Apple, during the three-week trial last month in New York, warned that a verdict against the company could have a negative impact on how deals are negotiated in the U.S. and "send shudders through the business community." Its attorneys argued that companies would have to hold "hermetically sealed" meetings so no other companies know they're taking place, and all deals would have to have very different terms.… Read more
Apple violated antitrust laws, according to a quick decision by the Southern District of New York in the U.S. government's e-book price-fixing case against the computing giant.
"Without Apple's orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did," Judge Denise Cote said in a 160-page opinion issued Wednesday.
Cote said the U.S. Justice Department showed in the trial that publishers conspired with each other to eliminate price competition for e-books and that Apple played a central role in that conspiracy. A trial for damages against Apple will follow, though Apple spokesman … Read more
Apple has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to stay a ban on sales of older iPhone and iPads while a court considers an appeal.
In a motion filed Monday with the quasi-judicial body, Apple argued that the ban set to go into effect August 5 would "sweep away an entire segment of Apple's product offerings," as well as harming its partner wireless carriers.
A proposal in Congress touted as increasing oversight of the National Security Agency could instead derail legal challenges to the U.S. government's warrantless demands for confidential customer data.
Legislation introduced last month by Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, alters the ground rules that currently permit U.S. companies to object to a secretive intelligence-gathering technique, called a national security letter, used by the federal government to obtain both individual and bulk customer records.
A federal judge ruled today that a long-standing lawsuit alleging illegal surveillance by the National Security Agency may continue despite the Obama administration's objections.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in San Francisco rejected the administration's claim that the lawsuit could not proceed because it might reveal "state secrets" and endanger national security.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed the lawsuit, called Jewel v. NSA, in 2008 to challenge a NSA's warrantless surveillance program that vacuumed up Americans' confidential electronic communications. It alleges (PDF) that the NSA "intentionally and willfully caused" or directed AT&… Read more
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden remains, as far as the public knows, stuck in the transit area of a Moscow airport. But two newly published interviews reveal more about why he decided to go public with documents confirming the NSA's domestic surveillance of American citizens.
But they show that Snowden predicted how the documents he divulged would be received by Washington officialdom: "I think the government'… Read more
NEW YORK -- Despite sweltering heat and barely tolerable humidity, hundreds marched through New York City on Thursday to protest against mass spying by the U.S. National Security Agency.
About 500 people met in Union Square to listen to a number of privacy advocates and civil liberties groups discuss Fourth Amendment rights as they stand today, in light of recent revelations about the U.S. government's spying capability.
The government has been embroiled in an international diplomatic crisis over its intelligence agencies' spying on foreign nationals. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on a number of … Read more
Sprint may end up in court after a U.S. judge refused to throw out a case accusing the carrier of deliberately not collecting and paying millions in tax.According to Reuters, the U.S.-based firm could be facing a lawsuit brought forward by the New York state over the allegations. Under the state's False Claims Act (.pdf), the Attorney General -- Eric Schneiderman -- is able to file a suit against Sprint on the basis that the company withheld funds from the state and local government through "false or fraudulent conduct."
If a case is … Read more
The Washington Post published on Saturday a set of slides regarding PRISM, revealing more details about the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance program and how it operates.
The new slides, which come nearly a month after former NSA employee Edward Snowden leaked classified documents to the press about the program, appear to confirm that the NSA and FBI have the ability to perform real-time surveillance of e-mail and stored content.
The slides also seem to contradict denials from tech companies such as Google, Apple, Yahoo, and Microsoft about their level of participation in the program. The program "uses … Read more
Want to play a game of "guess who?"
A newly disclosed top secret document lauds the National Security Agency's "productive" and long-standing surveillance "partnership" with a pair of telecommunications providers -- that permitted tapping into their fiber links -- but without naming names.
This is where things get interesting for clue sleuths.
Even in the top-secret document published by the Guardian today, the firms are described only as "Company A" and "Company B." But the NSA's inspector general did disclose that, at the time the program was being … Read more