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Ebook price-fixing: Macmillan settles with DoJ, Apple fights on

EBooks published by Macmillan will become cheaper as of today, said the US Department of Justice (DOJ), announcing that the publisher has agreed to settle a price-fixing lawsuit. MacMillan and the DOJ came to a settlement today, nine months after the department launched the lawsuit for price-fixing against Macmillan, four other …
Anna Leach, 08 Feb 2013
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FBI, DHS and DoJ cool with SoftBank-Sprint merger

The Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have collectively withdrawn their objections to SoftBank's acquisition of the Sprint network. The government bodies had asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold off on approving or forbidding the merger until it had examined the national …
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DoJ to Kim Dotcom: We never asked you to retain files

Days ahead of what The Reg has been told will be an “unforgettable evening” at the Dotcom mansion to launch Kim Dotcom’s new Mega service, US authorities have refuted the brash entrepreneur’s insistence that the files he is being prosecuted for hosting were only there because Dotcom was asked to assist with other piracy …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2013
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DOJ gives T-Mobile - MetroPCS merger the nod

The proposed merger of Deutsche Telekom's US subsidiary T-Mobile and regional carrier MetroPCS looks likely to go ahead, after the US Department of Justice (DOJ) allowed its waiting period for objections to pass without making a comment. The deal isn't done yet, however. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can still …
Iain Thomson, 06 Mar 2013
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Anons hack Asteroids into US DoJ website in Swartz death protest

The Anonymous hacking collective attacked a US Justice Department website over the weekend to protest against the prosecution of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz. The hacktivists followed up the initial assault on Ussc.gov, the US Sentencing Commission's website, by planting an easter egg in the form of retro video game Asteroids …
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2013
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Anonymous hacktivists dump 1.7GB load slurped from DoJ site

Anonymous-affiliated hackers dropped a 1.7GB torrent of data onto file-sharing networks on Monday after hacking into the US Bureau of Justice Statistics. The leaked files purportedly include "internal emails" as as well as other files supposedly culled from other compromised databases at the BJS, the US government agency that …
John Leyden, 22 May 2012
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DoJ could start Apple ebook price-fixing lawsuit this week

The US Department of Justice is getting ready to launch a lawsuit against Apple over alleged ebook price-fixing, according to whispering sources. Those familiar with the matter told Reuters that the DOJ could sue Apple as early as today, since it wouldn't or couldn't sort out a settlement with the department so far, but no final …
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AT&T profiting from Nigerian scammers, DoJ charges

AT&T can't catch a break from the US government. First the feds squashed Big Phone's proposed merger with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA, and now the Department of Justice has slapped a suit on the company for alleged improper billing for services intended for use by the deaf and hard of hearing. The service in question is IP …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Mar 2012

Feds indict four over alleged Android app copyright infringement

The US Department of Justice has taken a break from handing Amazon an ebook monopoly and instead indicted four operators of Android warez sites. The four charged with criminal copyright infringement operated the sites Snappzmarket and Appbucket, whose domains were seized by the FBI in August 2012. Authorities allege that the …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2014
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Oracle's Africa dealings under FBI, SEC, DoJ investigation

Oracle is reported to be under investigation by the US authorities for breaking federal anti-bribery laws in Africa. The FBI field office in Washington, fraud prosecutors in the Justice Department's criminal division, and attorneys for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are reported to be looking into sales of Oracle …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2011

US DoJ: Happy b-day, Ed Snowden! You're (not?) charged with capital crimes

Edward Snowden, the former security contractor who leaked secret NSA documents to The Washington Post and The Guardian newspapers, received an unwelcome birthday present on June 21; namely, he has been formally accused of spying by the US government. In a sealed criminal complaint, federal prosecutors charged Snowden with …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jun 2013

Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

The tech firms at the heart of the "no-hire pact" class action suit has asked the court to exclude certain evidence by witnesses as to whether or not they thought Steve Jobs was "a bully". Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe are still fighting the suit filed by tech workers, which alleges that Silicon Valley firms agreed not to poach …
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AT&T and Deutsche Telekom stall for time with DoJ

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have given themselves an extra month to figure out how to rescue their legislator-challenged deal for T-Mobile USA. The US Department of Justice agreed to postpone its court case against the deal, in which AT&T snaps up Deutsche's US subsidiary, until January 18. The telcos were due in court this …
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Web giants cry foul over US gov's refusal to budge on NSA spy gag orders

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and Facebook are still fighting for permission to warn people who are under online surveillance, after their campaign for transparency was derailed by the US Department of Justice. The web giants had asked the DoJ to lift restrictions on alerting users when they are being snooped on by intelligence …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2013

US government green-lights data swapping for security firms

Security firms looking to share research data with their peers need not fear the US Federal Trade Commission or Department of Justice any more. The FTC and DOJ issued a joint policy statement on Thursday assuring the security community that they will not pursue antitrust cases against companies that share their security …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2014
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Sergey Brin mum on $500m DoJ settlement stash

Google has set aside $500 million to prepare for a possible settlement with the US Department of Justice, according to an SEC filing. But Sergey Brin says he knows nothing about it. Google cofounder Sergey Brin was asked about the filing today at the company's annual developer conference, but he declined to comment, saying that …
Cade Metz, 11 May 2011

Plaintiffs: 'Hey judge! Soak Apple for $840m in ebook price-fixing suit'

Apple may be on the hook for as much as $840m after having been found guilty of ebook price-fixing. The state attorneys general who joined the price-fixing suit along with the US Department of Justice have told the court that not only should Apple be liable for $280m in damages, but that antitrust law says the amount should be …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Feb 2014
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Publishers stand behind Apple in ebook price-fixing fight

The five publishers involved in the Apple ebook lawsuit-o-rama have filed a formal objection to the remedies proposed by the US Department of Justice after Cupertino lost its court battle concerning alleged price fixing. "Despite achieving their stated goal of returning price competition, plaintiffs now seek to improperly impose …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Aug 2013
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DoJ files antitrust suit to block AT&T's T-Mobile buy

The US Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T's proposed acquisition of fellow wireless carrier T-Mobile USA. In a press release that hit the wires on Wednesday, the DoJ said that the $39bn deal would "substantially lessen competition" for wireless services in the US. AT&T runs what is likely the …
Cade Metz, 31 Aug 2011
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Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom is getting all outraged again and banging the freedom-of-something gong with his usual enthusiasm after six Hollywood studios slung a sueball his way. In a court filing you can see in PDF form here, twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros all take issue …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2014
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Microsoft gains DoJ anti-trust approval on Skype buy

Thr US Department of Justice approved Microsoft's $8.5bn acquisition of Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies SA on Friday. The software giant said last month that it was buying Skype in a deal that went into the Redmond history books as the biggest takeover ever bagged by Microsoft. That's despite the fact that many questioned …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jun 2011
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Google settles with DoJ over flight data buy

Google has reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice that would allow it to complete its $700m acquisition of flight data outfit ITA Software. Under the agreement, Google must continue to develop ITA's QPX travel software and license it to third-party websites under "commercially reasonable terms", while erecting " …
Cade Metz, 08 Apr 2011

DoJ demands HP docs in bribery probe

The Department of Justice is demanding HP hands over a pile of documents related to its Russian business as part of a bribery investigation in Germany. German corruption investigators are probing allegations that the ink giant paid bribes to secure a contract with the Russian Prosecutor General's office. It is alleged that an € …
John Oates, 13 Aug 2010
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Cisco pays millions to end DoJ probe

Cisco Systems and distie Westcon Group North America, owned by South African firm Datatec, are to pay $48m to end an investigation by the US Department of Justice into overcharging. The multi-million dollar settlement will end an investigation into allegations that the two companies knowingly provided incomplete information …
John Oates, 08 Sep 2010
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Feds cuff revenge smut site boss Hunter Moore on hacking charges

FBI agents today arrested Hunter Moore – best known for running the infamous revenge porn website isanyoneup.com – on charges of conspiracy, hacking and identity theft. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said that Moore, and a second man called Charles "Gary" Evens, were both nabbed in California: Moore will now appear this …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2014
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FTC and DoJ toss-up on Apple subs plan 'probe'

Apple's take-it-or-leave-it subscription platform for content producers and publishers has attracted the attention of regulators in the US and Europe, according to reports. Cupertino launched the fair and balanced plan this week, giving producers of magazines, video, etc, the ability to sell subscriptions through Apple's App …
Team Register, 18 Feb 2011

Botched court doc outs Google as respondent in national security flap

An error by the US Department of Justice's document-redaction staff has inadvertently let slip a secret that the DoJ has spent months battling in the courts to protect – albeit one that will come as a surprise to no one. The DoJ has long maintained that the practice of using National Security Letters (NSLs) to obtain information …
Neil McAllister, 26 Aug 2013
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Juniper under bribery investigation by US regulators

Packet-pusher Juniper Networks is under investigation by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, it has emerged. The regulators are pursuing the company over "possible violations" of the anti-bribery US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the company revealed in its 10-Q filing with the SEC on Thursday …
Jack Clark, 09 Aug 2013
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DoJ focuses probe of Google flight data land grab

The US Justice Department is examining two particular issues as it investigates Google's recent proposed buyout of ITA Software to see if the acquisition would be anti-competitive, according to a report citing sources familiar with the situation. According to yesterday's Wall Street Journal, antitrust officials are mulling …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Sep 2010
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LG, Sanyo, fined for price-fixing laptop batteries

The USA's Department of Justice (DoJ) has slapped Sanyo (a subsidiary of Panasonic), and LG Chem (part of the sprawling LG Chaebol, with fines for conspiring to fix prices for cylindrical lithium ion battery cells used in notebook computers. The DoJ announced the fines last week, and said that between April 2007 and September …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2013

Dell feels cold probe of US Dept of Justice amid Syria PC sales claims

US authorities are investigating claims of embargo-busting sales of Dell computers to the Syrian government. It is understood officials at the US Department of Justice (DoJ) are looking into allegations that the equipment was resold into the blood-stained nation despite strict trade sanctions. The probe was revealed this week …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Dec 2013

ACLU launches user-friendly database of every Snowden doc

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a searchable online database that contains all of the documents obtained by Edward Snowden and made public since last June. "These documents stand as primary source evidence of our government's interpretation of its authority to engage in sweeping surveillance activities at …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Apr 2014
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US Department of Justice details Kim Dotcom evidence

The US Department of Justice has released the evidence it hopes will prove that Kim Dotcom is indeed a nefarious pirate. In a 191-page PDF court filing, the Department labels Dotcom the head of “ a worldwide criminal enterprise, which operates and administers several Internet websites that reproduce and distribute infringing …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2013
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Microsoft 'cooperates' with wide US cash-for-contracts bribery probe

Microsoft says it will cooperate with US investigators probing alleged bribery of foreign officials. It's claimed Redmond's resellers bunged cash to apparatchiks in Russia and Pakistan in return for contracts with state-backed businesses. The software giant's deputy general counsel John Frank blogged here that his company takes …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2013
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DOJ widens anti-trust optical drive probe

On Monday, Sony's US optical drive subsidiary said it was being investigated by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with anti-trust activities in the optical drive market. The net has now widened to include Toshiba and Hitachi. Japan's Nikkei English News has reported that both Hitachi and Toshiba's US-based optical …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2009
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Oracle gets DoJ to dismiss some aspects of fraud case

The US Department of Justice has agreed to let software giant Oracle off the hook on some - but not all - aspects of the fraud lawsuit it brought against Larry Ellison’s company earlier this year. Oracle was sued by the DoJ, which alleged the firm had massively overcharged the US government by “tens of millions of dollars” in …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Nov 2010

Apple spanked by judge in price-fixing injunction – but not too hard

The federal judge overseeing the ebook price-fixing case between Apple and the US Department of Justice has issued her remedy, and although it slaps Cook & Co. upside the head, the DoJ didn't get all it wanted. After winning the case in Judge Denise Cote's court this July, the DoJ proposed a sweeping set of suggested remedies, …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Sep 2013
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Techies CAN sue Google, Apple, Intel et al accused of wage-strangling pact

Employees at top Silicon Valley companies can sue bosses accused of entering a secret pact that kept salaries down, a judge in California has ruled. The lawsuit claims that between 2005 and 2007 Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm entered into non-compete agreements to end the practice of poaching of staff …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2014
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Penguin pays $75m to settle ebook price-fixing case

Penguin has agreed to hand over $75m along with costs to sort out US antitrust allegations over ebook price fixing. The publisher had already agreed to settle with the Department of Justice and has put the price tag on the deal to pave the way for its merger with Random House. Penguin is the last publisher to settle the case. …

The hammer falls: Feds propose drastic controls on Apple's iTunes Store

The US Department of Justice, fresh from its ebook price-fixing victory over Apple, has proposed a sweeping array of restrictions on Cupertino's content-peddling iTunes Store, along with the appointment of a watchdog to keep an eye on Apple's compliance. "Under the department's proposed order, Apple's illegal conduct will cease …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2013

PayPal 13 plead guilty to launching DDoS attacks

Thirteen US defendants last week pleaded guilty to taking part in attacks by Anonymous against PayPal. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the accused had all admitted to carrying out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber-attack against PayPal in December 2010 in protest against the payment processing firm's decision …
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2013
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DoJ pokes Apple digital music biz practices, says report

US Feds are reportedly investigating Apple’s online digital music business practices. According to the New York Times, which cites several people familiar with the matter, the antitrust probe is in its early stages and has involved discussions with major music labels and internet music companies. It’s understood that …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 May 2010
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Barnes & Noble complain to DoJ over Redmond nobbling

Barnes & Noble has reportedly complained to the US Department of Justice over Microsoft’s recent lawsuit alleging patent violations for using Android. The company used Android on its Nook e-book reader, launched earlier this week, and has decided to fight Microsoft’s legal claims rather than kowtowing to Redmond and paying …
Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2011
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Feds charge Vietnamese suspect with slurp'n'flog of half-a-million Americans' ID data

A Vietnamese man has been charged in connection with a long-running scam involving the theft and resale of what the DoJ rather hiply refers to as the "fullz”* (personal information) of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Hieu Minh Ngo, 24, a Vietnamese national, was hit with a total of 15 charges, including conspiracy to commit …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2013

US govt watchdog slams NSA snooping as illegal, useless against terrorism

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a federal panel set up to advise the US government on policy, has published report concluding that the bulk collection of data on US citizens by the NSA is illegal and ineffective at stopping terrorism. "Based on the information provided to the board, including classified …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2014
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Cardslurping kingpin caged for 18 years over Carderplanet forum

A Ukrainian national who co-founded the infamous cybercrime marketplace CarderPlanet has been jailed for 18 years following a lengthy US legal process that ran for more than a decade. Roman Vega, 49, eventually pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy to commit money laundering and access device fraud offences – but he was only …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2013

Feds indict nine for making millions from Zeus malware

The FBI and the US Department of Justice have unsealed charges against nine people accused of racketeering, computer fraud, aggravated identity theft, and multiple counts of bank fraud related to their use of the Zeus malware against victims in the state of Nebraska. "The 'Zeus' malware is one of the most damaging pieces of …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2014
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DoJ double eyes Google flight data play

Google's proposed $700 million acquisition of flight data outfit ITA Software is receiving extra scrutiny from the US Department of Justice. On Friday, with a blog post, Google told the world that it has received a "second request" from the DoJ, meaning the feds want additional information as they continue to review the deal. …
Cade Metz, 30 Aug 2010
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Judge: Evidence will likely show Apple DID fix ebook prices

The US judge who will decide the ebook price fixing case has suggested the government will be able to show that Apple was part of the conspiracy, before the trial has even begun. In a somewhat unusual move, US District Judge Denise Cote said at a pretrial hearing that she thought the Department of Justice would be able to show …
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Fugitive Shadowcrew suspect hauled into US court... 9 YEARS on

US prosecutors have finally got their hands on a fugitive cybercrime suspect, nine years after the Bulgarian national was indicted (PDF) over his alleged involvement in the infamous Shadowcrew carding forum. Aleksi Kolarov, 30, appeared in a Newark, New Jersey court on Monday following his extradition from Paraguay last Friday. …
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2013