Sep 14, 2017

Google loses symbolic data fight to federal court

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

A previously undisclosed court ruling between Google and a Washington D.C. federal court finds that Google's challenge to a search warrant for data it stores abroad was rejected, Politico reports. The judge in the case agreed to hold the company in contempt for violating her order, (something the plaintiff and defendant mutually proposed), with the understanding that the procedural move would allow the case to advance to the Supreme Court for an appeal.

For context: This is part of a bigger showdown between the DOJ and tech companies that the Supreme Court is expected to take up later this year about whether law enforcement can issue a warrant for data stored by tech companies overseas. Last year, a panel of judges ruled in favor of Microsoft in a similar case that determined that the current law about how tech companies can store data doesn't apply outside of the country, and that the DOJ would instead need to request the data through an international process.

Why it matters: Major tech companies that store massive amounts of data around the world are watching cases like these closely. The issue becomes even more complicated and critical as major tech companies begin to store data in "clouds" that can be located anywhere, rather than physical servers in single locations.

Go deeper

China tries to contain coronavirus, as Apple warns of earnings impact

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

As China pushes to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus — placing around 780 million people under travel restrictions, per CNN — the economic repercussions continue to be felt globally as companies like Apple warn of the impact from the lack of manufacturing and consumer demand in China.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There are some signs that new cases are growing at a slower rate now, although the World Health Organization said Monday it's "too early to tell" if this will continue.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 2 hours ago - Health

Apple will miss quarterly earnings estimates due to coronavirus

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple issued a rare earnings warning on Monday, saying it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the impact of the coronavirus, which will limit iPhone production and limit product demand in China.

Why it matters: Lots of companies rely on China for production, but unlike most U.S. tech companies, Apple also gets a significant chunk of its revenue from sales in China.

America's dwindling executions

The Trump administration wants to reboot federal executions, pointing to a 16-year lapse, but Pew Research reports the government has only executed three people since 1963.

The big picture: Nearly all executions in the U.S. are done by states. Even those have been steadily dropping for two decades, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) — marking a downward trend for all executions in the country.