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Feds cuff VW exec over diesel emissions scam

The FBI has arrested a senior Volkswagen executive for allegedly coordinating a cover-up over its diesel emissions cheating. Oliver Schmidt was nabbed in Florida over the weekend. He is expected to appear in court in Detroit on Monday on charges of defrauding the United States. A court filing [PDF] lodged by the Feds in the …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Jan 2017

IBM filed another 8,000 patents in 2016

IBM’s lawyers were busy little bees last year, getting a shade more than 8,000 patent applications granted for Big Blue’s American brainboxes. IBM claims its inventors were granted an average of 22 patents per day in 2016, scoring a total of 8,088 patents. Of those patents, 2,700 were related to AI, cognitive computing and …
Gareth Corfield, 09 Jan 2017

Australia telcos warn: Opening metadata access will create a 'honeypot' for lawyers

Australia's telecoms industry advocacy body the Communications Alliance is renewing its push for the federal government to revise its data retention regime, amid fears that a review will see stored data sucked into civil lawsuits. The take-out-the-trash timing of the review, announced in the afternoon of Friday December 23, …
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Google's latest legal opponents: Shooting victims' families – and a cheesed-off ex-manager

Families of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year are suing Google for failing to take down online materials they say influenced the killer. The complaint, filed in the US Eastern Michigan District Court on Monday, claims the internet advertising titan – plus Facebook and Twitter – …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Dec 2016

Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

More than a dozen criminal charges have been filed against Prenda Law lawyers, who are accused of using porno movies to extort millions of dollars from victims. Attorneys Paul Hansmeier and John Steele have each been charged in a US federal indictment with ten counts of wire fraud, five counts of mail fraud, and one count each …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Dec 2016
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US Supreme Court to hear case that may ruin Lone Star patent trolls

The legal case of TC Heartland v Kraft Foods may appear to have very little to do with technology, but it could make life a lot harder for patent trolls – thanks to a US Supreme Court decision on Thursday. The case between the two was brought by Kraft over its Mio Water Enhancer, a mixture of salt and flavorings for those who …
Iain Thomson, 16 Dec 2016
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It's now illegal in the US to punish customers for posting bad web reviews

President Obama has signed into effect a new law that bars businesses from punishing customers for giving bad reviews. The Consumer Review Fairness Act (HR 5111) voids any contract that involves prohibitions or penalties related to negative online reviews. The aim of the bill, written by Reps. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Joseph …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Dec 2016

Disney sued in race row: Axed IT workers claim jobs went to H-1B hires

Thirty former IT staffers at Disney, who were replaced by foreign H-1B recruits, are now suing their ex-employer for alleged racial discrimination. Court papers, filed on Disney's home turf in Orlando, Florida, state that in October 2014, the Mickey Mouse operation told 250 or so technicians that they were being laid off and …
Iain Thomson, 14 Dec 2016
Wolves

Symantec sets legal wolves upon Zscaler

Having had its patent infringement lawsuits against Veeam seen off by the US courts, Symantec has now filed an IP infringement lawsuit against cloud-based security outfit ZScaler. Symantec claims Zscaler infringes seven of its more than 2,000 US patents – numbers 6,279,113; 7,203,959; 7,246,227; 7,392,543; 7,735,116; 8,181,036 …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2016
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Wannabe Cali governor gives up against beach-blocking billionaire VC

With one eye on the governorship of California in 2018, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom backed down from a fight with billionaire VC Vinod Khosla on Tuesday over controversial access to a beach. At an extraordinary meeting of the normally staid State Lands Commission on Tuesday, a series of lawyers, local residents and …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Dec 2016
Data breach

Clients say they'll take their money and run if service hacked – poll

Further evidence has emerged that hacked firms might subsequently suffer a customer exodus. After TalkTalk's famous data breach, 101,000 of its customers walked. Almost half (48 per cent) of the 1,000 Brits questioned by Onepoll claimed they would cancel accounts if a provider of theirs suffered a data breach. In addition, a …
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2016
Bad review

Congrats America, you can now safely slag off who you like online

The US Congress has handed over the Consumer Review Freedom Act, which stops businesses from gagging online reviews of their products or services, to President Obama for his signature. With the growth of online review sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor, some businesses have started to require customers to sign contracts that ban …
Iain Thomson, 01 Dec 2016

Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

Adblock Plus is celebrating, but publishers are scratching their heads, after German courts ruled blocking online advertisements is legal. All claims brought by German media cornerstone Spiegel Online against Eyeo GmbH, creators of Adblock Plus, were late last week dismissed by a court in Hamburg, Germany. Seven media houses …
Darren Pauli, 29 Nov 2016

San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

San Francisco's $350m leaning Millennium Tower is continuing to sink into the ground, European satellites orbiting Earth have confirmed. The 58-story landmark, at 301 Mission Street, is one of the tallest structures in the tech-playground city, overlooking the bay and the metropolis's startup land. The swanky skyscraper, an …
Chris Williams, 25 Nov 2016

Hyperloop One settles hangman lawsuit

The extraordinary lawsuit/soap opera surrounding tube-travelling Hyperloop One has been brought to a close. On Friday, the company reached a confidential settlement with four former employees who had seemingly tried, and failed, to stage a management coup earlier this year. "Hyperloop One is pleased to announce that it has …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2016

Bong: Let me talk to Trump

¡Bong! The Mar-a-Lago Club is like the 1960s. If you can remember it, you weren't there. Let me be clear: I have no memory at all of any long, debauched evenings at the luxurious Miami mansion belonging to Donald J Trump. Not one. So that's cast-iron proof, if any is needed, of my uniquely close personal relations with America's new …
Steve Bong, 15 Nov 2016
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Former Autonomy CFO indicted in USA for misleading investors

Updated The long-running spat between HP and the company formerly known as Autonomy has taken another turn, with Autonomy's former chief financial officer Sushovan Hussain indicted in a San Francisco court last week. The move was immediately criticised by a collective of former Autonomy executives as the Department of Justice (DoJ) “ …

Some! at! Yahoo! knew! about! mega-breach! as! early! as! 2014!

Yahoo! knew it had been compromised by a state-sponsored hackers in 2014 despite not publicly disclosing this crucial information until 2016. The disclosure of some internal knowledge prior to public admission of a problem in September 2016 comes from a recent SEC filling, in paragraphs covering the investigation of the …
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2016

Three-commas Thiel expresses love for himself, Trump and downtrodden millionaires

Billionaire venture capitalist and professional contrarian Peter Thiel hailed a new political reality this morning with another public endorsement of fellow billionaire Donald Trump just days before the US elections. The Paypal cofounder and early Facebook investor travelled from Silicon Valley to Washington DC to hold a press …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Oct 2016
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Speaking in Tech: EMC v Pure – Stop bickering with the big dog

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Ed is in Barcelona while Greg and Amy sort out the week's tech news. The last of the Podcast Idols, Phoummala Schmitt (aka @ExchangeGoddess) and Theresa Miller of The Current Status, join us this week to discuss AWS, lawsuits, Facebook and open source switches. …
Team Register, 26 Oct 2016
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US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

Volkswagen's proposed US “Dieselgate” remedies can go into effect, a US judge said, approving the disgraced auto-maker's US$14.7 billion settlement. Charles Breyer of the US District Court in San Francisco signed off on VW's offer to around 475,000 owners of 2-litre diesel Audis and Volkswagens that ran software to deliver low …

What has 500,000 thumbs and is no longer being sued by HP? Panasonic

HP says that Panasonic will no longer be a target in its optical drives lawsuit – after the two sides reached a settlement deal. The companies announced the arrangement yesterday in a filing to the California Northern District Court, where Judge Richard Seeborg is presiding over HP's claim that a group of optical drive makers …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2016

Copyright zealots FAST to pursue 'far greater' fines for historic piracy

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) will step up its campaign to penalise pirates by seeking to get back monies lost to “historic” illegal use. FAST claimed it had run educational awareness events to cut down on intentional illegal use of software programmes, but had received 100 reports in the past year of wanton …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2016

You've been hacked. What are you liable for?

Hacking is big news and we’re all susceptible. In the UK, hackers could face jail time under the Computer Misuse Act, but the question on many businesses’ minds will be where the liability lies if they are hacked. The list of successful mega breaches continues to grow; extra-marital affairs site Ashley Madison hit the …
Frank Jennings, 14 Oct 2016

The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

A leaked presentation to Samsung executives has provided further insight into the company's damaged internal culture. The PowerPoint document focuses on strategies to prevent the creation of labor unions at the South Korean company and takes a very aggressive stance, treating employees as enemies and suggesting " …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Oct 2016
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Hey, you know what Samsung is also burning after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco? $2.3bn

The extraordinary cost of the Galaxy Note 7 recall and withdrawal has been revealed in the latest financial figures from Samsung. On Wednesday, the company revealed its preliminary third-quarter earnings and slashed estimated operating profit from 7.8 trillion Korean won to 5.2 trillion won. The difference is US$2.3bn, almost …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Oct 2016

Ericsson’s patent pool is far from the new start the IoT needs

Analysis There are many interesting aspects to the announcement that Qualcomm, among others, is joining Ericsson’s Avanci patent pool scheme. Some of these appear contradictory. On the one hand, Avanci illustrates how the old patent structures of the mobile industry will no longer be fit for purpose for the Internet of Things (IoT). …
Wireless Watch, 03 Oct 2016

WTF ... makes mobile phone batteries explode?

Explainer It has been a bad month for Samsung. Following the release of the dual-curved, 5.7 inch-screen, water-resistant Galaxy Note 7 phablet, the number of fires have increased thanks to its reportedly explosive battery. A number of lawsuits relating to alleged mobile phone combustion have since been filed. The Korean tech giant …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Sep 2016

Alleged buggy software wrongly flunks wannabe lawyers from bar exam. What happened next won't shock you

Updated A California software company is being sued after its product mistakenly flunked more than 90 would-be attorneys taking their bar exam. The class-action lawsuit was filed in a Georgia state court against ILG Information Technologies of Mountain View, California. It seeks damages on behalf of the law students who were told they …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2016

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

Comment Google isn’t just interested in tracking you, or even very interested. Google tracks you with the defiant zeal of an obsessive stalker. What’s curious is that the American state seems almost as keen on the unfettered collection and use of location data as Google itself. Phones incorporated GPS silicon long before the iPhone …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2016

Apple sued over shoddy iPhone touchscreens

Apple is being sued by a class of former iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners who accuse the company of failing to address a design problem that caused the handset's touchscreen to malfunction. A complaint [PDF] filed in the Northern California US District Court accuses Apple of violating both California state and US federal laws for …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2016

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

Coding curmudgeon Linus Torvalds has gone off on yet another rant: this time against open-source-defending lawyers and free software activist Bradley Kuhn. On a mailing list about an upcoming Linux conference, a discussion about whether to include a session on the GPL that protects the open source operating system quickly …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Aug 2016
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This MySpace investor keeps spamming Google with lawsuits – and the ad giant just wants him to stop

Google has asked a US court to stop a former MySpace investor from repeatedly filing suit against it. The web advertising giant this week told (PDF) the US District Court for Northern California that Brad Greenspan has been burdening its lawyers and racking up its legal bills by constantly filing motions in a lawsuit that was …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Aug 2016
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$100m settlement snub: Super Cali goes ballistic, says Uber deal atrocious

A California judge has rejected the nearly $100m settlement deal between Uber and a group of aggrieved drivers. Judge Edward Chen said on Thursday [PDF] the dial-a-ride app maker's proposed settlement package "as a whole as currently structured is not fair, adequate, and reasonable." The drivers are suing Uber, accusing the …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Aug 2016
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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

The makers of the popular game League of Legends have filed suit against the operators of a site that helps players cheat. In a complaint filed to the Central California US District Court in Los Angeles (yes, the Central California court is in LA... we don't know why either), Riot Games says that 13 people who run the …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Aug 2016

ISPs face piracy sue-balls

Following a US court's decision to make ISP Cox Cable liable for customer piracy, copyright enforcement collector Rightscorp says it hopes to use the case to extract further funds from service providers. "Although Rightscorp was not a party in this case, we are delighted with the outcome. The Federal District Court declared …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Aug 2016
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Investors to be allowed to sue Volkswagen over emission row

Volkswagen investors are to be allowed to sue the carmaker for almost €4m in damages in the wake of Volkswagen's admission last year that it used "defeat device" software in 11 million cars that allowed it to give false results in tests for nitrogen oxide emissions. The Braunschweig District Court said in a statement (link in …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Aug 2016

Bleeping Computer countersues Enigma in software review libel row

PC fix-it site Bleeping Computer has hit back at Enigma Software's defamation lawsuit with several counterclaims that accuse the software house of running a "smear campaign" to discredit it. In a notice posted to its site, Bleeping Computer, a New York state company, says that it has accused Connecticut-based Enigma of, among …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Aug 2016

BlackBerry: Forget phones, Lawsuits In Motion is back – and it's firing off patent claims

Analysis When Blackberry announced earlier this year it was going to give up making mobile phones, most wondered what it would actually do as a company. Part of the answer is rebadged Android gear. Now another part has arrived in a new lawsuit lodged against internet telephony company Avaya: BlackBerry's going to become a patent troll …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Aug 2016

Diablo backers toss $18m in pot to forge software keys to XPoint DIMM kingdom

Analysis Things are looking up for Diablo Technologies. It has pulled in another $18m in funding and has tier 1 server OEMs qualifying its Memory1 flash-as-memory technology. Also the Netlist lawsuits seem to be going away. Back in January it announced a $19m C‑round of funding, taking total funding to $77.8m. That C‑round was kept …
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2016
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Uber's dud private dick given a hard time by judge in stiff surge case

A private investigator hired by Uber potentially broke the law while digging up dirt on someone suing the taxi app biz, a New York judge has ruled. Information gathered by the dodgy sleuth cannot be used in court by Uber, the beak added. Uber and its CEO Travis Kalanick were sued by New Yorker Spencer Meyer, who accused them …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2016
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Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit

Apple has been presented with a class-action lawsuit filed by customers who say the expensive electronics giant replaced their damaged devices with used models. More specifically, the suit [PDF] filed to the Northern California District Court alleges the Cupertino behemoth has been replacing damaged or defective devices with …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016

Alleged skipper of pirate site KickAss Torrents keel-hauled in Poland

The world's favourite torrent website, KickAss Torrents, is down and out with Polish cops arresting its alleged operator Artem Vaulin. Kickass rose to prominence after the scuppering of The Pirate Bay and attracted more than 50 million unique visitors a month. That level of traffic made it the 69th most frequently-visited …
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2016

Hyperloop One lynched in hangman lawsuit

Tensions at the tube-traveling startup Hyperloop One have burst into the open with a lawsuit alleging physical threats, financial mismanagement and a sugardaddy chairman leaving a hangman's noose on a cofounder's chair. The lawsuit [PDF] was brought before a Los Angeles court yesterday by Hyperloop cofounder Brogan BamBrogan, …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Jul 2016
Blackmail

FTC wants a date with Ashley Madison's fembots

The US Federal Trade Commission has decided to add Ashley Madison's “fembots” to the company's long list of woes. The existence of the fembots – fake profiles used to keep men on the “Life is short, have an affair” forking out funds in case they got lucky – was revealed after the infamous hack of the site. The investigation …

Verisign keeps its dot-com cash cow until 2024

Verisign will retain control over the dot-com registry until 2024, providing it with a multi-billion-dollar cash cow for the next eight years. Verisign's contract to run the internet's most valuable naming structure is not due to end until 2018, but in a sign of the power politics at the top of the internet, the agreement will …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Jul 2016
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Qualcomm sues Chinese biz

California-based chip designer Qualcomm has sued Chinese electronics maker Meizu in Beijing and Shanghai. The lawsuits, announced one week apart, cover Qualcomm's WCDMA, CDMA2000 and LTE patents, alleging that Meizu copied the designs for use in their own 3G and LTE chips. "Although Qualcomm would have preferred to reach a …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2016
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Oracle: Cloud-first for 12.2 update – on-prem world will have to wait

Oracle is cranking up the pressure on customers to consume its wares as-a-service by initially distributing the updated 12.2 database on a cloud-only basis. Talk of the shift - that will prevent the company’s existing installed base of on-premise punters from accessing new multi tenancy functions - was first spotted across the …

Speaking in Tech: Hold up. Mark Zuckerberg has a PINTEREST account?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's our weekly techcast, hosted by Sarah Vela, Amy Lewis and Justin Warren. This week the threesome discuss Bitmojis, AWS falling down Down Under, MPLS and more. The details… (1:00) Weather woes, Eddie Spinach, DockerCon and BrenderCon (5:35) NetApp and Dell pimpin (7 …
Team Register, 08 Jun 2016

Engine warning light appears on Uber's $100m driver settlement

Uber's $100m settlement with thousands of its drivers has spun around, mounted the curb and is careering back toward a California courthouse. Following the filing of objections [PDF] from drivers who take issue with terms of the settlement that they say only favors Uber and plaintiff lead attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, the …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jun 2016