STLR Link Roundup – January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!  We bring you the last links from the second half of December 2009 on the first day of 2010.

  • Clever or illegal?  How online retailer Amazon escapes paying sales tax (and saves you from it as well), from Gizmodo.
  • South Korea pardons former chairman of Samsung… a second time.  From the Wall Street Journal.
  • Your text messages just got a little safer: The Times reports the Ohio Supreme Court has decided a warrant is needed to search a cell phone.
  • Obama picks Howard Schmidt as the Chief of Cybersecurity, from the New York Times.
  • A modern day Catch Me If You Can: An escaped criminal taunts police with Facebook updates, from Gizmodo.  (Also see this updated link.)
  • The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upholds an injunction against Microsoft, requiring it to stop selling certain versions of Word. From the IT World of Canada.
  • Verizon defends its $350 smartphone early termination fee to the FCC.  From Gizmodo.
  • An in-the-closet lesbian mother of two sues Netflix for releasing her movie preferences, reports Wired’s Threat Level.
  • Google’s controversial Google Book Search program runs into more legal trouble, this time in France.  From the New York Times.

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