Thursday, December 5, 2013

Week in Review

You may have thought you’d seen it all, but technology continues to change the world, the law, and the workplace. The headlines were abuzz this week with Amazon's announcement that it will soon be ready to use drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order. However, the announcement has produced skepticism based on logistical and legal barriers. In other news, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will become the first federal appeals court to live stream oral arguments in all en banc cases starting this month. In the workplace, employers are looking for ways to use their employees to market their company through social media.

Technology and the Workplace
Paid to Tweet? What the Social Workforce Means for All of Us (Wired)
Applicants' mug shots may be just a click away (HR Hero)
Employee legally fired for complaining on Facebook about the boss' "creepy hands" (Employer Handbook) (Employer Law Report)
What Your Employees Steal May Be Used Against You In a Court of Law (Delaware Employment Blog)
Lawyer pleads no contest to charge of recording workers' comments while away from the office (ABA Journal)
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Fires Two Employees for Racist, Anti-Hispanic Remarks (International Business Times)

Technology and the Law
Nation's Largest Federal Appeals Court to Livestream Arguments (WSJ) (LA Times)
Facebook chat about 'hit' on judges adds to court problems for 2 defendants (ABA Journal)
What FAA Rules Will Amazon Need To Navigate Before A 30 Minute Delivery Drone Becomes Reality? (Forbes) (CBS)
State appeals court upholds parole board ban on use of social media by sex offenders (ABA Journal)
Supreme Court Won't Review Case on New York's Online Sales Tax (Mashable)
Motion on Arias Jurors' Twitter Handles Denied (abc)

There's an App for That
Coming Soon: Workout Gear That Monitors Your Muscles (Wired)
From Backyards to Boroughs, CO Everywhere Allows Users to Find Local News (abc)
Dislike? Facebook is adding an 'Unfollow' button (NBC)
Google sees Amazon's drones, and raises its own army of robots (Guardian)
Uber Will Deliver Christmas Trees to Your Door for $135 (All Things Digital)

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