Antitrust

  • Apple files its opening brief in an appeal to the Second Circuit from a ruling last July that Apple conspired with publishers to raise e-book prices.

Copyright

  • The Ninth Circuit orders the removal of the anti-Islamic film titled “Innocence of Muslims” from YouTube, on copyright grounds.

Cryptocurrency

  • An Illinois man files a class-action lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois against former Bitcoin exchange MtGox.
  • MtGox receives a subpoena from federal prosecutors ordering the preservation of certain documents.
  • Malware botnet “Pony” steals $220,000 worth of digital currency from infected computers.
  • West Virginia senator Joe Manchin calls for federal regulators to ban Bitcoin.

Information Security & Surveillance

  • The United States government seeks an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that would allow the National Security Agency to retain business record metadata beyond the existing five-year limit.
  • Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal the existence of the Optic Nerve program of the British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which intercepted and collected millions of Yahoo webcam images.
  • Security firm, Hold Security, tracks almost 360 million login credentials are for sale online in underground forums.
  • A hacker, in the process of breaking into and defacing the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants homepage with Edward Snowden’s passport and an email from him to the council from 2010, claims to have found thousands of passports belonging to law enforcement officials.
  • FBI agents arrest the chairman of Security Tracking Devices SA de CV, a company specializing in electronic surveillance, as part of a conspiracy to pump money into San Diego’s local elections.
  • Researchers uncover vulnerabilities in a mobile app dedicated to the RSA USA 2014 security conference.
  • Sears Holdings Corp. investigates a possible security breach of its corporate network with the US Secret Service.
  • Director of the NSA, Gen. Keith Alexander, communicates to a Senate committee that he is open to narrowing the scope of the metadata gathering.

Patent

  • The Supreme Court hears arguments in Octane Fitness v. Icon Health and Fitness and Highmark v. Allcare Management Systems, cases which may altering the burden of legal fees in patent cases.

Mobile Technology

  • Google sends lobbyists to several states to fight back against proposed legislation that bans the use of Google Glass while driving.
  • The House passes a bill that would allow individuals, but not bulk unlockers, to legally unlock cell phones.
  • A California state court rules that drivers may now legally look at digital maps on their phones.
  • A Texas court of appeals rules that law enforcement officials must obtain a warrant to search a cell phone after the suspect has been jailed.
  • The United Kingdom’s Office of Fair Trading meets with the European Commission to discuss unexpected in-app purchases in free-to-play games.

Brenan Salgado

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