Monday, November 18th, 2019

FBI Director Robert Meuller met with execs at Google and Facebook on a trip to Silicon Valley earlier this week, the New York Times reported. The subject at hand: making it easier to wiretap their users….

Most reporters are focused on the United States Copyright Office declaration that it is it legal to unlock or ‘jailbreak’ a mobile device from the manufacturer and network provider from which it was purchased from, which permits users to install unapproved software under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) fair use provisions. The request was made by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) particularly as it applies to AT&T and Apple’s iPhone Software License agreement….

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the Association of American Advertising Agencies (AAAA) first released standards for Terms and Conditions in the interactive advertising industry in 2002. Obviously, a lot has changed since then, so the two groups are releasing an update to the standards. Over 100 legal, sales and buying contributed to the updated standards. The new version, 3.0, includes performance-based advertising and user-generated content platforms. To read the 12 page document and compare it to Version 2.0, click here. Of particular notice is the inclusion of Data Usage standards. This is, no doubt, a reaction to interest from…

The Google Book Settlement has finally been revised. There are two main changes that have been made: how the settlement pertains to other countries and unclaimed works. Here’s Google’s official statements on those two issues: International Scope: As revised, the settlement will only include books that were either registered with the U.S. Copyright Office or published in the U.K., Australia, or Canada. After hearing feedback from foreign rightsholders, the plaintiffs decided to narrow the class to include only these countries, which share a common legal heritage and similar book industry practices. British, Australian, and Canadian rightsholders are joining the case…

Google has provided additional information to the FCC’s regarding Google Voice. You might remember that Google already responded to FCC’s questions about Google Voice and why a mobile app for it was rejected for the iPhone. This time, Google Voice is responding to concerns raised by AT&T about restricting calls to select area codes, something telecommunications carriers are prohibited by law from doing. In the most recent letter to the FCC, Google said they’re not a telecommunications carrier because their service is not open to the public and it’s free. Indeed, Google Voice is available by invitation only and is…

This morning, the Federal Communications Commission voted to consider Chariman Julius Genachowski’s proposed net neutrality rules. This means the two rules will be opened for public comment before finalized through an FCC vote. Genachowski publicly announced his new rules at a speech last month at the Brookings Institution. They are: Preventing Internet access providers from discriminating against particular Internet content or applications, while allowing for reasonable network management. Ensuring that Internet access providers are transparent about the network management practices they implement. Google has long been a proponent of Net Neutrality. Reacting on the Official Google Public Policy blog, Google’s…

This morning, the Federal Communications Commission voted to consider Chariman Julius Genachowski’s proposed net neutrality rules. This means the two rules will be opened for public comment before finalized through an FCC vote. Genachowski publicly announced his new rules at a speech last month at the Brookings Institution. They are: Preventing Internet access providers from discriminating against particular Internet content or applications, while allowing for reasonable network management. Ensuring that Internet access providers are transparent about the network management practices they implement. Google has long been a proponent of Net Neutrality. Reacting on the Official Google Public Policy blog, Google’s…

This morning, the Federal Communications Commission voted to consider Chariman Julius Genachowski’s proposed net neutrality rules. This means the two rules will be opened for public comment before finalized through an FCC vote. Genachowski publicly announced his new rules at a speech last month at the Brookings Institution. They are: Preventing Internet access providers from discriminating against particular Internet content or applications, while allowing for reasonable network management. Ensuring that Internet access providers are transparent about the network management practices they implement. Google has long been a proponent of Net Neutrality. Reacting on the Official Google Public Policy blog, Google’s…

This morning, the Federal Communications Commission voted to consider Chariman Julius Genachowski’s proposed net neutrality rules. This means the two rules will be opened for public comment before finalized through an FCC vote. Genachowski publicly announced his new rules at a speech last month at the Brookings Institution. They are: Preventing Internet access providers from discriminating against particular Internet content or applications, while allowing for reasonable network management. Ensuring that Internet access providers are transparent about the network management practices they implement. Google has long been a proponent of Net Neutrality. Reacting on the Official Google Public Policy blog, Google’s…

The American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) has written an open letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, urging them to approve the Microsoft-Yahoo! search deal. Announced at the end of July, the deal has Microsoft and Yahoo! partnering up on search in order to create what will become the number 2 search service in the United States. In the letter (PDF), Nancy Hill, President and CEO of the AAAA, wrote: These benefits are too important to wait for. As leading members of the advertising and marketing services industry, we urge the Department of Justice to bring its antitrust review…