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Internet giants, US gov agree to loosen secrecy of private info slurps

The US Department of Justice has agreed to allow internet companies to be more candid about what information they disclose to the government, albeit only slightly. Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Yahoo! are among several companies that have been urging the feds to loosen the secrecy surrounding their data collection …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2014
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DoJ to Kim Dotcom: We never asked you to retain files

Days ahead of what The Reg has been told will be an “unforgettable evening” at the Dotcom mansion to launch Kim Dotcom’s new Mega service, US authorities have refuted the brash entrepreneur’s insistence that the files he is being prosecuted for hosting were only there because Dotcom was asked to assist with other piracy …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2013
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Apple slips bomb into ITC filing: Samsung being PROBED by US gov

The United States government is investigating whether Samsung is misusing the standards-essential patents that it holds, rival Apple said in a document it filed with the International Trade Commission on Monday. Samsung holds several standards-essential patents covering data transmission from mobile devices, which it is under …
Anna Leach, 24 Oct 2012
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Leader of Cisco counterfeit ring jailed for 60 months

The US ringleader of a China-based counterfeit ring that flogged fake Cisco kit stateside has been sent down for 60 months, the Department of Justice (DoJ) has confirmed. One-time Chinese national Chun-Yu Zhao, of Virginia, was found guilty of 16 felonies including conspiracy to commit importation fraud, peddling counterfeit …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2011
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Feds subpoena Twitter for info on WikiLeaks backer

US authorities have subpoenaed Twitter for information about an Icelandic parliamentarian who until recently was a vocal supporter of WikiLeaks and its embattled founder Julian Assange. Iceland Member of Parliament Birgitta Jónsdóttir disclosed the legal demand in a series of tweets on the micro blogging site on Friday. The …
Dan Goodin, 8 Jan 2011
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Teen cuffed for bomb threat webcam pay-per-view

A North Carolina teenager has been arrested and accused of phoning in bomb threats to schools and universities so he could charge admission for people to watch in real time over webcams as police responded. Ashton C. Lundeby, 16, of Oxford, North Carolina took part in a group that used VoIP, or voice over IP, software and …
Dan Goodin, 9 Jul 2009
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Programmer charged with stealing Wall Street-ware

A former Goldman Sachs software designer has been arrested and charged with stealing proprietary software used for the firm's high-speed trading platform. Sergey Aleynikov, a naturalized US citizen who emigrated from Russia, was arrested on Friday night as he arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport and charged with …
Dan Goodin, 6 Jul 2009
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Conviction overturned in MySpace suicide case

A federal judge on Thursday tentatively overturned convictions against a mother accused of using MySpace to bully a 13-year-old girl who went on to hang herself to death. US District Judge George Wu tentatively acquitted Lori Drew, 50, of three misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization. To the dismay of …
Dan Goodin, 3 Jul 2009
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Microsoft accepts US antitrust oversight extension

Microsoft had agreed to an 18-month extension of federal court oversight of its business practices mandated by its settlement in a landmark antitrust lawsuit. In court papers jointly filed by the US Justice Department and 17 states, Microsoft agreed to extend supervision until May 2011, rather than in November as previously …
Dan Goodin, 17 Apr 2009
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Google in secret talks to stop Yahoo! probe

Google is holding secret negotiations with the US Department of Justice to head off a full investigation into its ad-sharing deal with Yahoo!. Big advertisers are worried the tie-up between the internet's two largest advertisers will mean higher prices and a restricted market, because there will be less competition. Execs …
John Oates, 14 Oct 2008
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US scientist commits suicide as Feds prep anthrax charges

A senior US government bioscientist thought to be facing charges over the 2001 anthrax attacks has apparently committed suicide. The Los Angeles Times reports that 62-year-old Bruce Ivins died on Tuesday after taking a massive dose of painkillers. He had learned that the US Department of Justice was about to hit him with …
Joe Fay, 1 Aug 2008
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$5.8m payout draws line under FBI's anthrax screw-up

When the US Department of Justice agreed to pay Steven J. Hatfill $5.82 million in damages for trashing his life and reputation late last week, it was another big low in the mess that's been the Amerithrax 2001 case. With the de facto exoneration of Hatfill, who had been dubbed a "person of interest" by the FBI, bystanders can …
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DoJ to probe Google Yahoo! deal

The US Department of Justice is to open a formal investigation into Yahoo!'s partnership with Google, fearing it will reduce competition in the online advertising market. The DoJ is preparing demands for information for executives at both companies and also from rival online advertising firms. The department was already …
John Oates, 2 Jul 2008
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Sun makes Hynix DRAM cartel lawsuit deadline

Sun has made good on its promise to slap DRAM manufacturer Hynix with another price fixing lawsuit, which it made in April when a federal judge dismissed a joint complaint with Unisys. Judge Phyllis Hamilton threw out that case, ordering Sun to come up with more evidence by 4 May or quit its whinging. The IT giant went back to …
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FBI agents 'abused Patriot Act powers'

The FBI repeatedly broke the law by secretly accessing information about US citizens under a law passed to curb terrorism, according to the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General in a report that prompted a sharp rebuke from legislators and civil libertarians. The violations included demands for personal information …
Dan Goodin, 10 Mar 2007

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