Google Hangover | Tech Talk Today 16

Google Hangover | Tech Talk Today 16

The news we missed during Google I/O that impacts mobile US users, Aero’s fate, and more. Then we circle back and finish up our thoughts on Google I/O 2014.

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Supreme Court says police must get warrants for most cellphone searches

“The decision brings the Fourth Amendment into the digital age,” Fisher said. “The core of the decision is that digital information is different. It triggers privacy concerns far more profound than ordinary physical objects.”

In general, warrants are required for ­searches, but the court’s precedents have said that a person’s privacy expectations diminish considerably after an arrest. Police may protect themselves and others by searching the arrestee for weapons or securing evidence that might be destroyed.

Roberts said he “cannot deny” that the decision will have an impact on the ability of law enforcement to combat crime. “Privacy comes at a cost,” he wrote.

But he said police can use their own technology to ensure that the information on cellphones that might contain critical evidence is not erased or lost. He also said there could be “case-specific”exceptions to the warrant rule.

U.S. to Auction $17.4M Worth of Seized Bitcoin

SecondMarket CEO & Founder Barry Silbert and Bloomberg’s Matt Miller discuss the auction by the U.S. government of over $17M worth of Bitcoin seized after shutting down the Silk Road marketplace last year. They speak to Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Coinbase Working with Intuit’s QuickBooks to Offer Bitcoin Payments to Small Business

Starting today, Coinbase and QuickBooks Online are collaborating to offer PayByCoin, a new service from Intuit that will enable small businesses to accept bitcoin payments.

How does it work?

  • Small business operators register with Coinbase and link their bitcoin wallet to their QuickBooks Online account.
  • When a customer receives an invoice, they now have the option to pay by bitcoin, in addition to existing methods such as credit cards and bank transfers.
  • Intuit does not currently charge a fee for this new service. Coinbase does not charge any fees for the first $1,000,000 USD in bitcoin transactions; after that, a 1% payment processing fee with be charged when converting bitcoin to USD.

Aereo loses to broadcasters in Supreme Court fight for its life

The Supreme Court struck a dramatic blow against Aereo today in a ruling that puts the TV streaming service as it currently exists on its deathbed. In a 6–3 ruling, the court found that Aereo’s service violates the Copyright Act by playing back recordings of broadcasters’ TV show


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