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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 …

German Zoophiles Sue Government Over Potential Bestiality Ban
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Since 1969, zoophilia has been legal in Germany. Animal rights groups and mostly everybody else don’t particularly like that it’s legal, but it’s legal nonetheless. Now the German courts are looking to reverse that decision and ban zoophilia, but practitioners …

Apple Throws Tantrum, Adds More Samsung Products To Lawsuit Apple Throws Tantrum, Adds More Samsung Products To Lawsuit

Did you hear? Apple finally settled its patent disputes with HTC, and both companies can now move on. In fact, both companies signed a 10-year license agreement that allows the two to share any present and future patents between them. …

Google Book Scanning Legal Saga Continues Google Book Scanning Legal Saga Continues

Last month, Google announced that after seven years of litigation, the company finally reached a settlement with the Association of American Publishers regarding book scanning. The saga, however, is not over yet. On Friday, Google filed a brief in New …

Apple Publishes Revised Samsung Statement Apple Publishes Revised Samsung Statement

It’s rare for Apple to admit any wrongdoing. It’s even more rare when it comes to its competition as it took a court order for Apple to say that Samsung did not copy the iPad. The first public statement, however, …

Google Reportedly Loses Defamation Case In Australia Google Reportedly Loses Defamation Case In Australia
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Google has lost a defamation suit in Australia, which could have bigger ramifications for how it handles situations when people complain about search results. A man from Melbourne sued the search giant after he tried to get Google to remove …

Google And Rosetta Stone Settle Trademark Dispute After 3 Years In Court Google And Rosetta Stone Settle Trademark Dispute After 3 Years In Court

Google and Rosetta Stone have been battling in court for several years. Both companies have had favorable rulings at one time or another. Rosetta Stone claimed that Google infringed upon its trademarks, but on Wednesday announced a settlement. Rosetta Stone …

UK Court Orders Apple To Rewrite Its Samsung Statement UK Court Orders Apple To Rewrite Its Samsung Statement
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Last week, Apple published a statement on its Web site saying that Samsung did not copy the iPad. The statement was ordered by a UK court after Apple lost its patent battle against Samsung. Now the courts are saying that …

Big Patent Suit Against Google Over Quality Score Goes To Trial Big Patent Suit Against Google Over Quality Score Goes To Trial

Last year, a company called Vringo sued Google over a couple of patents, and last week, the case began trial in Virginia. The patents are directly related to AdWords and AdSense, which are obviously vital to Google’s revenue. One patent …

Dish Network Finally Has AMC Again Dish Network Finally Has AMC Again
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Dish Network and AMC have finally worked out a deal that once again makes the channel available to Dish subscribers. Cablevision Systems Corporation and AMC Networks announced on Sunday that they have settled litigation with Dish Network, filed in the …