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Divorce lawyer who thought he could beat NSA in court, couldn’t

This is the man challenging the government’s spying programs. (credit: Elliott Schuchardt) Unsurprisingly, the Pennsylvania lawyer who tried to single-handedly challenge the Obama Administration’s surveillance infrastructure has had his case dismissed. Like similar cases, it was tossed for lack of standing. While Elliott Schuchardt talked tough, US District Judge Cathy Bissoon found that he could […]

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After guilty plea, judge confused as to why prosecutors still want iPhone unlocked

(credit: Paul) Federal prosecutors have said that they are moving forward in their attempt to compel Apple to unlock a seized iPhone 5S running iOS 7, even after the defendant in a felony drug case has now pleaded guilty. The judge in the case, United States Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, said in a Friday court […]

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EFF asks appeals court to “shut down the Eastern District of Texas”

Two unidentified men leave the federal courthouse in Marshall, Texas, in 2008. (Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Bloomberg via Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images) The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge have asked a federal appeals court to make big changes to the rules governing venue in patent cases. The two public interest groups are seeking to file an amicus brief […]

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Body cam footage of cop killing unarmed man disputed

Warning: Graphic images. It all happened so quickly. A 20-year-old unarmed Utah man was dead, shot twice by a Salt Lake City police officer. It happened 21 seconds after police responded to a 911 caller who said she saw “some gangbangers” who “flashed” a gun and were “obviously looking for trouble” outside a South Salt […]

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FBI planes gathered days of video, electronic surveillance over Baltimore

The FBI flew a Cessna 182T, similar to this plane, and another aircraft over Baltimore for over 36 hours following the riots in the city, gathering video and other electronic intelligence, according to records obtained by the ACLU through a FOIA request. The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained documents from the Federal Bureau of […]

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European Parliament votes to shield Snowden from extradition to US

An EU flag at the European Parliament. (credit: European Parliament) By a vote of 285 to 281, the European Parliament passed a resolution today calling on member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection, and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties.” The move is a “recognition of his status as […]

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Divinity: Original Sin developer hides giveaway in EULA fine print

This is actually a shot from an old Mac ad, but it seems appropriate… Is there a legally binding contract that’s read less often than the end-user license agreement for a piece of software? Seriously, does anyone take the time to read these things before digitally signing away what could well be the rights to […]

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Court says it’s legal for NSA to spy on you because Congress says it’s OK

(credit: thierry ehrmann) You gotta love this twisted logic. In May, a federal appeals court declared the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone metadata collection program illegal because it wasn’t authorized under the Patriot Act, as the Obama administration and its predecessor administration had maintained. Then, in June, Congress semi-dismantled the program with the passage of […]

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Laser strike said to give ferry pilot 3rd degree burns on his eyelid

MV Tokitae (credit: Washington State Dept. of Transportation) “Laser strikes” have been a known hazard for airline and helicopter pilots for years now, and errant users of high-powered laser pointers are increasingly being prosecuted. The newest pilots to be hit by such a laser were not in the air but at sea. Washington State Ferry officials told […]

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Judge to Dotcom: No more delays, make your case to block extradition

(credit: Kim Dotcom) A New Zealand judge made clear that he would not allow for further delays in the Kim Dotcom extradition hearing, local media reported Thursday. In a ruling, Auckland District Court Judge Nevin Dawson denied the Megaupload founder’s bid to throw another wrench into the process, which has been delayed at least 10 […]