Constitution

Cybersecurity

  • A new analysis by Brian Krebs suggests that the data breach at Home Depot may involve almost all of the company’s U.S. stores.
  • The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wishes to explore the hacking of a HealthCare.gov server as well as other Affordable Care Act issues.

Crime

  • Bitcoin exchangers Charles Shrem and Robert Faiella plead guilty to operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, through which they knowingly transmitted money intended to facilitate criminal activity–drug trafficking.

Litigation

  • Apple and Google appeal US District Judge Lucy Koh’s rejection of a $324.5 million anti-poaching settlement.
  • Google agrees to refund at least $19 million to parents whose children ran up charges through applications on phones and tablets without their consent.
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rules that Yelp’s advertising sales strategies, which include asking companies to buy advertising in exchange for displaying a chosen review more prominently, do not amount to extortion of small businesses.

Patents

  • Graphics chip company Nvidia sues Samsung and Qualcomm claiming that a number of Samsung products violate a total of seven of its graphics processing unit patents.

Privacy

  • The Second Circuit holds oral argument ACLU v. Clapper which is among the first cases to challenge the constitutionality of the NSA’s bulk telephone metadata database program.
  • Anonymous posting website 4chan adopts a DMCA policy and agrees to remove “bona fide” infringing material if asked.

Technology

  • The White House names Google X vice president Megan Smith as the new U.S. chief technology officer.
  • Twitpic, a popular Twitter media service, shuts down after demands by Twitter to abandon their trademark application or risk losing access to the Twitter API.
  • The Nigerian government launches its MasterCard-backed biometric ID system in an attempt to consolidate citizen records and provide access to banks.

Telecommunications and Net Neutrality

  • Streaming giant Netflix declares its support of government-owned Internet services in an FCC filing aimed at encouraging the FCC to step in and block state laws preventing cities from developing their own Internet services.
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