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sTec flash founder cleared of insider trading charges

The wheels of SEC justice in the US grind exceedingly slowly and sometimes uselessly. Manouche Moshayedi, the founder and CEO of sTec, has just been cleared of insider trading charges filed almost four years ago. Since then sTec’s business has tumbled and it was bought by Western Digital for $340m – which was characterised as a …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2014
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Judge: Google class action 'usual suspects' cash-fling 'smells'

A Californian judge has rejected a proposed settlement to a class action privacy suit brought against Google. The deal would have seen the search giant funnel millions to cherry-picked law schools and Google-friendly pro privacy groups. The lawyers for Google and the lawyers for the plaintiffs agreed to settle the class action …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Sep 2014
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Customer sues Nimbus Data for 'breach of contract' over arrays

Flash array vendor Nimbus Data is being sued by a customer for breach of contract over two Gemini arrays that the purchaser alleges failed to meet "four conditions of sale". The customer is Maximus Inc, a publicly traded company headquartered in Reston, Virginia. It is an operator of government health and human services …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014
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Silk Road suspect Ross Ulbricht 'teaching yoga' while awaiting trial

Ross Ulbricht is currently awaiting a trial which will decide whether he's the digital drugs kingpin known as Dread Pirate Roberts, or just some poor (but Bitcoin-rich) bloke who has been wrongfully accused. Ulbricht is currently facing charges of computer hacking, money laundering, and narcotics conspiracy in relation to the …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jan 2014
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Apple: OK, we tracked your every move... but let's call it a caching bug, m'kay?

Apple's lawyers have asked a Californian judge to dismiss a case against the company on the basis that no harm was caused by Apple storing detailed maps of users' movements. Apple has already redefined the case as a question of information storage rather than a privacy invasion. The iPhone users who sued Apple can't prove that …
Anna Leach, 04 Mar 2013

Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has threatened to introduce legislation if Google doesn’t stop promoting pirate sites above legitimate sites in its organic search results. “Search engines also have to play their part. They must step up and show willing,” Sajid Javid told the BPI at their AGM yesterday. “That’s why Vince Cable and …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Sep 2014
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Facebook shells out $10m for using users faces in adverts

Facebook has settled a suit that could have seen it compensating 150 million people in the United States. Facebook will pay out $10m to charity to settle a class action lawsuit that challenged the social network for using punters' mugshots in adverts. The case was settled on Friday, 15 June, and Facebook have agreed to pay out …
Anna Leach, 18 Jun 2012
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Motorola lands 16-patent countersuit on Microsoft

Motorola has countersued Microsoft, alleging infringement of sixteen patents by Microsoft's PC and server software, Windows mobile software, and Xbox products. On Wednesday, with a press release, Motorola said that its subsidiary, Motorola Mobility, filed suit against Microsoft in the US District Courts for the Southern District …
Cade Metz, 11 Nov 2010
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vBulletin abandons bid for injunction against ex-devs

Net forumware giant vBulletin has abandoned its bid for a preliminary injunction against its former lead developer and his new forumware company, the UK-based XenForo. An injunction would have prevented XenForo from doing business prior to a trial. According to a post from XenForo's US counsel Grace and Grace LLP, vBulletin …
Cade Metz, 22 May 2011
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Larry wants triple money back from Micron

"You over-charged us. We want triple damages." That's the essence of an Oracle lawsuit against Micron, filed last Friday in San Jose. As reported by Bloomberg, Oracle, the well-known touchy-feely company, claims Micron over-charged it when its acquired Sun business bought some $2bn of DRAM chips in the 1998 - 2002 period. In …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2010
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Microsoft loses $200m in Texas Hold 'em up patent suit

Microsoft has been ordered to pay at least $200m to i4i, a Canadian software firm for infringing patents in the way that Microsoft Word handles documents. The case was heard in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, a jurisdiction famous - or infamous- for its patent-friendly decisions. The jury found …
John Oates, 21 May 2009
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IBM, Intel execs arrested over alleged insider trading

Update: An extensive update to this story can be found here Executives from IBM and Intel have been arrested amid allegations they were involved in an insider trading scam. According to a report from the Associated Press, six people were arrested today as part of an insider trading case, including Bob Moffat, senior vice …
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Dutch spammer to appear in US court

Dutch mass spammer Martijn Bevelander may have to appear before a federal judge. The Federal Trade Commission has filed an amended complaint in its pending federal court action against US spam flooder Brian Westby, and added as defendants Martijn Bevelander, and two Dutch companies, Maps Holding B.V. and PB Planning & Services B …
Jan Libbenga, 23 Sep 2003
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Microsoft's Windows Vista 'Capable' bill could hit $8.5bn

A Microsoft marketing scheme persuading consumers to buy PCs "capable" of running Windows Vista could cost more money than Microsoft made from the program. An expert witness giving evidence in the class-action suit against Microsoft's Windows Vista Capable program has estimated the cost of upgrading so-called "capable" PCs to …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jan 2009
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HP's servers and storage hit a wall in Q2

Hewlett-Packard reported its second quarter financial results for fiscal 2009 ended in April. Like other IT players, HP's server and storage sales were slammed by the economic downturn and intense price competition that is the result of the poor economy. The company's Enterprise Storage and Server group, which is trying to poach …
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Neon to take mainframe complaints to Europe

It looks like some more lawyers are going to make some more money off IBM's mainframe business. Neon Enterprise Software, the company that created the zPrime tool for shifting mainframe workloads to lower-cost zIIP and zAAP specialty engines on IBM's System z servers, announced today that it intends to file a compliant with the …
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Microsoft and TomTom settle 'Linux' kerfuffle

Microsoft and TomTom have settled the much-discussed patent infringement suits they tossed at each other earlier this year. As Microsoft announced this morning, the two companies have entered a five-year agreement that will see GPS maker TomTom pay Microsoft for coverage under the five car navigation and three file management …
Cade Metz, 30 Mar 2009
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AOL's Sunshine State spam attack thwarted

The legal beagles at AOL will need to alter their attack against some Florida computer technicians charged with delivering spam after a U.S. federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against the alleged mass mailers. Judge Claude Hilton who works out of the U.S. District Court in eastern Virginia last week tossed out AOL's case …
Ashlee Vance, 31 Dec 2003
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Neon sues IBM over 'anticompetitive' mainframe tactics

This summer, when Neon Enterprise Software launched its zPrime software for moving legacy workloads on IBM's mainframe engines to lower-cost specialty engines, it was only a matter of time before the lawsuits began. As it turns out, Neon, which is seeing its zPrime business thwarted by what it claims are unfair business …
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Dell hit with $500m discrimination suit

Four former senior Dell HR executives, all women, have filed a $500m class action that accuses the company of systemic gender and age discrimination. The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, alleges Dell unfairly targeted women and employees over 40 in the big round of recent …
John Oates, 03 Nov 2008
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YouTube video-fingerprinting due in September

YouTube will unveil FBI-quality video-fingerprinting technology in September. Well, that's what Google hopes. Or, rather, Google wants a judge to think that's what it hopes. On Friday, with Google facing a three-pronged copyright trial at a federal court in New York City, a company lawyer told the presiding judge that its …
Cade Metz, 30 Jul 2007
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Patent holder calls for eBay 'Buy-It-Now' injunction

That tiny company in Great Lakes, Virginia is re-launching its attack on eBay’s Buy-It-Now button. Four years after a federal jury found that eBay had infringed on its patent, MercExchange LLC has asked the court to shutdown Buy-It-Now, a service that allows eBayers to purchase items at set prices, without bidding at auction. U …
Cade Metz, 13 Jun 2007
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The Internet's most evil company?

Information wants to be free? Au contraire, information wants to tell you all about itself, where, how and if you can use it, and it reserves the right to sue the crap out of you if you don't pay attention. Or at least, that seems to be the way a growing number of traditional publishing organisations view it - the internet has …
John Lettice, 31 Jul 2009
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Google digital book 'monopoly' feels heat

Complaints over Google's sweeping digital books settlement have reached a boiling point. And Google wants you to know that Microsoft is funding some of the heat. In October, Google reached a $125m agreement with the US Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, hoping to settle a three-year-old class action suit …
Cade Metz, 07 Apr 2009

Rambus legal crusade blunted by paper shredder

Rambus has hit a major setback in its quest to wrest millions of dollars from Micron and Samsung in IP royalties. A judge has said its patents can't be enforced because it destroyed documents, that could affect the case, in an obstructive or misleading way. Rambus, which earns revenue by licensing its computer memory …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2009
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SCO faces new setback in IBM case

Things have not been going well for SCO of late, and yesterday the provider of Unix products and services faced another body blow when a magistrate judge hearing its copyright case against IBM again ruled in favor of Big Blue, rejecting claims it had destroyed damning evidence. Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells of the U.S. District …
Dan Goodin, 19 Jan 2007

Apple sued over 'inflated' iMac claims

Apple, the world's most successful brand, is being sued by a Los Angeles law firm for "deceptively" marketing the new 20-inch iMac Kabateck Brown Kellner says the monitor is "vastly inferior to the previous generation it replaced", not that you would know it from Apple's "grossly inflated" claims. According to the law firm, …
Drew Cullen, 01 Apr 2008
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Yahoo! shareholders shun protest vote

Yahoo! shareholders today re-elected the company’s directors and rejected calls to restructure compensation for senior executives. Three advisory firms had called on shareholders to vote at Yahoo!’s annual meeting in Santa Clara, California against several board members as a way of protesting the $71.7 million compensation …
Cade Metz, 13 Jun 2007
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American sent to the slammer for faking Windows certificates

On Wednesday, an American man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for pirating copies of Microsoft's Windows operating system - and Redmond wants the world to know about it. After an FBI investigation and a trial in the US District Court for Northern Georgia, Justin Harrison is the first person sentenced under a new …
Cade Metz, 09 Aug 2007
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Qualcomm surrenders in Broadcom patent spat

Wireless-communications leader Qualcomm has agreed to an $891m (£608m) settlement with its bitter rival Broadcom, thus ending a long-running patent dispute between the two companies. The $891m will be paid over the next four years, with the first $200m (£136m) due to Broadcom on June 30th. The two companies will license each …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Apr 2009
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AMD chief condemns Intel 'abuses'

AMD boss Hector Ruiz today called for an end to “illegal abuses” by Intel - the AMD competitor that controls 80 percent of the worldwide x86 microprocessor market. Speaking at the annual conference of the American Antitrust Institute in Washington, D.C., he proclaimed: There is no proper or defensible place for illegal …
Cade Metz, 21 Jun 2007
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FTC: Web scam artists pilfered $24.7m from American businesses

After allegedly pilfering more than $24.7m from small businesses and non-profits across the country, a gaggle of web scam artists - sorry, alleged web scam artists - will fork over a measly $1.2m to settle a court case brought by the federal government. For several months starting in 2002, according to a suit from the Federal …
Cade Metz, 15 Aug 2007
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Jury spanks Lexmark in toner refill case

Lexmark must rue the day that it elected to sue a small components supplier, which had developed a chip to enable toner recartridge manufacturers to produce printer clones. In the latest round of its fight against Static Control Components SCC), a jury in Kentucky - Lexmark's home state - ruled the printer giant "unreasonably …
Drew Cullen, 25 Jun 2007
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Linux lovers must wait until 2007 for SCO vs IBM showdown

The SCO Group's quest for software IP righteousness looks set to linger on until at least 2007 after a judge pushed back the trial date for the company's battle with IBM. A five-week jury trial will now begin on Feb. 26, 2007, as a result of a recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball. As the case hobbles to trial …
Ashlee Vance, 07 Jul 2005
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Web defacer sentenced, facing deportation

Rafael Nuñez-Aponte will soon be going home to Caracas after spending seven months in a U.S. jail for compromising a computer belonging to the Department of Defense, but only if the National Aeronautics and Space Administration decides not to pursue charges against him. Last week, a U.S. district court sentenced the Venezuelan …
SecurityFocus, 27 Oct 2005
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Warner rescues imeem from indie-music hell

Just two months after Warner Music Group sued online media-sharer imeem, claiming copyright infringement, the two companies have announced a rapprochement. That's French for "the big record labels are beginning to like this Web 2.0 thing." Warner has dropped its suit, allowing users to share its entire audio and video catalog …
Cade Metz, 12 Jul 2007
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Infineon pleads guilty to memory price-fixing

Infineon has agreed to pay a $160m fine to the US government for fixing the price of computer memory from 1999 to 2002, one of the biggest ever penalties imposed by the DoJ's Antitrust division. The German firm today announced that it has pled guilty to one count of price-fixing - a violation of US antitrust laws. It plans to …
Ashlee Vance, 15 Sep 2004
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Digital downloads get pop-tastic applause

Unless you've been living under a rock recently you'll have noticed that the digital music industry has been flip-flopping all over the place this week. First up, music licensing company Snocap today confirmed that it had reduced its staff headcount by 60 per cent. The San Francisco-based firm, which had been the latest e- …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Oct 2007
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AMD now has 'more than allegations' against Intel

As Intel and AMD near the end of the discovery process in their US antitrust battle, the two companies have begun fighting over whose testimony will make it to the big dance. In a legal filing, AMD has pointed to the employees at some of the technology world's biggest names - HP, Dell, IBM and others - who it thinks will help …
Austin Modine, 05 May 2008
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Microsoft squares Minnesota class action

Microsoft is to pay out up to $241m to settle a class action suit in Minnesota. The software vendor admits to no wrongdoing, but the deal mean that it escapes its first-ever state trial over business practices. The Minnesota lawyers will trouser up to $59.4m, the class members up to $174.5m in computer equipment vouchers, and …
Drew Cullen, 02 Jul 2004
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Lexmark wins Round 1 in DMCA chip case

Lexmark has gained an early success in its Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) case against an obscure maker of toner cartridge chips. The firm, Static Control inc., is ordered by a US court to "cease making, selling or otherwise trafficking in the Smartek(TM) microchip used in the remanufacturing of laser toner cartridges …
Drew Cullen, 28 Feb 2003
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Microsoft plays hardball with Dutch Lindows resellers

Dutch Lindows resellers are accusing Microsoft of intimidation, after several received phone calls from the software giant seeking meetings to "avoid" legal action over the name of the operating system. "This about the name, not about Linux," a spokeswoman for Microsoft in the Netherlands confirms. Lindows argues that "windows …
Jan Libbenga, 27 Nov 2003
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Dell in ding dong over cybersquatting

PC giant Dell is suing 23 people for alleged cybersquatting after a series of domains using the word Dell were registered. The action has been taken against 17 companies and six individuals, according to a report in the Austin Business Journal, who have registered names such as Dellbackup.com, Dellsolutions.com and Dellparts.com …
Sean Fleming, 06 Mar 2000
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Microsoft sued by yet another developer

Bristol Technology joins the growing ranks of institutions suing Microsoft for anti competitive behaviour. The suit, filed under the Sherman Antitrust Act in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, alleges that Microsoft injured Bristol and others in the software industry through predatory manipulation of the access to …
Lucy Kewney, 20 Aug 1998
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'We're just like the RIAA,' says SCO

The SCO Group's masterful public relations tacticians have demanded that the company be compared to fellow IP (intellectual property) crusaders at the RIAA. "We believe that there are important similarities between our recent legal activities against end users and those actions that have taken place in the recording industry," …
Ashlee Vance, 04 Mar 2004
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Jury scrutinises DMCA in ElcomSoft case

The jury are continuing their deliberations today in the closely watched criminal prosecution of Russian software firm ElcomSoft for offences against the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The jury retired on Thursday following six days in a San Jose federal court during which they heard testimony from Dmitry …
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2002
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F5 starts patent litigation bunfight

Application switching firm F5 Networks this week filed suit against three rival firms after securing a patent on a key aspect of its technology. The ink was barely dry on F5's patent on a Method and System for Storing Load Balancing Information with an HTTP Cookie (U.S. Patent No. 6,473,802), before the company filed patent …
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2003
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Texas puts Sony BMG in its sights

The Attorney General for the state of Texas filed a lawsuit against Sony BMG Music Entertainment on Monday, calling the media giant's copy-protection technology "illegal spyware". The complaint alleges that Sony BMG violated the Texas Consumer Protection Against Computer Spyware (CPACS) Act, which includes provisions that …
Robert Lemos, 22 Nov 2005
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Judge backs P2P file traders

A Los Angeles judge dealt the major music labels and movie studios a stunning blow on Friday, throwing out their case against the Grokster and StreamCast file-trading services on grounds that neither service can be held accountable for illegal file swapping done by users. U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson said that …
Ashlee Vance, 26 Apr 2003
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Dutch mass spammer loses grip

Martijn Bevelander is not a happy man. The 23 year-old Dutch entrepreneur was exposed last week by the BBC as a mass spammer. Now his company Megaprovider is sinking. As well as hosting pornographic websites for notorious spam gangs such as Superzonda, MegaProvider has allegedly sent large quantities of spam for mostly American …
Jan Libbenga, 06 Jul 2003