CNET: The Robocall Punishment Just Got a Lot Harsher

CNET: The Robocall Punishment Just Got a Lot Harsher. “Robocalls continue to be a massive problem for anyone with a cellphone, but the FCC has been more aggressive about combatting the issue over the last few years. This marks the first time a service provider has felt the penalty after the agency mandated that all carriers implement a robocall-fighting system called Stir/Shaken that authenticates callers.”

Associated Press: Google appeals huge Android antitrust fine to EU’s top court

Associated Press: Google appeals huge Android antitrust fine to EU’s top court. “The company said Thursday that it filed the appeal against the 4.125 billion euro ($4.3 billion) penalty ‘because there are areas that require legal clarification from the European Court of Justice,’ the EU’s top court.”

City A.M.: Google sued by 130,000 firms over ad dominance

City A.M.: Google sued by 130,000 firms over ad dominance. “Google has been sued in a claim by 130,000 firms that argue its advertising strategy has cost them billions of pounds in lost revenues. The competition claim valued at up to £13.6bn at the Competition Appeal Tribunal accuses Google and its parent firm Alphabet of abusing its dominant position in online advertising and ‘earning super-profits for itself at the expense of the tens of thousands of publishers of websites and mobiles apps in the UK’.”

Road and Track: New Florida Law Turns Social Media Into Evidence Against Street Racers and Takeovers

Road and Track: New Florida Law Turns Social Media Into Evidence Against Street Racers and Takeovers. “A new Florida law that went into effect on October 1 now allows the arrest of street racers and sideshow and takeover participants based on social media posts. Post a TikTok of yourself doing donuts in your Charger in Tampa and the cops can now come nab you for the offense.”

Global Voices: In Turkey, social media platforms become complicit in censoring media and freedom of speech

Global Voices: In Turkey, social media platforms become complicit in censoring media and freedom of speech . “Twitter unveiled a tool that allows it to censor content on a country basis in 2010. At the time, the platform may not have completely envisaged how its tool could be abused by a number of increasingly authoritarian countries where social media platforms have been targeted by the authorities in the face of growing crackdowns and censorship. In fact, one of the Turkish government’s tactics to silence users on the internet and deny them their right to access information, is submitting requests to Twitter and other platforms to withhold content deemed in violation of its local laws.”

Brussels Times: Influencer advertising on social media to include ‘trust label’ in Belgium

Brussels Times: Influencer advertising on social media to include ‘trust label’ in Belgium. “On Friday, the Belgian e-commerce federation BeCommerce launched a trust label for online safety certifications that are specific to online advertising undertaken by influencers. Influencers will have to comply with European directives and those of the FPS Economy to obtain it.”

RTE: Senior Irish Twitter executive secures temporary High Court injunction against termination of employment

RTE: Senior Irish Twitter executive secures temporary High Court injunction against termination of employment. “An Irish-based senior executive with Twitter has secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing the social networking giant from terminating her employment. The order was secured by Sinead McSweeney, who is Twitter’s Global Vice President for Public Policy.”

New York Times: Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built

New York Times: Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built. “Like many cutting-edge A.I. technologies, Copilot developed its skills by analyzing vast amounts of data. In this case, it relied on billions of lines of computer code posted to the internet. [Matthew] Butterick, 52, equates this process to piracy, because the system does not acknowledge its debt to existing work. His lawsuit claims that Microsoft and its collaborators violated the legal rights of millions of programmers who spent years writing the original code.”

New York Times: Crypto Firm FTX’s Ownership of a U.S. Bank Raises Questions

New York Times: Crypto Firm FTX’s Ownership of a U.S. Bank Raises Questions. “Through a subsidiary, FTX invested $11.5 million in the parent company of Farmington State Bank, which has a single branch and, until this year, just three employees.”

CoinDesk: Senator Warren Demands Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX Execs Be Held Accountable to ‘Fullest Extent of the Law’

CoinDesk: Senator Warren Demands Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX Execs Be Held Accountable to ‘Fullest Extent of the Law’. “In the letter, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) reminded Garland and Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite of the DOJ’s recently renewed commitment to prosecuting white-collar criminals, and asked that they honor that commitment when investigating the behavior of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried and other executives ‘with the utmost scrutiny.'”

TechCrunch: Musk’s impact on content moderation at Twitter faces early test in Germany

TechCrunch: Musk’s impact on content moderation at Twitter faces early test in Germany. “A German law requiring social media platforms to promptly respond to reports of hate speech — and in some cases remove illegal speech within 24 hours of it being brought to their attention — looks like it will provide an early test for whether Elon Musk-owned Twitter will face meaningful legal consequences over how recklessly he’s operating the company.”

Reuters: Google struck $360-million Activision deal to block rival app store, lawsuit says

Reuters: Google struck $360-million Activision deal to block rival app store, lawsuit says. “Alphabet Inc’s Google has struck at least 24 deals with big app developers to stop them from competing with its Play Store, including an agreement to pay Activision Blizzard Inc about $360 million over three years, according to a court filing on Thursday.”

The Register: Google wins lawsuit against alleged Russian botnet herders

The Register: Google wins lawsuit against alleged Russian botnet herders . “A New York judge has issued a default judgment against two Russian nationals who are alleged to have helped create the ‘Glupteba’ botnet, sold fraudulent credit card information, and generated cryptocurrency using the network.”

Green Valley Ranch murder case: Google evidence will be allowed at teen’s trial (9News)

9News: Green Valley Ranch murder case: Google evidence will be allowed at teen’s trial. “Gavin Seymour, then 16 years old, Kevin Bui, also 16 years old at the time, and an unnamed 15-year-old boy were arrested in connection with the case. Police said the search warrant served on Google showed that the suspects had searched for the exact address — 5312 N. Truckee St. — multiple times in the two weeks before the fire.”

CNET: Google Agrees to $391.5 Million Privacy Settlement With State AGs

CNET: Google Agrees to $391.5 Million Privacy Settlement With State AGs. “Google agreed to pay $391.5 million in a privacy settlement with 40 state attorneys general over its location tracking practices, according to the Oregon state Department of Justice on Monday.”