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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

The Airbnb guest who came to stay

Under some state laws, renters acquire the right to stay pending formal eviction proceedings. In California, that happens after just 30 days. 

SLATE

Can the Koch brothers infiltrate Silicon Valley with climate change denial?

David Holmes writes, "The techno-libertarians of Silicon Valley should think twice about aligning with climate deniers."

PANDO DAILY

What happens to your online accounts after you die?

Should loved ones be able to login to your Facebook accounts after you die? A woman in Beaverton, OR sued Facebook to access her deceased 22-year-old son’s account. Now, the national organization that standardizes state laws is on track to endorse a plan that would grant family members access to the digital files of deceased relatives.

HERALD (EVERETT)

Will Adam Carolla hold out against lawsuit claiming a patent on podcasting?

If the nation's leading podcaster caves or loses, look out. 

WEEKLY STANDARD

Facebook conducted mood study without ethics board OK

And its implied consent argument may be phony, too.

WASHINGTON POST

Facebook reveals secret news feed experiment

In 2012, Facebook manipulated over 689,000 users' news feeds, filtering out positive or negative content, to see how the content impacted users' moods. 

THE GUARDIAN (UK)

Supreme Court's ruling is good for TV broadcasters

The justices rule that an online company can't take their copyrighted programs and provide them to customers. 

NEW YORK TIMES

Biggest hit of Google I/O keynote? Cardboard.

Why cardboard? Either Google is jealous of Facebook's purchase of Oculus Rift...or they're jabbing fellow tech giant and creating their own (cheaper) virtual reality goggles.

TECH CRUNCH

Cops called after drone spotted outside Seattle woman's apartment

On Sunday, a Seattle woman spotted an unmanned aerial vehicle hovering outside her apartment window. The men who were piloting the drone drove away before police arrived, and were seen carrying a tripod and video equipment. The men may not have broken any laws, since it's legal to take photographs and videos from public spaces. 

GEEKWIRE

Microsoft is looking at mind-bending expansion of computers' powers

The company is leading the way in exploring the idea of a whole new level of computing.

NEW YORK TIMES
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