Google slams German plans to charge it for news links

German government proposals to charge search engines for displaying snippets of news articles are coming under fire, with Google drumming up opposition to the plan.

Google threatens to kick French media out of search

Google's threatening to cut French media from its search results, in response to a proposed law that would require it to pay for articles that appear in results.

California to license self-driving cars

Californian senators have passed a bill that looks set to make the state the second in the US to approve self-driving cars on its roads.

UK government plans widespread web monitoring

The British government is planning to give itself the power to monitor phone calls, texts, emails and website visits, in a move that has outraged privacy campaigners.

Congress wants new warning labels on video games

It seems like every few years a new bill surfaces in DC that attempts to ban so-called "violent" video games or relabel them with yet another, more intrusive rating system.

Lawmaker calls for tax on violent games

An Oklahoma lawmaker is proposing a special tax on violent video games, in what he says is an attempt to fight bullying and obesity in children.

Judge tosses most of SF cellphone warning law

A federal judge has thrown out most provisions of a San Francisco law requiring phone retailers to display the amount of radiation emitted by each device.

Canadians use Twitter to defy election law

Thousands of rebellious Twitter users have been defying Canadian election rules by posting results before all polls across the country were closed.

FBI in online poker crackdown

The FBI has seized the domains of four popular online poker websites - PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, UB.com and Absolute Poker - claiming bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling offenses.

Mobile app makers probed over privacy concerns

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey are investigating whether certain smartphone applications illegally obain or transmit information about their users without proper disclosure.

NLRB says it's A-ok to badmouth your boss on Facebook

All it takes is one anti-work Facebook post in the wrong hands to find yourself in your boss’ office on Monday morning with the door closed.

New Jersey eyes reduced sexting penalties for teens

As part of the texting revolution, sexting has officially been added to the list of things parents have to worry about. What may seem like a fun, flirty way to explore ones sexuality can actually leave a lasting digital impression, potentially causing problems down the line including prosecution or jail time.

Mobile phone trade group sues the city of San Francisco

San Francisco is known for doing some pretty crazy things, and now it has really peeved off the organization that represents the mobile phone industry with a crazy new radiation law.

New Zealand bans software patents

New Zealand is passing a law which makes most software unpatentable. The only exception, added yesterday in an amendment, is to allow patents on inventions that contain embedded software.

Iceland becomes safe haven for whistle-blowers

Iceland has passed a law designed to make it a haven for free expression and freedom of information.

San Francisco rules on cellphone radiation

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a law requiring retailers to display the amount of radiation emitted by cellphones. It's likely to become law after a ten-day comment period.

Ohio makes sexting illegal

Ohio's state legislature today passed a bill that carves out a new law for under-18 individuals who share nude pictures of themselves with other minors. It will allow them to be charged with something other than child pornography.

Maryland to become next state to ban cell phone driving

Governor Martin O'Malley is set to sign a new bill into law that will add Maryland to a small but growing list of states that ban talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel of a car.

Germans face fines for leaving Wifi unsecured

German internet users face a 100-euro fine if they leave their wireless connection unsecured, following a ruling from the country's top criminal court.

Ohio wants to make teen "sexting" illegal

After a teenage girl was faced with charges of child pornography, for sending out nude pictures of herself, Ohio lawmakers are looking into a new law that specifically addresses the growing issue of "sexting."