A court in Frankfurt has banned Uber from operating in the country until a hearing later this year on the legality of the service, which allows people to use their smartphones to book rides with freelance drivers.Uber may face fines in Germany of up to 250,000 euros, or about $330,000, or its local employees could be jailed for up to six months if the company violates the temporary injunction.
The White House announced that it is nominating Washington lawyer Daniel H. Marti as the new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, known colloquially as the “IP czar.” The position coordinates U.S. law-enforcement strategy around copyright, patents and trademarks.
A prominent supporter of Bitcoin, Charles Shrem, says he will plead guilty to resolve federal charges that he helped federal court in smooth the way for drug transactions on the online marketplace Silk Road. He is to plead in New York to one count of aiding and abetting the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business.
A judge lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp. to turn over a customer’s emails stored overseas to U.S. prosecutors, but the software company said it would not release any emails while it appeals the ruling. Chief Judge Loretta Preska of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan had on July 31 upheld a magistrate judge’s ruling on the emails, which have been held in a data center in Ireland.
Google Inc.’s settlement of a privacy lawsuit probably won’t win approval because it includes a donation to an Internet research center at Harvard University and to other schools that attorneys who brought the case attended, a judge said. U.S. District Judge Edward Davila voiced his concerns at a hearing in San Jose, California, over the settlement of a suit claiming the company transferred personal information contained in user searches to third parties including marketers and data brokers.