Feb 23

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Gavin Grimm Still Plans To Sue His School Following Trump's Rollback On Transgender Policy

Gavin Grimm, the transgender teen who Laverne Cox shouted out at the Grammys, will continue his plan to sue his school board for barring him from the boys' bathroom. The lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, currently representing the 17-year-old, said that federal laws barring discrimination on the basis of sex apply to transgender people, regardless of the Trump administration’s reversal of the mandate. The Supreme Court is set to hear his case next month. (via: CBS Local)


Amazon Protects Alexa's First Amendment In Murder Trial

In a story that sounds like something straight out of a "Black Mirror" episode, Amazon is refusing to fork over cloud-stored data from its Alexa Voice Service to the Arkansas authorities, who want to examine the recorded voice and transcription data as part of a murder investigation.

So backstory, the 2015 death of former Georgia police officer Victor Collins, who was found dead in a hot tub at the Bentonville home of murder defendant James Bates. Despite Bates' claim that the drowning was accidental, police believe Collins died after a struggle with Bates. They suspect that the Amazon Echo found at the scene may have recorded what actually happened. In response Amazon notes that giving away the data would put the threaten the privacy of Amazon Echo users' and Alexa's responses, which are protected by the First Amendment. via Forbes:

In addition to the recordings of user requests for information, Alexa's responses are also protected by the First Amendment. First, as noted above, the responses may contain expressive material, such as a podcast, an audiobook, or music requested by the user. Second, the response itself constitutes Amazon’s First Amendment-protected speech. In a similar context, courts have recognized that "the First Amendment protects as speech the results produced by an Internet search engine."


It's Officially A Wrap: Beyoncé Pulls Out Of Coachella

Bad (but expected?) news for Beyhive members hitting Coachella. Today the music festival confirmed that Beyoncé and her twins have pulled out of headlining the event under doctor's orders. Instead of slaying the stage this year, she will fulfill her headlining duties in 2018. via Coachella's Facebook:

"Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyoncé has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival," read a message posted on Coachella's Facebook page. "However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival. Thank you for your understanding." Better luck next year, Beyhive.



Watch the throne, Kylie. TMZ is reporting that Kanye West has filed legal documents for his own line of makeup, lotion, and other beauty products under his creative company, DONDA.

Wait, does this mean we're not getting new Kanye MUSIC in 2017? (via: TMZ)


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