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An essential plan for gathering global data

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Servers at a Facebook data center in Sweden. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP / Getty Images

There's a solution in Congress that will help law enforcement gather electronic evidence, often stored on servers abroad, while reducing conflicts of law facing cloud storage providers: the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act.

Why it matters: Data — meaning evidence — is now global. The CLOUD Act makes clear when U.S. warrants apply, considers the applicable laws of other countries, and creates a framework for bilateral cooperative agreements that allow for cross-border data requests to be handled through domestic legal processes. The proposed U.S.-UK agreement is a good model. 

Kia Kokalitcheva 15 hours ago
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SmugMug buys Flickr from Yahoo

Flickr's website. Photo: LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

Flickr, the online photo-hosting service Yahoo acquired in 2005, has a new owner: photo-sharing site SmugMug, the company announced on Friday.

Why it matters: Flickr is one of Yahoo's most recognizable assets, but its fate has been uncertain for months since Verizon bought its parent company and then merged with AOL last year. SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill says that his company will give Flickr the resources and attention it lacked under Yahoo's stewardship, he told USA Today.

David McCabe 16 hours ago
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AT&T, Verizon reportedly subject of collusion probe

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AT&T is fighting with the Justice Department over its Time Warner merger. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

The Department of Justice has been probing for months whether AT&T and Verizon colluded with a major industry group to make it harder for customers to switch providers by setting restrictive standards for a key new technology, the New York Times’ Cecilia Kang reports.

Why it matters: The revelation of the concerns come as the Justice Department is also arguing that AT&T could collude with a competitor, Comcast, in the case to block its $85 billion purchase with Time Warner. AT&T says that won’t happen.