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Posts Tagged ‘court’

U.S. Warns Apple and Publishers

U.S. Warns Apple and Publishers

"The publishers have denied acting jointly to raise prices. They have told investigators that the shift to agency pricing enhanced competition in the industry by allowing more electronic booksellers to thrive." Jesus... I don't care what you might have to say about "competition in the industry." We don't need any more freaking middle men. The [...]

Flier beats TSA video recording charge in court

Phil Mocek knows he isn't required to show ID to fly, and that it's perfectly legal to record video in publicly accessible areas of an airport. A jury agreed with him earlier this week, acquitting him of trumped-up charges brought against him by TSA and police officers who demanded obedience. He didn't need to call any witnesses or testify [...]

Why you should always encrypt your smartphone

Why you should always encrypt your smartphone

You may have taken note that in California, among other areas, police can search your phone's contents without a warrant upon arrest. If you've password-protected or encrypted your phone, you're somewhat protected. If your phone's not directly on you, that's another layer. Tech news site Ars Technica explicates the finer points of arrest, [...]

Twitter’s Response to WikiLeaks Subpoena Should Be the Industry Standard

Twitter’s Response to WikiLeaks Subpoena Should Be the Industry Standard

This may be the first time I ever gave a shit about Twitter. The request was approved by a magistrate judge in Alexandria, Virginia where a federal grand jury is looking into charges against WikiLeaks related to its acquisition and publishing of U.S. government classified information. The court order came with a gag order that prevented Twitter [...]

US Government censors 70 websites for whole world

US Government censors 70 websites for whole world

The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN - not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely [...]

Feds forced to admit that it’s legal to take pictures of federal buildings

Feds forced to admit that it’s legal to take pictures of federal buildings

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Libertarian activist Antonio Musumeci just won a court case that affirms the right of photographers to take pictures and record video out front of federal courthouses. The US federal government settled the case by apologizing to Musumeci for his arrest, acknowledging that it is legal to record at [...]

Florida foreclosure mill owner, David J. Stern, who chucked out 70,000 families in 2009 is unspeakably rich

Florida foreclosure mill owner, David J. Stern, who chucked out 70,000 families in 2009 is unspeakably rich

David J. Stern is a Florida lawyer who operates a foreclosure mill, a firm that foreclosed on more than 70,000 homes last year. According to a deposition from Tammie Mae Kapusta, a former employee, Stern's firm cut many corners, foreclosing on homes without serving notice, ignoring mortgage payments that would have prevented foreclosure, and [...]

FBI makes arrest in bank robbery; suspect had posted claim of responsibility on Facebook

FBI makes arrest in bank robbery; suspect had posted claim of responsibility on Facebook

The FBI says it has made an arrest in an Oregon bank robbery after the suspect posted a claim of responsibility on Facebook. Spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele says Ryan Homsley was arrested Friday. She says investigators filed a complaint Wednesday in federal court, charging Homsley with Tuesday's robbery at a Key Bank branch in suburban [...]