Senate Judiciary Committee chairman urges PACER to restore access to removed case archives. PACER, the government run database of public court records, removed access to the archives of five courts in August due to a switch to new technical architectures. But now Senator Patrick Leahy (D, VT) wants them restored.
The NSA Gives Birth To Start-Ups. "Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has been sweating it out in the spotlight this summer for converting his spy cred into a lucrative security consulting business shortly after stepping down from the National Security Agency," writes Kashmir Hill at Forbes. "But Alexander is far from the first to realize that the NSA’s area of expertise is in high demand in the commercial sector these days as more and more of our information is being digitized and concerns about security and privacy mount."
Did Apple just become a big bank? Kevin Cirilli and Julian Hattem at the Hill wonder if Apple's jump into mobile payments could lead to some aspects of the company falling under the same regulators as financial comapnies.
Uber, allies kick off campaign to brand ‘Big Taxi.’ "The battle over the future of the taxi industry is in many ways an information war," reports the Switch's Nancy Scola. "And the latest salvo in it has launched: an online campaign called "Taxi Facts," backed by several groups including ride service Uber, the libertarian advocacy group TechFreedom and D.C.- based trade group The Internet Association."