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Despite What Mark Cuban Says, Net Neutrality Will Not Create
Technology

Despite What Mark Cuban Says, Net Neutrality Will Not Create 'Uncertainty'

The FCC now has oversight of the Internet. But there is one thing it can never change.
Apple Faces Second Suit From Victorious Patent Firm
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Apple Faces Second Suit From Victorious Patent Firm

A Texas company is again suing the tech giant, this time over the same patents' use in devices introduced after the original case was underway.
What Should Employers Do About Misrepresentation?
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What Should Employers Do About Misrepresentation?

NBC's Brian Williams and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald were caught in misstatements, awakening a discussion about workplace ethics.

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Unions, Charity Accuse McDonald
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Unions, Charity Accuse McDonald's of Avoiding $1.1 Billion in Tax

In Europe, the fast-food giant is accused of routing revenues through a Luxembourg unit.
Apple Ordered to Pay $533 Million for Patent Infringement
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Apple Ordered to Pay $533 Million for Patent Infringement

A federal jury in Texas found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC.
Industry Lobbyists Take Aim at Proposed FAA Drone Rules
Technology

Industry Lobbyists Take Aim at Proposed FAA Drone Rules

Businesses hoping to capitalize on the commercial potential of drones are preparing to push back against proposed regulations that would strictly limit how the aircraft can be used.
Yelp Sues Sites That Claim They Can Sell Business Owners 5-Star Reviews
Business News

Yelp Sues Sites That Claim They Can Sell Business Owners 5-Star Reviews

The embattled crowdsourced review platform returns to court again but this time it is on the other side of the legal line.
On U.S. Net Neutrality Rules, 11th-Hour Push Against Vague Rule
Technology

On U.S. Net Neutrality Rules, 11th-Hour Push Against Vague Rule

One aspect of the rules is drawing criticism from both opponents and proponents of tighter regulation.
Lawsuits Facing Uber and Lyft Could Alter the Sharing Economy
Business News

Lawsuits Facing Uber and Lyft Could Alter the Sharing Economy

Some drivers of those companies argue they've been misclassified as independent contractors and want full employee status.
How to Protect Your Company
Social Media

How to Protect Your Company's Valuable Social Media Contacts

It is easy for an employee to take business away from your company through social media. You need to protect yourself.
Apple Sued Over Alleged Employee Poaching
Technology

Apple Sued Over Alleged Employee Poaching

An electric-car battery maker says Apple lured away some of the company's top engineers to build a large-scale battery division.
U.S. Marshals to Auction 50,000 Bitcoins From Silk Road
Business News

U.S. Marshals to Auction 50,000 Bitcoins From Silk Road

The auction follows the recent criminal conviction of the mastermind behind the online black market.
NoFlyZone Wants to Help Keep Drones From Flying Over Your Home
Business News

NoFlyZone Wants to Help Keep Drones From Flying Over Your Home

With the president, the FAA and state legislatures weighing in on commercial drone use, NoFlyZone CEO Ben Marcus wants to open up the conversation and give individuals the power to put the unmanned vehicles on a path that doesn't include their private property.
BlackBerry to Seacrest: This Ain
Technology

BlackBerry to Seacrest: This Ain't Over

The Canadian tech company ratchets up its fight versus Seacrest's Typo with new complaint.
Draft Rules on Commercial Drones Keep Some Limits on Use
Technology

Draft Rules on Commercial Drones Keep Some Limits on Use

The U.S. aviation regulator proposed rules for commercial drone flights that would lift some restrictions but would still bar other activities.
The Quirky State Laws That Salespeople Must Know About
Marketing

The Quirky State Laws That Salespeople Must Know About

Little-known regulations, such as the fact that Tuesday is Mardi Gras Day in Louisiana, can get telemarketers in big trouble.
Franchisees Team Up to Urge Congress to Examine
Franchises

Franchisees Team Up to Urge Congress to Examine 'Joint Employer' Standard

Franchise industry leaders are lobbying to preserve the existing joint employer definition, in contrast to the National Labor Relations Board's recent decisions.
Bovine Blowup: Red Bull in Trademark Dispute With Beer Startup Old Ox Brewery
Business News

Bovine Blowup: Red Bull in Trademark Dispute With Beer Startup Old Ox Brewery

'An ox is a castrated bull,' the energy drink giant wrote in a recent filing.
Uber
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Uber's Nightmare Scenario

A look at how everything could go wrong for the world's hottest new company.
Google Says
Business News

Google Says 'Right to be Forgotten' Should be Limited to the European Union

In a committee report, the tech giant is putting its foot down about where people can be 'forgotten' online.
SEC Probes Suspicious BlackBerry Trading
Business News

SEC Probes Suspicious BlackBerry Trading

A spike in trading in BlackBerry options took place hours before Reuters reported that Samsung was in talks to buy the Canadian smartphone maker.
Meet the Woman Who Is Shaping the Nation
Technology

Meet the Woman Who Is Shaping the Nation's Policy on Drones

Lisa Ellman has been quietly working to craft policy that will make it possible for commercial drones to be flown in the U.S.
Business News

Accused Silk Road Operator Convicted on U.S. Drug Charges

Ross Ulbricht was convicted on all seven counts he faced by a federal jury.
On Net Neutrality, FCC Chairman Pushes for the
Technology

On Net Neutrality, FCC Chairman Pushes for the 'Strongest Open Internet Protections Ever Proposed'

As expected, his proposed rules would ban ISPs from blocking and slowing down lawful Internet content and services.
FAA Grants More Exemptions for Commercial Use of Drones
Technology

FAA Grants More Exemptions for Commercial Use of Drones

The news comes as the industry eagerly awaits new agency rules on the remote-controlled aircraft.
Internet Fast-Lanes Would Be Banned Under Planned FCC Proposal
Technology

Internet Fast-Lanes Would Be Banned Under Planned FCC Proposal

FCC chair Tom Wheeler's expected proposal calls for regulating Internet service providers like utilities.
Before You Crowdfund an Invention, Consider Patent Protection
Starting a Business

Before You Crowdfund an Invention, Consider Patent Protection

It's great to get your idea out to millions of potential investors, but there are bad apples out there who may just want to rip you off.
How
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How 'Precarious' Are Jawbone's Finances?

A lawsuit alleges that the company's financial condition is 'perilous and currently insufficient to pay its debts.'
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Arbitration
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Attorney
A person who's been formally trained in the law, especially one whose profession is advising others in matters of law... Read More »
Business License
A legal document that grants you the right to operate a business in your city... Read More »
Business Name
The name by which people know your business. Different from your dba--which is the legal name you register for your business... Read More »
Business Permits
A legal document that offers proof of compliance with certain city or state laws regulating structural appearances and safety... Read More »
Copyright
Exclusive legal rights that protect works of authorship, composition or artistry... Read More »
Corporation
A form of business operation that declares the business as a separate, legal entity... Read More »
Doing Business As (DBA)
The operating name of a company, as opposed to the legal name of the company... Read More »
Discrimination Policy
A document that outlines your company policies in regards to discrimination in hiring and management practices... Read More »
Intellectual Property
The ownership of ideas. Intellectual property is a collection of ideas and concepts... Read More »
Liability
Anything for which a company is legally bound or obligated, as to make good any loss or damage that occurs in a transaction... Read More »
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
A form of business organization with the liability-shield advantages of a corporation and the flexibility and tax pass-through advantages of a partnership... Read More »
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
A business organization that allows limited partners to enjoy limited personal liability while general partners have unlimited personal liability... Read More »
Noncompete Clause
Contracts between you and your employees in which your employees promise not to take what they learn while working for you and use it against... Read More »
Nonprofit Corporation
A business organization that serves some public purpose and therefore enjoys special treatment under the law. .. Read More »
Partnership
A legal form of business operation between two or more individuals who share management and profits... Read More »
Patents
A form of protection that provides a person or legal entity with exclusive rights for making, using or selling a concept or invention and excludes others from doing the same for the duration of the patent... Read More »
S Corporation
A special form of corporation that allows the protection of limited liability but direct flow-through of profits and losses... Read More »
Sole Proprietorship
A business that legally has no separate existence from its owner... Read More »
Trademark
Any symbol, word or combination thereof used to represent or identify a product. A service mark means the same thing, but identifies a service... Read More »
Zoning
The division of a city or county by legislative regulations into areas (zones), specifying the uses allowable for the property in these areas... Read More »
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