The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio ruled that emails have the same constitutional privileges as phone conversations. The court found the Stored Communications Act, which allowed the government to secretly monitor email conversations without a warrant, in violation of the fourth amendment:
“Email users expect that their Hotmail and Gmail inboxes are just as private as their postal mail and their telephone calls,” said EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston. “The government tried to get around this common-sense conclusion, but the Constitution applies online as well as offline, as the court correctly found. That means that the government can't secretly seize your emails without a warrant.”
Maine has become the first state to pass net neutrality legislation. However, the bill is significantly weaker than an earlier version, which actually regulated how ISP's could charge content providers in the state. The new bill merely expresses concern on the issue and asks for a report from the Office of Public Advocate.
Blockbuster will soon offer only Blu-Ray DVD's as it expands its High Definition library. The move is a serious blow to Blu-Ray's rival HD DVD, and may help end the format war between the two technologies. Blockbuster made the decision in large part because Blu-Ray's content advantage: every major studio except Universal offers Blu-Ray DVD's, and one, Walt Disney, offers only Blu-Ray.
Yahoo CEO Terry Semel is resigning, and company founder Jerry Yang will take his job. Yahoo's stock has fallen 35% in 18 months as it continues to lose market share to Google, prompting speculation that Yang might try to sell the company