A French court has fined a blogger over a negative restaurant review posted online. The restaurant in question is Il Giardino, a pizzeria, and the blog post at the heart of the matter was published back in August 2013. That blog post has since been removed, but the blogger behind it still has to pay a 2500 Euro fine.
Through a unanimous consent agreement, the US Senate has passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. Should this bill be approved by both Senate and House in its final form, it would once again make it legal for mobile phone owners to have their devices unlocked after their contract with a carrier has expired.
The German investigative committee tasked with looking into the extent of the National Security Agency's meddling in German affairs has decided to go retro in a bid for better security. The committee has acquired a mechanical typewriter, and plans to get more as a way to reduce leaks.
While playing Counter-Strike live on Twitch, gamer Jordan Gilbert was raided by his local SWAT team over what turned out to be a prank call. His camera caught the raid on video, with it being posted on YouTube for all to see.
Apple has found itself at the heart of a fresh national security storm in China, with the iPhone branded a danger not only to individual users but to state secrets as a tool of the NSA. The accusations, made by state broadcaster China Central TV (CCTV) this week, are being described as the latest example of "post-Snowden" fallout, with the US surveillance activities exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden raising tensions between the two nations.
The Pirate Bay has been the source of attention in Argentina recently, with a preliminary blocking injunction against the site being scored by music industry group CAPIF this week. Many weren't happy with this move, and the group's website became the target of their frustration.
Facebook's recently revealed emotions experiment has caused an uproar from users and non-users alike, some of it arguably valid, others based on a misunderstanding of what took place. Regardless, the cries of users have been heard, and the social network is now under a probe by the Information Commissioner's Office and other agencies.