Announcing: The Am Law Daily reports: "The much-anticipated initial public offering of social networking company Twitter was made official Thursday, along with those for Hilton Worldwide and the U.K.’s Royal Mail Holdings—all of which have enlisted the efforts of a handful of leading Am Law 100 and global firms." More on Twitter's IPO in The Wall Street Journal here and The New York Times here.
Calling: In today's Recorder: "Consent to search a driver's cell phone does not authorize a border patrol agent to accept incoming calls and impersonate the owner, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday in the latest decision testing the boundaries of privacy in mobile devices." Access the Ninth Circuit opinion here.
Shielding: The U.S. Senate's judiciary committee has approved a reporter shield law that would make permanent U.S. Justice Department guidelines on the issuance of subpoenas to the press. The National Law Journal has more here.
Hacking: "A former Will County sheriff's detective claims a top deputy ordered him to hack the deputy's wife's iPad to look for evidence that she was cheating and then demoted the detective when he complained about it to a supervisor," The Chicago Tribune reports.
Tilting: The National Law Journal reports: "A federal appeals court is weighing whether medical malpractice plaintiffs who lost birth-injury cases in which the defense relied on a medical article the plaintiffs believe is false can sue the doctors who wrote it and the publishers."
Talking: From The Washington Post: "Facebook, Yahoo CEOs talk, briefly, about NSA programs." Read the story here. In other surveillance news: The U.S. Justice Department is planning to declassify part of a secret 2008 order that required Yahoo! to disclose subscriber information.
Checking: An Alabama sheriff is a defendant in a suit that alleges unannounced police checks on sex offenders violates the Fourth Amendment.