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The Facebook Hearing, the ‘Tech Company’ Misnomer, and the Luddite Gap in Congress

It’s ridiculous to suggest that Facebook should independently monitor every third party’s advertisement on its site to make sure that the advertiser and the ad are legitimate, authentic, and safe for general consumption; but frankly between its “flag” feature where users can report problematic ads or behavior on the platform, its Artificial Intelligence surveillance, and its team of 10,000+ ad auditors (which Zuckerberg stated in the Senate that he’s increasing to 20,000 soon), Facebook is doing exactly that. So what more could we reasonably ask? On top of that, it’s Facebook users who are choosing to share so much private information about themselves with the public on their Facebook profiles!

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No Housing, No Arts, No Community! — Oakland’s “Ghost Ship” Fire Born of Rental Pandemic

To stop the inevitable migration of artists, middle class families, and progressive white collar professionals from our nation’s cosmopolitan centers to outskirt towns and emerging middle American metro-areas, we need more aggressive housing safety regulations, much more expansive rent-control laws, and more affordable housing projects in Oakland and the cities across the nation like it, from Brooklyn, NY and Somerville, MA to LA, Austin, Seattle, and Portland.

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Business LawAli Shahrestani
Identity Theft and Your Business’s Liability to Your Clients’ Safety

It is best to review your business’s policies and procedures in maintaining the highest available levels of security for your databases and online accounts, be as organized and diligent as possible in your data management and online security practices, and take all the necessary precautions by training your personnel appropriately. Since nobody is impervious to online attacks, as we learn from Mr. Honan’s unfortunate example, it is important to also clearly inform your clients of such possibilities in your contractual language.

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Business LawAli Shahrestani
DIY Lawsuit? – Legal Protections for Small Businesses, DIY Culture, and the Maker Movement

I truly believe that the single best piece of advice that any lawyer can give is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is well worth your time and money to consult with an attorney and to hire an attorney to prepare the legal foundations of your business, including crucial contracts and other legal brochures and papers that you can use to try as best as you can to protect yourself in your dealings with various individuals and companies. That way, if you are sued or otherwise involved in any sort of legal problem, you may find yourself in a safer and stronger position that you may have otherwise been.

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Business LawAli Shahrestani
Keep Your Word: A Contract is a Contract

A contract is a contract. When you promise to pay a man for work he performs for you, you have to keep your word. Regardless of whether you can slip through the cracks into anonymity, foist some false-hearted or meager defense, or point to his relative wealth in comparison to your own financial austerity, we must all keep our promises to the very best of our abilities.

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Business LawAli Shahrestani