Appeals Court says Blogs are Not Only Media…


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they’re also an important source of news and commentary

A recent legal decision that helps support the idea that bloggers are entitled to and whether they should be the same as those given to professional journalists, was handed down in a Florida court case involving accusations of defamation:

‘Under state law, anyone who wants to pursue a defamation case has to notify the media outlet in question five days before filing. But Christopher Comins argued he didn’t have to do so in the case of a blog post from university student Matthew VanVoorhis, because blogs aren’t a traditional form of media and therefore aren’t entitled to notice.

‘As Techdirt notes, Comins’s argument was thrown out by the original court, but he appealed. Now, an appeals court has upheld that decision — and in the course of doing so, the judges in question chose to provide some great commentary on the importance of blogging as a form of media. The decision says:

Using a Fake Account to Commit Libel
Those are 2 different crimes
Fake Peoria mayor Twitter account prompts real raid of West Bluff house

‘Police searched a West Bluff house Tuesday and seized phones and computers in an effort to unmask the author of a parody Twitter account that purported to be Mayor Jim Ardis.

‘The account — known as @Peoriamayor on the popular social media service that limits entries to 140 characters — already had been suspended for several weeks when up to seven plainclothes police officers executed a search warrant about 5:20 p.m. at 1220 N. University St.

‘Three people at the home were taken to the Peoria Police Department for questioning. Two other residents were picked up at their places of employment and taken to the station, as well…’
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Auto-Text Your Friends If You Don’t Make It Home
Whether you’re meeting up with a stranger or just taking a midnight stroll, give Kitestring a heads up. We’ll check up on you with a simple text message. Reply to let us know you’re okay. If you don’t check in, we’ll send your emergency contacts a customizable alert message.
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A ‘Legal’ Search Engine for Illicit Searches
New ‘Google’ for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy
The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband online.

Grams, which launched last week and is patterned after Google, is accessible only through the Tor anonymizing browser (the address for Grams is: grams7enufi7jmdl.onion) but fills a niche for anyone seeking quick access to sites selling drugs, guns, stolen credit card numbers, counterfeit cash and fake IDs — sites that previously only could be found by users who knew the exact URL for the site.
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