The rule change would let the FBI obtain a single warrant to hack into "thousands or millions of computers at once," says Sen. Ron Wyden.
The US Supreme Court will not hear a challenge from a group of authors who believe Google's book-scanning project violates copyright law.
The damages retrial was slated to start Monday but has been delayed until the Supreme Court decides the case.
The Supreme Court, which hasn't looked at a design patent case since the 1800s, could set a precedent with ripple effects throughout the tech industry.
The decision means Apple will have to pay $400 million to book buyers to settle a DOJ lawsuit that found it conspired with other publishers to fix prices on e-books.
The giant doesn't want the court to examine its patent win against Samsung and "prolong" the battle.
U.S. Supreme Court begins its fall term by refusing to hear a case involving a warrantless search of a cell phone, but other privacy-related cases are in the queue.
The South Korean company hopes the court will provide some guidance on the scope of design patents and the damages allowed.
The controversial Megaupload founder is expected, however, to bring his case to the Supreme Court of New Zealand.
The US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals' decision means Samsung has two options: appeal the case to the Supreme Court or hand over to Apple hundreds of millions of dollars.