A New Zealand judge has granted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's request to livestream his appeal of a decision ordering him extradited to the U.S. to face criminal copyright charges. The hearing, which starts on Wednesday, will be streamed on YouTube.
A judge has granted final approval to a privacy settlement
that requires Yahoo to pay $4 million to class-action attorneys, but doesn't require the company to stop scanning emails for ad purposes. Instead, Yahoo must make some technical changes to the way it performs the scans. "In the end, we'll add this case to the list of other so-called "privacy lawsuits" that essentially enrich a cottage industry of plaintiffs' lawyers, do little to protect or compensate consumers, and don't change the tech sector's behavior in any real, meaningful way," writes Ars Technica.
The FCC won't appeal a recent ruling that reinstated restrictions on muni-broadband in Tennessee and North Carolina. “Sometimes you’ve got to know when to fold 'em,” Harold Feld, senior vice president of advocacy organization Public Knowledge, told Motherboard. “This case was always something of a long-shot, but now it’s too much of a long-shot to put money on.”
Ballot selfies will be legal in California, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a measure passed last week by state lawmakers. Currently, California prohibits voters from showing their completed ballots to other people; the new law lifts that prohibition to allow people to voluntarily disclose their votes.
Sprint will charge its "unlimited" mobile customers an extra $20 a month to watch video in 1080 lines per screen high-definition. Otherwise, video will be throttled to 480 lines per screen. The move comes one week after T-Mobile rolled out an "unlimited" data plan that throttles video to 480p, unless customers pay an extra $25 per month.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, who resides in New Zealand but is under indictment in the U.S. for criminal copyright infringement, wants his extradition hearing live-streamed. A lower court in New Zealand recently found that Dotcom could be extradited, but he is appealing that decision to the High Court in Auckland -- which is capable of streaming the proceedings.
Rural broadband providers say they should be exempt from the Federal Communications Commission's proposed broadband privacy rules. The WTA (formerly Western Telecommunications Alliance) says in an FCC filing that proposed rules would affect their ability to communicate with consumers about service changes and upgrades.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) wrote to Facebook to ask the company to enforce its ban on gun sales. "While I commend the platforms' facilitating the reporting of prohibited content related to gun sales by users, I urge Facebook and Instagram to redouble their efforts to develop and deploy technology that can enforce their gun-sales ban without relying so heavily on user reporting," Markey wrote. "Facebook and Instagram's ban on private firearms sales should have the teeth it needs to be effective, so that it can truly prevent guns from falling into the hands of those who should not have them."
Google Fiber is now signing up customers in Salt Lake City -- the seventh metro area to receive Google's Gigabit Internet service. Gigabit Internet will cost $70 a month, and 100 Mbps service will cost $50 a month.
WikiLeaks has published information that compromised the privacy of "hundreds" of innocent people, The Associated Press reports. In the last year, WikiLeaks has published people's medical files, financial information and named teenage rape victims.