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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over NSA Cellphone Data

June 4, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill ruled Tuesday that under current U.S. Supreme Court precedents, the NSA's collection of cellphone data doesn't violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable searches. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Anna J. Smith of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The Spokesman-Review reports that her lawyers plan to appeal.

Court Sides with U.S. in Cell-Tracking Records Case

May 12, 2014 10:33 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant's conviction, a divided federal appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes.

FTC Slaps Snapchat with 20 Years of Monitoring

May 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As part of the settlement, Snapchat must implement a privacy program that will be monitored by an outside privacy expert for the next 20 years. The arrangement is similar to privacy settlements that Google, Facebook and Myspace have agreed to in recent years.

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FCC Fines Company $2.9M for Robocalls to Cell Phones

May 8, 2014 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Back in March, the Bureau warned Dialing Services that if the company continued to make unlawful robocalls in the future, it could be held liable for penalties up to $16,000 per call. The Commission has now found that Dialing Services apparently continued to engage in the same practice, making at least 184 additional robocalls to consumers’ mobile phones.  

Jury Awards Apple $119M in Samsung Patent Row

May 5, 2014 10:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California jury awarded Apple $119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents.

Law Firm Alleges Google Has Monopoly on Mobile Search

May 2, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Google that accuses the company of having monopolized mobile search. In a press release, Hagens Berman said it is claiming Google "illegally monopolized, and financially and creatively stagnated the American market of internet and mobile search."

Police Employ New Mobile Tool to Catch Riot Instigators

May 2, 2014 10:04 am | by Tami Adbollah, Associated Press | News | Comments

An annual spring party in a Southern California beach town devolved into a riot last month when revelers turned violent, rocking cars, smashing windows and throwing rocks. Dozens were injured and about 50 people ended up in the hospital, including several police officers.

Justices Wary of Unlimited Cellphone Searches

April 30, 2014 9:01 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of allowing police unbridled freedom to search through cellphones of people they arrest, taking on a new issue of privacy in the face of rapidly changing technology. The justices appeared ready to reject the Obama administration's argument that police should be able to make such searches without first getting warrants.

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Europe Warns Google, Samsung on Phone Patent Abuse

April 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Commission said Monday that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its market position in Europe by refusing to grant crucial technology licenses to rival Apple, then suing Apple for patent infringement when the company used them anyway.

Supreme Court Mulls Cell Phone Searches

April 28, 2014 9:27 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal or is it an American's virtual home? How the justices answer that question could determine the outcome of the cases being argued Tuesday.

CTIA Partners with Big Tech on Voluntary Anti-Theft Program

April 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Called the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the program counts as signatories a high-profile list of carriers and device OEMs, including Apple, Asurion, AT&T, Google, Samsung, Huawei Device USA, Motorola Mobility, Microsoft, Samsung, Nokia, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. 

Mozilla, Dropbox Appointments Stir Healthy Debate

April 14, 2014 11:03 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

While I'm not sure that name-calling tactics are necessarily helpful, I am at least encouraged that the public is aware of what's happening in big technology and is active in implementing what appears to be a rough set of checks and balances within that realm.  

U.S. Sues Sprint over Company's Wiretap Expenses

March 4, 2014 9:31 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services. The lawsuit filed federal court in San Francisco alleges that that subsidiary of Sprint Corp. collected unallowable expenses from...

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Hasty ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Has Flaws

March 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

The "Smartphone Theft Deterrent Act", a bill that would require OEMs to build 'kill switch' technology into tablets and smartphones, seems like an over-reach to me. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), a co-sponsor of the bill, said in a statement that the legislation would "help put consumers in control of their cell phone data" through a kill switch’...

New York Gets Behind 'Kill Switch' Bill

March 3, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

New York officials are set Monday to support a bill that would require smartphone and tablet OEMs to include technology in their products that would let owners delete data from stolen devices and render them useless to thieves. New York Representative Jose Serrano is set Monday...

Senators to Wheeler: Act Quickly on Net Neutrality Reform

February 12, 2014 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A group of senators have sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, urging him to act quickly to fix the upheaval caused when an appeals court last month struck down long-standing net neutrality rules, as they applied to Internet Service Providers (ISP). 

Technology Firms Urge Changes to US Spying

February 12, 2014 9:16 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of the nation's leading technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations.

Nokia, HTC Settle All Patent Litigation

February 10, 2014 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a press release Monday, Nokia and HTC announced that they have settled all pending patent litigation between them, and entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement. According to the release, HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC's LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia's licensing offering. 

Government Lobbies Court to Keep Apple Monitor in Place

January 27, 2014 9:41 am | by Larry Neumesiter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government lawyers filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, saying Apple Inc.'s arguments are without merit as the company tries to stop the monitoring it complains is "a roving investigation." The monitor, Washington lawyer Michael Bromwich, was appointed for two years in October by a judge...

Ericsson, Google, Samsung Sign License Agreements to Ease Patent Spats

January 27, 2014 9:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson, Google and Samsung are looking to play nice by signing cross-license agreements that will put many of their existing arguments to rest. According to a press, Ericsson has agreed to a cross-license agreement with Samsung that covers patents relating to GSM, UMTS, and LTE standards for both networks and handsets. 

NSA Phone Data Control to Come to End

January 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance powers, President Barack Obama on Friday will call for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and require intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records, a senior administration official said.

Woman to Testify Against Google Glass Citation

January 16, 2014 8:57 am | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman believed to be the first cited for wearing Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass while driving says she was within her rights and violated no law. The case to be tried Thursday in a San Diego traffic court could help shape future laws on wearable technology as it goes mainstream.

Officials: Obama Likely to OK Phone Record Changes

January 15, 2014 9:05 am | by Julie Pace, Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for possible future surveillance, but he'll leave many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review.

Wheeler, Pai Express Conflicting Opinions over Net Neutrality Decision

January 14, 2014 1:18 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A rift appeared to emerge at the FCC Tuesday over a D.C. Appeals Court decision to strike down Net Neutrality rules. Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Ajit Pai both released statements Tuesday that appeared at odds on how the Commission should respond to the ruling. 

Appeals Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality Rules

January 14, 2014 11:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A D.C. Circuit Court of Aopeals today struck down the FCC's Open Internet rules. The rules were aimed at ensuring that large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) couldn't discriminate against the types of traffic carried over their networks. 

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