Broadcast Industry

  • The U.S. District Court in Utah grants broadcasters’ request for a preliminary injunction against Aereo, ending Aereo’s stretch of court victories over the broadcasting industry.

Information Security

  • Apple patches an extremely critical security vulnerability in its iOS mobile operating system that allows a third-party to fully intercept and modify encrypted traffic between users and trusted endpoints, such as webmail providers, but affected  OS X operating systems remain unpatched.
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Iran’s infiltration of a U.S. Navy computer network was more extensive and lasted longer than previously thought.

Intellectual Property

  • The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) issues a paper discussing how exhaustion of intellectual property rights have the potential to contribute to economic and social development, innovateion, and global user rights.

Social Media & Mobile Devices

  • Google builds a prototype Android smartphone under its Project Tango initiative that can learn and map the dimensions and spaces of rooms and spaces around it.
  • Apple and Google crack down on new apps attempting to piggyback on the success of the popular game “Flappy Bird.”
  • Facebook buys the popular WhatsApp messaging service for $16 billion.
  • A lie detector system will analyze postings on social media to determine if the postings are true and to identify a social media account was created to spread false information, in an effort to help governments and emergency services respond more effectively to events.
  • Tech start-ups attempt to shake up the legal industry by providing apps that bring legal advice and documents such as contracts to the masses.

Gaming

  • TwitchPlaysPokemon, a popular crowd-sourced play-through of Pokémon, ignites a war of pseudo-religions, highlighting the channel’s capacity as a global cultural experiment.
  • Valve CEO Gabe Newell responds by denying claims that the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system, designed to detect cheats in popular games, was sending Valve a list of previously visited domains visited by the computer system running one of Valve’s protected games.
  • The developer of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Wurm Online offers a reward of more than $13,000 for information leading to the conviction of the people responsible for the denial-of-services (DDOS) attacks which overloaded the game’s servers knocking it offline.
  • Microsoft relaunches Office Web Apps as Office Online to resolve some confusion and make it more accessible to users.

Net Neutrality

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will issue new net neutrality rules aimed at preventing internet service providers, such as Verizon from selectively blocking or slowing down access speeds to internet content providers that don’t pay a fee to reach consumers.

Sports

  • The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) holds hearings to determine whether the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) may be certified as a labor union.
  • Drones are being used to film events at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and may be the future of sports broadcasting.

Surveillance & Censorship:

  • The United States falls 13 places to 46th on Reporters Without Borders’ 2014 World Press Freedom Index amid efforts to track down sources of leaks and whistleblowers.

Technology Industry

  • Sony exits the PC business by selling its VAIO division to Japanese investment fund Japan Industrial Partners (JIP).
  • Google explores a major 34-U.S. city expansion of its super-fast gigabit-per-second ”Fiber” TV and Internet service.

–Brenan Salgado

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