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CLIP-ings: June 7, 2013

Internet Governance
Airwaves Auction Dispute: To the disapproval of competitors and some members of Congress, the Obama administration is pushing the FCC to develop rules for the auction of new airwaves that would allow T-Mobile and Sprint to better compete with larger carriers.

Privacy

DNA Swabbing: The Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement collection of DNA samples from arrestees is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment despite its acknowledgment that such a ruling might present privacy concerns in future cases.
NSA Collecting Call Records: The Guardian uncovered a secret court order authorizing the National Security Agency to collect the call records of millions of Verizon customers for calls placed within the United States.

Information Security & Cyberthreats

Hacktivists Hit Turkish Government Agencies: In support of ongoing anti-government protests in Turkey, the hacktivist group Anonymous took down 15 Turkish government sites and pledged to take down more.

Intellectual Property

China Signs On To Patent System: The Chinese State Intellectual Property Office will begin to use the same patent classification system used by the E.U. and the U.S.—a move that will reduce costs and increase efficiency when it comes to granting new patents.
Obama Fights Patent Trolls: To thwart abusive patent lawsuits and their damaging effect on innovation, President Obama has taken executive action against patent trolling that formalizes considerations of the USPTO meant to limit frivolous lawsuits.

Free Expression & Censorship

Tiananmen Censoring: On the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, a rumored 1,000 “information security” editors work to remove “Big Yellow Duck,” “May 35,” and other codified subversive phrases commemorating the event from Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. 
Google Glass Cracks Down On Porn: The company revised its developer policies to prohibit Glassware content that contains pornographic material, preemptively shuttering at least one app designed for creating and viewing adult content.

On the Lighter Side

Pizza Spy: This drone delivers a sharp cheese attack.

 

Editorial Fellows: Tom Norton & Ryan Cloutier