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Woman in Spain convicted for tweets threatening politicians

Woman in Spain convicted for tweets threatening politicians

Internet savvy might be catching up with Spain's political machinery but it may not be in an entirely good way. A 21 year old woman was just convicted by Spain's national court for Twitter posts that it says incited terrorism, particularly against certain politicians.

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Aereo must shut down in Utah and Colorado, court rules

Aereo must shut down in Utah and Colorado, court rules

Aereo, the startup company that utilizes broadcast signals to provide users with TV over the Internet, has had a lot of success in its short run, though not without ample backlash. That stint of luck seems to be running out of steam, however, with a U.S. District Court in Utah ruling that it must stop operating in Utah and Colorado.

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Facebook must follow Germany’s data protection law, rules court

Facebook must follow Germany’s data protection law, rules court

The Higher Court of Berlin has ruled in favor of a 2012 court finding that Facebook has run afoul of German data protection law, and that it must comply with such legalities. Beyond this, the Higher Court also confirmed that the social network's terms of service and privacy policy contain multiple clauses in violation of the nation's law.

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Aereo’s challengers to be heard by Supreme Court

Aereo’s challengers to be heard by Supreme Court

Aereo, a television streaming company that utilizes over-the-air broadcasts, has been under fire from broadcasters that have initiated a legal battle against the startup. Late last year, the aforementioned broadcasters made it known that it would take the matter the Supreme Court, something that was granted today via an issued order in favor of the writ of certiorari petition.

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NSA phone surveillance ruled legal by NY judge [UPDATE]

NSA phone surveillance ruled legal by NY judge [UPDATE]

In a ruling on federal phone-tracking this week a U.S. District Judge based in New York has ruled that the NSA’s actions thus far have been legal. Judge William Pauley sent a ruling on Friday, the 27th of December, saying the NSA program “represents the government’s counter-punch” in efforts to eliminate al-Qaida network efforts. This ruling dismisses a lawsuit brought on by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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US Director of National Intelligence acknowledges NSA mass surveillance

US Director of National Intelligence acknowledges NSA mass surveillance

The United States Director of National Intelligence has publicly acknowledged -- for the first time -- the existence of National Security Agency (NSA) mass surveillance programs dating back to 2001. The admission comes by way of court documents filed in two separate cases involving the NSA. The documents were posted to the office's website this weekend.

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Pirate Bay’s co-founder Warg hit with legal woes in Russia

Pirate Bay’s co-founder Warg hit with legal woes in Russia

This summer, Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced to jail in Sweden after being sent there from Cambodia, where he was arrested after having received a sentence back in 2009 that ultimately resulted in a multi-million fine. Warg was sentenced in Sweden over a separate hacking charge, and now faces additional woes as a Russian court has hit him with a copyright infringement charge due to hosting certain movies.

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Apple vs Samsung patent trial verdict sees $290 million for the former

Apple vs Samsung patent trial verdict sees $290 million for the former

A new verdict has been reached in the Apple vs Samsung case, a verdict which has awarded the former with $290 million in damages vs the latter. This is the latest in the ongoing battle between Apple and Samsung over patent issues surrounding devices such as the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S. Earlier last year we saw the first verdict in this case, one that awarded Apple more than 1 billion dollars in damages against Samsung. NOTE: The current adjusted total damages for Samsung ends up being approximately $888 million USD.

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Samsung device bans reconsidered in Apple patent case

Samsung device bans reconsidered in Apple patent case

A ruling has been passed down today by an appeals court which says U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh must spend more time considering evidence offered by Apple in arguments that certain Samsung devices should be banned from sale. In this ruling, the appeals court currently working on the case agreed unanimously that Koh "made errors" in her denial of Apple's request for a court injunction against 26 Samsung products.

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Text Message sender could be liable for car wreck in NJ appeals court

Text Message sender could be liable for car wreck in NJ appeals court

A New Jersey appeals court has found true an interesting set of conclusions this month in going over a case involving a car wreck from 2009. In this case, the driver of a vehicle in Mine Hill Township, New Jersey, was texting and driving when he hit a motorcycle carrying Linda and David Kubert - who both subsequently lost their legs as a result of the crash. The Kuberts settled their case against Best, continuing then to sue Shannon Colonna - the person on the other end of the phone.

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Google filing says emails sent to Gmail have no expectation of privacy

Google filing says emails sent to Gmail have no expectation of privacy

Google has been caught up in a legal battle that claims the Internet giant uses Gmail as a "secret data mining machine," something it is fighting against. In a legal briefing the company filed, it contends something that has caused users and others to get a bit riled: that individuals who send emails to a Gmail address have no expectation of privacy because it was "voluntarily [turned] over to third parties."

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Bitcoin ruled to be a currency by federal judge, is subject to regulation

Bitcoin ruled to be a currency by federal judge, is subject to regulation

Depending on whom you are speaking to, Bitcoin is either one of the most promising money-related ventures in modern times, it's a fad prone to fizzle away, or it is a threat to all. Regardless of which side you fall on, one thing is now certain: bitcoins are a currency, and they're subject to regulation in the United States. Such was the ruling of a federal judge today.

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