Antitrust

  • US District Court Judge Denise Cote grants class certification to plaintiffs suing Apple over its alleged e-book price-fixing.

Copyright

  • A jury issues a verdict against MP3tunes founder to the tune of $41 million for copyright violations.
  • The Supreme Court holds that companies in a similar “zone of interest” may sue over false ads, even if they’re not competitors, opening up printer and ink manufacturer Lexmark to liability from its DMCA threats concerning copyright violation replacement cartridges.

Cybercrime & Cybersecurity

  • A Minnesota school district agrees to pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit after having allegedly viewed a teen’s Facebook and email without permission.
  • Credit monitoring company Credit Karma and movie ticket seller Fandango settle with the Federal Trade Commission over the security measures used in their apps.
  • Social media app Snapchat turns down an invitation to testify about its experience with data security vulnerabilities at the Senate Commerce Committee’s hearing on data breaches.
  • The city of Sunrise, Florida denies the American Civil Liberties Union’s request to confirm nor deny its use of “stingrays,” international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) catchers (think fake cell towers) which can be used to track phones, intercept calls, and text messages.
  • Attackers exploit a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Word 2010 which allows attackers to remotely seize control of computers.

Information Security & Surveillance

  • The White House issues a statement announcing that the government should not collect or hold metadata in bulk, effectively signaling the closing of its bulk metadata collection program.
  • US District Court Judge John Facciola denies the government’s request to search a suspect’s phone on the grounds that it was overbroad.
  • Gen. Keith Alexander steps down from his post as the director of the National Security Agency.
  • Dropbox clarifies its policy on deactivating links in response to DMCA requests.
  • Turkey reroutes requests to Domain Name Service servers outside of the country (including Google’s DNS server) to a server within Turk Telekom’s network which blocks access to Twitter and YouTube, effectively blocking social media.
  • Microsoft changes its policy on inspecting the content of customers suspected of stealing form the company.
  • Brazilian lawmakers drop local storage requirement from proposed legislation.

Telecommunications

  • The Federal Communications Commission announces that television stations may share the same channel.
  • Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia says he has no contingency plan if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the major broadcasters who claim that Aereo’s system of using tiny antennas to catch over-the-air broadcasts which are then re-transmitted over the internet, violates copyright law.

Technology

  • The Internal Revenue service issues a notice that virtual currency (such as Bitcoin and Coinye) is treated as property for U.S. federal tax purposes.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduce legislation which would ban most forms of online gambling.
  • Economists and law professors from the International Center for Law & Economics send an open letter to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, opposing and urging reconsideration of the regulation banning electric car manufacturer Tesla’s direct automobile distribution on the grounds that the regulation is unjustified, except as rent-seeking protectionism.
  • Beijing-based Bitcoin exchange Vircurex freezes consumer accounts and stops withdrawals of Bitcoin, Litecoin, and other cryptocurrency after running into serious financial issues.
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