MED 010218

Mediaeater Digest Wed 2nd January, MMXIX
Dispute The Text, Sapere Aude 

Google wins U.S. approval for radar-based hand motion sensor [reuters] Facebook Inc (FB.O) raised concerns with the FCC that the Soli sensors operating in the spectrum band at higher power levels might have issues coexisting with other technologies.

What is Ryuk, the malware believed to have hit the Los Angeles Times?  [latimes] The problem surfaced near midnight Thursday, when sports editors at the Union-Tribune struggled to transmit finished pages to the printing facility. It spread rapidly over the following day, impeding distribution of the Saturday editions of The Times and Union-Tribune, as well as papers in Florida, Chicago and Connecticut and the West Coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, which are printed in downtown Los Angeles.

Article III Standing in Frank v. Gaos [reason] But I think the case is easier when you realize that Section 2702 is better understood as an intangible conversion statute, not a privacy tort statute. The SCA reflects Congress’s judgment that your digital files are your stuff. Someone else can’t come along and take that stuff from you. It doesn’t matter if the files are particularly private. It just matters that the stuff is your stuff. It’s true that concepts of conversion can be an awkward fit when applied to unauthorized copying of digital information — see this brilliant student note from 1996 for more. But the basic idea behind Congress’s cause of action in Section 2702 is digital conversion of personal property.

Sony/ATV music boss predicts dealmaking surge [FT]  However, dealing with Spotify has been “tough” said Mr Bandier. “We always wind up doing a deal [with Spotify], but there’s a lot of friction while we’re in the process,” he said. “The music business used to be a relationship business but . . . the power has shifted from the heads of record companies to streaming services. Now it’s important to know Daniel Ek [the CEO of Spotify].

The Reunion: a new science-fiction story about surveillance in China [technologyreview]  science fiction story about surveillance in China.  (h/t fourshortlinks)

In High-Tech Cities, No More Potholes, but What About Privacy? [nyt]  “And you have cities, which are caught in this devil’s bargain, where they feel they don’t have the resources to provide the services people need, and so they make these deals with tech companies that have money, but which in the long term might not be beneficial to either them or their residents.”

Tackling New Year’s predictions: