In a decision with potentially large ramifications, New York Federal Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall won't dismiss a libel suit against "Shitty Media Men" creator Moira Donegan.
Explaining, the judge says it is possible that Donegan created the entry herself. The judge believes that Elliott should be able to explore whether the entry was fabricated. Accordingly, discovery proceeds, which will now put pressure on Google to respond to broad subpoena demands. The next motion stage could feature a high-stakes one about the reaches of CDA 230.
Linky Friday #37
[E1] Not so long ago, “competency-based degrees” were considered the provice of degree mills. These days, public universities are giving it a try. Recommended!
[M1] Almost three in five doctors would not recommend the profession to young people.
[M2] The correlation between sleep deprivation and weight gain is of interest to me. Could it be because sleep deprivation makes us hungry for fat?
[T1] Flying conditions were recently used as an examplar for increasing inequality and the uhmm… crunch of the middle class. Here in the US, though, our airline seats are actually pretty average in size.
[T2] Here’s how UK’s Ryanair is saving money. During the last conversation on the subject, I was actually thinking about #6.
[T3] We flew on US discount airliner Frontier Airlines and actually thought quite a bit of it. They offer a nice balance of free-discount and amenities for those who want to pay a little extra.
[B1] Did our obsession with stock prices kill the recovery?
[B2] If you rent textbooks from Amazon, don’t take them across state lines.
[B3] Nissan is dusting off the Datsun brand to sell cheap cars in developing countries.
[B4] Peter Capelli argues that employers are not helping themselves by discriminating against the unemployed. Recommended!
[G3] The “real” history of Area 51.
[G5] A government in Louisiana is arguing that they should not be held responsible for a guard sleeping with a fourteen year old inmate because she consented.
[L1] Sonny Bunch writes about cell phone and theater etiquette.
[L2] Some uncomfortable truths about men, women, and dating. Women dig jerks, men only refrain from being useless because we want to have sex, and more.
[L3] Technology is at war with itself on the subject of digital security. Same with analog, apparently.
[L4] Evidently, the notion that clowns are scary has long roots in history. Recommended!
[L5] Intelligent people display less racist attitudes, but oppose remediating policies.
[W1] A Russian man altered the terms of his credit card contract and sued the bank. A judge ruled in his favor. Recommended!
[W2] The adventures of a bartender… in Antarctica.
[W3] I don’t see why these Belgian houses are supposed to be ugly.