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Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!

Canada's Supreme Court says America's Hat has authority over Google results worldwide – at least in cases when someone's copyright has been stomped on. The Great White North's top legal bench, ruling in a copyright infringement dustup today, has ordered the California ads giant to remove from search results links to websites …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jun 2017
Robocall

Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

America's comms regulator, the FCC, will fine a Florida Man $120m for flooding the country with nearly 100 million robocalls in three months. The watchdog said that Adrian Abramovich of Miami ran a scheme that made more than a million calls a day – each with its caller ID information altered – with the aim of selling travel …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2017

Waymo: We've got a hot smoking gun in Uber 'tech theft' brouhaha

Waymo has proof Uber execs knew their star engineer Anthony Levandowski was in possession of designs stolen from Waymo well before Uber acquired Levandowski's self-driving vehicle startup. This is according to an unsealed filing Waymo presented to a San Francisco court Wednesday to support their motion to gather more …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jun 2017
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Google coughs up $5.5m to make recruiters 'screwed out of overtime pay' go away

Google has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the ads broker of failing to pay overtime to contract workers. The aggrieved freelancers asked the Santa Clara County Court in California to approve a deal in which Google and contract staffing agency Urpan Technologies will pay $5.5m to a bunch of workers who …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jun 2017

20 Apple China staff collared for allegedly flogging customers' info

Twenty Apple employees in China have been arrested by cops investigating the lifting and reselling hundreds of thousands of pieces of customers' personal information. According to the South China Morning Post, police in four provinces have cuffed 22 people in total who are believed to be behind a fraud ring that made roughly $ …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Jun 2017

Cloudflare doubles down on its troll-hunting crusade

Cloudflare has today stepped up its efforts to run patent litigator Blackbird Technologies into the ground. The cloud network services provider says it will be doubling the amount of money it has pledged for prior art on Blackbird's patents and expanding the program to also lobby for anti-patent troll litigation. The program …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2017
US Supreme Court

Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

The US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could block patent-holding firms from seeking out friendly courts to hear their infringement claims. An 8-0 ruling by the nation's top court in the TC Heartland v Kraft Foods [PDF] case held that a company can be sued only in the state where it is incorporated, rather than in any …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2017
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'Judge Java' to sueball-slinging smut studio: Test your pirate-hunting tools or walk the plank

A grumble-flick studio will be blocked from lobbing copyright infringement claims at pirates until it proves its tools for identifying illegal downloaders work. Judge William Alsup – of Google v Oracle fame – ordered this week that Malibu Media must show the court that its software can accurately finger users who have …
Shaun Nichols, 12 May 2017

Cloudflare goes berserk on next-gen patent troll, vows to utterly destroy it using prior-art bounties

Cloudflare says it will go above and beyond to destroy what it claims is a uniquely dangerous patent troll. The troll in question is Blackbird Technologies LLC, a law firm based in Boston, US. It has accused Cloudflare of ripping off a patent it owns on internet communications. Crucially, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince said …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2017

Go, GoDaddy! Domain-slinger decapitates email patent troll in court

Updated Domain registrar and host GoDaddy has won its battle with a patent-holding company that had accused it of violating a handful of claims related to basic email functions. The US District Court of Appeals in Phoenix, Arizona, has decided this month to uphold an earlier verdict in GoDaddy's favor, vanquishing the infringement …
Shaun Nichols, 10 May 2017
Uber self-driving car on a transport truck

It's been a few days, so what fresh trouble has Uber got into now?

Lawsuit magnet Uber today settled one case in Washington – while a much larger potential issue has arisen in Philadelphia. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has reportedly expanded its probe into Uber's "Greyball" technology to cover the dial-a-ride app's shenanigans in the city of Philadelphia along with the previously …
Shaun Nichols, 8 May 2017

Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'

A dentist in Alaska has been accused of performing a tooth extraction while riding a hoverboard. Dr Seth Lookhart, 31, was hit with the claim by US state officials this week in the Alaska District Court, Third Judicial District at Anchorage, along with more than a dozen charges related to his operation of a clinic in Anchorage …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2017

Qualcomm takes $1bn BlackBerry bite like a champ, struts away

Qualcomm is blaming a $974m pile of cash it had to fork out to BlackBerry for huge drops in revenues in its second quarter. The payment, which stems from legal fees and patent fee charges awarded by an arbitration court, tanked what would have otherwise been a solid quarter. For the fiscal 2017 Q2 [PDF], which ended on March …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2017
Uber safety marketing

Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

Updated California is probing Uber for allegedly failing to ditch more than 150 sloshed drivers who picked up passengers using its dial-a-ride app. The US state's public utilities commission this week declared it "seeks to investigate and address Rasier’s safety culture and zero-tolerance policies and procedures" – Raiser being Uber's …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2017
Arris SB6190

Intel's buggy Puma 6 chipset earns Arris a gigabit-modem lawsuit

Cable modem maker Arris is facing a class-action suit in America over its handling of a lag-prone line of cable modems. The complaint, filed in the Northern California District Court, accuses the vendor of violating four consumer protection laws and seeks relief for folks in the Golden State who purchased an Arris SURFboard …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Apr 2017

US govt ceases fire in legal spat with Twitter to unmask anti-Trump 'immigration official'

Twitter and the US government's game of chicken over an anonymous anti-Trump tweeter is over before it barely began. The Department of Homeland Security today dropped its lawsuit against the social network that demanded the identity of an allegedly "rogue" immigration official blasting the president via the @Alt_USCIS account …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Apr 2017
Uber self-driving car

Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

Uber has been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging the dial-a-ride app maker deliberately cuts driver payouts while at the same time overcharging riders. The complaint [PDF], filed this week in the California Central District US Court, claims the Uber phone app deliberately chooses longer routes to calculate fares, then …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Apr 2017
Trump

Twitter sues US govt to protect 'Department of Immigration employee' who doesn't like Trump

Twitter has sued the US Department of Homeland Security over its demands that the microblogging site unmask an anonymous anti-Trump account. In a filing [PDF] with the Northern California US District court, Twitter asks that the DHS be enjoined from requesting identifying information on a "rogue" Twitter account said to be …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Apr 2017

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