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Apple, Cisco line up to protect offshore data

Apple and Cisco have aligned with Microsoft to support its fight against a US warrant that would give American law enforcement authorities access to data stored in offshore cloud servers. The two have filed a joint amicus brief in the case, adding their names to a list that includes Verizon, AT&T and the EFF. In late April, a …

CSIRO unveils new bushfire software and knowledge base

With Australia already embroiled in the earliest-starting fire season in memory, it's pertinent that the CSIRO is working on improving our ability to model and predict bushfire behaviour. This week, the science agency presented a new tool at its Bushfire Behaviour Symposium in Canberra: Amicus, a decision support tool designed …
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Microsoft challenges US gov over attempts to search overseas data

Microsoft has challenged a ruling that would allow US government authorities to search its overseas facilities. The company said in a petition filed to the US District Court for Southern New York that it objects to an order that would allow law enforcement to search all Microsoft-owned facilities worldwide. At the heart of the …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jun 2014

LinkedIn joins Yahoo!, Google in squeezing gov for NSA request info

LinkedIn has joined Yahoo! and Google in lobbying the US government to let it tell the public how many super-secret requests from spies it gets for user data. The career network said on Tuesday that it has filed a legal challenge with the US government to let it be more open about the number of spy requests – "National Security …
Jack Clark, 18 Sep 2013
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US Supreme Court Justices hear arguments in game-changing software IP case

The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that could help to set a new standard for when software is eligible for patent protection. The nine judges are due to hear an hour's oral discussion on the Alice Corp v CLS Bank case, a patent lawsuit over financial software whose decision could come to affect businesses …
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Apple, Facebook, Google: Same-sex marriage 'a business imperative'

Apple, Facebook, Intel, Google, Oracle, Cisco, Verizon, eBay, and Qualcomm are among at least 60 top US companies that will file a brief with the US Supreme Court in support of the plaintiffs in a case that seeks to invalidate as unconstitutional laws banning same-sex marriages. "Recognizing the rights of same-sex couples to …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Feb 2013
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Ban Samsung sales in the US? Sorry, Apple: Tech titans say 'No'

A group of technology companies led by Google has asked permission to let their collective opinion be known in the long-running patent dispute between Apple and its South Korean rival, Samsung. The group, consisting of Google, HTC, Rackspace, Red Hat, and SAP, filed a motion with the US District Court of Northern California on …
Neil McAllister, 09 May 2013

Biz rivals tussle over customers, former staffers of fallen 2e2

Channel rivals of 2e2 are offering staff at the fallen integrator a lifeline and are tapping up customers wondering what the short-term future may hold for their current tech supplier. Type 2e2 into Google's search engine and PSU, Codestone, Gap Consulting, Kelway, m-hance and Amicus ITS are but a few of the names to have run …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2013
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'Weev' appeals AT&T iPad hack conviction

US cybercrime lawyers have filed an appeal against the conviction and lengthy sentence imposed upon Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer in a high-profile iPad data leak case. Auernheimer, a member of the grey-hat hacking collective Goatse Security, was jailed for three years and five months back in March after he was found guilty of …
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2013
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T-Mobile: Samsung ban really not in the public interest

T-Mobile USA has joined Verizon Wireless on the Samsung side of the Apple patent suit in the US, which at the moment is looking for a preliminary injunction on selected devices from the Korean firm's factories. The telco has filed its own amicus brief* with the court, claiming that granting the injunction on Samsung products …
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Privacy warriors win right to fight Google's itty-bitty FTC payout

Opposition to Google's $22.5m privacy blunder settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission is heating up: lobby group Consumer Watchdog confirmed today it has won the right to file a brief against the deal. The search-and-ads giant had agreed to pay out after it was caught tracking users of Apple's web browser Safari by …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2012
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FBI on trial for warrantless Stingray mobile spying

In an Arizona court case, the FBI has been forced to defend its use of a phony cellphone tower dubbed Stingray that it's using to analyse mobile phone traffic and identify suspects. The Stingray system came to light in the case of Daniel David Rigmaiden, who stands accused of reaping millions of dollars from filing phony tax …
Iain Thomson, 29 Mar 2013
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eBay frets as right to resell comes under scrutiny

eBay has launched a “grass roots” campaign to defend America’s first sale doctrine, as a Supreme Court hearing approaches that could subject second-hand and resale trades to the approval of rights-holders. The online auctioneer is lobbying in defense of the first sale doctrine, and has launched “eBay Main Street” to mobilize its …
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Mozilla, ACLU, others join fight against NSA domestic spying

In response to the recent revelations of massive, secret surveillance programs conducted by the US National Security Agency (NSA), organizations, businesses, and activists across the country are taking action. On Tuesday, Mozilla announced that it has assembled a broad coalition of almost 100 groups and individuals aimed at …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jun 2013
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Verizon: Samsung 4G ban not in our, er, public interest

Verizon Wireless has taken a legal stand on the side of Samsung in the ongoing war between the South Korean company and Apple over smartphones and fondleslabs. The company filed an amicus brief* at the Californian court that is hearing Apple's request for a US-wide ban on Samsung's 4G mobile products. The fruity iPhone maker has …
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Busted in the US? 'Drop your trousers, sir'

Again displaying their infinite law-and-order wisdom, the US Supreme Court has ruled that anyone arrested for any offense, however innocuous, can be strip-searched, even if there's no suspicion that they are concealing contraband. "Every detainee who will be admitted to the general [jail or prison] population may be required to …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Apr 2012
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US gov opposes Microsoft in i4i patent spat

The US government has thrown its support behind tiny i4i in its Office patent dispute with Microsoft. US acting solicitor general Neal Katyal, employed by the Department of Justice, has filed an amicus brief in the case that comes out against Microsoft. Katyal wrote that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), rather than …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Mar 2011
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EFF accuses Warner of spamming DMCA takedown notices

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has accused Warner Brothers Entertainment of using a flawed computer program to send out takedown notices without proper oversight. The claims were made in an amicus curiae (friend of the court) filing in the ongoing legal battles between the entertainment industry and Hotfile, which …
Iain Thomson, 07 Mar 2012
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Carriers move to shore up safe harbour

Australia’s peak carrier and service provider body, the Communications Alliance, is seeking “friend of the court” (amicus curiae) status in the “iiTrial” High Court appeal. The Hollywood catspaw is appealing to Australia’s top court to overturn decisions further down the legal food chain, which gave iiNet immunity against its …
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Judge offs ivi.tv

Seattle Internet-TV rebroadcaster ivi.tv has had most of its channels pulled by a US District Court judge. Judge Naomi Buchwald granted an injunction against the company, blocking it from providing its TV feeds to its customers. The company charges $4.99 per month and provided customers with a custom player to watch the programs …
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Insurance giant rapped on knuckles over DPA breach

Insurance firm Amicus Legal has been put on notice for breaches of the Data Protection Act, after it failed to protect sensitive customer data on a laptop that was subsequently stolen. The laptop, privately owned by a contracted consultant, contained an estimated 100,000 unencrypted customer records. The sensitive data held on …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2009
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iiTrial in the High Court: Day One

The Communications Alliance, which represents the telecommunications industry, and the Australian Performing Rights Association have both been given permission to intervene in the “iiTrial” High Court appeal. In the appeal, Village Roadshow and others are seeking to overturn a Federal Court ruling that iiNet – and, by extension …
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US court test for rights not to hand over crypto keys

Civil liberties activists have lent their support to a case that will test whether a US citizen can refuse to decrypt personal data on the grounds that it might be self-incriminatory. The case involves allegedly fraudulent real estate transactions. The government wants a Colorado court to compel Ramona Fricosu, who is accused of …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2011
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Fujitsu workers vote on strike

Amicus union members at Fujitsu in Manchester are to ballot for strike action calling for fairer pay deals, redundancy rights and better union recognition. The Amicus union representative at Fujitsu Ian Allinson said that he is confident that there will be a high turnout for the ballot, which closes on Thursday, and is …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Nov 2006
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Parents back legal ban of violent vidgames sales to kids

The war between the video games industry and critics who think that playing violent games are harmful to children moves to the US Supreme Court in November. The games industry may well be in a minority, if a recent survey conducted for a pressure group called Common Sense Media is representative of the public at large. …
Drew Cullen, 15 Sep 2010
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Dell and HP sing Microsoft tune on Word injunction

Dell and Hewlett-Packard are supporting Microsoft's bid to postpone a US court injunction on Word shipments. The duo have filed documents with a US court that claims the injunction will subject them to heavy burdens and adversely impact the public interest. Dell and HP have zeroed in on the complications the injunction will …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2009
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US appeals court bashes warrantless GPS tracking

A federal appeals court has roundly rejected US government claims that it doesn't need a search warrant to surveil suspects using global positioning system location-tracking devices. In a decision released Friday, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled that FBI agents …
Dan Goodin, 06 Aug 2010
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Fujitsu and union in jam over strike

Fujitsu has declared that its dispute with Amicus, the UK's largest private sector union, has got stuck in the mud because it refuses to allow the union to represent IT workers who do not want their representation. Approximately 100 staff have been out on a week-long strike at Fujitsu's head office since Monday over recognition …
Mark Ballard, 31 Jan 2007
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Fujitsu UK workers prepare strike banners

IT union Amicus expects up to 300 members working for Fujitsu in Central Park, Manchester to strike on Thursday and Friday this week, following a protracted dispute over pay and conditions. Fujitsu is also embroiled in a row with Amicus members over its decision to invoke disciplinary procedures against a union rep at the site …
Mark Ballard, 09 Jan 2007
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Fujitsu threaten one redundancy

The amicable resolution of a long-running dispute between Fujitsu Services and employees at its Manchester office could be in jeopardy after the firm threatened to make one employee redundant. To make matters worse, Amicus, the union leading a dispute over pay, redundancy rights and union recognition at Fujitsu, said the …
Mark Ballard, 27 Apr 2007
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Head teachers fingered in email snooping row

The Information Commissioner has been asked to investigate alleged email snooping at the offices of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT). Amicus - the trade union that represents 1.2 million workers - claims one of its members was suspended from the NAHT following the interception of a "private email" between two …
Tim Richardson, 29 Apr 2005
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MPs guide Fujitsu workers back to talks

Fujitsu is to return to talks with disgruntled IT staff after MPs offered to mediate in the long-running dispute and staff called off strike action. IT workers at Fujistu's Manchester offices had planned a national picket of an un-named Fujitsu customer on Saturday 17 March and another strike tomorrow, Tuesday. Both were called …
Mark Ballard, 19 Mar 2007
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Small.biz slams union's 'sickie' advice

The UK's Federation of Small Business has taken exception to an article by union Amicus which the former reckons is advising employees on the best way to throw a sickie during the World Cup. The offending "World Cup fever" piece kicks off with: "So you want to watch the World Cup, but you are meant to be at work when it's on: …
Lester Haines, 15 Jun 2006

Union accuses Capita on job losses

Unite, the union formerly known as Amicus, is accusing IT services giant Capita of breaking its promises not to cut staff in Belfast. The 116 workers in Capita's life and pensions department in Belfast must now reapply for the remaining 75 positions. Graham Goddard, deputy general secretary of Unite, said: "Capita have failed …
John Oates, 21 Jan 2008
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US Supremes prod software patent law

The long-running battle to redefine what is patentable reached the US Supreme Court on Monday, and the back-and-forth between the Justices and competing counsel hinted that their decision will result in relatively minor changes to existing law - not the sweeping overhaul feared by the software and medical technology industries. …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Nov 2009
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UK.gov probes foreign IT workers

The Home Office has said it will review the way it awards work permits to foreign IT bods following an accusation that Work Permits UK was bending the rules to let outsourcing firms import foreign workers on the cheap. Union Amicus said last month it had a Home Office survey that showed one in six foreign IT workers were …
Mark Ballard, 02 Mar 2007
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Fujitsu comes clean on pay

Fujitsu revealed its pay scales to some of its UK staff on Friday allowing them to check for the first time if they are being paid the going rate - but employees not signed up to union Amicus will have to keep guessing. Union staff can now see whether they are earning as much as anyone in a similar post. As managers in the IT …
Mark Ballard, 11 Apr 2006
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Google goes back to court over Vista search tools

A week ago, a federal judge told Google it should contact the Department of Justice with any complaints about the desktop search tools built into Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system. But Google has other ideas. This week, the online search giant filed new papers with Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly - the U.S. District …
Cade Metz, 07 Jul 2007
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Five-day strike to hit Fujitsu

Members of the Amicus union have balloted for a five-day strike Fujitsu's Manchester office, which supports its government customers. The ballot was held following a "successful" two-day strike last week, when "hundreds" of members downed tools in protest at pay, recognition, relocation and redundancy arrangements, the union …
Mark Ballard, 19 Jan 2007
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Fujitsu UK faces national pay claim

Services giant Fujitsu is facing a national pay claim from union Amicus. The union is calling for a six per cent increase in the pay budget and for individual rises of at least 3.5 per cent. Amicus also wants a cut in working hours for staff working 40 hours a week, overnight allowances for staff working away from home and an …
John Oates, 08 Feb 2005
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Striking staff harry Fujitsu

Fujitsu Services has walked away from talks with striking UK staff for a second time after they refused to postpone industrial action while a compromise was being hammered out. Fujitsu last agreed to talks after staff at its Manchester office went on strike in November. According to the union, the talks were getting nowhere, …
Mark Ballard, 05 Mar 2007
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IBM claims patents promote open-source love

Open source and software patents are generally regarded as two things that go together like peanut butter and a punch to the face*. Open-source advocates talk of vague, badly written US patents lurking in the system, waiting only to pounce on unsuspecting devs and condemn them to 1,001 years litigation. Open sourcers actively …
Austin Modine, 11 Sep 2009
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Unions propose global action

IT union Amicus is discussing a merger with the United Steel Workers (USW) union to create a force able to take on multinational corporations. Along with the Transport and General Workers Union, with which Amicus has already agreed to merge in the UK, the combined force would number nearly 3 million members in Canada, Ireland, …
Mark Ballard, 19 Apr 2007

Unions hold powwow with Marconi over job fears

Union officials held "frank and constructive" discussions with troubled telecoms equipment maker Marconi this morning over the future of 10,000 jobs at the company. The hastily arranged meeting followed Marconi's announcement last week that it had failed to win a chunk of a £10bn telecoms project from BT. Shares in Marconi …
Tim Richardson, 04 May 2005
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EFF fights Facebook bid to outlaw one-stop social apps

A civil liberties watchdog has challenged Facebook's legal claims that an unauthorized third-party site that helps users login automatically violates criminal laws. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said Facebook users have a legal right to choose how they access their accounts. It …
Dan Goodin, 04 May 2010
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Lawyers claim ringtones are public performance

Internet watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation has hit out at a US music royalties collector, accusing it of making “outlandish copyright claims” about mobile phone ringtones. The American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) filed a lawsuit against telecoms giant AT&T, in which it told a federal court that …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jul 2009
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Indian call centres ‘pose security risk’

Members of the European Parliament are calling for better protection for consumer data sent overseas as a result of offshoring agreements. A group of British MEPs, backed by British union Amicus which campaigns against offshoring, is taking its concerns to the Employment and Social Affairs committee of the European Commission …
John Oates, 05 Apr 2004
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Co-op IT staff to strike over SCC outsourcing gig

Twenty-one IT staff at Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) are due to begin a 24-hour strike tomorrow in protest at a decision to outsource their jobs to SCC, the leading UK reseller. The workers - all members of the Amicus union - are unhappy that the move to SCC would result in a reduced pension for workers. Amicus said …
Tim Richardson, 16 Mar 2004
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Microsoft and Linux trade patent words in Europe

Microsoft has teamed with General Electric to petition European regulators on a fundamental principle that will continue to drive a wedge between the company and open source supporters. The duo filed an amicus brief arguing that regulators should believe in the existence of patents in software and that these patents should then …
Gavin Clarke, 02 May 2009
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IT staff set for chop in Barclays-ABN Amro merger

The proposed £45.6bn merger of Barclays and ABN Amro banks will result in at least 23,000 job cuts, with the IT departments looking most vulnerable. IT union Amicus was reassured by the firms that the job cuts would not likely be compulsory. They were expected to come from natural attrition, which at about 10 per cent equated …
Mark Ballard, 23 Apr 2007