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Craig Wright Moves to Dismiss ‘Shakedown’ Bitcoin Lawsuit

Craig Wright, the chief scientist of blockchain startup nChain who once claimed to be bitcoin's pseudonymous creator, has filed a motion in U.S. federal court to dismiss a billion-dollar lawsuit filed against him.

As previously reported, Wright is being sued by Ira Kleiman, filed the lawsuit in February on behalf of the estate of his brother, the late Dave Kleiman. Dave Kleiman, an author and forensic computer investigator, was previously linked to the development of bitcoin in its earliest days, and later died in 2013 following a battle with MRSA.

Ira Kleiman accused Wright of scheming to “seize Dave's bitcoins and his rights to certain intellectual property associated with the Bitcoin technology,” and is seeking the roughly 1.1 million bitcoins (worth roughly $8.8 billion as of press time) or its “fair market value,” as well as compensation for the IP claims.

In a court filing dated April 16, Wright – who is being represented in the suit by Miami law firm Rivero Mestre L..

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Supreme Court dismisses warrant case against Microsoft after CLOUD Act renders it moot

A long-running legal battle between the U.S. government and Microsoft has been dismissed by the Supreme Court (PDF) after the crux of the conflict was mooted by recent legislation. The company will now be forced to provide data stored on servers in Ireland that it had previously said should be obtained through that country’s authorities.

The case dates to 2013 and has become a sort of landmark on the frontier between global politics and tech. American law enforcement sought data on a user of Microsoft services in relation to a drug trafficking case; Microsoft said that the data in question was located exclusively in a datacenter in Ireland, and as such they must work out access with Irish authorities.

The U.S., of course, took issue with that since Microsoft is an American company, and the argument has gone back and forth for years. So far Microsoft has maintained a slight edge, to the delight of privacy advocates everywhere, who dislike the idea that global tech services should be s..

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Judge says class action suit against Facebook over facial recognition can go forward

Whenever a company may be guilty of something, from petty neglect to grand deception, there’s usually a class action lawsuit filed. But until a judge rules that lawsuit legitimate, the threat remains fairly empty. Unfortunately for Facebook, one major suit from 2015 has just been given that critical go-ahead.

The case concerns an Illinois law that prohibits collection of biometric information, including facial recognition data, in the way that Facebook has done for years as part of its photo tagging systems.

BIPA, the Illinois law, is a real thorn in Facebook’s side. The company has not only been pushing to have the case dismissed, but it has been working to have the whole law changed by supporting an amendment that would defang it — but more on that another time.

Judge James Donato in California’s Northern District has made no determination as to the merits of the case itself; first, it must be shown that there is a class of affected people with a complaint that is supported by the..