Pinterest has lost a trademark infringement lawsuit against Pintrips, which monitors the price of flights. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam said that Pintrips has the fair use right to use the word "pin" in its name. "Pintrips uses the term pin in the exact same way as Microsoft, Facebook, and the many other companies that have come before it: as a verb for attaching one virtual object to another," he wrote.
Pandora will pay $90 million to settle litigation over its use of pre-1972 records, the Recording Industry Association of America said on Thursday. The news comes several months after the RIAA reached a similar $210 million settlement with Sirius XM. Pandora is still facing a potential class action by The Turtles.
A federal judge has struck down Indiana's ballot selfie law, which prohibited people from posting photos of their completed ballots. "The State has entirely failed to identify any such problem in Indiana relating to or evidencing vote buying, voter fraud, voter coercion, involuntary ballot disclosures, or an existing threat to the integrity of the electoral process," the judge ruled, according to Ars Technica.
Florida Circuit Judge Pamela Campbell ruled on Wednesday that Hulk Hogan can inspect smartphones and computers used by Gawker employees, in order to determine whether them violated a protective order by leaking confidential information about him to the National Enquirer and Radar Online. Campbell is presiding over Hogan's $100 million lawsuit against Gawker for publishing excerpts of a sex tape.
Wikileaks published data from CIA director John Brennan's private email account, including position papers on Iran and the intelligence community, The Verge reports. The documents were hacked from Brennan's personal AOL account.
The mugshot of a 9-year-old boy surfaced on a local mugshot site and on Facebook after the Lee County Sheriff's Office in Florida posted the photo online. The boy allegedly hit his 11-year-old sister with a remote control, and then walking toward his sister and grandmother with a butcher knife in his hand; he put down the knife after his sister called the police. "In Florida, when a juvenile is arrested on a Felony Charge, their arrest and mug shot become public record," the sheriff said in an email to Ars Technica.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says in an op-ed in Quartz that she will enforce "strong net neutrality" rules if she's elected. She also blamed "local monopolies" for the relatively high price of broadband in the U.S. compared to other parts of the world.
The encryption service Let's Encrypt now offers HTTPS certificates that are trusted by the major browsers, Ars Technica reports. The service, backed by Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others, says it will offer free HTTPS certificates to all domian name holders.
The Irish Data Protection Commissioner will decide whether Facebook may continue to send Europeans' data to servers based in the U.S., the regulatory said on Tuesday. The decision could mark the "first concrete application" of a recent decision invalidating a 15-year-old agreement that allowed data to be transferred between Europe and the U.S., MarketWatch reports.
The Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represents companies including Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, has criticized the proposed Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act for failing to "protect users' privacy or appropriately limit the permissible uses of information shared with the government." The measure has bipartisan support, but prominent lawmakers, including presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul, oppose it.