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Opternative sues South Carolina for the right to give online eye exams there

A telehealth startup called Opternative filed a suit against South Carolina today over a state’s law that bars consumers there from getting a prescription for new glasses or contacts there with an online eye exam. Technically, the lawsuit is a constitutional challenge to the state’s statute. As TechCrunch has previously reported, Opternative’s app generally allows users to take an eye exam from the comfort of …

The FCC helped create the Stingray pooblem, now it needs to fix it

An outstanding post on the EFF’s Deeplinks blog by my colleague Ernesto Falcon explains the negligent chain of events that led us into the Stingray disaster, where whole cities are being blanketed in continuous location surveillance, without warrants, public consultation, or due process, thanks to the prevalence of “IMSI catchers” (“Stingrays,” “Dirtboxes,” “cell-site simulators,” etc) that spy indiscriminately on anyone carrying a cellular phone …

Monopoly power and the decline of small business: big business vs democracy, growth & equality

In the 15 years between 1997 and 2012: 72,000 small US manufacturers shut down; as did 108,000 local retailers and 13,000 community banks (fully half of America’s complement of small banks!). The number of US startups has dropped by 50% since 1970. These statistics are not the result of the changing times: they’re due to massive, monopolistic corporations stacking the deck against small competitors …