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Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

Uber is once again standing accused of shady behavior, this time allegedly developing mechanisms to rapidly shield documents and other files from the eyes of police. A report by Bloomberg today claimed the dial-a-ride broker built a tool called Ripley to remotely lock and remove potentially incriminating data from machines in …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jan 2018
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Women reboot gender discrimination lawsuit against Google

The class-action lawsuit accusing Google of deliberately paying women less than men has been revised and brought back to a US court. Attorneys representing women who worked at the American ad giant as engineers, software managers, program managers, sales staff, and early childhood education (at Google's pre-school/day care …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jan 2018

IBM lobs sueball at travel site Expedia for using some old Prodigy patents

IBM has filed suit against online travel giant Expedia alleging violation of four patents that harken back to the early days of dial-up internet. Big Blue has accused Expedia and several of its subsidiary travel sites, including Orbitz, Hotwire, and Hotels.com of infringing four patents related to the operation of browser- …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Jan 2018
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Last week: Microsoft accused of covering up rape claim. This week: Microsoft backs anti-cover-up law ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

About a week after weathering a storm of negative headlines for seemingly bungling an allegation of rape against one of its workers, Microsoft has found just the tonic to restore its squeaky clean image. The Redmond software giant has endorsed US Senate bill 2203, aka the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act of …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2017

SCOLD WAR: Kaspersky drags Uncle Sam into court to battle AV ban

Embattled Russian security software maker Kaspersky Lab has taken the American government to a US federal court to overturn Uncle Sam's ban on its antivirus tools. The Moscow-based developer claimed the US Department of Homeland Security acted illegally when, back in September, the department publicly told federal agencies …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2017

Former Intel EMEAR sales director takes Chipzilla to tribunal

Intel Corp's former Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia (EMEAR) sales director, who lost her job a year ago, is making an employment tribunal claim against the company which includes a series of accusations including sexual discrimination. Mary Guiney left the chipmaker in November 2016 and her case is to be heard at …
Paul Kunert, 15 Dec 2017

Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him

An ex-Microsoft worker has accused the US software giant of bungling her internal complaint that a fellow employee raped her while she slept. In a letter submitted in support of an ongoing gender discrimination class-action lawsuit against Microsoft in the US state of Washington, the woman said that, in 2012, she was working …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Dec 2017
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Would-be startup crew charged with stealing employer's tech

Four former Applied Materials employees have been charged with stealing the company's chipmaking technology to use as the basis for their own startup. The US Department of Justice says that Liang Chen, Donald Olgado, Wei-Tung Hsu, and Robert Ewald conspired to steal designs and prototypes of Applied Materials metal organic …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Dec 2017
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High-freq trade biz sues transatlantic ISP for alleged spiteful cable cut

A New York investment firm is suing its ISP to retain its access to a high-speed international internet link – after the firm was acquired by a company that has a beef with the broadband provider. KCG Holdings, a high-frequency trading specialist, claimed in a lawsuit filed this month in a southern NY district court that …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2017
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Microsoft goes to bat for Dreamers: Windows giant sues Uncle Sam to block staff deportations

Microsoft is suing the US government to prevent the deportation of immigrants – including at least 45 of its own staffers – who are in America under the now-dying DACA program. The Redmond giant has signed on to a lawsuit filed by Princeton University on behalf of one of its students seeking an injunction against the …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Nov 2017

Fake tech support 'scam' husband and wife banned FOR LIFE from computer repair world

A husband and wife team accused of scamming people with dodgy tech support calls about bogus malware infections have been barred for life from offering IT support and repairs. America's trade regulator, the FTC, said today that its settlement deal with Madhu and Ila Sethi would comprise both a $2m fine and an order that …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Oct 2017

Family's legal battle over YouTube's role in Paris terror murders is paused

A lawsuit accusing YouTube of playing a key role in the November 2015 Paris terror attacks has been all but thrown out of court. Northern California District Judge Donna Ryu ruled [PDF] this week that the Mountain View ads broker could not be held liable for killings apparently inspired by terror bastards' propaganda videos on …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Oct 2017

This is no yolk. Newegg scrambles against rotten shell company claims

Updated Online electronics souk Newegg has been accused of taking part in a financial scam that duped banks in South Korea out of billions of dollars. This according to a complaint filed in the US District Court for Los Angeles by Industrial Bank of Korea, Nonghyup Bank, Keb Hana Bank, and Kookmin Bank. The lawsuit, filed late last …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2017
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Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

Google and the American government are quarreling over just how much money the Chocolate Factory must pay in daily fines if it loses its war against a search warrant for email held overseas. The Mountain View giant is refusing to comply with the warrant, issued in the US, requiring it to cough up Gmail messages held on a …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Oct 2017
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Way-NO, Waymo! Judge snubs demand for Uber's robo-taxi code

Updated The district judge overseeing Waymo's trade-secret legal battle with Uber has denied a request by Waymo to get all of Uber's self-driving car source code. Calling the Waymo demand "profoundly overboard", Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley flatly snubbed the Google spinoff on Monday during a hearing in San Francisco, California. " …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Oct 2017
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Ex-Autonomy CFO begs court to toss out US fraud allegations

The former chief financial officer of ill-fated $11bn HP acquisition Autonomy is asking a US court to dismiss felony fraud charges related to his role in the 2011 merger deal. Lawyers for Sushovan Hussain argued in the San Francisco Northern California district court late last week that the American government has no grounds …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Oct 2017
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Open World? More like closed world: Women sue Oracle for 'paying them less' than blokes

OpenWorld Oracle is being sued by some of its former women staffers who claim they were deliberately and unfairly paid less than their male colleagues. The class-action lawsuit [PDF] filed in the San Mateo County state court of California accused the Redwood City enterprise software giant of gender discrimination. "At all relevant …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Oct 2017
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Cloudflare coughs up a few grand for prior-art torpedoes to sink troll

Cloudflare says its efforts to wipe out a patent troll using prior art have already yielded more than a dozen examples. The DDoS shield said that its ongoing campaign against Blackbird Technologies LLC, a law firm based in Boston, Massachusetts, has cost it a few pennies – $7,500 specifically – to cover bounties on 15 examples …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2017

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