OVERNIGHT TECH: Wireless group to unveil app rating system

Judge postpones AT&T/T-Mobile hearing: U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle has re-scheduled a status conference in the Justice Department's lawsuit to block AT&T's proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile. The hearing, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed to Dec. 9.  

Editorials oppose copyright enforcement bills: The editorial boards of The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times came out against two copyright enforcement bills over the weekend. 

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Both editorials acknowledged that online piracy is a serious problem but argued the House's Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate's Protect IP Act would do more harm than good. The measures would empower the government and copyright holders to demand that third parties such as search engines, payment processors and advertisers block access to websites "dedicated to copyright infringement." 

The New York Times worried the legislation could "stymie legitimate speech" by giving too much power to copyright holders, whereas the Los Angeles Times argued a potential result of the bills would be "that fewer companies would try to create the next YouTube" for fear of litigation. "And there would probably be a chilling effect on speech as sites block some fair uses of copyrighted content just to avoid ending up in court," the L.A. Times editors wrote. 


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Consumer advocacy groups Public Knowledge and Media Access Project urged the Federal Communications Commission to deny AT&T's request to withdraw its application to buy T-Mobile, accusing the company of engaging in "litigation gamesmanship." 

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action MORE (D-N.Y.) urged retailers to drop plans to track shoppers' movements using their cellphones.

The Justice Department and other federal agencies shut down 150 websites accused of selling copyrighted materials and counterfeit products.