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The US Government Almost Bankrupt Yahoo in 2008

The US Government Almost Bankrupt Yahoo in 2008

For an illuminating glimpse of government power in action, it’s hard to beat the fines the Justice Department threatened to level against Yahoo if it didn’t comply with a secret and sweeping surveillance request in 2008. News coverage of the case, for which documents were unsealed last week, reported the proposed fines ...

Congress to Debate Bill That Would Ban Internet ‘Fast Lanes’

Congress to Debate Bill That Would Ban Internet ‘Fast Lanes’

Democratic lawmakers will unveil a piece of bicameral legislation Tuesday that would force the Federal Communications Commission to ban fast lanes on the Internet. The proposal, put forward by Senate Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), requires the FCC to use whatever authority ...

The Supreme Court Will Decide When Online Rants Become Threats

The Supreme Court Will Decide When Online Rants Become Threats

The US Supreme Court on Monday announced that it will consider a case involving a thorny free speech issue in the digital age: at what point does a statement made on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter cross the threshold from protected free speech under the First Amendment to a criminally actionable threat? The ...

The U.S. Wants to Regulate Navigation Apps and Use in Cars

The U.S. Wants to Regulate Navigation Apps and Use in Cars

Getting directions on the road from Google Maps and other smartphone apps is a popular alternative to the expensive navigation aids included in some cars. The apps are also a gray area when it comes to laws banning the use of cellphones or texting while driving. The Transportation Department wants to enter the argument. The ...

11th Circuit Court: Police Need a Warrant for Cell Phone Location Tracking

11th Circuit Court: Police Need a Warrant for Cell Phone Location Tracking

The Eleventh Circuit created a circuit split on Wednesday on whether the Fourth Amendment protects historical cell-site information. Last year, the Fifth Circuit held that it doesn’t; today the Eleventh Circuit held that it does. The Eleventh Circuit’s opinion is premised on the idea that some facts are inherently ...

Court Upholds Right to Record Police Traffic Stops

Court Upholds Right to Record Police Traffic Stops

A Federal appellate court recently upheld the constitutional right to record police traffic stops, which allowed a lawsuit against several New Hampshire police officers to proceed. The court case stemmed from an event on the evening of March 24, 2010. Former Weare, NH police sergeant Joseph Kelley pulled over a ...

Facebook’s ‘I’m a Voter’ Feature is Going Global

Facebook’s ‘I’m a Voter’ Feature is Going Global

When Americans voted to renew President Barack Obama's lease on the White House in November 2012, more than 9 million citizens took to Facebook to click the "I'm a Voter" button, showing their online friends that they had cast a ballot. The social media site plans to offer versions of the feature around the world for a ...

You Can Now Donate to Political Parties in Bitcoin

You Can Now Donate to Political Parties in Bitcoin

The U.S. Federal Election Committee said on Thursday that the virtual currency, bitcoin, could be used for donations to political action committees under certain conditions. In a unanimous vote, the FEC, which enforces U.S. campaign finance laws, said a political committee could accept donations in bitcoins up to an ...

The White House Isn’t Happy That Samsung Used Obama’s Selfie as an Ad

The White House Isn’t Happy That Samsung Used Obama’s Selfie as an Ad

Did you catch the selfie that the Red Sox's David Ortiz took with President Barack Obama? That was a great instance of cultural zeitgeist, wasn't it? However, Samsung also has a deal with Ortiz that let it use the shot (taken with a Galaxy Note 3) in a Twitter ad -- and the White House isn't very happy. The administration ...

U.S. Senator Who Wanted to Ban Bitcoin Has Backed Off a Bit

U.S. Senator Who Wanted to Ban Bitcoin Has Backed Off a Bit

A previous outspoken critic of Bitcoin says he's starting to come around on the virtual currency, one month to the day after he called on regulators to ban it. In an interview with the Washington Post, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) said recent moves by the Internal Revenue Service, private Bitcoin entrepreneurs and other ...