The California legislature passed a measure to ban warrantless GPS and other location-based tracking by law enforcement. Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a privacy measure in 2011 that would have prevented police from searching suspects' mobile phones and devices without a warrant, Ars Technica reports.
The Federal Trade Commission closes its look into Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of photo sharing site Instagram, All Things Digital reports.
Network neutrality advocates are kicking up a fuss over AT&T's plan to limit use of FaceTime over cellular networks to subscribers of certain plans. The carrier published a vigorous defense of the plan on its blog. The carrier is pushing out the aggressive policy, according to this GigaOm analysis, to push customers away from unlimited data plans and toward new shared packages that cover multiple devices.
YouTube changes its policy to allow mobile users to skip ads, The New York Times reports.
Google is looking to hire data privacy engineers to examine whether its products pose security risks to users, CNET reports.
A draft of German copyright legislation would require Google and other search engines to pay royalties to news publishers for reproducing headlines, PC World reports.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony Corp. plans to eliminate 1,000 jobs in its mobile phone division and move the headquarters of its joint venture with Ericsson to Tokyo.