According to the EFF, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that federal law allows judges the discretion to require that the government obtain a probable cause search warrant before accessing cell phone location data.
Reuters reports that the U.S. Justice Department is looking into Google’s acquisition of ITA software. Google made it pretty clear from the beginning that it expected heavy scrutiny.
PayPal expects to be a significant part of paying for video content streamed to televisions. In a post on the company blog today, PayPal VP of Global Product Strategy, Sam Shrauger, says, "We’re sure that PayPal will play an important role in removing the friction and letting consumers enjoy their TV and movies, where and when they want."
Google has been displaying a unique logo today, which breaks apart and moves when you point your mouse to it. You can’t click on it for an explanation, but some have speculated its related to Google’s birthday. The company tweeted this today:
CNET points to an announcement from Microsoft "top game employee" Andre Vrignaud that he will be heading to Amazon. Don Reisinger says this feeds speculation that Amazon is planning a gaming push.
Mapquest has added some new functionality to its iPhone app, which lets the user rotate the phone and the map along with it. "In our continued quest to be your mapping service of choice on iPhone, your wish is our command. In other words, with this update, when you start navigation the top of your map will no longer always be North," explains Mapquest’s Michael Iams. "So, if you’re headed SW, the top of the map will be SW (see image on left) allowing your position icon (waving man, dog cow, car, hand dog, etc) to now travel along the road in the same way you do."
TechCrunch reports that Digg VP of Engineering John Quinn has been let go after three years due to Digg’s implementation of Database Cassandra, which has apparently contributed to the new version of the site going down repeatedly.