CISPA Is Back 2014

The senate is still trying to jam through its hugely controversial cybersecurity bill

By on June 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

The senate is still trying to jam through its hugely controversial cybersecurity bill

The federal government refuses to let one of the most controversial Internet bills ever conceived die. CISPA, as it was known when it was introduced in 2011, made a temporary resurgence last year only to meet the same opposition that had blocked its passage two years before. But as Vice has discovered, the bill is back under consideration by the U.S. Senate under a slightly altered name. More →

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Apple EBook Price-Fixing Settlement

Apple settles massive $840 million price-fixing suit

By on June 17, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Apple settles massive $840 million price-fixing suit

Apple at one point vehemently denied that it was involved with an alleged eBook price-fixing scheme that drove up the cost of eBooks. Now, the company has agreed to settle the $840 million suit out of court, Bloomberg reports. A filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York shows that Apple has finally agreed to a settlement, the terms of which were not disclosed. Apple was found guilty in 2013 of colluding with book publishers to raise eBook prices above the discounted prices Amazon was charging in its Kindle store. Apple attorney Steve Berman noted in a letter to the judge that Apple will continue to appeal the guilty verdict, and any payments related to the settlement will be dependent on the results of that appeal.

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Six Strikes 2013 Results

Alleged pirates received 1.3 million alerts from ISPs in 2013

By on May 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Alleged pirates received 1.3 million alerts from ISPs in 2013

When we last checked in on the ‘six strikes’ Copyright Alert System, we discovered that it hadn’t done anything to curb online piracy as traffic continued to trend upwards at the most popular torrent site in the world. Now that the first year of the newly implemented system has come to an end, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) has shared the results. More →

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Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit Retrial

Apple chases more money from Samsung and sales ban in patent suit retrial

By on May 26, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Apple chases more money from Samsung and sales ban in patent suit retrial

The second victory it scored against Samsung in their second U.S. patent-based lawsuit isn’t enough for Apple, as the jury only awarded the iPhone maker almost $120 million in damages, which seems like petty cash compared to the $2.2 billion it wanted for alleged infringement. Therefore, Apple on Friday filed a document with the court asking it to ban sales of certain Galaxy devices, Re/code reports. The company also asked judge Judy Koh to grant it a partial retrial on the amount of damages Samsung should pay. More →

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Foxconn Bribery Scandal

Five former Foxconn employees took more than $5M in bribes from suppliers

By on May 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Five former Foxconn employees took more than $5M in bribes from suppliers

Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn, which has more than one million employees, is the biggest electronics maker in the world. The company builds many of the popular electronics devices available in stores around the globe, including Apple’s iOS devices. However, Foxconn has not been running a smooth operation, as it had to deal with several scandals.

After being heavily criticized for labor practices in the past, the company is now part of a different investigation which revealed that several former employees allegedly took bribes totaling more than $5 million from component suppliers in return for preferential treatment. More →

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Apple vs Samsung: Galaxy Handset Ban

Samsung phones nobody wants to buy anymore are still banned in one country

By on May 21, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Samsung phones nobody wants to buy anymore are still banned in one country

Even though Apple has beaten Samsung twice in the U.S. so far, it failed to obtain the significant win it needed to really deliver a big hit to its archenemy. In fact, Apple has also been found to infringe a Samsung patent in the second U.S. lawsuit between the two giants, which is apparently an asset for the Android maker in its reportedly renewed settlement negotiations. Some reports based on recent legal documents from the two companies’ legal teams suggest that a settlement is still unlikely, however.

Meanwhile, Apple has scored another minor victory against Samsung in Europe, where a Dutch court upheld a ban against older Samsung Android handsets. More →

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Why Did Lavabit Shut Down

Why Lavabit shut down: Founder explains 38 days of legal hell

By on May 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

Why Lavabit shut down: Founder explains 38 days of legal hell

After Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks from last year, rumors circulated that Snowden used Lavabit, which at the time was a hugely popular secure email service. Soon after that, Lavabit founder Ladar Levison wrote that he was forced to decide between being “complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit.” He decided to shut Lavabit down, and he added ominously, “I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot.” More →

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FBI Cyber Crime and Marijuana

You’ll never guess the critical resource the FBI needs to successfully fight cyber crimes

By on May 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM.

You’ll never guess the critical resource the FBI needs to successfully fight cyber crimes

Weed. Apparently marijuana is the key to a bright, cyber crime-fighting future for the FBI, according to statements made on Monday by FBI Director James B. Comey at the annual White Collar Crime Institute held at the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan. More →

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Apple Google IAP Investigation

Apple and Google are in hot water over allegedly deceptive in-app purchases

By on May 20, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Apple and Google are in hot water over allegedly deceptive in-app purchases

In-app purchases have been a controversial topic in the mobile market ever since they debuted on the App Store. Free-to-play game developers, which had formerly depended on advertising revenue to sustain their business model, were suddenly presented with an attractive alternative: sell in-game currency or exclusive items for real money to empower the players. Of course, not everyone sees IAP as beneficial to the market, which is why Italy’s Antitrust Authority is launching an investigation against Apple, Amazon, Google and app publisher Gameloft regarding commercial practices related to IAP.

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Apple Vs. Samsung Patent Suit

Apple is really not happy that Samsung’s top lawyer called them ‘jihadists’

By on May 20, 2014 at 2:05 PM.

Apple is really not happy that Samsung’s top lawyer called them ‘jihadists’

Samsung’s lawyers didn’t technically break Godwin’s law during interviews following the last Apple-Samsung patent trial… but they came pretty close. The Verge reports that Apple is very unhappy with the behavior of Samsung’s lead attorney John Quinn, who said Apple was behaving like a “jihadist” and said that its battle with Samsung would end up being its own version of the Vietnam war in recent interviews. Quinn’s “jihadist” remark refers to an email sent by late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs back in 2010 that referred to Apple’s battle with Google as a “holy war” for the soul of the smartphone market. More →

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Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit Settlement

Apple and Samsung reportedly working on dismissing all lawsuits

By on May 19, 2014 at 9:10 AM.

Apple and Samsung reportedly working on dismissing all lawsuits

After agreeing to a ceasefire with Google, Apple may soon find a way to settle all its disputes with Samsung out of court, The Korea Times has learned, as the two companies have recently agreed to resume settlement talks. This isn’t the first time Apple and Samsung have tried to solve their legal issues out of court, and put an end to a legal war that started more than three years ago, but the publication suggests things have changed since the last time they met. More →

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Apple Vs. Google Patent Suits

Apple reaches a major patent truce with Google… but it’s still going to keep suing Samsung

By on May 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM.

Apple reaches a major patent truce with Google… but it’s still going to keep suing Samsung

The great mobile patent wars are finally coming to an end, at least as far as battles between Google and Apple are concerned. Per The Wall Street Journal, the two companies announced on Friday night that they were dropping all remaining patent suits that they have against one another and will instead work to push for reforms in United States patent law. The new patent truce doesn’t mean the two companies will start licensing one another’s patents, however, and Apple says that the truce won’t change anything when it comes to its ongoing lawsuits against Samsung even though its last effort at squeezing money from the Korean smartphone titan was not nearly as successful as it had hoped. Even so, the mutual disarmament between Apple and Google seems to indicate that the “holy war” that Steve Jobs wanted to wage against Google has now come to an end.

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