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Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has decided that Apple's "conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices" verdict will be upheld. The trial began all the way back in June of 2013 as brought about by the US Department of Justice. As a result of this ruling, Apple is expected to have to pay $450 million in damages, most going to consumers who've purchased e-books over the past several years. At this time it would appear that Apple's lawyers are seeking additional means for appeal.

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Appeals court rules NSA surveillance program illegal

Appeals court rules NSA surveillance program illegal

In March, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the NSA, claiming their surveillance program was overreaching and illegal. Today, a Federal Court of Appeals has agreed with that assertion, finding the NSA’s practice of data collection “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized”. This decision comes well after Edward Snowden began leaking documentation highlighting just how deep and intrusive the NSA’s domestic surveillance program is. In the ruling, Circuit Judge Gerald Lynch wrote “such an expansive concept of 'relevance' is unprecedented and unwarranted”.

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NTSB rules all drones can be grounded by FAA

NTSB rules all drones can be grounded by FAA

If you’ve got a drone, the FAA might soon be able to ground you. According the the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration’s existing rules governing “aircraft” can apply to drones and remote controlled aircraft. In deciding the case, the NTSB’s board said the current FAA definitions “draw no distinction between whether a device is manned or unmanned”. The board also said “we acknowledge the definitions are as broad as they are clear, but they are clear nonetheless.”

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Fitbit data being used in court as evidence of injury

Fitbit data being used in court as evidence of injury

If you sit idle long enough, your fitness tracker may nudge you to get up and move around. It’s a means to keep you active, and one person is now claiming she can’t respond to those vibrations on her wrist. In a Canadian court, one woman is trying to use data from her Fitbit to prove injuries suffered from an accident leave her a shell of her former, active self. Whether or not that will work is another story altogether.

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Yahoo: Government made us give info to PRISM

Yahoo: Government made us give info to PRISM

When PRISM first leaked, the tech companies involved in such a program were a major concern. Just about every major conduit for your digital info was listed, including Yahoo. Now it seems Yahoo’s participation in PRISM may have been under heavy duress, and under penalty of a massive fine.

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Copyright Office: Supreme Court was right about Aereo

Copyright Office: Supreme Court was right about Aereo

Aereo is putting up a valiant effort, but they’ve been dealt another major blow in their fight to stay alive. The US Copyright Office has ruled that Aereo cannot be deemed a cable company under the terms of the Copyright Act. This comes after a Supreme Court ruling which effectively dug Aereo’s hole for them.

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Appeals Court rules location tracking needs a warrant

Appeals Court rules location tracking needs a warrant

A court has ruled obtaining information on the location data in your device without a warrant violates the fourth amendment of the Constitution. In a robbery trial in Florida, part of the evidence against the convicted was his cell phone location data. Noting he made calls around the time and place the robberies occurred, the state could effectively place him at the scene.

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