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Battle of the Matchmaker Apps

For those in the dating world, the decision to use a particular dating app likely has less to do with litigation than how the app actually works, or more importantly, whether it works at all.

However, for the makers of the online matchmaking apps, the litigation matters, and it's personal. Earlier this year, Match.com (the Goliath of the dating world) filed a lawsuit against Bumble, the latest rising star in the dating app scene (and the David in this matchup). And this metaphor seems more than apt, as Bumble recently fired back with a lawsuit of its own against Match.

Top 5 Law-Breaking Tweets

Naming the top five law-breaking tweets is a risky business.

It raises wrongdoers to the level of celebrity-hood, almost like an Academy Award for lawbreaking. And can you imagine the acceptance speeches?!

But for the common good, somebody has to call out the best of the worst. It helps us recognize the evils of our times -- plus it's good for ratings.

Social media has gotten huge. Today, the media part of it is bigger than ever, too. And while regulations are starting to pop up requiring advertisers to disclose when content has been paid-for or promoted, courts are being asked more and more often to decide what space these online platforms occupy: Public forum, publisher, or simply online platform.

When it comes to Facebook, the question of what exactly the website does can be tricky to answer, particularly after the recent data mining scandal. Though the company has explicitly testified at Congress that it is just a platform for users to post content, a recent story explains that the company has also claimed to be a publisher in a California court.

For lawyers and legal professionals, finding good podcasts that are more than just entertainment can often be a struggle.

While you might not be hanging on every last word, it's impossible to shut off that automatic cringe when lay-folk get the law so horribly wrong. And it can often be quite the let-down when a show doesn't provide any useful information about a legal topic you're actually interested in.

Fortunately, we here at FindLaw have created this handy list of some of the best podcasts for lawyers that promise to do more than simply entertain.

Car-Sharing Turo Locked in Airport Litigation

Like other disruptive startups, Turo is having to litigate its way to success.

Turo, the Airbnb of cars, is locked in litigation with Los Angeles and San Francisco airports over its business model. The company says it is not rental car company, and should not have to pay rental car fees.

For now, Turo has the airports against the ropes and is gaining support from investors. Of course, it's always a long, costly road when you have to go to court.

Europe's GDPR Has a Beef With Tech Giants

Some of the biggest internet companies are not on board with Europe's new rules to protect personal data.

The General Data Protection Regulation, which regulates processing of personal data, applies to companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon. According to reports, however, the tech giants have not complied with GDPR standards.

Regulators are questioning why. But when Facebook alone has five times more users than the population of the entire EU, is there really a question?

New California Privacy Law: Consumers 1; Internet Companies #!@%!

Privacy advocates love California's new personal data law; internet companies, not a data bit.

No sooner had Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Consumer Privacy Act than Silicon Valley began to erupt in protest. Consumer groups, on the other hand, saw it as a sign of good things to come.

"This is a milestone moment for privacy law in the United States," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. It may also be an epic harbinger of privacy lawsuits.

The recent SCOTUS ruling clearing the way for states to charge sales tax to out of state online retailers without any physical presence in a state is making big waves, as expected.

While the decision really only clears the South Dakota law, the majority opinion provides much guidance for other states, suggesting that the limits placed by South Dakota on which businesses have to pay are rather instructive. In response to the opinion however, there has been a strong push from small business, big online retailers, and small-time sellers, for Congress to act to protect small online business interests.

How the iWatch App Turns Students Into State-Sanctioned Social Media Police

After school shootings left dozens dead this year, authorities began searching for new ways to prevent another campus tragedy.

They found one, ironically in the same place the mass-murderers first lashed out: on social media. Lawmakers are focused now on how students can use their social media to police suspicious activities.

In an age when the internet is virtually everywhere, it was bound to happen. But in 1984, nobody thought Big Brother would be a high school student.

Court: Not so Fast, Snapchat

Christal McGee was driving over 100 miles an hour and thought it would be a good time to take a Snapchat photo.

She crashed, causing permanent brain damage to Wentworth Maynard. He was in the car she hit, and he sued -- Snapchat.

An appeals court said Maynard and his wife have a case because Snapchat created a filter that allows users to superimpose speed over photos. Basically, the company should have known better and so should everyone else who uses technology recklessly.