Link Roundup – March 3, 2012

Google’s Privacy Policy Goes Into Effect:

Google’s much talked-about new privacy policy went into effect this week, not surprisingly with a measure of controversy. Days before the policy went into effect worldwide, the
EU tasked the French governments privacy agency to ascertain whether Google’s privacy policy violated new EU privacy law. Should the French agency find Google’s policy to be illegal, it has the power to both fine Google and to seek an injunction against its implementation of the new policy.

AT&T Caught Throttling, and Gets Throttled:

After AT&T switched to a tiered pricing model for mobile data plan, it assured existing customers with an unlimited plan that their buffet of gigabytes “grandfathered” into the new policy. They may not have made clear, though, that these grandfathered customers would get data at octogenarian speeds after meeting certain data usage thresholds (reportedly as low as 1.5 GB). Earlier this week, one such customer won a judgment in small claims court against AT&T for $850. This piece outlines how other aggrieved customers may make out a similar claim.

Apple’s Market Success (and Trademark Trouble):

This week, Apple recently achieved a market cap of $500 billion, putting it in rather exclusive corporate company–only four other companies have ever surpassed the mark. Followers of corporate governance may note that this news comes on the heels of the failure of shareholders to institute a majority vote requirement for the election of directors. Meanwhile, Proview, the Chinese electronics company claiming trademark rights in the “iPad” name, has taken its legal battle with Apple to American shores, filing a complaint
in California Superior Court

LightSquared, Dimmed:

LightSquared, the broadband wireless venture which has struggled with regulatory approval from the FCC, had a shake up in leadership this week when its CEO resigned. Congressional Republicans have criticized the FCC for its regulatory treatment of LightSquared’s proposed use of satellite spectrum. Hoping to overcome regulatory hurdles, the company is now eyeing a potential CEO with experience navigating the halls of the FCC.

SOPA/PIPA’s Epilogue:

In the wake of the apparent defeat of SOPA and PIPA, Public Knowledge has released “The
Internet Blueprint
,” which aims to inform lawmakers on how to craft better legislation regulating the Internet. At the same time, Redditors try their hand at crowdsourcing the
of a SOPA/PIPA alternative.



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