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  1. Tech

    “Liking” General Mills on Facebook Now Means You Can’t Sue Them, According to General Mills

    General Mills updated their online Privacy Policy to say that anyone who's received any benefit from them -- even downloading an online coupon, or liking their Facebook page -- can't sue them. Instead, they must settle any disputes about the purchase or use of any of their products in forced arbitration. Is this legal?

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  2. Weird

    Supreme Court of Iceland Will Rule on Destruction of Elf Habitat, Our Supreme Court Seems Extra Boring Today

    A highway project in Iceland has been halted as elf advocates have taken to protesting the project's completion, because it will disturb the elves who live there. Yes, elves, as in the mythical creatures. A 2007 study by the University of Iceland uncovered that 62% of people surveyed wouldn't say for sure that elves don't exist.

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  3. Tech

    Anonymous Says They’re Responsible for Taking Down U.S. Sentencing Commission Site

    Continuing a string of threats and attacks following the death of Aaron Swartz, Anonymous claims to be responsible for taking down the United States Sentencing Commission website yesterday. They also claim that ussc.gov is not the only government website they currently control. Shortly after the attack the site was taken down, and now appears to be running normally. In the message they posted on the site, Anonymous also claims to have sensitive government information that it will leak to the media.

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  4. Entertainment

    Supreme Court and FCC Poised for Epic Clash Over On-Air Obscenity

    The FCC has always been something of a nuisance to broadcasters everywhere. The group's vague, inconsistently applied policies strike fear in the hearts of executives everywhere who are afraid they might have to shell out a fine should a careless celebrity let a naughty word slip. Things look like they're headed for a change now, though. Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a decision on the FCC's obscenity policies, and while it didn't smack down FCC censorship wholesale, the Court did crack its knuckles and let drop a few fightin' words. The stage is set for a battle; the next time the FCC and the Supreme Court inevitably meet, shit is going to go down, if you'll pardon the phrase.

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  5. Tech

    Supreme Court Rules Congress Can Remove Works From Public Domain

    While the majority of the Internet rambled on and on about SOPA and PIPA yesterday (Geekosystem included), an interestingly related piece of legislation slipped through in the background. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress has the authority to remove works from the public domain. That is to say that the public domain is not “territory that works may never exit," contrary to common understanding.

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  6. Gaming

    Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Video Games is Lukewarm at Best

    Clearly, those of us out there who imbibe video games on a regular basis have reason to be giddy; the Supreme Court of the United States has recognized that video games do receive First Amendment protection just like other mediums. Among other more minor things, this guarantees protected speech for video games until the Supreme Court rules otherwise. Given that this kind of case isn’t often revisited seriously, don’t expect to see a reversal on this, well, ever. For all those rooting for video games, this definitely smacks of victory.

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  7. Gaming

    Supreme Court Rules Video Games are First Amendment Protected Free Speech

    Ladies and gentlemen, the Supreme Court has finally ruled with a 7-2 vote that video games are indeed (awesome? art?) a form of free speech and therefore are protected by the first amendment. The whole mess started way back in 2005 when California passed a law that prohibited the sale of mature-rated video games to minors under penalty of a $1,000 fine. This, of course, was hotly contested on free-speech grounds until it made its way to the Supreme Court and to this final and wonderfully logical conclusion.

    Ars Technica quotes the decision:
    Video games qualify for First Amendment protection. Like protected books, plays, and movies, they communicate ideas through familiar literary devices and features distinctive to the medium. California’s claim that 'interactive' video games present special problems, in that the player participates in the violent action on screen and determines its out-come, is unpersuasive.

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  8. Gaming

    U.S. Supreme Court Makes Funnies As Violent Video Game Case Kicks Off

    We don't have any expert Supreme Court watchers on staff, so we can't definitively weigh in on whether the U.S. Supreme Court's battery of questions as they heard Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Assn, California's attempt to ban the sale of violent video games to minors, marks the legislation as doomed.

    Chief Justice John Roberts, anyway, seemed sympathetic to the claim that the government needs to "protect children from" Postal 2-like depravity. But other justices weren't so sure, and we learned that at least one Supreme Court justice knows what Mortal Kombat is:

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  9. Gaming

    We Agree With Rush Limbaugh On One Thing: Video Game Regulation

    Rush Limbaugh is a well-known American conservative firebrand whose career controversies include implying that Michael J. Fox exaggerates his Parkinson's symptoms (accompanied by illustrative jerky body language) and that supporters of Barack Obama are simply responding to a racist cultural trope; but who espouses a political ideology of small government, individual liberty and capitalism that resonates with many Americans. And so, in the interest of fairness, reasonableness, and yes, sanity, we will mention that we are on the same side when it comes to government regulation of the sale of video games, specifically in Schwarzenegger vs. The Entertainment Merchants Association, which begins Supreme Court hearings on Tuesday.

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