The FBI reportedly is working with the Israeli firm Cellebrite to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists, a newspaper in Israel reports. Cellebrite has existing federal contracts with the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Patent and Trademark Office, US Immigrations and Custom Enforcement, the Transportation Security Administration, and the State Department, according to Gizmodo. The company's Universal Forensics Extraction Device has previously been mentioned by name on tv shows "The Fall" and "CSI:Cyber."
The FCC isn't likely to decide this week whether to approve Charter's proposed $56 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, Reuters reports. A Charter spokesperson said the company hopes to obtain approval soon. The FCC's informal 180-day timeframe for reviewing the deal will expire Friday, but the agency isn't required to make a decision by the expiration of that so-called "shot clock."
The online library Internet Archive tells the U.S. Copyright Office that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act generally is "working well." “The DMCA’s express provision that service providers have no affirmative duty to monitor for infringing activity remains an extremely important safeguard both for free speech and for the continuation of traditional library activities in the digital age,” the Archive says, according to Torrent Freak.
Yahoo said today that it will stop offering daily fantasy sports to New York residents, pending review. The move comes one day after FanDuel and DraftKings also agreed to stop offering daily fantasy sports in New York until at least June 30.Yahoo also unveiled other changes to its daily fantasy sports games. Among others, it will now limit players to 10 entries per user per contest.
Music industry revenue was up almost 1 % in 2015, thanks to the growth of streaming music services, the RIAA reported today. Streaming companies, including YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, and Apple Music generated more than $1 billion in revenue for the year.
Amazon is now selling Comcast Xfinity modems and service bundles in some markets, according to DSLReports. Most of the bundles are priced the same as Comcast's retail offerings.
Constitutional law professor Noah Feldman explains why Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker should have been thrown out before it reached a jury. "The bottom line is simple: Hogan is a public figure who discusses his sexual prowess on Howard Stern's radio show and more or less pre-promoted the sex tape by talking about it on the gossip site TMZ," Feldman writes at Bloomberg View. "Gawker’s constitutional right to publish content the public wants to consume outweighs what little privacy interests a public figure like Hogan may derive from state law."
Former lawmaker Henry Waxman, who represented California in Congress for four decades, writes that he's "mystified" by an FCC proposal to unlock set-top boxes. "Many viewers are cutting the cable cord. Ample content is available through apps on their smart phones and tablets, as well through alternative devices such as Rokus and smart TVs," he writes. "That is why I am mystified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s decision to move forward with a plan to adopt a federal mandate for cable set-top boxes." He adds that the FCC should recognize changes under way in the market, instead of moving …
Legal experts say Hulk Hogan's $115 million award against Gawker for invasion of privacy isn't likely to hold up on appeal. A jury ordered Gawker, its founder and an editor to pay $115 million for posting footage from a tape showing Terry Bollea (Hogan's real name) having sex with the wife of a friend. But those damages can be slashed by either a trial judge or appellate court. An appeals court also can review the legal questions, including the First Amendment issues. The Times writes: "Appeals courts tend to give more weight to First Amendment protections than trial courts do, …
Spotify will pay around $21 million to publishers and songwriters in order to settle with the National Music Publisher's Association over royalties. The covers all content from Spotify's launch through June of next year.