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Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 11/26/2012

ICOA debunks report of Google acquisition deal #thecircuit

ICOA, Google: ICOA has publicly denied that it has been in acquisition talks with Google, refuting an errant and apparently false press release sent over PRWeb Monday morning.

Google is not acquiring the company, and ICOA chief executive George Strouthopoulos told TechCrunch that his firm is not in any discussions with “potential acquirers.”

There has been speculation that Google has contemplated breaking into the ISP space.

Earlier this year, Google announced it will sponsor access to Boingo hotspots around the country and, as TechCrunch reported, has lent its support to the push for public WiFi networks in the past.

Cellphone privacy: Courts across the country have had mixed rulings when it comes to interpreting how privacy and warrant laws apply to cellphones during criminal investigations, the New York Times reported.

Courts are grappling with issues including how text messages, voice mails and location records interact with state privacy laws, the report said, and are nowhere near forming a consensus on these issues.

Facebook privacy: A post going viral on Facebook illustrates both how little users know about their digital rights and how much they want clear control over content they post to Facebook.

The statement, which users are copying and pasting onto their profiles, reportedly confers copyright privileges to individual Facebook users that are different than the ones they agreed to when using the service.

Under the network’s terms and conditions, users grant Facebook the right to use, distribute and share posted items subject to its terms of service and user privacy settings. Copying and pasting a status update doesn’t change anything about that agreement.

ICE seizes 132 domain names: As part of its “Project Cyber Monday” the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced Monday that it has seized 123 domain names accused of selling counterfeit goods online.

This is the third year that the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) has taken the Cyber Monday name to crack down on fake merchandise, according to a release from the agency. The ICE did not release the names of companies targeted in the take down, but did say that U.S. attorneys in Maryland, Colorado, New Jersey, California, New York and Texas all issued warrants for the seizures. Europol member countries Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania and the United Kingdom also participated in the effort as it related to overseas Web sites.

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