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Stephen Elop new chief innovator for Australia’s Telstra

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The former Microsoft executive excoriated by some industry watchers for the collapse of Nokia Mobile Phones, Stephen Elop, has re-emerged down under. Telstra says Elop is being appointed to the new role of Group Executive Technology, Innovation and Strategy, “leading Telstra’s strategy to become a world class technology company”. Telstra cites Elop’s “deep technology experience” and “innate sense of customer expectations” as grounds for this insane decision.

The Register pretty much sums it up in a small piece.

 

Google Will Start Ranking ‘Mobile-Friendly’ Sites Even Higher In May

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Google has announced it is rolling out an update to mobile search results in May that “increases the effect” of its mobile-friendly ranking signal. The goal is to “help our users find even more pages that are relevant and mobile-friendly,” though the company didn’t share exactly how much of an impact it expects the change to have.

 

EU Court Says Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Owners Aren’t Liable For Third Party Piracy

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A preliminary ruling from a European Court of Justice Advocate General has said it is not reasonable for owners of public Wi-Fi hotspots to be held liable for copyright infringement committed by users on these networks.

Sony took legal action against a German business owner after a third party allegedly illegally downloaded music to which the record label owned the rights to on the basis the network should have been secured. However this view has been rejected by the Advocate General who says it is impossible for all public Wi-Fi to be secured. His recommendation will now be debated by European judges.

   
 

Professor Crawford claims the FBI Cannot Make Apple Rewrite Its OS

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Susan Crawford, Harvard Law Professor and former Obama Special Assistant posts on her column at Backchannel:

Barack Obama has a fine legal mind. But he may not have been using it when he talked about encryption last week. […] The problem for the president is that when it comes to the specific battle going on right now between Apple and the FBI, the law is clear: twenty years ago, Congress passed a statute, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) that does not allow the government to tell manufacturers how to design or configure a phone or software used by that phone — including security software used by that phone.

Is she correct? I hope so. I have never hid my dislike of Apple products and never will. However, I am completely on the side of Apple here. If they lose this case it will have very wide and far reaching impacts in all of our lives.

 

Submitted by: Slydder

Susan Crawford, Harvard Law Professor and former Obama Special Assistant posts on her column at Backchannel:

Barack Obama has a fine legal mind. But he may not have been using it when he talked about encryption last week. […] The problem for the president is that when it comes to the specific battle going on right now between Apple and the FBI, the law is clear: twenty years ago, Congress passed a statute, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) that does not allow the government to tell manufacturers how to design or configure a phone or software used by that phone — including security software used by that phone.

Is she correct? I hope so. I have never hid my dislike of Apple products and never will. However, I am completely on the side of Apple here. If they lose this case it will have very wide and far reaching impacts in all of our lives.

   
 

Submitted by: Slydder

Susan Crawford, Harvard Law Professor and former Obama Special Assistant posts on her column at Backchannel:

Barack Obama has a fine legal mind. But he may not have been using it when he talked about encryption last week. […] The problem for the president is that when it comes to the specific battle going on right now between Apple and the FBI, the law is clear: twenty years ago, Congress passed a statute, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) that does not allow the government to tell manufacturers how to design or configure a phone or software used by that phone — including security software used by that phone.

Is she correct? I hope so. I have never hid my dislike of Apple products and never will. However, I am completely on the side of Apple here. If they lose this case it will have very wide and far reaching impacts in all of our lives.

 

Submitted by: Slydder

Susan Crawford, Harvard Law Professor and former Obama Special Assistant posts on her column at Backchannel:

Barack Obama has a fine legal mind. But he may not have been using it when he talked about encryption last week. […] The problem for the president is that when it comes to the specific battle going on right now between Apple and the FBI, the law is clear: twenty years ago, Congress passed a statute, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) that does not allow the government to tell manufacturers how to design or configure a phone or software used by that phone — including security software used by that phone.

Is she correct? I hope so. I have never hid my dislike of Apple products and never will. However, I am completely on the side of Apple here. If they lose this case it will have very wide and far reaching impacts in all of our lives.

   
 

Submitted by: Slydder

Susan Crawford, Harvard Law Professor and former Obama Special Assistant posts on her column at Backchannel:

Barack Obama has a fine legal mind. But he may not have been using it when he talked about encryption last week. […] The problem for the president is that when it comes to the specific battle going on right now between Apple and the FBI, the law is clear: twenty years ago, Congress passed a statute, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) that does not allow the government to tell manufacturers how to design or configure a phone or software used by that phone — including security software used by that phone.

Is she correct? I hope so. I have never hid my dislike of Apple products and never will. However, I am completely on the side of Apple here. If they lose this case it will have very wide and far reaching impacts in all of our lives.

 

Submitted by: Slydder

Susan Crawford, Harvard Law Professor and former Obama Special Assistant posts on her column at Backchannel:

Barack Obama has a fine legal mind. But he may not have been using it when he talked about encryption last week. […] The problem for the president is that when it comes to the specific battle going on right now between Apple and the FBI, the law is clear: twenty years ago, Congress passed a statute, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) that does not allow the government to tell manufacturers how to design or configure a phone or software used by that phone — including security software used by that phone.

Is she correct? I hope so. I have never hid my dislike of Apple products and never will. However, I am completely on the side of Apple here. If they lose this case it will have very wide and far reaching impacts in all of our lives.

   
 
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