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by Heather Whitney Google calls competitors’ patent acquisition anticompetitive; Microsoft claims Google was invited Techcrunch reports that Google accused Microsoft of buying the Nortel patents in order to supress competition from Android, Google’s popular mobile operating system. On Wednesday, Google SVP and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond released a blog post calling, among other things, the recent Nortel patent auction win by a consortium including competitors Microsoft, Apple, and Oracle anticompetitive, done to stifle Android innovation through litigation. On Thursday, Microsoft’s ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 10 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Andrew Crocker Activist Arrested for Allegedly Hacking JSTOR On July 19, police arrested Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old programmer and Internet activist, in Cambridge, Massachusetts for allegedly committing wire and computer fraud when he downloaded approximately 4.8 million scholarly articles and other files from the JSTOR database, reports the New York Times.  As alleged in the indictment, beginning in September 2010, Swartz used MIT’s network to run an automated script to download the material from JSTOR, and eventually physically jacked ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 2 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Michael Hoven TSA to Revamp Full-Body Scanners Despite Legal Victory The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it would upgrade the software on controversial full-body scanners in order to better protect the privacy of travelers, says Wired. Instead of creating a nude image of the traveler, the new Automated Target Recognition software will produce a “generic outline of a person,” according to the TSA. The announcement came shortly after the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 25 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
by Michael Adelman Major US Internet Service Providers and Media Organizations Agree to “Six Strikes” Copyright Enforcement Plan Last week, major ISP’s such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable voluntarily agreed to help copyright owners by implementing a series of warnings and penalties for users suspected of downloading copyright infringing material, Ars Technica reports. When copyright holders detect alleged illegal file sharing, they will notify the ISP’s, who have committed to forward these notices to subscribers (but ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 19 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Daniel Robinson Wikileaks Plans to Sue Credit Card Companies for Blocking Payments Wikileaks intends to sue Visa and Mastercard for blocking payments to the site, CBS News reports. The credit card companies have blocked all donations and payments to WikiLeaks since last December, allegedly in response to pressure by the United States government. Wikileaks claims that the companies’ actions violated the Competition Rules of the European Union, and it intends to file a complaint with the European Commission and ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 6 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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