The dispute between the town of East Hampton, Long Island and the on-demand car service Uber has taken a turn for the worse.
As mentioned before in a previous article, the town board made changes to the rules regarding taxicabs which required them to have a physical office within town limits.
That change resulted in Uber ending operations in East Hampton.
On Monday, six drivers were in East Hampton Town Justice Court being arraigned on misdemeanor charges of violating the town’s taxi rules.
Twenty-three drivers in total including the six face these charges, which could net them a fine ranging from $500 to $1,000 and a possible year in jail as the severest penalty.
Attorney Daniel Rodgers, representing the drivers and Uber in court stated that the town wants the maximum penalty.
All of the drivers couldn’t be processed due to the court not having all of the paperwork ready in time.
These drivers had been issued violations by East Hampton police officers on Memorial Day weekend and the following weekend.
Uber then reached out to the town, who informed them that if Uber stopped operations there that all charges would be dropped according to Uber spokesman Matthew Wing.
For now, people can still use Uber to get to East Hampton and Montauk from another area.
In what could be a first in the presidential general election, one man is using his social media clout to seek the highest office in the land.
Dan Bilzerian, the self-styled “King Of Instagram” has seen his fair share of attention online on the social media platform of Instagram thanks to his millions of followers.
He’s also a millionaire who constantly brags about his riches and describes himself as a “sexual philanthropist”.
So Bilzerian has decided that he will run for President.
First order of business will be a massive party at the exclusive nightclub Marquee on June 24th.
Admission to the party begins at $40.
The thing is, Bilzerian doesn’t have that much in the way of strong support.
And of course, there are the incidents of violence he has allegedly inflicted upon others.
One of them involved his throwing a nude porn actress off of a roof.
Another situation saw Bilzerian barred from Snapchat after posting an extremely NSFW photograph.
The campaign has already begun, with t-shirts and tank top available for purchase.
It remains to be see if Bilzerian can command attention like he does on Instagram from his followers.
The Senate has agreed to approve the contentious USA Freedom Act, effectively curtailing the bulk collection of domestic telephone records.
The approval came after a 67-32 vote on Tuesday, two days after the previous bulk collection program expired at midnight this past Sunday.
The bill now awaits the signature of President Barack Obama before the National Security Agency can send those records back to the telecommunications carriers.
It’s been reported that the NSA ceased the process once the provision expired.
The USA Freedom Act was aimed specifically at section 215 of the Patriot Act which allowed for the bulk collection to take place in regards to counter-terrorism investigations.
The bill had significant bipartisan support in the House of Representatives before reaching the Senate floor, where a debate ensued over the bill’s possible perceived damage to the efforts of protecting the nation versus the need for transparency and respect for the privacy of its citizens.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had tried to amend the bill, but was shot down by others in the Senate who felt it could derail the bill’s being passed and also further lessen the trust of Americans in their government in the wake of the data collection being exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The Pirate Bay torrent website has spent as much time fighting legal issues as it has being a major provider of torrents worldwide.
In that spirit, they’ve decided to craft a new image to exemplify their defiance that would make Captain Blood proud.
This move comes in the wake of suffering a major defeat at the hands of the Stockholm District Court.
Their ruling decreed that the site’s trademark .se domains be taken down.
The ruling also follows the raiding of their servers late last year by Swedish law enforcement officials.
But The Pirate Bay has decided to make a show of resolution through a new logo that was discovered online.
The logo is a combination of their usual buccaneer sailing ship with a creature inspired by the Hydra of Greek mythology.
But on closer inspection, each head of the Hydra creature surrounding the vessel bears a distinct domain suffix, five in total.
And at last report, they are all operational.
It is significant proof that the group intends to press on despite these recent events and the numerous lawsuits that have been presented to them.
Germany’s internet surveillance, the BND, will reportedly cut back on their assistance to the NSA.
Internet surveillance help will be reduced and the NSA will have to provide “clear justification” for any surveillance activities.
The BND and the NSA have worked together for many years, however, recent spying activities on businesses and politicians in Germany, most notably, Chancellor Angela Merkel, has changed the rules of the game.
A US appeals court has ruled that the NSA has engaged in illegal activities by collecting bulk phone records.
The court has handed the matter to Congress to expedite action on the matter.
Read more about this story here.
Carly Fiorina, the onetime CEO of Hewlett-Packard announced via TV interviews that she is now in the running for the presidential candidacy, joining the likes of Hillary Clinton, who is the leading contender on the Democratic side. Fiorina has never held a position in elective office and defends her background by claiming: “Our founders never intended us to have a professional political class […] They believed that citizens and leaders needed to step forward.”
It seems that Apple may owe a substantial amount of back taxes in Ireland.
The iPhone maker may be on the hook for up to 10 years worth of back taxes to Ireland, according to this report.
Apple said “The company believes the European Commission’s assertions are without merit.”
The European Commission is leading the investigation into the tax matter.
A bill designed to protect students online has been introduced in Congress.
The Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 would prohibit website and app operators from knowingly selling students’ personal information to third parties, disclosing students’ personal information, or to create profiles of students apart from school-related activities.
The bill would also let parents view information that is stored regarding their children; as well as let them correct or delete information.
Read more about the new bill here.
Texas Judge Michelle Slaughter is being ordered to take “social media” classes after she posted information about trials that she had participated in on Facebook.
The Texas’ State Commission on Judicial Conduct say that her actions had discredited the judiciary.
The Judge is appealing the the order.
In a statement, she said “Like some other judges in Galveston County, I used social media to fulfill a campaign promise to provide transparency in the courts, to educate and provide information to the public regarding their courts, and to give the public insight regarding our justice system…None of my statements indicated any probable decision I would make, and none of my statements expressed a bias for or against any particular party. Everything I posted was publicly available information.”
The ruling by the State Commission stated “Judge Slaughter cast reasonable doubt upon her own impartiality and violated her own admonition to jurors by turning to social media to publicly discuss cases pending in her court, giving rise to a legitimate concern that she would not be fair or impartial.”