Microsoft’s win against the US government is a win for corporate and consumer privacy

It’s Friday, July  15 2016 and the Emmy nominations were just officially announced. There’s a lot to talk about here, but one thing we don’t have to fret over? The issue of diversity. The Oscars may have a big whiteness problem, but the Emmy nominations are more diverse than ever before,  and we couldn’t be happier about it. When looking at the acting categories — comedy, drama, movie/limited, and guest — 21 of the actors and actresses nominated are non-white

Take a look at Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, for example. Half of the contenders are black: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story stars Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding Jr., and Luther‘s Idris Elba. And this is a growing trend. In 2015, Viola Davis became the first black woman to take the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama series for her work in How to Get Away with Murder. Granted, there’s plenty more work for Hollywood to do here, but this is welcome progress.

Microsoft scores a win for everyone

Microsoft just came out on top in a court case that has wide ranging implications for both tech companies and consumers as well. A U.S. appellate court in New York put the smack down on a warrant that would have required Microsoft to disclose the contents of certain emails it had stored on a server located in Ireland.

The decision was based on a 30-year old law, which compelled the court to side with Microsoft. In an opinion statement, Judge Sarah Carney said the act didn’t authorize courts to issue and enforce warrants against US-based service providers for the seizure of customer e-mail content stored exclusively on foreign servers.

Hey, quit yawning, now! We know this sounds like dry stuff, but tech companies are breathing a big sigh of relief today as they were pretty concerned a decision against Microsoft would have curtailed their ability to sell web-based services to overseas companies. Meanwhile, the US and EU are negotiating a Privacy Shield agreement that would further protect companies from having foreign powers strong-arm their way into private business matters.

Ghostbusters reviewed

And Finally, we are pleased to share some unexpected news: The new Ghostbusters reboot is – believe it or not – not too bad! It’s actually pretty good, according to DT Movie reviewer, Rich Marshall. From the moment word leaked out that Paul Feig was going to bring back Ghostbusters, the movie has been a hot button issue of debate.

Unfortunately, much ado was made over the decision to go with an all-female team of lead actors. Frankly, that was never our worry, I mean, these are hilarious actors. No, our concern was with bringing back such a cult classic in the first place. Do we even need this movie? Well, whether we needed it will be an ongoing argument, but now that it is here, we’re happy to say the terrible trailers didn’t paint an accurate picture of this flick.

Within the context of the whole film, what seemed like awkward acting works. And not only does this movie stand well on its own, it also leaves you looking forward to more! Surprised? So were we. And we couldn’t be happier about it. Be sure to check out Rick’s full review sometime this weekend and go see it for yourself. That’s it for DT Daily this week. We’ll see ya right back here tomorrow!

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