Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — May 19, 2014


Famous Trials

An interactive site highlighting major famous trials, created by Douglas O. Linder from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law.

FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote: What to Watch For

The Federal Communications Commission Thursday will consider rules that govern how broadband companies treat Internet traffic. The latest draft of the proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would prevent broadband providers from blocking or slowing down the delivery of certain content to consumers. But it would also allow the companies to strike deals with content companies for preferential treatment, sometimes called a fast lane. The plan has sparked a lot of debate in the Internet and policy communities, both from people who say the rules are not needed at all, to those who say they’re not strong enough…

 High-Ho, The Derry-O, The Farmer and the Drone

There was a near-miss in the skies above Tallahassee recently. According to a Federal Aviation Administration official, an American Airlines regional jet nearly collided with a “small, remotely piloted aircraft” — a drone — cruising 2,300-feet above sea level.  Exactly who was flying the unmanned aircraft remains unknown, but drones are becoming increasingly common in U.S. skies. This week in North Dakota, the FAA began allowing tests of drones for agricultural purposes.

EpiCentre Sold to California Real Estate Group for $130.5 Million

The EpiCentre entertainment complex in uptown Charlotte has been sold to a California-based real estate group for $130.5 million.  CIM Group, a Los Angeles firm that also owns the BB&T Center office tower at 200 S. College St., issued a statement to the Observer Tuesday saying that it “is pleased to acquire this property and continue investing in Charlotte.”

 Department of Health and Human Services Threatens Blogger Over Satirical Posts

The blog Addiction Myth is devoted to a very out-of-the-mainstream proposition about medicine: that the entire concept of drug and alcohol addiction is a scam perpetrated by law enforcement, rehab groups, and the entertainment industry. By contrast, the United States Department of Health and Human Services is devoted to mainstream medical and scientific propositions. It is perhaps inevitable that these two worldviews would conflict one day.  But it was not inevitable that HHS’s Office of General Counsel would bumptiously threaten Addiction Myth over obviously satirical posts. That, given minimal good sense, could have been avoided.

National High School Mock Trial Zombiepocalypse Begins

The case involves this fictional scenario: The owner of an energy drink business winds up dead after an evening with friends at a zombie run. The man’s business partner is found not guilty in a criminal court, but the dead man’s estate pursues a civil claim against the partner.

On Remand: ‘Seinfeld Lawsuits from the Bizarro World We Live In’

On today’s date in 1998, the series finale of “Seinfeld” aired to an estimated 76 million viewers. “Seinfeld” lasted nine seasons, ranking in the top three of the Nielsen ratings for its last five, and is widely considered one of the greatest television shows of all time. Its success continues in syndication. Post-finale, “Seinfeld” has generated $3.1 billion in revenues for its creators and rights holders. This week, On Remand looks back at the show about everything, a lawsuit about the origin of the character George Costanza, and cases that echo “Seinfeld” plots….

Posting Your Blog Posts to Facebook?

Can you share business insight and commentary on Facebook? Should you?  I intend to find out.

The Original Cartoon Canon of Cat Memes: Legendary British Artist Ronald Searle’s 1960s Drawings

Ronald Searle was not only one of the greatest satirical cartoonists of the 20th century, but also a man of extraordinary sensitivity who, when his wife was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, made for her the most moving love letter imaginable, which helped her persevere. But Searle’s sensitivity extended beyond his closest human, beyond humans in general, and into the animal world — he was an extraordinary cat aficionado, as evidenced by his contributions to the terrific Big New Yorker Book of Cats, and created the feline counterpart to Ralph Steadman’s delightful dog drawings.

WestlawNext — iPad App Redesign for iOS 7

WestlawNext was already one of the best legal apps for the iPad, and this latest update makes the app even better.

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