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EU legal eagle Legal: Data protection reforms 'very bad outcome' for citizens

Attempts by Brussels' Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding to rewrite Europe's 18-year-old data protection law ahead of 2014's EU elections took a significant knock on Friday, after a key tenet of the proposed rules faced surprise objections on human rights grounds. The European Commission's vice president, who first tabled the …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2013
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Apple faces €1bn tax probe in Italy, claim legal eagle insiders

Apple will be investigated in Italy for allegedly owing almost £1bn to the Euro nation's taxman, it was claimed last night. News agency Reuters quoted a unnamed judicial source who said the "checks on the size of the tax are under way". Since the news broke last night, the fruity firm's spokeswoman Kristin Huguet has told Sky …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2013
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Apple appoints top Obama legal eagle as antitrust watchdog

High profile attorney Michael Bromwich, fresh from his latest stint as the top US offshore drilling watchdog, has been tapped to serve as Apple's antitrust compliance monitor. The lawyer will check that the fruity firm's competition practices and procedures are up to scratch for the next two years, after a court found it guilty …
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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

The legality of uploading of millions of photographs to the Police National Database for automated facial recognition tech searches has been called into question by the UK's Biometrics Commissioner. In his first annual report Alastair MacGregor QC said some 12 million custody photographs had been uploaded to the PND by the …
Kat Hall, 17 Dec 2014

Mozilla makeover to boost Tor torque, capacity

Mozilla will tweak its flagship Firefox browser and host relays to speed up and boost the capacity of Tor under the Polaris project launched today. The browser baron joined the Tor Project and the Centre for Democracy and Technology, under the Polaris initiative, to create warmer, fuzzier relationships between the organisations …
Darren Pauli, 11 Nov 2014

Who will save Europe's privacy from the NSA? Oh God ... it's Google

A Google lawyer says Europeans spied on by the NSA should get the same rights as Americans – such as the right to sue the US government for privacy invasions. David Drummond, chief legal officer for the information-harvesting monster (Google), published a blog post on Wednesday titled "It’s time to extend the US Privacy Act to …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Nov 2014

China: Microsoft, don't shy away from our probe

China's antitrust regulator has confirmed it met Microsoft's lawyers over its investigation into the US firm, warning it to abide by Chinese law and not to interfere with the probe. China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce said in a statement (translated by Google) that it had spoken with deputy general counsel …
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Who will fill legal RIM job after latest exec exit?

RIM's has confirmed that its top legal eagle Karima Bawa is to join the ranks of other senior figures that have left the beleaguered mobile player. The departure of the BlackBerry maker's chief brief comes amid industry talk that RIM is axing some 6,000 jobs – or more than 36 per cent of the workforce – with some reports …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2012

Microsoft claims victory over second-hand software broker

Discount-Licensing, a broker of recycled software and member of FAST, has coughed a "significant sum" to settle a trademark infringement case that Microsoft took to the British High Court, a legal counsel for the titan has claimed. The Birmingham-based reseller says it trades in Microsoft Open, Select and Enterprise volumes …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014

Judge could bin $325m wage-fixing settlement in Silicon Valley

A US judge is reportedly worried about the settlement for tech workers in the no-hire pact lawsuit in Silicon Valley. Judge Lucy Koh has to approve the $324m payout from Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe, after employees sued the four firms along with Pixar, Lucasfilm and Intuit over an alleged conspiracy to keep wages down by …
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Apple rats on Google to FTC: You thought WE were in-app-ropriate?

Apple turned in Google to the Federal Trade Commission for the same in-app purchase issues for which the iPhone-maker itself had been criticised, according to a report in Politico. Earlier this year, the FTC started cracking down on iPhone and iPad apps that allowed kids to spend their parents’ hard-earned dosh without their …

Ex-2e2 staffers STILL waiting for wages owed

The frustration for hundreds of 2e2 staffers waiting to discover if they are to be paid wages owed to them continues nearly a year after the Berkshire-based integrator went under in dramatic circumstances. Some 356 claimants of 2e2 UK Ltd, Oakley Capital Ltd, Daisy Data Centre and Telefonica are holding out for the funds, and …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2014
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Apple fails to shake antitrust watchdog loose, receives judge slapdown

Apple has lost its bid to get rid of the antitrust monitor installed by the court after it was found guilty of conspiring to fix ebook prices. The fruity firm has complained about the chosen monitor, Michael Bromwich, more or less since he started, claiming that his fees are too high and that he's trying to do far more …
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Google v Intellectual Ventures patent spat jury: Soz judge, we're stumped on this

A US judge has declared a mistrial in a patent lawsuit brought by Intellectual Ventures against Googorola after the jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the case. The patent-holding firm set up by former Microsoftie Nathan Myhrvold is suing over three patents covering mobile phones and software, including one that …
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Apple and Samsung STILL in bitchfight over banning ancient mobes

Apple and Samsung were back in court yesterday arguing over the potential ban on Sammy products found infringing on the fruity firm's patents. Samsung claims Apple only wants the ban to strike fear into the hearts of telcos and retailers who sell Samsung products. District Court Judge Lucy Koh rejected Apple's first attempt to …

Microsoft: C'mon, you can trust us... look at our gov spook-busting plans

Microsoft has detailed a three-pronged plan to encrypt customer data, improve transparency and fight harder in the courts not to have to hand over your data. The new plan is designed to restore customer trust after revelations of government snooping. Microsoft has been stung into action by in the wake of documents leaked by …
John Leyden, 05 Dec 2013
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'Our entire corporation cannot send or receive emails from Outlook'

QuoTW This was the week when Microsoft’s top legal eagle said the fallout from the NSA snooping scandal was only getting worse for US tech companies. In a speech at the GigaOm Structure conference, Redmond’s general counsel Brad Smith said that unless the US government started taking control of its spy agencies, the country’s tech …

Eric Schmidt trousers his monstrous package at Google

Top Googler Eric Schmidt is getting a tasty $6m bonus for his performance at the Chocolate Factory this year, part of a package of $15m getting spread around among the C-suite Oompa Loompas. Neither of the firm's co-founders, chief exec Larry Page and Sergey Brin, are getting a 2012 bonus: but Google's top lawyer, the head …
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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

Microsoft is scrambling to encrypt its data centers' interlinks – after a fresh Snowden leak suggested the NSA and GCHQ tapped into the cables and intercepted sensitive network traffic. Documents obtained by the Washington Post from the whistleblower show that Microsoft's Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger services and Passport …
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2013

Lawyer: 2e2 customers should act quickly as liquidation looms

Any 2e2 customers that clung on in the hope a buyer could be found for fallen channel giant must act now to minimise disruption to service, a law firm has warned. More than a week has passed since 2e2's 10 UK subsidiaries were placed in the hands of FTI Consulting, and the administrator seems to have run out of potential buyers …
Paul Kunert, 06 Feb 2013

HP asks court to force Oracle to obey Itanium contract

HP has told a US court that it should force Oracle to keep supporting its Itanium-based servers for as long as HP sells them. The firm's lawyer said in closing arguments in the case that Oracle was contractually obliged to support Itanium chips based on the Hurd agreement. Oracle stood by its position that the Hurd agreement …
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Will Samsung's patent court doc leak backfire spectacularly?

Analysis Samsung's decision to leak evidence banned from court could hand Apple an automatic win in the warring tech titans' patent trial. The South Korean giant had prepared slides to potentially prove its rival was wrong to claim Samsung had copied the iPhone design - but after the judge barred the evidence from being put before the …

Android 'stands on Microsoft's shoulders', says MS lawyer

A top Microsoft legal eagle has moaned that Android smartphones and the like are profiting from cash that his bosses have invested in research and development. "These devices have moved from having a rudimentary phone system to being a full-fledged computer, with a sophisticated, modern operating system. In doing that, they have …
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Beak explodes at Samsung's evidence leak in Apple patent spat

Samsung has enraged the US judge overseeing its patent battle with Apple by leaking to reporters evidence she had previously banned from court. The South Korean electronics monster is hoping to persuade a jury that it did not rip off Apple's designs for its own smartphones. It kicked off the first day of arguments in the trial …
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Ellison grilled on $4bn SAP 'theft' claim

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was cross examined on Monday during the ongoing cat fight between Oracle and rival SAP. An SAP attorney grilled Ellison over claims that in pilfering Oracle intellectual property, SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow cost his company up to 30 per cent of PeopleSoft and 15 per cent of Sieble customers. The model …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2010
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iPhone 'photo lawyer' app to take the stand

Register Hardware has seen some bizarre iPhone applications in the past, but this one may take the cake? We’ve come across one that, the developer claims, puts a lawyer in your iPhone. Shoot_and_proof Shoot & Proof turns your iPhone into a legal eagle. Allegedly. Shoot & Proof, developed by French firm Codasystems, works with …
James Sherwood, 10 Jun 2009
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Are your secrets safe with SaaS providers?

There are plenty of opportunities for people to disclose, steal or sell sensitive company data. After all, anyone who really wants to swipe information needs only the intent and a USB stick. Admittedly, truly nefarious types are in fairly short supply. But the every day threat to any company’s data comes from the unintentional …
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Jul 2011
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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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Google Voice embraced by Apple?

We may be about to witness the final chapter of that interminable Russian novel War and Peace and Apple and AT&T and Google Voice. Reports have surfaced that Mountain View's native iPhone app for its telephony service might finally be accepted into the sacred confines of the iTunes App Store. "We've gotten word that the official …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Sep 2010
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TV-Links man was arrested under trademark laws

Gloucestershire police have confirmed that a 26-year-old Cheltenham man at the centre of an investigation into the website TV-Links was arrested under section 92 of the Trade Mark Act, on suspicion of supplying property with a registered trademark, without permission. The man was taken into custody on Thursday last week after …
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Oct 2007
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Littlewoods bombards man by phone. Big mistake

A Manchester man has received £150 compensation from Littlewoods Shop Direct Group after he was repeatedly subjected to misdirected telephone marketing calls. Dave King received the money in an out-of-court settlement from Everyday Financial Solutions, Littlewoods' financial services business. He had threatened court action …
John Leyden, 14 May 2007
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ITC upholds Qualcomm phone ban

The US International Trade Commission has denied Qualcomm's appeal against a ban that could stop millions of the company's phones from entering the US market. The ITC issued the ban on June 7, which blocked the import of phones using Qualcomm chips that it says violates a patent held by Broadcom. The commission issued the …
Austin Modine, 22 Jun 2007
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Open source unites for US government dollars

OSCON Billions of dollars and people hours are spent each year to lobby US politicians over legislation and lucrative government contracts. Telcos, hardware, and closed-source software companies are not strangers to this game. Now Linux and open-source are getting their act together. Seventy open-source companies and organizations …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2009
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Supreme Court: Microsoft off the hook in AT&T case

The Supreme Court has sided with Microsoft today, in a patent infringement case filed by AT&T over international copyright liability. The 7-1 ruling, which relieves Microsoft of US legal responsibility of infringing software sent overseas will give many other software companies a sigh of relief. Microsoft had the unusual …
Austin Modine, 30 Apr 2007
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Microsoft: Judge us by our deeds on open source

Updated OSBC Microsoft has made a "tremendous commitment" to systems and file interoperability, according to its head of North American sales and marketing. Robert Youngjohns on Wednesday called interoperability between Widows and Linux and support for open-file formats and open-source languages like PHP a business imperative. He added …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Mar 2009
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Torvalds weighs in on Microsoft's patent dance

Linus Torvalds has reportedly piled into Microsoft after its senior legal eagle after claimed the Linux operating system violates hundreds of the company's patents. Torvalds, the Linux trademark holder, told InformationWeek's Charlie Babcock it's more likely Microsoft is a violator of patents given most work on operating …
Gavin Clarke, 15 May 2007
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MS, EC trade slaps on way into anti-trust hearing

Microsoft and European competition officials were less than civil to each other on the way into a two day anti-trust hearing in Brussels today. At the same time, Microsoft released a statement on behalf of six of its partners who believe it is, indeed, a paragon of openness and cooperation in precisely those areas where the …
Joe Fay, 30 Mar 2006
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Ballmer: Microsoft helped security partners on Windows Vista

Steve Ballmer has pitched into the row over Microsoft's willingness to cough up vital Windows Vista APIs for partners to lock down the operating system against attack. The Microsoft CEO said his company had done everything necessary to help security partners and to get Windows Vista out on time in Europe next month. He added he …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Oct 2006
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EFF asks US court to ditch vague patents

Anti-software patent campaigners in the US have taken their fight to the courts. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Public Knowledge and the Consumers Union have joined forces to file a "friend of the court" brief with the US Court of Appeals asking for ambiguous patents to be declared invalid. The brief was filed in a …
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Sep 2004
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MS has Media Player - less Windows, just in case...

Microsoft is ready to comply with demands that it alters its Windows software in line with the ruling from the European Commission. Microsoft legal eagle Brad Smith told Forbes magazine that Microsoft has spent millions of dollars preparing a version of Windows without Windows Media Player (WMP). He is still hopeful that the …
John Oates, 27 Sep 2004
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Napster tries to talk its way out of RIAA suit

Napster is busily engaged in lawsuit settlement negotiations with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), according to talks participants cited by the Wall Street Journal. Surprise, surprise. Napster really can't afford to be taken to the cleaners by the world's major recording companies. While it once might have …
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2000