Regulation of tech companies can be good for the public and for the companies as well, Microsoft president Brad Smith ’81 argues in a new book co-authored with Carol Ann Browne. — Politico Magazine

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ’76 was among 11 honorees inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y. — Associated Press

Justice Clarence Thomas’ views on race set him apart from his conservative colleagues on the Supreme Court, CUNY political science professor Corey Robin ’89 writes in a recent essay drawn from his book, The Enigma of Clarence Thomas. — The New Yorker

A recent U.S. appeals court decision against LinkedIn “goes a long way toward establishing” that scraping public data from a website is not a federal crime, according to Orin Kerr ’93, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. — Associated Press

“Learning that lesson of hard work plus luck was very valuable. It carried me through college and law school, and as a lawyer, I still think it’s true: You can prepare, but sometimes it helps if you get a little lucky.” 

— Stephanie Petit ’95, recalling the experience of winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee as a 13-year-old in 1987. Read more in The New York Times.

As the chemically complex Day-Glo paints used by Frank Stella ’58 and other influential artists in the 1950s and ’60s fade, art conservators are turning to science to help restore their glow. — Los Angeles Times

After mathematician Terence Tao *96 made a breakthrough in his attempt to solve the Collatz Conjecture, an 82-year-old math riddle, the Fields Medalist cautioned that a complete solution might require a different approach. — Popular Mechanics

Jan Devereux ’81, vice mayor of Cambridge, Mass., is among a growing number of political leaders who favor revising the state’s flag and seal, which show a bent arm holding a broadsword and a Native American. — The New York Times

Walmart named Nuala O’Connor ’89, the former president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, as the company’s first chief counsel of digital citizenship. —

International soccer coach Jesse Marsch ’96’s new team, Red Bull Salzburg, is off to a 7-0 start in the Austrian Bundesliga and will begin group play in the UEFA Champions League this week. — Yahoo! Sports

Steven Coppola ’06, an Olympic medalist and former Princeton assistant coach, was named head coach of women’s rowing at Cornell University. — Cornell Big Red

Pro hockey player Kelsey Koelzer ’17 was named the first women’s hockey head coach at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa. The team will begin playing in 2021. — Arcadia Knights