The Switchboard: Why Apple can’t use the word ‘patent troll’ in court


Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks about the new OS X Yosemite during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, 2014 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

Ex-Merrill Lynch CEO story excised from Google search. CNBC reports: "An article about the ousting of Stan O'Neal from Merrill Lynch has become one of an estimated 50,000 expunged from certain Google searches after a new European ruling on the 'right to be forgotten.'"

Uber, Lyft ordered to cease operations in Pittsburgh. "In an order granted Tuesday, Judges Mary D. Long and Jeffrey A. Watson said the companies cannot operate until they secure the appropriate authority from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission," reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. "The commission's investigation and enforcement bureau filed a petition June 16 for the agency to issue an emergency cease-and-desist order against Uber and Lyft to prevent the ride-share companies from operating in the city."

A bright side to Facebook’s experiments on its users. "There may be other ways to look at the Facebook study and its publication," according to the New York Times. "Studying how we use social media may provide important insights into some of the deepest mysteries of human behavior."

Famed investor Tim Draper wins auction of Silk Road’s 29,655 bitcoins. "These bitcoins resided in six different wallets found on Silk Road servers and do not include the 'bitcoins contained in wallet files that resided on certain computer hardware belonging to Ross William Ulbricht, that were seized on or about October 24, 2013,'" reports Ars Technica. "According to government prosecutors, Ulbricht is the alleged mastermind behind the Silk Road."

Apple can't call patent troll a 'patent troll' before jury, says judge. Gigaom reports: "U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued the no name-calling rule ahead of a trial in Silicon Valley that pits Apple against GPNE Corp, which is accusing the iPhone maker of infringing old patents related to transmitting data over a network."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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