• Facebook’s deputy general counsel describes the company’s pushback since last summer against sweeping search warrants issued by a court in New York for private data from no fewer than 381 Facebook users. The company regards the warrants as overbroad and unconstitutional.
  • The San Francisco city attorney has ordered the developer of a new mobile app to cease its operation because it is illegal and creates a predatory market for parking spaces. The app allows drivers who snag a parking space in that city to sell the space to another person for whatever the traffic will bear. Looks like San Franciscans will need to return to praying to the parking gods for a space to open up.
  • “Fair trade” retailers, which focus on selling the work of local artisans from around the world, have realized that a good portion of their sales message is visual — and they have started using Instagram to communicate an emotional message and engage mobile users.