foreign relations – important things.  Then you…

Vox Populi: SOPA and PIPA Put on the Shelf

[Article first published as Vox Populi Puts SOPA and PIPA on the Shelf on Blogcritics.] Looks like it’s over.  Senate bill PIPA and its house companion bill SOPA have been shelved indefinitely by their sponsors.  On Friday, the announcements were made by Sen. Harry…

December SOPA Update: GoDaddy.com

[Article first published as December SOPA Update: GoDaddy.com on Blogcritics.] Earlier this month we took a look at the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) as it made its way through hearings in the House Judiciary Committee, through amendments, strong objections and ultimately…

99. The House Judiciary Hearing on SOPA was a Messy Show

[Article first published as House Judiciary Online Piracy Hearings Frightening on Blogcritics.] Thursday was a, well let’s say, interesting day, for those who have any sort of stake in, or connection to technology, politics or the horrific relationship between the two.  Over…

98. Computer Professionals Update Act Targets Overtime for American Nerds

[Article first published as Computer Professionals Update Act Targets Overtime for American Nerds on Blogcritics.] Somehow tech and politics mix together about as well as oil and water.  Look at the current state of technology politics – the FCC took forever to…

79. at&t’s sleight of hand to gain political favor?

[Article first published as AT&T’s Merger Sleight of Hand to Gain Political Favor? on Blogcritics.] As the old adage goes, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Why anyone would want to skin a cat to begin with…