A New York-based entrepreneur has filed a lawsuit against Uber and its founder, Travis Kalanick, and other co-defendants, alleging that they stole the idea for the phone-enabled on-demand car service.
The suit, which was filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that Kevin Halpern founded a startup called Celluride back in 2003, long before Uber. Halpern sued Uber for misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion, and breach of contract, and he wants the court to assign "compensatory damages." (Celluride now appears to be defunct.)
Broadband industry trade groups have gone back to court, demanding an immediate halt to the Federal Communications Commission decision to reclassify Internet access as a common carrier service. The groups failed to convince the FCC itself that the order should not go into effect while it's being appealed, but will try to win a stay from a judge.
The just-patched critical vulnerability in widely used virtualization software is an ideal exploitation target for state-sponsored spies and criminals alike fishing for passwords, cryptography keys, or bitcoins, a researcher who has dissected one of the fixes said.
Venom (Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation), the recently discovered security hole in the open-source QEMU virtual machine hypervisor, has been fixed.
That's the good news. The bad news is many of you, even though you may use a QEMU-based hypervisor on your server or for your cloud, think you've nothing to worry about. You do.
Nearly two years after the US government's collection of telephone calls became public following the Edward Snowden leaks, the US House of Representatives has passed, by a vote of 338-88, the USA Freedom Act, a bill that would end the government's phone surveillance database. The data will still be available for government searches, but it will lie with the individual phone companies.
The bill was opposed by 47 Republicans and 41 Democrats, most of whom said the proposal didn't go far enough to protect civil liberties. A roll call of votes on the bill is available here.