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05-12-12, 01:00 PM
While we were busy redesigning and launching Ars Technica 7.0, tech news continued to happen. Dominating the week's news from Law & Disorder and the Ministry of Innovation was the Oracle v. Google trial, which saw a mixed verdict and some ominous rumblings (if you're Oracle) from the judge. Read on:


Jury rules Google violated copyright law; google moves for mistrial (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/05/jury-rules-google-violated-copyright-law-google-moves-for-mistrial.ars)
Future Android litigation may get more costly for Google.
Government asks: when can we shut down wireless service?
(http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/government-asks-when-can-we-shut-down-wireless-service/)It's possible to shut down wireless service, but its not always legal‚??or wise.
(http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/government-asks-when-can-we-shut-down-wireless-service/)
Google gets license to test drive autonomous cars on Nevada roads (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/google-gets-license-to-test-drive-autonomous-cars-on-nevada-roads/)
Nevada also issues special red license plates for autonomous vehicles, includes infinity symbol.
Schools can't stop wondering what students do on Facebook (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/05/schools-cant-stop-wondering-what-students-are-up-to-on-facebook.ars)
Teacher, leave those kids alone (on Facebook).
"A bizarre operation": Why West Virginia stuck $22,600 routers in tiny libraries
(http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/a-bizarre-operation-why-west-virginia-stuck-22600-routers-in-tiny-libraries/)366 more of the routers are just sitting in a warehouse.
Oracle's copyright win may not amount to much as patent phase unfolds (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/oracles-copyright-win-may-not-amount-to-much-as-patent-phase-unfolds/)
Likely infringement damages will probably pale in comparison to Oracle's legal fees.
Court blocks Illinois law used to charge those who video police officers (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/court-blocks-illinois-law-used-to-charge-those-who-video-police-officers/)
The First Amendment protects the right to record actions of police in public.
Judge nixes "Oil Orgy" scheme to scare P2P users into quick settlements
(http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/judge-nixes-oil-orgy-scheme-to-scare-p2p-users-into-quick-settlements/)Judges are finally getting wise to the tactics of copyright trolls.
Seized site's lawyer: US breaking the law by taking domain names
(http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/seized-sites-lawyer-us-breaking-the-law-by-taking-domain-names/)Dajaz1.com's lawyer says the site was sent to a "digital Guantanamo."
DVDs and Blu-rays will now carry two unskippable government warnings
(http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/dvds-and-blu-rays-will-now-carry-two-unskippable-government-warnings/)The old FBI copyright warning gets an upgrade.
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