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You Can be Sued for Blocking People on Twitter… if You’re the President

Some people hurt the president’s feelings and were blocked on Twitter. Turns out Donald Trump may have violated their first amendment rights by doing so. 

Say you’re the president of the United States (POTUS). You won the Electoral College election, but lost the popular vote by a wide margin. Most Americans do not want you to be the president of the United States. You don’t have any political experience, you have archaic social beliefs, you’re a poor orator, you’re violating the emoluments clause of the constitution, you’ve got suspicious ties to a foreign government, you’ve criticized freedom of the press, and perhaps worst of all, you’re quick to anger. What do you do if people start commenting on your Twitter posts in ways that contradict your statements with facts or mock your inexperience? You block them! That’s what you do if you’re @realDonaldTrump, you block the mean people saying true mean things about you. But the president of the United States needs to have a level mind and thick skin. They need to respond to criticisms, the voice of the people, in a dignified manner, not silence them. By shutting down a means of communication between the electorate and the public forum that Donald Trump himself set up willingly, Trump silenced voters. Turns out, that could be a violation of their First Amendment rights. 
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68 Companies, Including Apple, Team up With the Human Rights Campaign to Fight HB2, the Anti-LGBTQ Law in North Carolina

Apple, along with 67 other large corporations, have teamed up to fight discrimination. HB2 was passed in North Carolina this year, a law that directly targeted the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and especially the transgender community. The law can force transgender people to use bathrooms inconsistent with their gender, the wrong bathroom, and removes protections for LGBTQ people. It also prevents the more liberal cities in North Carolina from creating laws that protect LGBTQ people, so no one in the state can create ordinances that would protect citizens from discrimination and violence. Together with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), these companies submitted a legal brief supporting the U.S. government in its lawsuit against North Carolina over the discriminatory law. The list of supporting companies is below.
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Woman Wins $10,000 from Microsoft over Forced Windows 10 Installation

Microsoft had to release a guide teaching people how to prevent Windows 10 installations

Installing Windows 10 isn’t difficult. If you’re on Windows 7 or 8, just do nothing, and the operating system will install itself. However, if you want to prevent Windows 10 from installing, perhaps because software doesn’t work with software you use or you’re rightfully concerned about the privacy of the OS, then you’ve got a much more difficult task. For months, Windows users were given the choice to install Windows 10 “Now” or “Later.” The only way to prevent the installation was to press the ‘X’ on the dialog window. Then, Microsoft changed their approach, making Windows 10 a recommended update. This means, if users hit that ‘X’, they’d be agreeing to install the operating system at night. Many users were disappointed to find the new operating system on their machines in the morning, and IT professionals labored to fix the problem as quickly as possible, but in many cases, damage was done. For one woman at a California travel agency, the forced installation didn’t go properly, crippling her computer for days, with no assistance from Microsoft. She sued for lost wages and the cost of a new computer, together valued at $10,000. She won her case last month, and this month, Microsoft decided not to fight it, giving up their chance to appeal. Could someone this be the beginning of a legal setback for Microsoft?
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This Man is In Jail Without Trial for Sharing Encryption Passwords

Wouldn't it be great if our criminals just admitted when they perpetrated a crime? Criminal investigations would certainly be easier. Imagine a bank robber entering a police station, proclaiming, “Yes, officers, I did rob that bank. You couldn't tell it was me thanks to the gloves and ski mask I wore, so I thought I'd come forward and turn myself in.” Wouldn't it be fantastic if people were that honest? Well, unfortunately–or perhaps fortunately, we're not. As such, our government needs to be told that it can never force people to bear witness against themselves, as they could extort confessions using questionable methods, because none of us are completely honest. We also cannot imprison people until they've been proven guilty, otherwise, people could be held behind bars for no reason. How could you trust a police officer, judge, or government, when they could throw people behind bars for any reason, without proof? A former Philadephia police sergeant, Francis Rawls, is currently being held behind bars for not providing passwords that could incriminate him. As such, he's being imprisoned in solitary confinement without a trial for not self incriminating.

I could swear the U.S. had a law against this… oh, right, the 5th amendment.

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FBI Spent Over $1 Million Unlocking a Phone

It's not just Apple vs the FBI anymore, is it?

How much would you spend for an unlocked phone that has nothing of value on it? Nothing? $1? $5? How about a cool $1.34 million? No? Does that sound like too much taxpayer money to waste on a phone that everyone agreed would be useless? If you're the FBI, who was willing to take first amendment rights from U.S. citizens, as well as security and privacy from people all over the world, potentially endangering hundreds of millions, why would you care about a few millions? After all, what's a few million among firends? We are still friends, right, FBI?

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Man Prevented from Marrying His MacBook

I love my MacBook Pro. It's been with me longer than any girlfriend, coming up on 6 years this Summer. I've maxed out its RAM (unfortunately only 8GB), and I've installed a solid state drive, making it far quicker than any 2010 MacBook Pro has any right to be. I still use it for work, writing, and games. I do love my MacBook, but I don't love it so much I want to marry it. A Texas man claims to love his MacBook enough to want to marry it, and he's filed a lawsuit to try to do just that. Unfortunately, he's lying. He doesn't actually share a bond so strong with his MacBook that he wants to marry it, he's actually just a homophobic bigot. He claims that if lesbian, gay, or bisexual people can lovingly marry another human being of the same gender, then he can marry a cold lifeless machine that caused his porn addiciton.

Ok, so this guy's a little crazy.

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FBI Releases Information from Hacked Phone

Photo-20160328174130949.jpgThe FBI was able to finally access the San Bernardino shooter’s work iPhone the other day. They were reluctant to disclose the method used to break into the device, saying it was a “Really inventive way that no one had thought of before, and hasn’t ever been suggested, but it’s really great.” An insider with the Department of Justice leaked a few additional details on the hack, saying, “At one point we gave it to an intern, you know how they’re always thinking out of the box. She stared at the phone for a time before grinning. Turns out, she just punched in ‘1234’ and we were in!” Apple has reminded users that they should be using 6 digit passcodes, telling users that “‘123456’ would have been much a much more secure passcode, and probably would have stumped the FBI for many years.” (Emphasis their own).

The FBI was questioned thoroughly about the contents of the phone, and they wouldn’t discuss all details discovered, though they say they’ve made some substantial discoveries from the shooter’s work phone. A representative for the FBI, Jeff Jeffries, cracked under pressure from a reporter, eventually stating that, “We now know that he had a poor attention to detail, and didn’t respect authority, because he had ‘forgotten’ [he did an air quote gesture] to put a cover sheet on his TPS reports, but who could forget such a thing?” The FBI representative, when pushed further, also stated that he had issues with commitment, pointing out that “The shooter didn’t give his $10 for the weekly team lunch, though he still ordered a Reuben and chips, which was probably delicious, but unpaid for. He said he’d get it to the organizer ‘Next week’ but we can’t be certain if he planned to pay his lunch debt.” He paused, obviously thinking about something before continuing, “Anyone else getting hungry? I could so go for a reuben right now. Anyone want to go buy me one? I’ll give you cash later.”

From the shooters phone, the FBI also discovered the existence of a terror cell they had not previously encountered, and have all three remaining members in custody. The official FBI statement on this new terror cell is below.

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