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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Stop Freaking Out over the NSA PRISM program

Federal judge in SF rules Google has to comply with secret, no-warrant demands for user data

A National Security Letter, or NSL, is a type of electronic  data gathering tool used by the FBI that doesn't require a warrant.

A U.S. District Court judge has reportedly rejected a request by Google to have 19 National Security Letters (NSL) used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to obtain user data without warrants either modified or thrown out.

CNET reported Friday that Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco turned down Google's request after two leading FBI officials delivered classified affidavits attesting to the letters' importance.

she also said that Google brought up only broad arguments about the legality of the NSLs, and didn't address issues specific to the 19 letters in the case. The judge's ruling potentially gives Google another chance to counter the FBI's requests at a later date, according to the report.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak opposes Apple tax policy

he thinks recent criticism of the tech major's policies to avoid some taxes was "extremely warranted".

7 Heroes of Technology

World:        We Have Lost the First Webpage.

Professor: Oh, I Have a Copy of It Right Here.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is partnering with leading lawyers to bust a key patent being used to threaten podcasters.

A couple of months ago we wrote that podcasting was under threat from a patent troll. At that time, a patent troll named Personal Audio LLC had sued three podcasters and sent demand letters to a number of others. We’ve written often in the past about how patent trolls are a drain on innovation, and this latest troll is no exception. Since many podcasters barely make a profit, or simply do it for love, a shakedown from a patent troll threatens to shut down their program.

It is not easy to fight patent trolls, but with your help, we can defeat this patent and save podcasting.

Apple goes on trial over e-book price-fixing

80% of Samsung’s microchip revenue comes from arch-nemesis Apple

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