Kim Dotcom (R) and Bram van der Kolk appear during an Intelligence and Security Committee hearing at Bowen House on July 3, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand.
Kim Dotcom (R) and Bram van der Kolk appear during an Intelligence and Security Committee hearing at Bowen House on July 3, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand. - 
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This week we're talking to people about big tech trends in the coming year. Today it's Cyrus Farivar, senior business editor at the website Ars Technica. He has been looking at some big tech issues in 2014 through the lens of some high profile legal battles.

The first case getting attention this year is that of Pascal Abidor, a French citizen whose laptop and phone were confiscated and copied when he was detained at the border between Canada and the U.S. in 2010. Abidor's lawsuit was dismissed this week by a federal judge in Brooklyn.

Other cases to watch this year include the criminal case centered around the illegal drug marketplace Silk Road, as well as the extradition hearing in New Zealand for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.

Click play on the audio player above to hear more.

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