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: The Planet We Have
Energy:[En1] A big factor in renewables remains storage. Production is picking up!
[En2] Good, good. No regulation or subsidies necessary? The problem will take care of itself, then?
[En4] Transatomic Power is working on a nuclear reactor that even skeptical environmentalists could get behind.
[En5] Beware the radiation… of coal plants.
[En6] The oil sands are going dry. Ahem, for the time being.
Technology:[T1] Ryan Bethencourt looks at the biotech trends of 2017.
[T2] This is cool and all, I guess, but also cool is being able to swap out a battery so you don’t have to worry so much about finding public chargers.
[T4] Alas, Munich appears to be abandoning its Linux experiment. I’ve been jumping back into Linux myself. With WiFi seeming to work now (for some reason, it’s spotty with Mint but works with Ubuntu), the biggest obstacle remains the lack of Photoshop.
[T5] An inside look at how Google changed the Internet (again!) with Chrome. It actually has me wondering why Amazon hasn’t created a browser yet…
[T6] The long, tortured, spectacular death of the Blackberry. I still miss physical keyboards.
Science:[Sc1] Well, when you put it this way, it does make sense that most published research findings would be false.
[Sc2] How science went Hollywood.
[Sc3] Putting science and technology together to teach us how to die
[Sc4] Matthew Herper says we should (mostly!) stop freaking out about gene modification attempts.
[Sc5] Why do reasonable people “doubt science“? Do people doubt science, or doubt scientists (and/or their messengers)?
Earth:[Ea1] How climate change will affect southern Europe.
[Ea2] For different reasons than the environmentalists, Katie Tubb and Heritage are not on board with the GOP’s carbon tax proposal. They make a fair point about opacity, but as long as it’s (mostly) a pass-through, it seems to me to be mostly a moot point. That said, I am skeptical it would, if passed, save the world.
[Ea3] The leader of Britain’s Green Party worries that Brexit will be bad for the environment.
[Ea4] India now has the world’s worse pollution.
[Ea6] A look at Dell’s recycling efforts.
Beyond:[B1] India wants to go send an orbiter back to Mars. Lest we forget, India and Mars have a history.
[B2] The.. three moons of Mars? Once upon a time, maybe.
[B3] Juno is sticking with Jupiter.
[B4] Black holes be hungrier than we thought, apparently.
[B5] Could Tatooine be out there?