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If you’re in the Bay Area, join us for the filming of our sixth episode of Ars Technica Live, a monthly interview series with fascinating people who work at the intersection of tech, science, and culture. It’s coming up next week, Wednesday September 21, in Oakland, California, from 7 to 9pm. Ars editors Annalee Newitz and Joe Mullin will be talking to Lee Cheng, the chief legal officer of, about his lifelong war against patent trolls.

Cheng has been the top lawyer at online retailer Newegg since 2005. More than any other corporate lawyer, Cheng has been outspoken about the need to fight “patent trolls”—shadowy entities that exist only to file patent lawsuits. Under his leadership, Newegg adopted a strategy and philosophy of “never settle,” seeing patent troll lawsuits through multi-million dollar trials in tough jurisdictions, even as his competitors paid the trolls to make them go away. Cheng and Newegg have had so much success, the company doesn’t get sued anymore. (Some potential patent trolls have even dropped litigation within a day.)

At the event, we’ll be talking about how the American legal system has allowed patent trolls to thrive and what to do if a small company gets hit with a demand letter or lawsuit. Doors are at 7pm, and the live taping is from 7:30 to 8:00pm (be sure to get there early if you want a seat). After, you can stick around for informal discussion at the bar, along with delicious tiki drinks and snacks. Can’t make it out to Oakland? Never fear! Episodes will be posted to Ars Technica the week after the live events. We also have a Facebook invite page.

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Paul Hansmeier, one of the masterminds behind the “porn trolling” scheme known as Prenda Law, has had his license to practice law suspended indefinitely. He can’t ask for his license to be reinstated for at least four years.

Hansmeier and his colleague John Steele acquired copyrights to porn films and then sued thousands of “John Doe” defendants for allegedly illegal downloads of those films. Prenda Law made several million dollars before unraveling under a barrage of judicial sanctions beginning in 2013.

Minnesota’s Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility asked for Hansmeier to be disbarred or suspended last year. An order (PDF) published earlier this week shows that Hansmeier has admitted to the charges and agreed to be disciplined by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

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Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, the Dealmaster is back with a big batch of deals. The top item today is an Inspiron 3650 with a Intel Core i7-6700 processor, 16GB of memory, a 2TB 7200RPM hard drive, and an AMD Radeon HD R9 360 for $579. The one oddity is that it ships with Windows 7 Professional, but you also get a Windows 10 license should you want to upgrade. We’ve got that and many more deals below.

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According to officials tasked with keeping the US homeland safe, tape should be the first supply atop everybody’s safety list.

Tape made its modern-day US security debut in February 2003, when the George W. Bush administration raised the terror alert level to “orange.” The Department of Homeland Security soon urged Americans to have plenty of duct tape and plastic sheeting on hand to seal their windows in the event a “dirty bomb” was discharged.

Today, that leftover tape can now help us stave off a webcam hack—at least an attack that secretly films unsuspecting computer users. That’s what James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, said Wednesday. In April, he told Americans that he puts tape on his webcam. Now it’s your turn.

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Reliance Jio has captured the attention of mobile users across the country with its amazing tariff plan. The company is offering its free usage of its data services until December 31, 2016. All you need is a phone that supports VoLTE technology and you are set. However, the company is facing problems in the field. […]

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Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR camera is expected to be released later this month. As per early reviews, the upcoming DSLR is ready to surprise the professional and enthusiast photographers alike. It seems the Canon 5D Mark 4 might not just be another upgrade from Mark III. The Canon 5D Mark IV sports a big […]

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Moto G4 Play is the newest model coming from Lenovo-owned Motorola, targeted at the low end of the market. The phone comes with solid specs for its price, trying to bring users most for their money. The phone (2GB/16GB model) can be found for Rs. 8,999 (around $135). In the opposite corner, we have Xiaomi […]

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Elder Scrolls Legends is a card-based strategy game made by Dire Wolf. The game is built around the Elder Scrolls Universe. The game was praised for having a smooth difficulty curve that allows newcomers to ease into the gameplay pretty quickly. It was famous for the single-player mode and, in our opinion, has the best […]

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Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch left the fans with mixed feelings. Even those who loved it, might have to replace their favorite headphones. If the death of the headphone jack was not enough, the AirPods were no good news either. The horribly designed headphones might not find many takers at the huge price […]

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