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Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Supreme Court won’t hear FCC appeal #thecircuit


Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performing onstage in 2004 just before the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” during Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston. (DAVID PHILLIP - AP)
Supreme Court won’t hear FCC appeal: The Supreme Court said Friday that it will not hear the Federal Communications Commission’s appeal to reinstate a fine against CBS for “wardrobe malfunction” that occurred during a halftime show performance by Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake at the 2004 Super Bowl.

The court had previously ruled that the FCC had failed to to give broadcasters fair notice of its policies regarding indecency in a case against Fox and ABC. SCOTUSBlog reported that in Friday’s filing, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg said that the FCC hadn’t justified its policies on “indecent” images. In a separate opinion that also denied review, Chief Justice John Roberts said he was skeptical that the FCC has has changed its policy.

FTC approves Sony-EMI deal: The Federal Trade Commission on Friday approved a deal for Sony to purchase EMI’s music publishing division. The deal had been previously approved in Europe.

Regulators are still evaluating EMI’s music label acquisition deal with Universal Music Group, which has drawn scrutiny from Congress. The deal was the subject of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, where lawmakers questioned whether the acquisition would adversely affect competition in the music industry. Critics have said such a deal could curtail innovation in the digital music space. Universal has said that it has “every business reason” to encourage such innovation.

Megaupload: More than 35,000 people have signed a petition protesting the U.S. government’s seizure of data from the file-sharing site Megaupload, The Washington Post reported. Advocacy group Demand Progress organized the petition, which argues that innocent users of the site have suffered because of a few bad actors.

In U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Friday, Judge Liam O’Grady deferred a decision that would have clarified the matter after a hearing on one user’s request that the government set up a way for Megaupload users to regain access to their files.

Bloomberg reported that O’Grady concluded the hearing after an hour and a half, saying, “We’ll look at it a little further and issue an order shortly.”

RIM delays new operating system: There was nothing but bad news out of Research in Motion’s earnings report Thursday. Not only is the company in poor financial shape, it is delaying the launch of its much-anticipated new operating system, BlackBerry 10.

RIM promised in May that the system would be out by the end of the year, and stocks have dropped on the news that it is setting the launch back another quarter. The smartphone company also reported a loss of $518 million, missing analyst expectations.

Apple’s iPhone turns 5: June 29 marks the fifth anniversary of the day the first iPhone hit store shelves and Apple began its climb in the mobile market. To date, Apple has sold over 217 million iPhones and has expanded to more networks and countries. According to the company’s last earnings call, the iPhone is now on 230 carriers in 105 countries.

The iPhone, of course, has also raised several questions about technology policy — from the best way to set up standards on mobile app privacy to how carriers should deal with the data demand from smartphone users.

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