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China Sees Nat'l Security Risk in Pokemon Go

So Pokemon doesn't go after all.

At least not for now in China, which is considering whether to allow the popular game to play out on phones there. Government officials are concerned about reports that Pokemon Go players are wandering around looking for Pokemon characters and carelessly causing accidents. In nearby Japan, two people were killed in car accidents last year because gamers were distracted.

In China, the government is also concerned about security problems with the app's geolocation services. When using the Pokemon Go app to navigate through a virtual world, players broadcast their locations in the real world.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, the government censor, said it bore "a high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people's lives and property."

When a company experiences a data breach, Massachusetts wants the public to know. The commonwealth is currently expanding its public Data Breach Notification Archive to include information about security breaches effecting Massachusetts citizens -- going all the way back to 2007.

Massachusetts isn't alone. California, Oregon, and Washington all have laws allowing public access to data breach information. And those laws, some wager, could be great news for the plaintiff's bar.

New Data Company Releases Analytics on International Commercial Arbitration

A new database has been published with more than 66,000 data fields on thousands of commercial arbitration cases in 136 countries, enabling legal professionals to analyze international arbitration in new ways.

No, it's not from Wikileaks or Edward Snowden. It's from a start-up company called Dispute Resolution Data, which has contracts to collect and release the information from some 20 arbitration institutions.

This is a significant release of information because, historically, commercial arbitration has been confidential. Commercial arbitrators have closely guarded case information to maintain participant privacy. Dispute Resolution Data takes that information and creates research analytics.

If you hand your computer over to Best Buy's Geek Squad for repairs, you might get more than just a quick fix. You might get reported to the FBI. That's because the FBI pays Best Buy technicians who discover and report child pornography to the agency, according to a lawsuit in California.

But when the Geek Squad snoops on behalf of the government, are such searches legal?

High Court Spares Backpage Adult Services Ads, but 'Censors Have Prevailed'

For online publishers, the law giveth and the law taketh away.

Just after the U.S. Supreme Court turned back a case challenging federal shield laws for online publisher Backpage, the embattled company shut down its adult services section under pressure from the U.S. Senate.

On Monday, the high court let stand a decision against women who sued Backpage for facilitating child sex trafficking and left in place the Communications Decency Act that has protected website operators from liability for content posted by others. Late Monday, Backpage shuttered its classified ads for adult services amidst Senate allegations that it was involved in online prostitution.

"Backpage's response wasn't to deny what we said. It was to shut down their site," the senators said in a statement. "That's not 'censorship' -- it's validation of our findings."

FTC Offers $25,000 Reward for IoT Security

If this were the Wild West, a $25,000 reward might have caught the attention of a lawman like Wyatt Earp.

Earp, a special marshal and gunslinger, was most famous for the Gunfight at the OK Corral in 1881. In a town called Tombstone, the shootout left three outlaws dead and two lawmen wounded.

But this is not the Wild West, Earp is long gone, and $25,000 isn't exactly an enormous sum of cash these days.

In any case, the Federal Trade Commission has offered $25,000 to anyone who can solve security on the Internet of Everything. Any volunteers?

A woman in Manhattan is suing Google, Bing, and Yahoo in an attempt to get her name permanently removed from their search results, according to the New York Post. The 30-year-old Harlem woman was a victim of revenge porn after an ex-boyfriend unloaded secretly recorded X-rated videos of the two to the internet, using the woman's unique four-word West African name. "If you Google her name, everything is right there," her attorney, Ryanne Konan, told the Post.

The suit is the first of its kind, according to experts. Will it be successful?

5 Tech Mistakes Lawyers Make

All mistakes are not created equal. For lawyers, one faux pas may cause trouble with a co-worker. A different misstep may upset a client. And you don't want to think about stepping on a judge's toes.

But in the cyberworld, mistakes can reach global proportions with the speed of a mouse-click. The essence of any error may be the same, but the potential is magnified by the medium.

Here are five tech errors that are so common, you probably have made a few of them:

In what is likely the first murder case involving an Amazon Echo, police are looking to the smart device for clues surrounding the death of a man in Arkansas. But when asked "Alexa, who did it?" Amazon has remained silent.

Investigators in Bentonville, Arkansas, believe that the Echo might help explain why a man was found dead in the hot tub at a home owned by James Andrew Bates last year. Bates is currently facing first-degree murder charges. But, according to a report by the Information, Amazon has twice refused to give police audio data from the device.

Millions of wearable devices will be given as presents this Christmas and Hanukkah, with smart watches stuck in stockings and fitness monitors wrapped up with bows. A few lucky folks might even be able to get their hands on Snapchat Spectacles, the much-hyped glasses that let you take short videos and share them directly to the Snapchat app.

Wearable technological hardware, or "wearables," are coming back this holiday season -- and bringing with them major implications for eDiscovery.