EFF Stupid Patent of the Month Series

EFF shames our patent system with its ‘Stupid Patent of the Month’ series

By on August 5, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

EFF shames our patent system with its ‘Stupid Patent of the Month’ series

In its bid to change patent law to effectively protect useful inventions and prevent trolls from taking advantage of the system, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has initiated a somewhat humorous “Stupid Patent of the Month” series in which it plans to shame the current patent system. More →

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Microsoft vs Samsung Patent License Lawsuit

Samsung just got itself sued by another iconic tech giant

By on August 4, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Samsung just got itself sued by another iconic tech giant

Even though Microsoft isn’t making any popular Android devices of its own, the giant Windows maker is still milking a lot of cash from Android device sales, as the company inked more than a few licensing agreements with all sorts of OEMs that sell Android smartphones and tablets for a living. According to existing  reports, Microsoft is reportedly making over $2 billion a year from those licensing deals, and the number could go up to $8.8 billion a year by 2017. However, Samsung, the most important Android device maker doesn’t want to pay the bills anymore, and, unsurprisingly, Microsoft took legal action against the South Korean corporation. More →

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Cell Phone Unlocking Legal

Finally: Cell phone unlocking is legal in the U.S. once again

By on August 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Finally: Cell phone unlocking is legal in the U.S. once again

Beginning Friday, August 1st, it is once again legal to unshackle your carrier-locked cell phone in the United States. President Obama on Friday signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law, thus giving cell phone users the legal right to unlock their handsets. More →

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Apple Forced Code Wire Fraud

How one fraudster bought $309K worth of Apple products without paying a single penny

By on July 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

How one fraudster bought $309K worth of Apple products without paying a single penny

One Apple fan ran a clever con in many Apple retail stores across the U.S., buying products worth $309,768 over 42 purchases made in 16 different states since December 2012, ComputerWorld reports, without actually having the money to pay for them. 24-year-old Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. has been charged with wire fraud and the Secret Service claims that he tricked Apple retail staff into accepting purchases made with credit and/or debit cards that didn’t have any funds by using a clever, simple financial trick. More →

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VCAP and Illegal Downloads Laws in U.K.

It turns out illegal downloads in the U.K. will remain illegal

By on July 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

It turns out illegal downloads in the U.K. will remain illegal

After a report on Tuesday detailing a new legal initiative on online piracy in the U.K. claimed that the local government has decriminalized illegal downloads, TorrentFreak has set the record straight on the matter, saying that torrenting movies, music, games and any other kind of online content will be just as illegal in the future as it is now. More →

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Apple Labor Violations Class Action Lawsuit

Apple faces huge class-action lawsuit over labor violations

By on July 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

Apple faces huge class-action lawsuit over labor violations

Four former retail and corporate Apple employees who filed a lawsuit against the company in December 2011 over alleged labor violations managed to “upgrade” their lawsuit to class-action status, TechCrunch reports, with some 20,000 current and former Apple employees being potentially affected. More →

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Apple eBook Settlement

Apple agrees to pay $450 million to settle price-fixing suit

By on July 16, 2014 at 12:32 PM.

Apple agrees to pay $450 million to settle price-fixing suit

Apple on Wednesday agreed to a $450 million settlement to settle claims that the tech giant conspired with five book publishers in an effort to fix eBook prices. Reuters reports that the settlement would provide $400 million to consumers, but is conditioned on the outcome of an ongoing trial in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. “A ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversing the liability finding could under the settlement either reduce the amount Apple pays to $70 million, with $50 million for consumers, or eliminate payments altogether,” Reuters’ Nate Raymond, Alison Frankel and Jonathan Stempel reported.

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Amazon Book Sales in France

How Amazon is trolling the French government

By on July 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM.

How Amazon is trolling the French government

The French government has successfully passed an “anti-Amazon” law that prevents booksellers, mainly Amazon, from offering 5% discounts on books and free shipping, The Wall Street Journal reports. The law, meant to protect local bookstores from the giant retail store, isn’t necessarily scaring Amazon, which has already found a clever way of trolling the government — it’s now chargin €0.01 for shipping in the region.  More →

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CISA Bill Approved

New privacy-killing CISPA clone is now a step closer to becoming law

By on July 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

New privacy-killing CISPA clone is now a step closer to becoming law

We all remember the outrage that swept the Internet and ultimately played a role in defeating CISPA, a proposed law that would have allowed government agencies and tech companies to exchange private information about United States citizens without their knowledge and without a warrant. Well, it’s time to get ready for another round of outrage because CISPA’s controversial successor is now a step closer to becoming law. More →

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Virginia Teen Sexting Case

Cops assert powers in teen sexting case that should scare the hell out of you

By on July 9, 2014 at 2:02 PM.

Cops assert powers in teen sexting case that should scare the hell out of you

There are times when we really can’t believe how far cops are willing to go to bust someone. This is one of those times. The Washington Post reports that law enforcement officials in Virginia are looking to get a search warrant that will let them legally take pictures of a teenage boy’s erect penis for use in what they’re describing as a child pornography case. However, the only thing that the 17-year-old Virginia resident has been accused of so far has been sending pornographic pictures of himself to his 15-year-old girlfriend in response to a sexting message that she sent on her own. More →

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Google Right To Be Forgotten European Commission

EU official slams Google for following the EU court’s own ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling

By on July 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM.

EU official slams Google for following the EU court’s own ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling

File this under the law of unintended (but entirely predictable) consequences. After hearing reports that Google had decided to remove a BBC News article from its search results that detailed the disastrous tenure of former Merrill Lynch CEO Stan O’Neal, a spokesperson for the European Commission has now come out and said that Google’s removal of the article was “not a good judgement.” More →

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Comcast TWC Merger DOJ Emails

Newly exposed emails reveal Comcast execs are disturbingly cozy with DOJ antitrust officials

By on July 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM.

Newly exposed emails reveal Comcast execs are disturbingly cozy with DOJ antitrust officials

Want to know why Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable has any chance of passing despite huge opposition from even the company’s own customers, look no further than emails recently uncovered by MuckRock that show Comcast execs have a very friendly relationship with an attorney at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division. More →

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