Understanding the legality of an unlocked smartphone

Legal protection for individuals who unlocked their mobile phones for use on other networks officially expired last weekend.

Wikileaks to publish over 1 million documents in 2013

Julian Assange’s latest announcement from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, London, promises more from Wikileaks in 2013.

Senator calls for legislation over greedy data caps

Oregon senator Ron Wyden is calling for regulations on how carriers can implement data caps, bringing them in line with net neutrality rules.

RIM to pay out for Nokia patents

RIM has cleared one obstacle out of its way, settling its patent dispute with Nokia for an undisclosed sum and ongoing royalties.

FTC tightens up child privacy rules

Apps and websites will have to jump through more hoops before gathering personal information on children, thanks to a set of amendments to the creaking Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Penguin settles price-fixing case

Penguin has agreed to settle with the Department of Justice over its alleged e-book price-fixing, ramping up the pressure on Apple to do the same.

US judge refuses to ban Samsung phones

Apple has failed in its bid to get Samsung devices banned in the US, with District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruling that the infringing products hadn't caused enough harm to Apple's sales.

Report: Instagram CEO misled regulators about offer from Twitter

Just weeks before accepting a $1bn offer from Facebook, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom agreed to sell the company to Twitter - but then changed his mind, according to a report.

As cash runs out, WikiLeaks sets up new payment system

WikiLeaks supporters have set up a new website to channel donations to the whistle-blowing site, following a long-standing banking blockade.

Apple loses iPhone patent case

Patent-licensing firm MobileMedia Ideas has won a case against Apple alleging that Apple infringed three of its patents - and says it's hopeful of winning against RIM and HTC too.

US, UK refuse to sign internet treaty

Following widespread criticism, the UN has failed to win consensus on its planned internet regulation treaty.

Google, Facebook call for an end to 'abstract' patents

A group of tech companies including Google, Facebook, Red Hat and Dell have stepped into a US patent case to call for a ban on patenting abstract ideas.

California sues Delta for privacy violations

California's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Delta Airlines, accusing it of failing to display the required privacy policy in its mobile app.

Ad network barred from online snooping

An online advertising network used by CNN, Orbitz and the Red Cross has agreed to stop snooping on consumers' website activity to target them with ads about incontinence, impotence and bankruptcy.

Apple and samsung back in court today

After an all-too-brief breather, Apple and Samsung are girding their loins for another courtroom battle, with Samsung seeking to overturn a $1 billion patent verdict imposed in August.

TV makers slapped with record fine for price fixing

The European Commission has slapped record fines, totalling $1.92 billion, on seven electronics companies for fixing cathode ray tube prices before CRT televisions disappeared in favor of flat-screens.

Verizon ordered to comply with FCC data roaming rules

A federal appeals court has rejected Verizon's attempt to avoid complying with FCC rules on data roaming.

Europe v Facebook to launch legal challenge

Privacy campaign group Europe v Facebook has announced plans to challenge the Irish data protection authority over its findings on Facebook's data collection practices.

Rumor: Facebook to buy messaging service WhatsApp

Bringing together two services beloved by every teenager, Facebook may be about to buy messaging service Whatsapp.

Twitter forced to keep firehose flowing

Social media analytics service PeopleBrowsr has won a temporary restraining order against Twitter, forcing it to carry on supplying the company with its firehose of data.