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Ruling In AP/Meltwater Case Could Be Trouble For Search Engines Ruling In AP/Meltwater Case Could Be Trouble For Search Engines
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Search engines and fair use suffered a legal blow this week, as a judge sided with the Associated Press in its ongoing case against Meltwater, a service that scans news from around the world, and helps businesses track keywords and …

‘Facebook Photo Raid’ May Lead To Legal Action
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Police showed up at a man’s house this past weekend, without a warrant, demanding to see all of his guns, after a photo of his young son holding a .22 was spotted by a concerned citizen on Facebook. The story …

German Law Says Google Can Use Snippets Of Certain Size, Fails To Define Size German Law Says Google Can Use Snippets Of Certain Size, Fails To Define Size

Google will not have to pay to use snippets of news content in Germany, according to a copyright law (pdf) that was passed in the country. We discussed the proposed law last year, which Google had spoken out about. At …

Court: Google Can’t Be Forced To Filter Every Uploaded Video Court: Google Can’t Be Forced To Filter Every Uploaded Video
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Back in 2006, a video was uploaded to YouTube featuring a group of school kids bullying an autistic child. Three Google executives – David Drummond, Peter Fleischer and George Reyes – were convicted in 2010 by a judge in Milan …

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

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

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

Google Wins Six-Year Legal Battle Over Ads In Australia 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 …

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

Sex Offenders Win Right To Online Anonymity Sex Offenders Win Right To Online Anonymity
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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, …

Advocacy Groups Urge FCC To Investigate Data Caps Advocacy Groups Urge FCC To Investigate Data Caps
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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 …

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

Report: Google Sued Again Over Google Buzz Privacy Report: Google Sued Again Over Google Buzz Privacy
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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 …

FTC Updates Child Online Privacy Rules 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 …

It Looks Like John McAfee Is Getting Released 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 …

Court Orders Yelp User To Change Review. Slippery Slope? Court Orders Yelp User To Change Review. Slippery Slope?
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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 …

McAfee Back In Jail After Heart Attack Scare McAfee Back In Jail After Heart Attack Scare

On Thursday, John McAfee was rushed to a hospital in Guatemala after being detained in the country. He had complained of chest pains before reportedly dropping to the floor, becoming unresponsive. He became responsive again in the hospital, and has …

John McAfee Wants You To Email The President Of Guatemala John McAfee Wants You To Email The President Of Guatemala
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Earlier, we reported that John McAfee was in jail in Guatemala, and that the government wants to expel him back to Belize. His lawyer brought a judge to the jail who issued a stay order until a higher judge could …

Kim Dotcom Gets The OK To Sue New Zealand’s Spy Agency Kim Dotcom Gets The OK To Sue New Zealand’s Spy Agency
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If anything, you have to agree that Kim Dotcom is tenacious. He’s fought every challenge that has come his way since having his Web site and livelihood seized by feds in January. Now he’s just received clearance to launch a …

John McAfee In Jail, Blogging, Trying To Keep From Being Sent Back To Belize John McAfee In Jail, Blogging, Trying To Keep From Being Sent Back To Belize
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John McAfee, after weeks in hiding from authorities in Belize, made his way to Guatemala, where he found his way to safety, and was able to get a lawyer. After announcing a press conference, he was detained in the country …

Court Orders Yahoo To Pay $2.7 Billion Court Orders Yahoo To Pay $2.7 Billion

Yahoo has been ordered by a Mexican court to pay $2.7 billion in a suit brought by Worldwide Directories and Ideas Interactivas, who allege that Yahoo has breached contract related to a yellow pages listings service, and that they have …