— Epic Games Newsroom (@EpicNewsroom) September 5, 2020 Epic declares that it is aptly suited to challenge Apple in the markets of app distribution and in-app payment processing, and believes that its case is likely to succeed based on the merits that Apple's actions have violated the Sherman Antitrust Act. Though, Epic maintains it is not immune to damage, and seeks injunctive relief while confronting Apple. … [Read more...] about Epic confident in its lawsuit against Apple, asks courts to “restrain” Apple from adverse action
Legal questioning under oath
Whether Trump's comments on the issue are political theater or not, it should be noted that the FCC doesn't issue broadcast licenses to networks. Instead, it licenses individual stations. Comcast-owned NBC owns, and operates, numerous stations in major markets, but NBC content also airs on many affiliate stations that are not owned by NBC. It's not likely that the NBC stations could lose their licenses, as a First Amendment legal battle would commence if either Trump or the FCC moved to strip the licenses. … [Read more...] about Tom Wheeler to Ajit Pai: “Why the silence” about Trump’s media threats?
A turn to administrative records Trump’s 2019 executive order to the secretary of commerce, who oversees the Census Bureau, was widely seen as an attempt to get around the Supreme Court’s ruling by obtaining citizenship data through government records. The new memo goes a step further. In essence, it orders Census officials to subdivide the category of noncitizens into two pots: those who are in the country legally and those without proper documentation. The commerce secretary would then give the president a revised tally of each state’s population that excludes undocumented residents for purposes of apportionment. … [Read more...] about Can the Census Bureau actually meet Trump’s demand to identify noncitizens?
As Trump ordered, the NTIA asks the FCC to issue a new interpretation of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that would limit social media platforms' legal protections for hosting third-party content when the platforms take down content they consider objectionable. The NTIA petition says that Twitter "suppressed the speech of an American politician for 'glorifying violence' while permitting that of a foreign politician glorifying violence to pass without action" and, as evidence, links to a story about Twitter adding a content warning to a Trump tweet. … [Read more...] about Trump’s call for crackdown on Twitter and Facebook now on Ajit Pai’s desk
If you're in the Bay Area, join us for the filming of our sixth episode of Ars Technica Live, a monthly interview series with fascinating people who work at the intersection of tech, science, and culture. It's coming up tomorrow, Wednesday September 21, in Oakland, California, from 7 to 9pm. Ars editors Annalee Newitz and Joe Mullin will be talking to Lee Cheng, the chief legal officer of Newegg.com, about his lifelong war against patent trolls. … [Read more...] about Bay Area readers: Newegg’s Lee Cheng talks patent trolls at Ars Live tomorrow 9/21