Obama to meet with U.S. tech executives on privacy, surveillance

Reuters: Executives of several large U.S. Internet companies, including Google Inc. and Facebook Inc., will meet with President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss changes to government surveillance programs. The White House said Obama is meeting with tech leaders to "continue his dialogue with them on the issues of privacy, technology, and intelligence following his Jan. 17 speech."

 

Appeals court upholds Fed's cap on debit card fees

The New York Times: A federal appeals court has handed a defeat to a coalition of retail groups that challenged as too high the Federal Reserve's cap on how much banks can charge businesses for handling debit card transactions. The ruling issued Friday by the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia overturned a lower court's decision in July that favored the merchants and was a setback for banks.

 

Google avoids email users' mass privacy suit ... for now

Bloomberg Businessweek: Google Inc. successfully beat back an attempt to unify hundreds of millions of Internet users in joining a lawsuit claiming it illegally scanned private email messages to create targeted advertising and build user profiles. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, Calif., ruled on Tuesday that letting the case proceed as a class action, which would have allowed plaintiffs to pool resources and put greater pressure on Google to settle, would prove unwieldy because the claims would be "intensely individualized."