Law and Order
Facebook and Zynga have defeated class-action lawsuits accusing the companies of civil wiretapping allegations connected to advertising practices.
The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals, in a joint opinion filed last week on the two lawsuits [PDF], ruled the advertising practices at issue did not involve wiretapping. The San Francisco-based appeals court, however, reinstated allegations that Facebook violated its terms of service for its users, which now number about 1.2 billion.
Japanese police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of possessing handguns believed to have been created by a 3-D printer.
Police say this is the first time in Japan they have seized guns possibly made with the technology. They have charged the man, a college employee, with hiding 2 plastic handguns last month at his home in Kawasaki, near Tokyo.
Police launched an investigation after the man posted video footage of the guns on the Internet. They seized 5 plastic handguns, and determined that 2 of them could be used to kill. They have not found any live bullets.
Lawyers for Mediabridge Products, a wireless network device manufacturer, sent a scathing letter to a redditor on Monday, threatening to sue him unless he deletes his negative review of one of the company's products on Amazon.com.
After posting the negative review of a Medialink Wireless Router product—which became the “most helpful” negative review on Amazon.com—an attorney for Mediabridge sent him a letter explaining that the company “zealously guards its hard-earned reputation” and that “you have harmed Mediabridge and we intend to hold you liable for all damages sustained.”
An IBM shareholder has decided to drop a lawsuit filed against the company alleging its cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) in a cyberspying scheme had resulted in a loss of business in China.
The Louisiana Sheriffs' Pension & Relief Fund had alleged the loss of Chinese business caused IBM's market value to dip by nearly US$13 billion, and sued Big Blue for failing to reveal its involvement in NSA cyberspying program.
An 18-year old student appeared before a judge Friday after he was arrested for allegedly changing grades for students in a Northwest Miami-Dade school.
Miami School Board Police arrested Jose Bautista on Thursday after the principal turned him in. He faces charges of intellectual property offense, modifying programs and an offense against computer users.