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Can Sentient AI Break the Law?

By Laura Temme, Esq.

We're lawyers who write for a living, so we're probably not the best people to figure out a definitive test for sentience. But just for fun, let's say an AI program really can be conscious. In that case, what happens if an AI commits a crime?

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Tesla's Elon Musk Accuses SEC of Harassment, Broken Promises, and Chilling Free Speech

By Camila Laval, J.D.

On Feb. 17, Musk and Tesla's attorney Alex Spiro wrote a letter to Judge Allison Nathan, accusing the SEC of failing to fulfill its promise of distributing the $40 million penalty to Tesla shareholders, deciding instead to focus its energy and resources to muzzle and harass his clients.

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Texas Sues Meta for Violating State Biometric Privacy Law

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

While biometric data can be useful for unlocking your smartphone or providing additional security at company headquarters, it is also particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks. If the data is compromised, it's a lot easier to change a password than your fingerprints. 

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Jury Finds Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Guilty on Four of Eleven Criminal Charges

By Laura Temme, Esq.

Holmes, a longtime name in Silicon Valley, founded Theranos on the promise of revolutionary blood-testing technology. But it seems that despite warnings from her own employees that the technology did not work, Holmes continued to solicit investors.

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Epic Appeals Decision in Fortnite Battle Royale With Apple

By Tim Kelly, J.D.

Online "battle royale" survival video game, Fornite, has captured global attention since its release in 2017 by software developer Epic Games, Inc. Boasting over 350 million registered accounts, Fortnite has a dedicated base of players across multiple gaming platforms.

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Zoom Will Pay Out $85 Million in Settlement Over User Privacy

By Laura Temme, Esq.

Over the weekend, Zoom Video Communications agreed to pay $85 million and increase its security measures to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit—although Zoom still denies any wrongdoing. It's no surprise that Zoom saw a huge increase in business during the pandemic—more than four times as much—but that spike didn't come without some growing pains.

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