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Anyone who's looked at a magazine or ad campaign knows that no one is Photoshop-free. In some cases, photoshopping models goes too far -- so much so that there is a website devoted to "Photoshop disasters." The debate about whether this kind of photo alteration is appropriate because of the effects on women's self-esteem has been ongoing for some time, but now two legislators in the House of Representatives have introduced a bill to curb the practice.

Truth in Advertising Act: The Proposed Bill

The Truth in Advertising Act, if passed, would direct the Federal Trade Commission to study the practice used by advertisers to alter the facial and body characteristics of the people photographed, "and to develop recommendations and a framework to address it." Working with outside groups who have a stake in such legislation -- such as consumer advocates, industry execs, and medical groups -- the FTC would develop a strategy for reducing the use of overly Photoshopped images.

Coffee is one of those things that people either love, or hate. Here at FindLaw, you will find many in the former category. There are those of us that take our coffee seriously (yes, I'm looking at you Mr. Peacock, with your own personal French press). So, when I came across an article in Ars Technica regarding a study on how caffeine affects memory, it got my wandering to a hot cup of joe.

So, I thought I'd do a "coffee tech" post on the best ways for you to get your fix. (Sidebar: Since I take my coffee seriously, I'm only writing about products that I actually have experience with.) Oh, and the study showed some improvement to memory -- though you really didn't need another excuse for that second cup, did you?

Many people see Snapchat as one of the four horsemen of a coming tech-pocalyse, a bubble burst that will make the "Dot Com" collapse look like a minor ripple. It's an app, worth $3 billion or so, that does one simple thing: it allows you to send and receive self-destructing pictures to each other.

Typically, that means snapshots of naughty bits.

It's allegedly worth the money because of its immense popularity. Will this massive hack, of 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers, harm that popularity? Will users still send selfies when their service provider failed to patch a known security flaw that they knew about for months? And should you, avid Snapchatter, be worried?

We've had our suspicions since June or so, but today, someone far more important than a blogging lawyer came to the conclusion that the NSA's bulk collection of phone metadata (calling records, phone numbers, etc.) "almost certainly" violates the Fourth Amendment: U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon.

Judge Leon granted an injunction barring the NSA from collecting any metadata related to the two plaintiffs who alleged that they were affected by the phone program, while denying a similar injunction for a similar Internet data collection program that allegedly ended in 2011. (In a footnote, Judge Leon noted that a class has not yet been certified in the case, though four extensions have been sought -- hence, the limited scope of the injunction.) The injunction, however, is on hold pending any further appeals.

Microsoft or Google? If you'd asked me this question at any time in the last ten years, my response would have been an unhesitant "Google." Heck, I have an Android phone and tablet sitting next to me, and as I've lamented before, Google rules everything around me.

After the PRISM scandal, and the WiFi sniffing, and the privacy policy concerns, I'm starting to become a disaffected Googler. And with fellow PRISM-er (no one's perfect) Microsoft catching up to Google in terms of Skype, SkyDrive, Outlook, and collaborative document editing, I'm considering straying.

Plus, they just made switching email services really easy.

A First World Problem: my YouTube app took fifteen seconds to buffer before playing cat videos.

It seems like a silly thing to whine about. Mobile broadband speeds will vary, not just by carrier, but by reception, network load, and your device itself (LTE, HSPA+, 3G are all commonly in use, and provide less and less speed, respectively).

Still, the FCC wants to make sure that customers are getting what they pay for. Plus, with all of the merger talk over the last few years (AT&T's near-nuptials with T-Mobile, then T-Mobile's pairing with MetroPCS), the agency wants to know if we have a competition problem.

On Tuesday, Google Glass Explorer Cecilia Abadie was pulled over for going over the 65 mph speed limit in San Diego. While the officer was writing up the ticket, he noticed Abadie was wearing Google Glass and added a second violation to her ticket for "using a video screen," reports The Washington Post.

She immediately posted the ticket on her Google+ profile and asked "Is #GoogleGlass ilegal [sic] while driving or is this cop wrong???"

Good question.

Q: How do you get two of the most ardent supporters of a surveillance state to reverse course?

A: Grant blanket powers to a government agency and act surprised when they surveil 36 world leaders.

Over the last few months, we've seen reform proposals come from Congressional leaders, such as a bill backed by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Udall (D-CO), and Rand Paul (R-KY). The biggest opposition came from Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who proposed a series of mild reforms and argued that NSA data collection was a necessary evil.

You want a business line, but there's no way in Hades that you're going to fork over wads of cash to the local phone company. And you shouldn't. We've already covered how you can have a free landline using Google Voice and an ObiHai box, and that solution carried the added benefit of allowing you to access your Google Voice texts and voicemails from your computer.

Google Voice is so vital to my everyday life that it was one of the reasons why I switched back to Android after a couple of years in Apple's ecosystem. Using an Android phone, I can make calls from my GV number and send and receive texts using the app, which equates to having two lines, one business and one personal, on a single phone. On an iPhone, texting with the app was easy, while making calls from your separate GV phone number was awkward at best.

This might help.

We all hate telemarketers. And despite the efforts of the FCC and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, many of us end up having conversations exactly like this with strangers trying to talk to us about laundry detergent and time shares.

If the prior regulations didn't cramp the telemarketers' style, these should. Beginning on October 16, 2013, any commercial phone calls made via auto-dialers or prerecorded messages will have to comply with new FCC regulations, with one of their main defenses eliminated.