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CLIP-ings: October 11, 2013

Internet Governance

‘Revenge Porn’ Legislation Coming to NY: Following California’s precedent, New York lawmakers have proposed legislation criminalizing revenge porn and expanding the scope of covered materials to include selfies.
Overstaying Their Welcome: After the New York Attorney General’s subpoena for data on over 15,000 participating Airbnb hosts in New York City, the travel company filed a motion objecting to the request as unreasonably broad.
Privacy
German Companies Allowed Facebook Pages: A German court ruled that a national law prohibiting companies from processing and commercializing user data does not extend to a business’s use of Facebook fan pages.
Mug Shot Sites Might Get Demoted:  Google announced that it is working on an algorithm that would lower search result rankings for websites publishing mug shots. 
Information Security & Cyberthreats
What’s Up With WhatsApp? A developer and blogger warned that a cryptographic design flaw makes messages sent by the WhatsApp Messenger vulnerable to decryption, and that all previous WhatsApp conversations could be compromised.
Intellectual Property
A Solution, At Last!  Google’s application to patent a computerized method for splitting restaurant bills was made public this week.

Free Expression & Censorship

China Mobilizes An Internet Army: A Chinese state media report revealed that approximately two million people are employed by the state, news websites and commercial corporations as “public opinion analysts” to monitor Internet activity and compile reports.  

Practice Note

The Social Media Marketing Conundrum: LinkedIn’s endorsement system, and other social media recommendation widgets, present ethical questions for lawyers.
On the Lighter Side
Barbie iCal Makeover: A bug on iCloud servers turns user calendars from drab to fab.
 
 Editorial Fellows: Victoria Geronimo, Adiella Stadler
Dean's Fellow: Daniela Alvarado