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Jack Dorsey’s Square changed its name to Block

December 2nd, 2021

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down as Twitter CEO a few days ago. Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal replaced him at the helm of the popular social network, with Dorsey remaining on Twitter’s board at least until the next shareholder meeting next year. We speculated at the time that Dorsey had chosen Square over Twitter. He’s …

U.S. government sues to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger [updated]

August 31st, 2011

The United States government has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, saying that such a deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the U.S. wireless market. Bloomberg reports that the complaint was filed by the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday, and the government is asking for …

Verizon wants Obama to curtail potential patent war damages

August 24th, 2011

Verizon Communications’ chief counsel Randal Milch wants United States President Barack Obama to limit potential damages relating to the ongoing patent wars sweeping technology companies in the U.S. As the number of patent complaints among major handset vendors around the world continues to grow, several companies have turned to the U.S. International Trade Commission in an effort …

Microsoft moves to block sale of Motorola Android phones

August 23rd, 2011

Microsoft opened its case in front of the United States International Trade Commission on Monday in an attempt to block Motorola Mobility from selling its Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq XT, Devour and Backflip smartphones in the U.S. Microsoft believes that Motorola Mobility is infringing on seven of its patents related to how a user …

British Parliament member calls for BBM suspension following London riots

August 9th, 2011

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has agreed to work with London authorities as they begin their investigation into recent riots. According to some Londoners, rioters were using RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger service, along with social networks such as Twitter, to organize the attacks. “It is clear that technology is being used, including in demonstrations, to direct …

Apple blocks sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in EU

August 9th, 2011

German news outlet Financial Informer reported on Tuesday that Apple has won a preliminary injunction to stop the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the whole of the European Union except for the Netherlands. The Regional Court of Düsseldorf appears to have sided with Apple’s claims that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes on intellectual …

Apple blocks Samsung from selling Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia

August 1st, 2011

Apple has inked an agreement with Samsung in Australia that prevents the South Korean company from selling its competing Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet there. According to Bloomberg, Samsung cannot sell the tablet until Australian courts rule whether or not the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes on 10 Apple patents. Apple alleges that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 …

Comcast, others blocking access to The Pirate Bay [Updated]

May 12th, 2011

Reports have begun sprouting up all over the Internet claiming that Comcast, and a handful of other ISPs, are blocking access to torrent treasure trove, The Pirate Bay. Being a Comcast customer here in Boston, I thought it might be a good time to test the reports. My findings: yup, they’re definitely blocking it. Attempts to …