Lavabit's Ladar Levison: 'If You Knew What I Know About Email, You Might Not Use It.' Levison shut down his e-mail service last week to avoid becoming "complicit in crimes against the American people" — likely a reference to government surveillance. He discussed his case with Forbes's Kashmir Hill on Friday.
Edward Snowden, patriot. President Obama defended NSA spying and criticized Edward Snowden's leaks at a Friday news conference. Our colleague Ezra Klein at Wonkblog argues that "Edward Snowden should be hailed as a hero. There’s simply no doubt that his leaks led to more open debate and more democratic process than would’ve existed otherwise."
Apple ITC win will kick Samsung phones off market — unless Obama steps in. On Friday, the International Trade Commission ruled that Samsung had infringed on some of Apple's patents, which could lead to some Samsung products being pulled from the shelves. Ars Technica's Joe Mullin writes that "groups like the Computer and Communication Industry Association have already made clear they are concerned that Apple is getting special favors based on last weekend's decision. But the ITC is essentially a protectionist institution based on a 1930 tariff law." Our own Brian Fung argues that despite Friday's patent setback, Samsung has the upper hand in the global smartphone war.
Here’s how an anti-prostitution campaign could threaten free speech online. A federal judge ruled Friday that a state statute designed to crack down on online classified ads for underage prostitution not only conflicted with the First Amendment but also ran afoul of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which immunizes web site owners from liability for content posted by users. State attorneys general want to weaken Section 230, but civil liberties groups argue that it's a "legal cornerstone of the Internet economy."
Lawmakers say obstacles limited oversight of NSA’s telephone surveillance program. Our Washington Post colleauge Peter Wallsten writes that "the Obama administration points to checks and balances from Congress as a key rationale for supporting bulk collection of Americans’ telephone communications data, but several lawmakers responsible for overseeing the program in recent years say that they felt limited in their ability to challenge its scope and legality."
Twitter hires a lobbyist (Politico)
FCC limits price of prison phone calls (The Hill)