Google Right To Be Forgotten European Commission

EU official slams Google for following the EU court’s own ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling

By on July 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM.

EU official slams Google for following the EU court’s own ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling

File this under the law of unintended (but entirely predictable) consequences. After hearing reports that Google had decided to remove a BBC News article from its search results that detailed the disastrous tenure of former Merrill Lynch CEO Stan O’Neal, a spokesperson for the European Commission has now come out and said that Google’s removal of the article was “not a good judgement.” More →

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Comcast TWC Merger DOJ Emails

Newly exposed emails reveal Comcast execs are disturbingly cozy with DOJ antitrust officials

By on July 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM.

Newly exposed emails reveal Comcast execs are disturbingly cozy with DOJ antitrust officials

Want to know why Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable has any chance of passing despite huge opposition from even the company’s own customers, look no further than emails recently uncovered by MuckRock that show Comcast execs have a very friendly relationship with an attorney at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division. More →

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Grand Theft Auto V Lohan Lawsuit

Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V

By on July 2, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V

Actress Lindsay Lohan on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive, makers of Grand Theft Auto V and other games in the wildly popular Grand Theft Auto franchise. Lohan claims a character named Lacey Jonas that plays a role in the latest installment in the GTA series uses her image without her permission. More →

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T-Mobile Bogus Charges

FTC sues T-Mobile for allegedly hitting customers with hundreds of millions in bogus charges

By on July 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

FTC sues T-Mobile for allegedly hitting customers with hundreds of millions in bogus charges

In what might be the “Uncarrier’s” worst blunder in years, T-Mobile is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission after it was discovered that the provider has allegedly been placing bogus charges on customers’ phone bills for “premium” SMS texting subscriptions, which in many cases were never authorized by the subscriber. It is estimated that T-Mobile made hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of this unsavory practice. More →

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Cell Phone Search Warrant

Supreme Court: Cops can’t search your cell phone without a warrant

By on June 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Supreme Court: Cops can’t search your cell phone without a warrant

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that police will now be required to obtain a search warrant before they can access the cell phone of an individual they arrest, barring extreme circumstances such as child abduction or a bomb threat. MSNBC reports that the decision was unanimous. More →

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Aereo V. Broadcasters SCOTUS Ruling

Aereo is dead: Supreme Court rules 6-3 in favor of broadcasters

By on June 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

Aereo is dead: Supreme Court rules 6-3 in favor of broadcasters

Aereo as we know it has effectively been put out of business. The United States Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with broadcasters who were suing Aereo for taking over-the-air broadcast signals and delivering them to your smartphone, tablet or laptop over your Internet connection. As SCOTUSblog informs us, the court’s 6-3 ruling “appears sweeping and definitive, determining that Aereo is illegal.” If Aereo wants to keep delivering broadcast networks’ shows to your Internet-connected devices, it will need to pay licensing fees to broadcasters.

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Stupidest Criminals Ever Facebook Burglar

Dumbest thief ever logs into Facebook on victim’s computer during burglary, forgets to log out

By on June 24, 2014 at 1:42 PM.

Dumbest thief ever logs into Facebook on victim’s computer during burglary, forgets to log out

The world is full of truly stupid would-be criminals but one Minnesota man might have just taken the crown for the title of World’s Stupidest Thief. CBS Minnesota reports that police arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Wig for allegedly burglarizing a home in South St. Paul on June 19th after his victim discovered that Wig had used his computer to log into his Facebook page and never logged out before leaving. When police arrived to arrest Wig, they also found that he was wearing his victim’s wrist watch, which obviously won’t help with any potential defense. More →

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Apple Samsung settlement: talks continue as both seek common ground

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Apple and Samsung reportedly near a patent truce

By on June 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Apple and Samsung reportedly near a patent truce

Apple and Samsung may be closer to a ceasefire when it comes to their never-ending patent wars, according to a report from The Korea Times. The Times source—an industry official “familiar with the negotiations”—said the two companies no longer want to spend their time fighting each other over patents. More →

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CISPA Is Back 2014

The senate is still trying to jam through its hugely controversial cybersecurity bill

By on June 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

The senate is still trying to jam through its hugely controversial cybersecurity bill

The federal government refuses to let one of the most controversial Internet bills ever conceived die. CISPA, as it was known when it was introduced in 2011, made a temporary resurgence last year only to meet the same opposition that had blocked its passage two years before. But as Vice has discovered, the bill is back under consideration by the U.S. Senate under a slightly altered name. More →

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Apple EBook Price-Fixing Settlement

Apple settles massive $840 million price-fixing suit

By on June 17, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Apple settles massive $840 million price-fixing suit

Apple at one point vehemently denied that it was involved with an alleged eBook price-fixing scheme that drove up the cost of eBooks. Now, the company has agreed to settle the $840 million suit out of court, Bloomberg reports. A filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York shows that Apple has finally agreed to a settlement, the terms of which were not disclosed. Apple was found guilty in 2013 of colluding with book publishers to raise eBook prices above the discounted prices Amazon was charging in its Kindle store. Apple attorney Steve Berman noted in a letter to the judge that Apple will continue to appeal the guilty verdict, and any payments related to the settlement will be dependent on the results of that appeal.

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Six Strikes 2013 Results

Alleged pirates received 1.3 million alerts from ISPs in 2013

By on May 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Alleged pirates received 1.3 million alerts from ISPs in 2013

When we last checked in on the ‘six strikes’ Copyright Alert System, we discovered that it hadn’t done anything to curb online piracy as traffic continued to trend upwards at the most popular torrent site in the world. Now that the first year of the newly implemented system has come to an end, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) has shared the results. More →

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Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit Retrial

Apple chases more money from Samsung and sales ban in patent suit retrial

By on May 26, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Apple chases more money from Samsung and sales ban in patent suit retrial

The second victory it scored against Samsung in their second U.S. patent-based lawsuit isn’t enough for Apple, as the jury only awarded the iPhone maker almost $120 million in damages, which seems like petty cash compared to the $2.2 billion it wanted for alleged infringement. Therefore, Apple on Friday filed a document with the court asking it to ban sales of certain Galaxy devices, Re/code reports. The company also asked judge Judy Koh to grant it a partial retrial on the amount of damages Samsung should pay. More →

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