Weekly Links: May 1-7th, 2011 May 9, 2011
This was a pretty busy week for technology, law, and policy news! Looking back at our e-mail thread, I’m counting at least 20 stories that circulated over the last several days.
Sony: Hacked again! Loses another 24 million user accounts. [via Ars Technica]
Lawsuit over “Flash Cookies,” La Court v. Specific Media 8:10-cv-01256-GW-JCG (CD Cal.), dismissed by court for lack of harm / standing. [via Technology & Marketing Law Blog] [opinion]
Violating an employer’s internet use policy can be a felony, according to the 9th Circuit in U.S. v. Nosal. [via Technology Law and Marketing] [opinion]
U.S. Dept. of Commerce releases report on Trademark Litigation tactics, draws significant criticism from legal commentators. [via Tech Dirt] [the Report] see commentary from [Eric Goldman] and [David Pardue]
New class action lawsuit, Hariharan v. Abobe, Apple, et al., Case no. 11574066 (Alameda County Superior Court, filed against Adobe, Intui, Google, Apple, and several others accuses companies of employment practice collusion. [via CNET] [the complaint]
Dept. of Homeland Security sends demand to Mozilla to remove Firefox extension (a/k/a MafiaaFire) that routes users around URLs seized by DHS. Mozilla responds and questions the authority of DHS’ request. [via Wired and hja’s blog] [Mozilla’s questions]
San Francisco is (apparently) backing away from proposed law that would require cell phone retails to label mobile handsets with information related to radiation emissions. Mmm, science!* [via San Francisco Chronicle]
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