Google defeats most claims in browser tracking lawsuit

A logo is pictured at Google's European Engineering Center in ZurichA U.S. appeals court upheld the dismissal of federal claims and revived two California state law claims accusing Google of invading computer users’ privacy by enabling the placement of “cookies” in their browsers to track their Internet use. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on Tuesday rejected claims in a proposed class action lawsuit that Google violated federal wiretap and computer fraud laws by exploiting loopholes in Apple Inc’s Safari browser and Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser. Four computer users accused the Mountain View, California-based unit of Alphabet Inc of bypassing their cookie blockers, helping advertisers target potential customers.

 

China’s Xi says wants South China Sea issue resolved peacefully

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during a state banquet held at the Istana or presidential palace as part of his official visit to SingaporeBy Rujun Shen SINGAPORE (Reuters) – China has always insisted the dispute in the South China Sea should be resolved peacefully through talks, but the government has a responsibility to protect the country’s sovereignty and maritime rights, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday. China has overlapping claims with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei in the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Speaking at the National University of Singapore, Xi said freedom of passage in the South China Sea has never been a problem and will never be a problem, but the islands there have always been Chinese.

 

The Daily 202: GOP race could winnow to Rubio and Cruz, plus four other takeaways from Colorado debate

The Daily 202: GOP race could winnow to Rubio and Cruz, plus four other takeaways from Colorado debate
 

THE BIG IDEA: Here are five of my takeaways from last night’s face-off among GOP presidential candidates in Boulder, Colorado: 1. The consensus that Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz won hardened overnight. Though each is 44-years-old, in his first term and represents the Sunbelt, they occupy very different lanes. Rubio is playing to be the […]

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

U.S. Navy discovers wreckage believed to be cargo ship El Faro

Debris is seen in the water from the El Faro search area in this handout photo provided by the US Coast GuardWreckage believed to be of the cargo ship El Faro, which was lost off the Bahamas along with its 33 crew during Hurricane Joaquin, was discovered on Saturday, U.S. officials said. El Faro disappeared on Oct. 1 en route from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico in the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel since 1983, after the captain reported a “hull breach” and said a hatch had blown open. A search team aboard the U.S. Naval Ship Apache using sonar equipment discovered the wreckage on Saturday in the area of El Faro’s last known position at a depth of 15,000 feet (4,572 meters), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a statement.

 

Senate set to clear budget deal

The Senate is poised to clear a bipartisan two-year budget deal that would increase spending limits and avert a damaging default, essentially ending the budgetary battles that have defined President Obama’s relationship with Congress in recent years. The final vote on the bill is likely to take place very early Friday morning, depending on whether conservative senators […]