Probable cause isn't necessary for the government to obtain a warrant allowing it to use a person's cell phone to track past movements, the result of a court ruling in Massachusetts. According to the ruling by the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, law enforcement officials only need to show the information is "relevant to an ongoing investigation."
The U.S. Supreme Court has set aside a lower court decision to stop eBay Inc. from using a prominent feature on its Web site because of a patent dispute. The Supreme Court decision effectively overturns a long-held U.S. court practice of issuing injunctions against infringing products in nearly all patent cases. Much of the U.S. tech industry had sided with online auction site eBay, which, in May 2003, was found guilty of infringing a "buy it now" patent held by MercExchange LLC, a small auction site.
Google Inc. will likely have to turn over search-engine usage records to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) following a hearing Tuesday in which the judge indicated he will probably order the company to comply with a government subpoena, according to published reports.
A federal judge won't hold up court proceedings in NTP Inc.'s patent lawsuit against Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), opening the door to a possible injunction that would stop sales of BlackBerry mobile e-mail devices, and shut down BlackBerry service, in the U.S.