Cybercrime & Cybersecurity

  • U.K. privacy groups file a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office arguing that PA Consulting’s uploading of medical data to Google’s cloud services was a violation of U.K.’s data protection act.
  • Japan’s Mizuho Bank gets listed as a defendant in the class-action suit filed last February against former Bitcoin exchange MtGox.
  • The United States Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announces its intent to relinquish control over  the authoritative root zone file–the database containing the lists of names and addresses of all top-level domains on the Internet.
  • Anonymous Caucasus claims responsibility for the recent DDoS cyberattack that took the official websites of the Russian Federation’s president and central bank offline.

Information Security & Surveillance

  • The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California hears a complaint which alleges that Google’s scanning of emails of students using its Apps for Education tool violate wiretap and privacy laws.
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court holds that police cannot use cell site location information (CSLI) to track cellular phones without first obtaining a search warrant supported by probable cause.
  • Russia issues orders to Russian ISPs requesting them to block several major news sites and take several servers offline.
  • National Security Agency director nominee Vice Admiral Michael Rogers explains the NSA’s policy on zero-day vulnerabilities they uncover to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein accuses the CIA of breaking laws and constitutional principles by secretly removing documents and searching the computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Patent

  • Patent licensing firm Unwired Planet files patent infringement suits against Google, HTC, Huawei, and Samsung involving wireless patents.
  • Public transcripts of a January 23 hearing indicate that Apple’s damages expert will argue that in a hypothetical negotiation, Samsung would have paid $40 per mobile phone or table as a royalty for the five patents at issue.
  • Patent troll Rockstar Consortium, which was formed by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson, and Sony, asserts four more patents against Google in an attempt to defeat Google’s push to remove the Nortel patent cases out of the Eastern District of Texas.
  • An order from the High Court of Delhi at New Delhi, India reveals discriminatory royalty demands by Ericsson over its wireless standard-essential patents.

Science & Technology

  • Casper Star Tribune reports that Wyoming blocked the use of Next Generation Science Standards, which include modern scientific understanding of evolution and climate science, not on the grounds of evolution but on the grounds that the climate science may have social implications such as wreck the state’s economy, which relies on fossil fuel production.
  • The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission bars electric auto manufacturer Tesla from selling directly to consumers.

Telecommunications

  • The Federal Communications Commission extends the deadline for comments on its proposal to lift the ban on in-flight cellphones.
  • AT&T closes its acquisition of Leap Wireless, the company behind the Cricket brand, raising concerns over competition and privacy.
  • Masayoshi Son, the CEO of SoftBank, which owns Sprint, reveals that if Sprint can purchase T-Mobile US, he will engage in a ”massive price war” with AT&T and Verizon.

Entertainment

  • Pharrell Williams and will.i.am reach a trademark settlement over “I Am Other.”
  • CBS settles the $100 million lawsuit by former talent agent George Litto over his alleged cut from financial participation from Hawaii Five-O.
  • Following Prospect Park’s suit against ABC for allegedly signing deals with actors and frustrating the relaunches of dramas “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” ABC files a cross-complaint against Prospect Place alleging the failure to pay license payments.
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