CYBER CORNER FOR THURSDAY, JULY 3

Posted 3 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

Lacey Jonas_Grand Theft Auto

IN STORES: LINDSAY LOHAN SUING “GRAND THEFT AUTO”

NEW YORK (AP) — This time, the beef with “Grand Theft Auto” has nothing to do with the violence, crime and skimpy outfits.

Actress Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of the video game, claiming the latest version of the title uses her image and likeness without permission. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in New York against Take-Two Interactive — creators of “Grand Theft Auto V” and other four titles in the series.

Lohan says the character “Lacey Jonas” is a ripoff of her persona, with her image, voice and clothing style depicted in the character. The suit also says the game features the character staying at West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont hotel, where Lohan once lived. Take-Two Interactive and its subsidiary Rockstar Games declined to comment on the lawsuit.

ON THE WEB: OWL CAM

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Talk about having a bird’s eye view — people online are able to get a glimpse into the nesting den of an Arctic snowy owl. A high-def camera is trained on a burrow near Anchorage, Alaska — and is giving anyone with Internet a peek into the lives of up to six baby owls. The camera is the latest in a series of offerings by the site explore.com — which is the media division of the Annenberg Foundation.

IN THE NEWS: REPORT ON NSA SURVEILLANCE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil liberties activists are none too pleased by a new report about the NSA’s online spying policies. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has concluded the NSA’s keeping tabs on foreign targets here in the U.S. has been legal, effective — and has had proper oversight.

The same privacy board reported back in January that the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records was unconstitutional.

All five members were appointed to the board by President Barack Obama. And as they unanimously adopted their latest report yesterday, members of the board sought to explain their flip-flop on its view of the NSA surveillance program.

IN THE NEWS: BRITS LOOKING CLOSELY AT FACEBOOK EXPERIMENTS

LONDON (AP) — British regulators are taking a close look at that Facebook experiment on how people react to stuff that shows up in their news feeds. The Information Commissioner’s Office says it wants to know more about the circumstances of the 2-year-old study — in which Facebook let researchers tweak the content in the main section of 700,000 randomly selected users to see if people’s moods could be altered by what their friends and other sources post on their feeds.

Authorities in Ireland and France are also assisting in the British investigation.