• Broadcasters Ask Supreme Court To Rule On Aereo Before More 'Copycat' Services Launch
    Online video service Aereo and TV broadcasters don't agree on much, but are aligned on at least one thing: They want the Supreme Court to rule on whether Aereo's business is legal.
  • University Of Kansas New Social Media Policy Draws Criticism
    The University of Kansas Regents are getting low marks from academics for the system's new social media policy, which allows school officials to fire professors -- including ones with tenure -- for making "inappropriate" comments on social media services.
  • Rights Group Urges Google To Release App-Privacy Tool
    Last week, Google briefly released a feature that allows app users to exert more control over the data collected by apps. The digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation quickly hailed this new "awesome privacy tool." "Want to install Shazam without having it track your location? Easy. Want to install SideCar without letting it read your address book? Done," technology projects director Peter Eckersley said in a blog post about the feature.
  • Google Reports U.S. Gov't Requests For Takedowns Up 70%
    Government officials are increasingly asking Google to take down content, the company said today in its 8th biannual transparency report. The company says it received 3,846 requests from government officials around the world to take down almost 25,000 pieces of content in the first six months of this year, marking a 68% increase from the latter half of last year.
  • KlearGear Hit With Lawsuit After 'Fining' Utah Couple For Bad Review
    KlearGear's decision to charge customers $3,500 for negative reviews recently made the company a poster child for poor business practices. Now, that could be the least of KlearGear's problems. Today, the company was hit with a lawsuit by John Palmer and Jennifer Kulas, a married Utah couple who say their credit was destroyed by KlearGear's attempt to collect on its bad-review fee.
  • Smartphone Users Willing To Pay For Privacy, Report Says
    Online companies that collect data from consumers often argue that doing so is the only way to keep Web services free. As it turns out, some consumers would rather pay for services and keep data private.
  • Web Companies Take On Universal In 'Dancing Baby' Battle
    Automattic, which owns the blogging platform WordPress.com, recently filed two lawsuits against groups that allegedly tried to censor bloggers by making bogus copyright infringement claims.
  • Cablevision Says Aereo 'Equivalent' To Cable System
    Cablevision wants it known that it's no fan of Aereo, the online video company that streams over-the-air TV shows to paying subscribers' iPhones, iPads and other devices. This week, Cablevision released a 43-page white paper in which it condemns Aereo for transmitting TV programs without a license. The cable giant essentially argues that Aereo is acting like a cable company and therefore should have to pay the same retransmission fees as cable companies.
  • Aereo Wants Supreme Court To Approve Streaming TV Service
    Aereo today asked the Supreme Court to decide once and for all whether the company's streaming service is legal. The Barry Diller-backed startup so far has prevailed in court against TV broadcasters, who want to shut down the streaming service. But even though Aereo has beaten back broadcasters in New York and Boston, the networks have vowed to sue Aereo in every market where it launches. TV broadcasters recently asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of one of the major pro-Aereo rulings -- a decision issued earlier this year by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New …
  • Beastie Boys Demand GoldieBlox Pay For Parody Ad
    The Beastie Boys' dispute with GoldieBlox escalated today, when the musicians said in court papers that they're entitled to compensation from GoldieBlox for the use of the song "Girls" in a parody ad.
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