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May 7, 2015

Judges Call NSA Metadata Collection Illegal

The latest legal pronouncement regarding the government’s collection of our phone metadata is in, as a federal court of appeals in New York has ruled that it is illegal for the NSA to do what it’s been doing with impunity for the last few years.

We’ve been fighting this fight for a while now…

The court’s three judges ruled unanimously, reported the New York Times on Thursday. The ruling explained that Section 215 of the Patriot Act—the section upon which the NSA judged the legality of [...]

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April 27, 2015

Google is Stopping Patent Trolls by Buying All the Patents

In an effort to shut down patent trolls, one of the tech world’s worst problems and roadblocks towards progress, Google has announced its Patent Purchase Promotion. Described on its Public Policy Blog as “an experimental marketplace,” the promotion looks to give patent holders an easier way to unload patents for cash without working with trolls who tie innovators up in litigation. As a nice bonus, Google will get to increase its own patent portfolio—and, of course, this may not be quite as altruistic as the company might like us to [...]

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April 15, 2015

EU Files Antitrust Charges Against Google

The European Union has formally filed antitrust charges against Google, alleging that the search company “infringes EU antitrust rules because it stifles competition and harms consumers.” Google, of course, has denied that this is so.

Google’s graph for showing its poor performance among shopping sites in France.

According a press release published on Wednesday, the EU’s accusations are hinged on the fact that Google uses its dominance as a search engine to skew search results towards its own [...]

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April 10, 2015

Amazon Receives FAA’s Drone Blessing

After whining publicly and doing the corporate equivalent of taking its toys to someone else’s house, Amazon has managed to wrest broad permissions from the FAA to test its drones in the United States. The good news here is that America has loosened up its restrictions and allowed for an economic powerhouse to more quickly innovate in the tech space. The bad news is that Amazon has demonstrated that it can affect US policy through the sheer force of its economic powers.

A post on TechCrunch Friday offers the specifics, [...]

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March 30, 2015

Amazon to FAA: We’re Moving to Canada

Last week, news hit that Amazon was making good on its threats to vacate the United States for drone testing, citing interminable delays in gaining testing approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Reported by Reuters, the news came in response to the FAA finally approving one of Amazon’s a drones for testing in the United States—and that Amazon had already moved onto newer designs.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos showing off an Amazon Prime Air drone on 60 Minutes.

Said Amazon’s VP for global [...]

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February 26, 2015

FCC Votes 3-2 for Net Neutrality: The Round-Up

The Internet is neutral — for now.

In a landmark 3-2 decision, the FCC voted to re-classify the Internet as a utility, barring providers from blocking or slowing down certain types of traffic. The agency’s vote means that the Internet is no longer considered an “information” service, but a “telecommunications” service, instead.

The decision will almost certainly be challenged in court.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who supported the FCC’s plan, said that the Internet is [...]

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February 4, 2015

FCC Chair: Internet Should Be a Utility

Echoing the sentiments of President Barack Obama from late last year, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler explained his plan for dealing with the Net Neutrality question: the Internet ought to be run like a utility – mostly.

Back in November, the president said that he thinks that the FCC should invoke Title II of the Telecommunications Act, and that’s basically what Wheeler has proposed in an op-ed published by Wired today.

“Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed [...]

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January 17, 2015

NY Governor Cuomo Announces Broadband Initiative All New Yorkers Should Be Proud Of

I love calling myself a native New Yorker, but today, I’m even more proud to have that distinction. Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $1 billion plan to improve access to high-speed Internet across New York state. The state will utilize $500 million in “capital funds from bank settlements to incentivize the private sector to expand high-speed broadband access in underserved and unserved areas.” In the words of the governor’s office, “This represents the largest and boldest state investment in [...]

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December 19, 2014

Google Decries MPAA’s Attempts to Revive SOPA

As the fallout of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack continues to hit, another tidbit of formerly secret information has been squirreled out of the data and correspondences that were leaked by the cyberterror group. Apparently Sony Pictures, a number of other movie studios, and the Motion Picture Association of America itself, were conspiring to somehow revive SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act legislation that would’ve enacted sweeping censorship powers to media companies.

Google yesterday published a lengthy post slamming the [...]

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December 15, 2014

Spanish News Sites Regret “Google Tax”

Spanish news corporations are saying that the recent announcement that Google would shut down its News service in the country will “undoubtedly have a negative impact” on their business. The reason it’s shutting down, however, has little to do with Google and everything to do with Spain’s new laws that would tax the company for doing what it’s always done: providing links to other parts of the web.

It’s an example of clueless companies and lawmakers working together to shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to evolving [...]

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