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CLIP-ings: January 31, 2014


Internet Governance

ICANN Has New Domains? The first Latin character gTLDs— .bike, .clothing, .guru, and .singles— are now available; more to come next week.
Feds Close In On Bitcoin Exchange: Federal prosecutors charged two men for operating an online Bitcoin exchange that allowed customers to move funds anonymously, facilitating illegal drug sales.
Revenge Porn Ringleader Faces The Music: Hunter Moore, owner of the site “isanyoneup,” which allows jilted users to post racy photos of their ex-lovers, is facing 15 federal charges and is banned from using the Internet.


NSA Targeting Phone Apps For User Data: According to the latest leak, courtesy of Edward Snowden and The Guardian, the NSA and GCHQ are intercepting private data utilized by mobile phone apps like Google Maps, Facebook, and Angry Birds.
Facebook “Reluctantly” Asks For All Your Texts: The latest update for Facebook’s Android app is asking users for permission to access all SMS text messages on their phones; Facebook claims the data is necessary for user identity authentication.
Big Tech, Little Disclosure: Tech companies may now limitedly disclose some general information on government surveillance, including the rough amount of FISA court orders and National Security Letters they have received from the FBI.
Intellectual Property
Gawking At Gawker: Quentin Tarantino, the famous director, filed a copyright suit against Gawker Media for illegally linking to the unproduced screenplay of his next movie.
Peace Treaty In Silicon Valley: Samsung and Google have formed a global patent license agreement that extends from both companies’ existing patents to those that will be filed during the next 10 years.

Free Expression & Censorship

1-800-First Amendment: An EFF lawsuit on behalf of 24 organizations claims that the NSA’s phone surveillance is an unconstitutional violation of their freedom of association because it decreases calls to and from members concerned about confidentiality.

Practice Notes

Facebook Faux Pas: The presiding judge in a marriage dissolution proceeding was disqualified after sending a Facebook “friend” request to a party in the case.

Highway To Hell: A lawsuit against a taxi driver in a deadly crash alleges that Uber, an on-demand car service, is liable for negligently designing and implementing its app in a way that distracts drivers.

On the Lighter Side

The Most Flattering Copyright Infringement: Colbert has finally made it to the big time.

 Editorial Fellows: Kwame Akosah and Adiella Stadler