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Xiaomi launches Mi Pad fondleslablette – your (legal) move, Apple

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, whose CEO models himself on Steve Jobs, has released a tablet the same size and shape as an iPad mini with the somewhat-derivative name Mi Pad. Mi Pad Look familiar? The Mi Pad has a 7.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2048-by-1536 – the same resolution as the iPad mini with Retina Display. It …
Iain Thomson, 15 May 2014

US, UK watchdogs file legal moves to curb government surveillance

Two privacy watchdogs, one in the US and one in the UK, have filed legal actions against their respective governments, petitioning them to curtail - or at minimum uncover - their domestic surveillance operations. In the US, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a petition (PDF) with the US Supreme Court, …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jul 2013

Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

Microsoft has sparked fury among the faithful following a DMCA takedown trawl that snared innocent Windows bloggers. The company was put on the defensive and forced to apologise after loyal podcasters and video bloggers received takedown warnings and had their YouTube accounts suspended for claimed copyright infringement of …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Oct 2014
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Apple wants $380m for patents, Samsung says $52m. Get a room, you two

Apple and Samsung kicked off the next phase of their high-profile patent infringement case with the two sides far apart on their damage estimates. Presenting at the San Jose district court yesterday, lawyers from both companies put forward their proposals for just how valuable the Apple patents which Samsung infringed upon were …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2013
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Undervalued TiVo wins yet another legal battle

There is likely to (eventually) be a flurry of investment activity in TiVo over the coming weeks, as investors shake the tinsel and party poppers from their eyes and the depression on the markets that 2011 brought, and realize what an undervalued stock it has become. The shares spiked on January 3 as it announced that it had …
Faultline, 08 Jan 2012
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HP threatens Oracle with legal action for jumping Itanic

HP has threatened legal action in response to Oracle's recent decision to withdraw support for its software on future Itanium processors. In his keynote address at HP's Discover 2011 event in Las Vegas today, Martin Fink – senior vice president and general manager of HP's Business Critical Systems unit – hinted that HP will soon …
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Storage giant EMC, rival upstart Pure Storage trade new charges

Play hard? We’ll show you playing hard. First EMC sued flash storage upstart Pure Storage for alleged improper staff recruitment and use of EMC proprietary data (PDF), charges which Pure denied. Even as the startup has hit back with some serious allegations of its own, EMC lobbed another sueball at Pure the very same day, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013
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Barrage of legal actions hit Compaq

Shareholders and others do not seem particularly happy with Compaq’s performance and are taking legal action against the hardware giant. In the last two weeks, a total of six actions have been filed against Compaq. The latest set includes the Virgo Family Trust versus Compaq (securities action), and Robert Honmhyr (class action …
Mike Magee, 11 Apr 1999
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Courts deny dismissals in Rambus legal actions

Rambus yesterday claimed small wins in its network of legal spats with Hynix and Micron. Hynix, Micron and other "co-conspirators" - as Rambus put it - had asked the San Francisco Superior Court to dismiss the antitrust legal action brought against them by the memory technology developer, which alleges they colluded to drive …
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2005
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FTC clears Google in anticompetitive probe

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it is ending all investigations into Google, clearing the search giant of bias in its results and doing a deal that will see key mobile patents licensed out to the rest of the industry. "The changes Google has agreed to make will ensure that consumers continue to reap the …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jan 2013
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Leaked docs: SOD squad feeds NSA intelligence to drug enforcement plods

Leaked documents have revealed the existence of a Special Operations Division (SOD) within the Drug Enforcement Agency that receives and distributes tips gleaned by the NSA to arrange arrests, and then hides where that information came from. "That's outrageous," Tampa attorney James Felman, a vice chairman of the criminal …
Iain Thomson, 05 Aug 2013
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US, UK probe HP claims of accounting mischief at Autonomy

The US Department of Justice is investigating Hewlett Packard's allegations that British software company Autonomy cooked its books before it was bought up by HP. Hewlett Packard claimed accounting irregularities and financial misrepresentation at Autonomy led to HP's $8.8bn loss in the fourth quarter of 2012. HP paid $11bn for …
Anna Leach, 31 Dec 2012
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Gay porn burglar must pay $150k for each grumble flick

A gay smut production company has won a $1.5m award against a bloke who shared ten of its movies via the Bittorrent protocol. It's a very rare example of an ordinary individual being whacked with full US statutory damages for copyright infringement - $150,000 per infringement. That's because the defendant Kywan Fisher failed to …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Nov 2012

Texas man charged in multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a warning about the potential dangers of investing in virtual currencies, after a Texas man allegedly managed to bilk residents of multiple states out of Bitcoins worth more than $60m at today's exchange rate. On Tuesday, the SEC announced that it has charged Trendon Shavers …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2013
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Alan Sugar's YouView loses brand judgment in court

Lord Sugar's net-based TV service YouView lost a High Court appeal over the use of its brand name late last week. The trademark scuffle with little-known telco Total Ltd, which is based in Gloucestershire, could yet force YouView to limit use of its brand. The service, which is basically "iPlayer in hardware" is backed by some …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Nov 2012
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Warner Bros scraps Harry Potter legal actions

Warner Brothers appears to have extended the olive branch to the operators of all Harry Potter fan sites, following its decision to withdraw from legal action against 15-year-old Claire says it regrets "any misunderstandings resulting from Warner Bros.' recent actions". In recent months, fan sites which incorporated the name …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Mar 2001
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Now LG Display smacks Samsung with patent lawsuit over OLED

LG Display filed a retaliatory patent lawsuit against Samsung today over OLED tech used in Sammy's smartphones and tablets. LG told a press conference that it was claiming that Sammy had infringed on seven of its display patents, just a few weeks after Samsung filed in Seoul claiming more or less the same thing about LG, the …
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SCO keeps dying, and dying, and dying

The undead entity formerly known as SCO but lately doing business as The TSG Group – if you can call bleeding away cash on legal fees a business – has filed a motion in a Delaware court to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to Chapter 7, Groklaw reports. Under US law, Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows a company to restructure its …
Neil McAllister, 09 Aug 2012

Brocade claims $112m win over rival A10 in tech blueprints spat

Storage networking biz Brocade claims to have won $112m in damages after taking rival A10 Networks to court alleging patent and copyright infringement. A10 has said it will appeal against the jury's verdict that it infringed some of Brocade's intellectual property. Specifically, A10 was accused of plonking technology from …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2012
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French ISP gives up the ghost after barrage of legal actions

Altern, a French service provider that hosts Web sites for free, has shut up shop after its owner said he was hacked off with being taken to court. Owner Valentin Lacambre decided enough was enough after facing six separate legal proceedings against him. In one instance he was taken to court for hosting nude pictures of model …
Tim Richardson, 25 Feb 1999
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Google/Oracle judge loses interest in paid bloggers

In a surprise move, the judge overseeing the court battle between Google and Oracle over Java patents used in Android has pulled his order that the parties provide a list of bloggers or journalists paid to promote their respective wares. Last April, Florian Mueller, author of the FOSS Patents blog, outed himself as a paid …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Sep 2012
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Samsung sees RDK as route to DOMINATION of US set top market

For as long as Faultline has commented on this industry, the set-top market in the US has been dominated by the cable TV industry – which in turn has been dominated first by Motorola and secondly by Cisco. Things have changed somewhat over the years, in that Pace has led a challenge from the UK and in direct to home satellite, …
Faultline, 18 Dec 2013
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Snes9x.com host explains actions

The ISP at the heart of Nintendo's latest anti-emulator actions, HalfPrice Hosting, a division of Express Technologies, has spoken out about its decision to nuke the www.snes9x.com Web site. The site, maintained by Dutch emulator developer Jerremy Koot, was removed at the console company's behest last week (see Nintendo pursues …
Tony Smith, 25 May 1999

TiVo dives into pile of cash, steely eyed investors don't blink

TiVo came out with its strongest set of figures this week, including underlying TiVo service subscribers, as well as bundling in the results of its patents settlements with Cisco and Motorola, and yet its enterprise value could not be lower, showing that investors still have no confidence in its long-term business. TiVo has over …
Faultline, 03 Sep 2013
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Philips faces legal challenge over fluid lens technology

As we suggested might be about to happen, Varioptic is going legal over Philips' announcement of a low-cost, mass-manufactured fluid lens system. Varioptic has been developing such systems for some years now, and in an announcement today stated its intention to "actively enforce the patents it holds on the use of electrowetting …
John Lettice, 17 Mar 2004
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Google Books app splurts 3 million titles in UK launch

Android users will be able to browse 3 million books on their phones, after Google Books launched in the UK yesterday. The app has been out in the States for a while but will be available to British Android users from today. Google Books promises a vast array of titles from "favorite bestsellers, up-and-coming authors and rare …
Anna Leach, 07 Oct 2011
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Advertiser settles charges for use of Adobe Flash cookies

An internet-based advertising network has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges stemming from its use of Adobe Flash cookies to track internet users' browsing history, even when they took steps to evade monitoring. Boston-based ScanScout agreed to make it easier for web users to opt out of tracking, as part of a …
Dan Goodin, 08 Nov 2011
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Hamidi outlines proposed Intel class actions

The long history of litigation between Ken Hamidi and the Intel Corporation isn't going to go away real soon now, and in fact, is set to intensify. Hamidi, who is currently fighting a summary judgement in the US courts following an action Intel took against him, revealed to The Register earlier this week that whether his appeal …
Mike Magee, 28 Jul 2000
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AMD takes legal action against Athlon overclockers

Last week, overclocking hardware site Hard OCP reported that AMD had hired a law firm to pursue people who modify and then re-sell the chip company's Athlon microprocessor. Now it appears that the first legal actions have been taken by AMD's lawyers, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson. Computer Nerd says it has …
Mike Magee, 24 Jan 2000
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Intel extends Via legal action

Chip giant Intel has complained to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that competitor Via is taking patent liberties with technology it owns on the P6 front side bus. That follows a series of legal actions Intel took in the second half of last year, alleging that Via and some of its subsidiaries infringe its patents. …
Mike Magee, 20 Jan 2000
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Microsoft nails second Android device maker

Microsoft has nailed a second Android device maker to a patent licensing agreement. The Redmond software giant announced on Monday that General Dynamics Itronix has signed a patent agreement that will provide "broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio". In other words, General Dynamics Itronix has agreed to licensing …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jun 2011
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Facebook sues social network spammers

Facebook has launched lawsuits against a trio of alleged high profile hijackers and spammers. A lawsuit filed in an unspecified federal court charges Jeremi Fisher, Philip Porembski, and Ryan Shimeall of "phishing Facebook users and sending spam from their accounts", the social networking website said in a statement. Also named …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2009
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SCO: 'Someone wants to buy our software biz!'

SCO says it has selected a buyer for its software product business: a mystery company known as UnXis Group. "We are extremely confident that, with the support of our customers and business partners, we will rapidly restore SCO to its former glory and that UnXis will soon emerge as a major player in the information technology …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Feb 2011
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NetApp shakes fist at sprat supplier over ZFS

NetApp has threatened Ethernet and ZFS storage supplier Coraid with implied legal action unless it stops selling its EtherDrive Z-series NAS. Coraid has buckled under the threat and temporarily withdrawn the product. The back story here is that NetApp sued Sun in 2007 for infringing its patents with the ZFS file system product …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2010
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Intel sues FIC, Everex as Via legal action mounts

Intel has expanded its legal war against Via Technologies by filing a bevy of fresh lawsuits against the Taiwanese chipset maker as well as companies that have adopted Via's products. As predicted here in mid-September, legal action has been extended to include mobo manufacturers, including UK and Singapore companies, and …
Mike Magee, 31 Oct 1999
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4chan launches DDoS against entertainment industry

The denizens of 4chan launched a series of distributed denial of service attacks against entertainment industry websites over the weekend, protesting legal actions against torrent tracker website the Pirate Bay. Packet floods knocked websites maintained by the MPAA and RIAA intermittently offline over the weekend. Later attacks …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2010
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MS says so sorry to Sidekick users

Microsoft has apologised for the failure of servers managing data on Sidekick devices, and promised that most customers will get their data back by Saturday. In an open letter Roz Ho, VP of Premium Mobile Experiences at Microsoft, apologises for the "recent problems". She then claims that "most, if not all" of the data has been …
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2009
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4chan invades Tea Party website

A website run by the conservative Tea Party movement was overrun by the denizens of 4chan on Tuesday. Website vulnerabilities on the official teaparty.org website allowed pranksters to divert surfers landing on the photo section of the site to smut and shock sites. It's unclear what website security shortcomings were exploited …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2010
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Microsoft struggles to rid US shores of pesky pirates

Microsoft yesterday confirmed that it has filed 21 civil lawsuits for software piracy in US federal courts against resellers in 14 states. The tech multinational has slung its latest round of sue balls at resellers, claiming they have used a crafty technique that it likes to refer to as “hard-disk loading”. It said that the …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2008
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Microsoft sues TiVo in AT&T solidarity play

Microsoft has sued TiVo. Why? Because TiVo sued AT&T. Not to mention some allegations of patent infringement. Dow Jones reports that Microsoft filed suit against the leading DV recorder manufacturer late Tuesday in the US federal court. Redmond claims that in displaying programming information, TiVo illegally uses technology …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jan 2010
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BSA urges London companies to check for pirate software

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has written to more than 1,000 companies in London, asking them to complete a software audit as part of a two-month campaign against software piracy. London is responsible for more reports of software piracy than any other place in the UK, with one in five pieces of software in the capital …
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Oracle and NetApp dismiss ZFS lawsuits

NetApp and Oracle have agreed to dismiss their respective lawsuits against each other without prejudice. ZFS-using companies such as Coraid and Nexenta can now go ahead free of the threat of NetApp interference. The dismissal terms between the two companies are confidential. NetApp CEO and president Tom Georgens said: "Moving …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2010
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Wikileaks' US army 'leaker' arrested

US military authorities have arrested an intelligence analyst who allegedly passed classified material to Wikileaks following a tip-off from a former hacker. Specialist Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, has reportedly been held in Kuwait for almost two weeks on suspicion of leaking a video of a helicopter attack in …
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Rambus legal bill soars

Lawyers have their price, and in Rambus, the litigious DRAM IP company, the price in Q2 is $7.3 million - up from $4.3 million in Q1, and a huge jump on the $660k recorded in the same Q last year. Part of the jump is "due to delays in our litigation in Europe against Hyundai and Micron, and in the US against Infineon". But, …
Drew Cullen, 12 Apr 2001
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HP sues Oracle over Itanic withdrawal

Hewlett-Packard has sued Oracle, just like it threatened it might last week, over the software giant's refusal to support the Itanium processor with future releases of its database, middleware, and application software. The complaint, filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Wednesday, asserts ten grievances against HPs …
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Ofcom hands out free radio spectrum

15MHz of abandoned radio spectrum will be given away by Ofcom, despite being right beside the 3G frequencies. The same slice of spectrum pulled in more more than £3m in a recent auction in Germany, but in the UK looks set to be handed over to wireless camera operators - for the time being at least. The band concerned stretches …
Bill Ray, 10 May 2010
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US Army considered attack on Wikileaks

It is claimed that leaked documents show the US Army felt sufficiently threatened by security breaches on Wikileaks that it considered ways it might wreck the site. A 2008 report by the Army Counterintelligence Center, classified Secret, calls for a mole hunt and prosecutions to undermine potential sources' trust in Wikileaks …
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Germans give peeking Google one in the eye

The town of Molfsee near Kiel in the north-western German state of Schleswig-Holstein doesn't want to be filmed by Google for its Street View program, a service that provides 360-degrees street level images via Google Maps. The leader of the Christian Democratic Union on the town council told the Lübecker Nachrichten that "we …
Jan Libbenga, 30 Sep 2008
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Tory MP to sue over sex smear email

Conservative Nadine Dorries today issued libel writs against former Downing Street spin doctor Damian McBride and Labour activist Derek Draper, who together over email planned to smear her private life. McBride, who was Gordon Brown's press chief, suggested Draper should publish allegations that Dorries had an affair with a …
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Behind Apple's record sales are signs of desperation

As we went to press with this story, Apple had just reported its first quarter results and Nokia was about to. For both arch-rivals, the quarter will not be indicative of longer term trends. For Apple, there has been disruption to its supply chain, while Nokia's future will be hard to judge until it launches its new WP7 devices …
Wireless Watch, 24 Apr 2011