All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Legal’

Apple, Facebook, Google and Other Tech Companies Join to Back Same-Sex Marriage

On March 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, in which the respondents will broadly argue that state laws banning same-sex marriage (like California’s Prop 8 ) are unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Supreme Court will also hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), meaning that …

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This ‘iphone’ From Brazil Runs Android, Much To Apple’s Chagrin

Most of us know the iPhone to be Apple’s prized smartphone – the device that ushered in the current mobile era we’re experiencing. Unfortunately for Apple, a different company has the rights to the “IPHONE” name in Brazil. That company is IGB EletrĂ´nica SA (Gradiente), and it applied for the “IPHONE” trademark all the back in 2000. Apple released its …

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Should Sites Be Forced To Pay For Linking? Harvey Weinstein Thinks So.

Harvey Weinstein, an Oscar winning producer and prolific proponent of Obama, told Deadline that he is going to push for legislation that would force websites to pay for linking to news articles. This legislation would require news websites and blogs to pay a monitoring organization a fee for every link to an article written by a journalist. Should news sites, …

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Google Wins Six-Year Legal Battle Over Ads In Australia

Google has won a legal battle against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) after six years in court. The ACCC had alleged that Google enaged in “misleading and deceptive” practices, when displaying ads for a company called CarSales for search results related to Honda Australia. The group believed this to be a violation of Australia’s Trade Practices Act 1974. …

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Google Facing Legal Action In UK Over ‘Safari-Gate’

Google continues to deal with the fallout from “Safari-gate” privacy scandal that led to a record fine (for a single company) from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission last August. The company was fined $22.5 million. Now, iPhone users in the UK are getting together to sue Google over the debacle. The Guardian reports: At least 10 British iPhone users have …

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Sex Offenders Win Right To Online Anonymity

A federal judge has blocked a California bill that would take away sex offenders’ ability to anonymously use email, social media, instant messaging and various other web sites and services. The bill, Proposition 35, was deemed by Judge Thelton Henderson, to be unconstitutional. Should sex offenders have the right to use the Internet without disclosing their user names to authorities? …

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Advocacy Groups Urge FCC To Investigate Data Caps

At CES, Sen. Ron Wyden laid out his tech policy plans for 2013. One of the more prominent plans was to introduce legislation that would prevent ISPs from instituting data caps. Now some advocacy groups have added their voices calling for federal regulation of data caps. The Hill reports that Public Knowledge and Free Press are now asking the FCC …

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Aaron Swartz’ Charges Officially Dropped By Justice Department [Report]

Programmer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz was found dead in a Brooklyn apartment on Friday after hanging himself. It’s been the talk of the Internet all weekend and into Monday. Today, The Hill is reporting that the Justice Department has dropped its charges against Swartz, as is reportedly standard in cases in which the defendant dies. Swartz had been indicted …

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Report: Google Sued Again Over Google Buzz Privacy

MediaPost is reporting that three Gmail users filed a lawsuit against Google this week in relation to privacy violations from the Google Buzz launch. Google Buzz, in case your memory of Internet happenings doesn’t extend that far back, was an earlier attempt of Google’s at social media, launched about a year and a half before Google+ came out. It was …

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FTC Updates Child Online Privacy Rules

The United States Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (otherwise known as COPPA Rule). According to the Commission, parents are to have greater control over the personal info that websites and online services may collect from children under the age of 13. The FTC’s review of the rule …

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It Looks Like John McAfee Is Getting Released

The public has watched this whole saga unfold, strangely, even as McAfee was in hiding, but after being detained in Guatemala, and being granted a stay as the country hoped to expel him back to Belize where he is wanted by authorities in connection with the murder of his neighbor, McAfee is apparently set to be released. It also looks …

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Court Orders Yelp User To Change Review. Slippery Slope?

This week, a Virginia judge ordered a Yelp user to change a negative review. Before we get into the specifics, just think about that for a second. Do you use Yelp (or any other service for that matter) to discuss your experiences at restaurants or with other businesses? Have you ever left a negative review of a business? Depending on …

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