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AMD agrees to drop $29.5m to make Llano go away once and for all

AMD has agreed to pay out $29.5m to settle a class action lawsuit its shareholders filed after the disastrous Llano chip rollout. The chip designer told a US district court in Oakland, California, that it had struck a deal this week with shareholders who had accused it of misleading investors in the run-up to the 2011 …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2017

FTC told to cough up informants' memos in Qualcomm antitrust row

America's trade watchdog has been ordered to provide copies of the letters that led to its antitrust probe into California chip designer Qualcomm. In a San Jose district court ruling on Thursday, Judge Lucy Koh told the FTC it must give the Snapdragon giant copies of the "dual submission" documents in question – some of them …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2017

Logitech's security cams allegedly suck so bad, this US bloke is suing it

Logitech has been sued in America for allegedly selling defective security cameras and then refusing to service or replace the gear. A class-action complaint [PDF] filed Tuesday in an Illinois district court by named plaintiff James Anderson claims that Logitech's "Alert Systems" home security cameras were prone to …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Aug 2017

hiQ prevails / LinkedIn must allow scraping / Of your page info

A US judge has ruled that LinkedIn must allow an analytics outfit to scrape data from its public profiles. Judge Edward Chen, of the US Northern California District Court, granted a temporary restraining order Monday that forbids the social-network-for-suits from blocking hiQ Labs' bots to public-facing profiles. The ruling [ …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Aug 2017
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Thought your divorce was ugly? Bloke sues wife for wiretapping – 'cos she read his email

A fella in the US is suing his ex‑wife, alleging she broke federal wiretapping and privacy laws by snooping on his email during their divorce. The case, just kicked off in an Illinois district court after six years of wrangling, pits Barry Epstein against his former spouse of 46 years, Paula Epstein, who filed for divorce in …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Aug 2017

HP Inc, HPE both slapped with racism, ageism lawsuit

The two offshoots of Hewlett Packard are being sued in the US for allegedly discriminating against African Americans and older workers. A class-action suit, filed Monday in a California district court, claims that both HP Inc and HPE unfairly targeted workers for evaluations and layoffs based on their age and/or race. "Race …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2017

Iranian duo charged with hacking US missile simulation software biz

Two Iranian nationals have been charged with hacking a US defense technology maker to steal and sell its rocketry simulation software. The US Department of Justice claims Mohammed Reza Rezakhah and Mohammed Saeed Ajily compromised developer Arrow-Tech to download tools that are restricted from export under America's …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2017
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It's the thought that counts: Illinois emits 'no location stalking' law

The US state of Illinois is about to pass a law that makes it illegal to track a phone's location without the owner's consent. The bill, dubbed the Geolocation Privacy Protection Act (HB3449), has been passed by both houses in the state legislature and now awaits the signature of Governor Bruce Rauner. The bill makes it …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2017
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Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the app biz did nothing. Then he raped me'

Uber is accused of ignoring warning signs about an attempted murderer who signed up as a driver and then allegedly attacked a passenger before raping another. A lawsuit filed in Kansas City, Missouri, US, claims Yahkhahnahn Ammi sexually assaulted a customer in January this year after beating up another woman just weeks before …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2017

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
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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
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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

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