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Category Archives: E-Commerce

Blockchain Token Securities Law Framework

Coinbase blog: “Today, we’re excited to announce the release of a Blockchain Token Securities Law Framework. We’ve also created a Framework Tool as a guide for developers and users of blockchain tokens. As the development of blockchain tokens (also known as App Coins) continues to enable new decentralized business models, new legal issues come into… Continue Reading

Senate Sends Legislation Protecting Consumer Reviews to President

News release: “The U.S. Senate [November 28, 2016], by unanimous consent, sent bicameral legislation to the White House for the President’s signature that will outlaw the use of “gag clauses” in non-negotiable form contracts. Some businesses have attracted national scrutiny for using gag clauses to punish or silence honest criticism of products and services. The… Continue Reading

Pew – Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing

24% of Americans report earning money from the digital ‘platform economy’ in the past year. The extra income they make is a luxury for some, but a necessity for others. “From neighborhood handymen to freelance computer programmers, Americans have long taken on piecemeal work in lieu of (or in addition to) traditional salaried employment. But… Continue Reading

FTC “Sharing Economy” Report Explores Evolving Internet And App-Based Services

“A Federal Trade Commission staff report released today provides an in-depth assessment of evolving business models that rely on internet and app-based “sharing economy” platforms used by millions of Americans. The report summarizes a June 2015 FTC public workshop and highlights a number of competitive benefits and potential consumer protection challenges posed by disruptive business… Continue Reading

100,000 android smartphones have backdoor hacking your data sending it to China

Secret Backdoor in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say – “For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software… Continue Reading

Amazon sues resellers of counterfeit goods

WSJ – “Amazon.com Inc. this week filed lawsuits targeting sellers allegedly listing counterfeit goods on its website, publicly cracking down on an issue that has caused increasing friction. The two lawsuits, Amazon’s first legal challenge against its third-party sellers for bogus products, pertain to fake versions of the Forearm Forklift, a strap system that allows… Continue Reading

Cell phone numbers are new avenue to disrupt privacy and access personal data

New York Times – A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number – Steve Lohr – “A mobile number can be even more valuable than a Social Security number, since it’s tied to so many databases and connected to a device you carry with you.” Continue Reading

Vanity Fair – Welcome to the Dark Net

Welcome to the Dark Net, A Wilderness Where Invisible World Wars Are Fought and Hackers Roam Free “…Definitions. A vulnerability is a weakness in a network’s defenses. An exploit is a piece of software that takes advantage of a vulnerability. A zero-day exploit is a piece of software that takes advantage of a vulnerability that… Continue Reading

Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note7 Smartphones Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards

Consumer Product Safety Commission: “This recall involves the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone sold before September 15, 2016.  The recalled devices have a 5.7 inch screen and were sold in the following colors:  black onyx, blue coral, gold platinum and silver titanium with a matching stylus. Samsung is printed on the top front of the phone… Continue Reading

NextGov – Who’s in Charge of Regulating the Internet of Things?

Via NextGov – “The “internet of things” refers to a group of technology so vast the term is beginning to lose meaning. The internet of things hints at a vision of a ubiquitous network of electronics: refrigerators pinging their owners’ smartphones if they’ve run out of eggs, wearable devices that can detect the tell-tale vibrations of… Continue Reading