Canadian patent licensing company WiLan Inc. said a U.S. judge had ruled in favor of Apple Inc. in a litigation case against it. It launched the litigation in December 2012 against Apple, HTC Corp. and Sierra Wireless Inc., with the latter pair signing licensing deals to settle the dispute.
Students’ public posts on social media collected by school officials must be discarded within a year after a student leaves the district and parents must be notified that school officials are analyzing social-media posts under a new law signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown. The new legislation stems from AB 1442, which Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) introduced in January as a result of Glendale Unified officials hiring Geo Listening to monitor students’ posts on social media without telling students or parents that their children’s public posts on sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were being tracked.
President Vladimir Putin said he would not restrict Internet access for Russians but Moscow must protect state domains against a surge of cyber attacks since the Ukraine crisis began. His remarks were intended to douse speculation that he plans a crackdown on use of the Internet, which he has called a “CIA project” used to organize protests against him, as tensions mount with the West over the Ukraine crisis.
Two members of an international hacking ring pleaded guilty for their roles in stealing $100 million worth of intellectual property and other data from the U.S. Army, Microsoft and several other technology companies, and two other people also have been indicted, the Department of Justice said. The indictment says the defendants gained unauthorized access to networks belonging to the Army, Microsoft Corp., Epic Games Inc., Valve Corp. and Zombie Studios from January 2011 to March 2014 and conspired to use and sell information they stole.
Joining a cry from law enforcement officials concerned about data encryption on Apple’s newest operating system, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that officers should not be blocked from the information they need to investigate a crime. Apple’s new iPhone 6, released this month, and Google’s coming update of the Android smartphone have data encryption so sophisticated that only the user may unlock it.