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Are the Feds Still Tracking Your GPS? One Senator Wants to Know

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The Supreme Court thought it settled the issue in January, but the debate over warrantless GPS searches won't go away.  Now, one U.S. senator is concerned that the Department of Justice hasn't fully scaled back its searches and may be subpoenaing ISPs for the GPS data it can no...
Are the Feds Still Tracking Your GPS? One Senator Wants to Know

Apple, DOJ may land e-book settlement within weeks

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Apple may be ready to make important concessions to settle a possible Department of Justice lawsuit over e-book pricing, a pair of sources claimed Friday. Although not concrete, a deal could come "in the next few weeks," the Reuters insiders said. The core of the deal would revolve around Apple...
Apple, DOJ may land e-book settlement within weeks

The Facebook password backlash

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We live in an age when Facebook has to issue a statement that it’s wrong for employers to demand to peek inside applicants’ profiles. FORTUNE — Two senators have asked the Justice Department to investigate the practice of employers requiring  job applicants to hand over their social-media passwords. Meanwhile, Facebook...
The Facebook password backlash

Copyright A Priority For The DOJ; But Identity Fraud Has Fallen Off The List

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Well, isn't this just great. Just a little while back, the Justice Department announced that fighting "intellectual property crime" was a major priority. At the time, we wondered if there weren't more important things for the DOJ to be working on. The answer is yes, of course, but the Justice...
Copyright A Priority For The DOJ; But Identity Fraud Has Fallen Off The List

What National Security Risk? Evidence Suggests Embarassment Drove DOJ Spying On AP Phone Records

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The saga concerning the DOJ scooping up phone records of Associated Press has continued to expand. The DOJ sent a quick and rather disingenuous letter in response to the AP's complaint. In it, the DOJ -- contrary to its own history of abusive practices concerning reporter phone records -- insists...
What National Security Risk? Evidence Suggests Embarassment Drove DOJ Spying On AP Phone Records

States reach $69 million settlement with three publishers in e-book price fixing case

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When the US Department of Justice sued Apple and five major book publishers over alleged e-book price rigging, it immediately became clear that a few of these companies would do just about anything to avoid trial. That same day, three of the publishers -- HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and...
States reach $69 million settlement with three publishers in e-book price fixing case

Retired judge joins fight against DoJ's "outrageous" Megaupload seizures

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Abraham David Sofaer Abraham David Sofaer Abraham David Sofaer, a former New York federal judge, recently was presenting a paper at the National Academy of Sciences about deterring cyberattacks when he learned the feds had shut down Megaupload, seizing its domain names, in a criminal copyright infringement case. Troubling...
Retired judge joins fight against DoJ's "outrageous" Megaupload seizures
Amazon throws its e-book weight around. Again.

Apple faces e-book price-fixing lawsuit in Canada too

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The first domino fell last week in the U.S. when the DOJ sued Apple and its publishing partners claiming collusion over pricing of e-books. A class action lawsuit in Canada now claims the same. [Read more]...
Apple faces e-book price-fixing lawsuit in Canada too

Judge Tells Megaupload, Other Groups to Work out Server Maintenance

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Lawyers for Megaupload, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Web hosting provider Carpathia Hosting and other groups fighting over who should maintain 1,100......
Judge Tells Megaupload, Other Groups to Work out Server Maintenance

Ridiculous Timing: Obama Administration Responds To Spying On AP By Pushing Journalist Shield Law That Wouldn't Matter

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There was one odd side note in all of the attention last week to the DOJ spying on the AP under questionable circumstances. Right after being confronted about it, the Obama administration released some talking points about how they support a reintroduction of a reporter's shield law. There have been...
Ridiculous Timing: Obama Administration Responds To Spying On AP By Pushing Journalist Shield Law That Wouldn't Matter

HP Confirms DOJ Is Investigating Alleged Fraud in Autonomy Deal

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Hewlett-Packard said today that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating its acquisition of Autonomy, for which it is trying to write down about $5 billion in expenses due to alleged “serious accounting improprieties.” The investigation confirmation came as part of HP’s annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But this...
HP Confirms DOJ Is Investigating Alleged Fraud in Autonomy Deal

Apple & DOJ submit closing arguments as e-book price fixing trial comes to a close

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After a three week debate between Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice, the controversial e-book price-fixing case concluded today with final summations at the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. As part of its last remarks, Apple presented a 136-slide deck describing its case against the DOJ in full detail underscoring its argument...
Apple & DOJ submit closing arguments as e-book price fixing trial comes to a close

Feds Tie Themselves In Legal Knots Arguing For Domain Forfeiture In Rojadirecta Case

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If you don't recall, among the various domains that ICE and the DOJ seized last year were two domains -- rojadirecta.com and rojadirecta.org -- held by a Spanish company, Puerto 80. After extended negotiations to try to get the government to return the domain names, Puerto 80 finally sued the...
Feds Tie Themselves In Legal Knots Arguing For Domain Forfeiture In Rojadirecta Case

Patrick Leahy Introduces Legislation (Yet Again) To Require Government Warrants To Get Your Electronic Info

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It's been quite a day in terms of news out of DC. We've been talking about copyright/first sale, cybersecurity bills, the CFAA... and now Senator Patrick Leahy, for what feels like the 2,394th time, has introduced a plan to reform ECPA. Like the CFAA, ECPA is an extremely troubling and...
Patrick Leahy Introduces Legislation (Yet Again) To Require Government Warrants To Get Your Electronic Info

Kim Dotcom Offers To Come To The US, If DOJ Releases Funds For Legal Defense

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We just noted how the procedural delays in the case against Kim Dotcom meant that it was more difficult for him to fight back against the US government. In response to all of this, Dotcom is offering the Justice Department a deal. He will come to the US and defend...
Kim Dotcom Offers To Come To The US, If DOJ Releases Funds For Legal Defense

Will DOJ’s cable probe end up hurting streaming?

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The government’s investigation of the cable industry is sweeping, and could play a big role in determining the future of Internet video. FORTUNE — Now that the Department of Justice is reportedly investigating how cable companies handle video streams from their competitors over their Internet networks, it’s anybody’s guess what...
Will DOJ’s cable probe end up hurting streaming?

Congressional Reps Question Feds Over Botched Domain Seizures

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The government's admission that it had (once again) mistakenly seized and censored a website for over a year when it dropped its case against Rojadirecta/Puerto80 has reminded everyone that Dajaz1 was not an isolate case. It was a part of a wider program where DHS (via ICE) and the DOJ...
Congressional Reps Question Feds Over Botched Domain Seizures

U.S. Sues eBay Over Recruiting Pact With Intuit

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EBay Inc. said it will fight a Department of Justice lawsuit that alleges that the Internet retailer and financial software provider Intuit Inc. had signed an illegal agreement restricting the companies’ ability to actively recruit employees from one another. According to the DOJ complaint, the agreement began no later than...
U.S. Sues eBay Over Recruiting Pact With Intuit

It Seems A Bit Early To Call Edward Snowden A 'Hero'

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The fact that former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden decided to go public with his grievances against the U.S. government is certainly brave and bold.  People can and will accuse Snowden of many things. But no one will ever accuse him of not having the guts to stand up...
It Seems A Bit Early To Call Edward Snowden A 'Hero'

Verizon signs first deal to sell lower 700MHz spectrum following the AWS handover, acts on its promise

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Verizon used the prospect of selling lower-block 700MHz spectrum as a carrot to lure in the US government: it would share the wireless wealth only if it was cleared to buy cable company spectrum in the AWS bands. Now that the DOJ and FCC have greenlit the cable purchase,...
Verizon signs first deal to sell lower 700MHz spectrum following the AWS handover, acts on its promise
MIT.edu, DOJ.gov, W3.gov All Currently Down Following Investigation Into Swartz Tragedy

Kim Dotcom Files Brief In His Trial In The Court Of Public Opinion

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A bunch of folks have been pointing us to the new "whitepaper" released by Kim Dotcom, which lays out two key things: why the lawsuit against him is a complete legal sham and also why it was driven by a corrupt connection between the US government and the MPAA. The...
Kim Dotcom Files Brief In His Trial In The Court Of Public Opinion

DOJ’s ebook pricing case against Apple and 5 other publishers could start tomorrow

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Apple and publisher Macmillan are said to be preparing to be commenced their legal case with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) as soon as tomorrow, according to a Bloomberg report that cites sources “familiar with the matter”. The DoJ is suing Apple and five publishers for what colluding to...
DOJ’s ebook pricing case against Apple and 5 other publishers could start tomorrow
Barnes & Noble objects to proposed DOJ ebook settlement, credits agency model for saving industry

World's Largest Bitcoin Exchange Announces That Anyone Depositing Currency Will Need To Be Verified

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The regulatory pressure continues to heat up on the world of Bitcoin. In the wake of the DOJ's big case against digital currency site Liberty Reserve (which has been accused of facilitating illegal transactions), Mt. Gox, the biggest site for Bitcoin trading, has just announced a requirement that anyone depositing...
World's Largest Bitcoin Exchange Announces That Anyone Depositing Currency Will Need To Be Verified

DOJ Railroads CIA Torture Whistleblower Into Reduced Guilty Plea

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Back in April, we wrote about how the Obama administration, for the astounding sixth time, had used the Espionage Act -- which is supposed to be used against spies -- to bring criminal charges against a former government employee-turned-whistleblower. All other Presidents prior to Obama put together had used the...
DOJ Railroads CIA Torture Whistleblower Into Reduced Guilty Plea

Yes, The DOJ Thinks It's A Crime When A 12 Year Old Reads The NY Times

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We've been talking a lot lately about the need for serious reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which was initially supposed to be a law about malicious hacking, but has been used repeatedly by the DOJ and others to attack something so simple as a minor terms...
Yes, The DOJ Thinks It's A Crime When A 12 Year Old Reads The NY Times

Google lobbying front grossly overstates economic weight behind brief in Oracle Android/Java case

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I've now located the fifth and last amicus curiae brief supporting Google against Oracle's Android/Java copyright appeal. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has published its submission to the Federal Circuit on the organization's website.Last week I already said this about the CCIA's allegiance to Google:Google is a driving...
Google lobbying front grossly overstates economic weight behind brief in Oracle Android/Java case

DOJ acting antitrust head Joe Wayland stepping down #thecircuit

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DOJ acting antitrust head to step down: Joseph Wayland, who has been the acting head of the Department of Justice's antitrust division, will be stepping down from his position. Justice spokeswoman Gina Talamona confirmed that Wayland's last day in the department will be Nov. 16. His replacement has not...
DOJ acting antitrust head Joe Wayland stepping down #thecircuit
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