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Tired of reading about the FBI and Apple trading blows over an encrypted iPhone yet?  Well relief may be in sight.  This evening, the FBI filed a request to delay Tuesday's court hearing on the matter, and now that request has been accepted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym. Why has the FBI suddenly changed course?  According to the brief, the FBI has not stopped working on trying to access the data on Syed Farook's government issued iPhone 5C.  They state that an "outside party" demonstrated a possible method for unlocking the phone on Sunday, March 20th, sparking this about... Read more...
If you've ever been late on paying a bill, it's unlikely that you ever thought that you were running the risk of being publicly shamed about your shortcomings. That said, whether you're late for a good reason or not, business is business, and your business with a service provider is generally intended to be kept private and not loosely for public knowledge.  However, for a few unfortunate individuals, one Canadian cable TV provider doesn't see things quite the same way. Recently, Senga Services, which is located in Canada's Northwest Territories, decided to begin posting the names of... Read more...
It might have once sounded like a pipe dream, but more than one company is trying to convince us that hoverboards are going to be a thing of the future. Last year, a company called Hendo hit the Web in a big way with a prototype that looks just as cool as we'd hope. This past August, a few months in advance of "Back to the Future Day", Lexus showed off its own prototype, one that arguably looks quite a bit better than Hendo's. It's important to note that neither of the boards we've seen up to this point are consistent with the kind of hoverboard we saw in Back to the Future 2, where they could... Read more...
YouTube is an amazing service for a huge number of reasons, but if there's one thing that's not fun about it, it's the ever-existing threat of a company taking legal action against you because of a video upload. We see this happen all of the time, and often, users don't even know what they're actually allowed to upload. Uploading a song or parody, for example, is a hit-or-miss endeavor: you may get away with it or simply have the company monetize it on its own; or, if you catch a particular company on a bad day, you may wake up to a disabled video and a hit against your account. Some might argue... Read more...
As the years pass, our lives continue to become intertwined even more with the Internet. Today, the Internet acts as a backbone to critical infrastructure, and much like the risk of someone exploiting a flaw to break into our home PC, a real risk exists that enemies of the government could break into and cause harm to utilities. It's for that reason that all governments are overdue on penning up agreements with friendly countries to lessen the chance of a cyberattack. Nonetheless, it's being reported that President Obama is going to be taking some important steps in this when... Read more...
We all have that one friend or family member that's notorious for accidentally calling from their smartphone every so often without realizing it. Known as butt dialing (or pocket dialing if you want to be a little more tactful), the polite thing to do once you realize what happened is to hang up the phone so you don't end up hearing something you shouldn't. Or you could throw manners out the window and continue to listen to a private conversation, which may not be entirely moral, but it's not illegal.A federal appeals court in Ohio ruled that a person who accidentally pocket dials does not have... Read more...
Certain judges in the Eastern District of Texas have dealt a blow to patent defendants when it comes to fending off patent trolls. Before we get into that, let's talk a moment about Alice v. CLS Bank. That's a case that went to the Supreme Court where it was ruled that abstract ideas implemented on a generic computer are not patentable.The ruling prompted many patent defendants to file "motions to dismiss" claims of patent infringement based on the Alice decision. More than half of those cases have been won, and apparently that isn't sitting will with some judges in the Eastern District of Texas.Those... Read more...
Reddit regrets the way it handled "The Fappening" (or "Celebgate," if you prefer), the name given to the incident in which hackers plucked hundreds of nude celebrity photos from iCloud and made them available for posting to public sites. While it's too late to go back in time and take a mulligan, Reddit is making changes to its privacy policy to prohibit posting nude and sexual photos and videos without the subject's consent. Posting sexually explicit images and videos without the subject's knowledge or permission is part of a growing trend called "revenge porn." In many cases, there's little recourse... Read more...
Not even a week after Yandex filed a complaint against Google for its anticompetitive practices, a San Jose judge dismissed a lawsuit that focused on similar accusations. In this lawsuit, Google was ultimately accused of being anticompetitive. This accusation stems from the fact that the company bundles many of its own apps on most (or all) Android devices, and like the Yandex complaint, Google's search engine is default (and I mentioned last week, it's not clear to me if the functionality of that bar can be altered without having to use a custom launcher). This could be considered a major win... Read more...
Every hardware maker has constraints -- be it battery life, heat, size, or available materials. On the design front, one challenge that has thus far been impossible to overcome is the FCC stamp that has to be imprinted on the exterior of any device certified for use amongst the United States' airwaves. Now, that's history. President Obama signed the E-Label Act into law, enabling gadget makers to place that tiny logo in software within a product rather than on the outside.It seems fairly small in the grand scheme of politics, but it was a bi-partisan bill that had little issue sweeping support... Read more...
In a continuation of the legal battle between NVIDIA and Samsung, the latter company has just filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission to block sales of NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet on the basis that it infringes on its patents. This legal battle began this past September, when NVIDIA sued both Samsung and Qualcomm for infringing on its graphics IP. At that time, NVIDIA requested that Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets be blocked from being sold. Earlier this month, Samsung struck back, counter-suing NVIDIA and also adding a seemingly innocent boutique vendor in the mix, Velocity... Read more...
When you're as a big as Apple, lawsuits are impossible to avoid. After fighting Samsung for years on the design front, Apple's latest scuffle in the courtroom is happening in a country where a huge chunk of its profits are coming from: China. Recently, Apple has been attempting to have a Chinese company's voice-recognition patent ruled invalid, as its validity threatens Apple's ability to let Siri run free in China. Zhizhen Network Technology is attempting to block Apple from selling products in China with Siri installed, alleging that by doing so, it's infringing on a patent that it owns. With... Read more...
You might want to be careful with that next "Like" on Facebook, because as it appears, companies can use that to their advantage in the event a lawsuit is filed against them. In General Mills' updated legal terms, the company totally backs consumers into a corner if they follow the company on social media, use its digital coupons, subscribe to its newsletters, and et cetera. Basically: Ignore General Mills' online presence entirely, and you may still have the right to sue the company. In the event that you fall victim to one of General Mills' gotchas, your only option would be to settle through... Read more...
Yahoo, new logo and all, it turning over a new leaf when it comes to privacy, reporting, and what the public is allowed to know. In the wake of the NSA / PRISM scandal, which is honestly still ongoing, Yahoo has followed Facebook in issuing a public transparency report. Facebook did likewise last month, and now Yahoo has published the company's first global transparency report, which details government data requests from January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013. As you might expect, the report includes national security requests. Here's the bottom line from Yahoo: "For each country in this Transparency... Read more...
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