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Why Europe’s net neutrality plan is more controversial than US rules

An EU flag at the European Parliament. (credit: European Parliament) The European Parliament is scheduled to vote on net neutrality rules on Tuesday, and at first glance the proposed regulations appear very similar to ones already in place in the United States. Both the European proposal and the US rules prevent Internet service providers from […]

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Top German official infected by highly advanced spy trojan with NSA ties

A diagram of the Regin platform. (credit: Kaspersky Lab) German Chancellor Angela Merkel may not be the only high-ranking leader from that country to be spied on by the National Security Agency. According to a report published over the weekend, German authorities are investigating whether the head of the German Federal Chancellery unit had his […]

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Law firm bosses envision Watson-type computers replacing young lawyers

Your honor. May it please the court…. (credit: peyri) “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” —Henry VI, Part 2. Shakespeare interpretations aside, it seems that artificial intelligence is on its way to, well, killing off lawyers. That’s according to a recent survey (PDF) of law firm leaders who say that within 10 […]

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NY suspects Verizon, TWC, and Cablevision of slowing Internet traffic

(credit: Aurich Lawson) The New York state attorney general’s office has sent letters to Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Cablevision suggesting that the Internet speeds they deliver to consumers don’t match what the companies are promising. The letters, sent Friday by Senior Enforcement Counsel Tim Wu, say the AG’s office “is concerned that, for reasons substantially […]

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24 states sue to overturn centerpiece of Obama’s climate-change initiative

(credit: CJS*64 A man with a camera) That didn’t take long. The same day that a key feature in President Barack Obama’s climate-change initiative became law, 24 states and other concerned energy entities sued Friday to block the new regulations that are designed to cut US carbon emissions from hundreds of power plants. The regulations demand a […]

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Township in New Jersey partners with Uber and BeMyDD to cut its DUI numbers

This is not the sick ride you want picking you up in Evesham Township. (credit: Jay Reed) Evesham Township in New Jersey had a problem—record numbers of people were driving home drunk. The township of 45,000 people was “on track to reach 250 DUI arrests in 2015,” according to Reuters. So it started a pilot […]

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Feds: Since Apple can unlock iPhone 5S running iOS 7, it should

(credit: Blackpool Creative) Federal prosecutors forcefully responded to Apple’s court filing in a New York drug case this week, saying that the company should help the government extract data from a seized iOS 7 iPhone pursuant to a warrant just as it has in the past. Officials from the Department of Justice have now asked a judge […]

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Judge: Losing in Game of War’s virtual casino isn’t a real-world problem

(credit: YouTube) Losing your hard-earned cash playing Game of War’s virtual spinning wheel isn’t a real-world problem. That’s what a federal judge is ruling in dismissing a proposed class-action suit against the game’s maker, Machine Zone of Palo Alto, California. The popular Android and iOS game is free to play, but players may purchase virtual […]

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Judge tosses Wikimedia’s anti-NSA lawsuit because Wikipedia isn’t big enough

(credit: Wikimedia Commons) On Friday, a federal judge dismissed an anti-surveillance lawsuit brought by Wikimedia, ruling in favor of the National Security Agency. In his 30 page ruling, US District Judge Richard D. Bennett found that Wikimedia and the other plaintiffs had no standing, and could not prove that it had been surveilled, largely echoing the […]

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Judge: Pinterest can’t force Pintrips to change names

(credit: bunchesandbits) After its launch in 2010, Pinterest, a service that allows users to create a kind of online scrapbook, quickly became one of the Valley’s hottest startups. In 2013, Pinterest sued a much smaller company called Pintrips, whose travel-planning program monitors flight prices, saying it infringed Pinterest’s trademark. In its complaint (PDF), Pinterest sought unspecified damages […]