Category Archives: Laws & Policy

Uber But For Energy: Utility Surge Pricing Threatens Summer Cool

Inside, Jim leafs through their summer bills from the power company Arizona Public Service, or APS. He counts: “$183, $262, $250.” Steep, but predictable. Ever since he’s heard about a new fee, though, he’s begun to worry. For that so-called “demand” charge, the power company will look at the one hour of the month during peak time when the couple uses the most energy. Jim’s not the only one who’s upset. Within a week of the utility proposing the charge, protesters had taken to the streets with signs like “Surge Pricing is Unfair” and “Profits Over People. Read More>>

7 Trademark Rules Every Startup Should Know

A trademark or service mark is a brand identifier.  Every company offering products or services has at least one.  While the name of a product or service tells consumers what it is, the associated mark tells consumers who offers it to the public. The selection and use of a brand name involves a number of important decisions that have both marketing and legal implications.  Failing to understand and accommodate those implications can expose a startup to increased marketing costs and legal exposure.  Accordingly, a startup would be well-advised to follow some simple rules.  Read More>>

Behind-the-Scenes Battle: Who Owns Your Digital Afterlife?

What happens to our emails, online searches and other digital assets after we die? A surge of families struggling with similar questions is driving a political battle between tech companies and estate lawyers over who gets the keys to someone’s digital afterlife.

In California, lawmakers will vote in September on a bill that would deny families access to emails of someone who died unless a court finds the person had consented to passing them on to heirs. According to a recent Zogby poll, over 70 percent of Americans say their private online communications and photos should remain private after they die. Read More>>

Private Space Stations Could Be a Reality by 2025

Experts believe that commercial space station will become a reality within the next 10 years if entrepreneurs and NASA can properly manage the transition from government-run space stations to privately build and operated. Private companies are currently using the ISS for experiments, commercial research and the launching of tiny spacecrafts called cubeseats. Read More>>

Huge Global Sting Yields World’s Biggest Hacker Bust Ever

Darkode is an online, Password-protected forum where hackers share information and tools to facilitate unlawful intrusions on other’s computer and electronic devices. Experts consider Darkode as one of the greatest threat to the integrity of data on computers in the U.S and around the world. Through the latest operation of FBI the malware network of Darkode was completely dismantled and the criminals will face trails. Read More>>

Universities Increasingly Vulnerable To Cyberattacks

In this world of hacking and security threats, Universities are becoming easy targets for cyber-attacks. The main reason for such attacks is the vast data generated by each person in the network of universities. Experts believe that these attacks in higher education will continue and might grow as well. Universities should take necessary precautions and must implement proper security measure to protect themselves. Read More>>

U.S., China agree to cybersecurity code of conduct

At U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, delegates from the two countries discussed over a range of topics likely to affect future collaboration and relations.
One among them was to cooperate on cyber security measures. This is for the first time that both the countries have agreed to cyber security code of conduct after exchanging accusations and expressing distrust over cyber-espionage and spying for a couple of years. Read More>>

I Beat A Patent Troll And You Can Too

The article by Chris Hulls, the chief executive of the family networking and communication service, Life360, talks about how Chris battled against patent trolls. Chris believes that fellow VC’S should not give in to these patent trolls and should look to battle these companies even if it means taking the matter to court. Chris also provides some valuable tips to Venture capitalists in this article in regards to patent trolls. Read More>>