OVER AT THE COURT: “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Google’s bid to throw out a class-action lawsuit involving claims that the company deceived California advertisers about the placement of Internet ads through its Adwords service,” Reuters reports.
The court’s decision not to hear the case leaves in place a September 2015 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the litigation could move forward as a class action representing advertisers who used the service between 2004 and 2008. Google is part of Alphabet. The 2008 lawsuit accused Google of violating California fair advertising laws because it misled advertisers about where the ads would be placed.
OOPS: “Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has briefly had his Twitter account hijacked,” the Associated Press reports.
Screenshots preserved by the technology website Engadget appeared to show someone using the little-used account to say Zuckerberg was “in the LinkedIn database” and inviting the social media mogul to get in touch … Zuckerberg’s account was quickly restored Sunday. How the hack happened hasn’t been made public.
SNOWDEN, REVISITED: Vice News dug through documents to report that Edward Snowden tried to air his concerns about surveillance within the National Security Agency before releasing internal NSA records. Vice reports:
The documents, made up of emails, talking points, and various records — many of them heavily redacted — contain insight into the NSA’s interaction with the media, new details about Snowden’s work, and an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the efforts by the NSA, the White House, and US Senator Dianne Feinstein to discredit Snowden.