Judge shoots down Noriega 'Call of Duty' lawsuit
A California judge on Tuesday shot down a lawsuit filed by former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega after his likeness appeared in a "Call of Duty" video game.
Identifying 'stance taking' cues to enable sophisticated voice recognition
In the future, computers may be capable of talking to us during meetings just like a remote teleconference participant. But to help move this science-fiction-sounding goal a step closer to reality, it's first necessary to ...
Supreme delay: Why the nation's highest court puts off big decisions until the last moment
As the Supreme Court of the United States begins its fall 2014 session this month, it faces decisions on several "blockbuster" cases, including freedom of speech, religious freedoms in prison, pregnancy discrimination and ...
'Yelp laws' aim to halt online review reprisals
It's now law in California: consumers have a right to post negative reviews on Yelp and other websites, without fear of reprisals from companies they write about.
Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada
He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking ...
Phone snooping via gyroscope to be detailed at Usenix
Sri Lanka to tackle online hate speech, says military
Sri Lanka will clamp down on Internet hate speech following deadly anti-Muslim riots said to have been fuelled by social media sites, the military said Monday.
San Francisco parking app refuses shut-down order
The company behind an app that allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit is rejecting an order from the city attorney to stop its operations.
Should universities censor students on social media?
Huge increases in the use of social media by students have posed difficult ethical questions for Universities. Comments posted on sites such as Facebook are often 'stream of consciousness' thoughts, expressed with little ...
US top court to rule if threats on Facebook are free speech
The US Supreme Court said Monday it would rule on whether violent threats posted on social media could merit criminal charges, or whether they are protected as free speech.
Facebook blocks rock band page at Pakistan govt request
Facebook has blocked the popular page of a liberal Pakistani rock band and others that criticise the Taliban at the request of the government, angering activists campaigning against censorship in the Islamic country.
Turkey lifts controversial YouTube ban
Turkey lifted a controversial ban on YouTube on Tuesday, days after the country's top court ruled that it breached the right to free speech.
YouTube still blocked in Turkey despite top court verdict
Popular video-sharing site YouTube remained blocked in Turkey on Sunday despite the country's top court ruling that the blanket ban contravened the right to free speech.
Microsoft claims breakthrough in real-time translation
Microsoft has announced what it called a breakthrough in real-time voice translation and said it would offer a test version through its Skype messaging unit before the end of 2014.