Courts

Wed
18
Jul
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Going to Court for iPhone Freedom

Just what is the cost of wireless service exclusivity on the iPhone? Last Wednesday marked the first day in the hearing of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, where representatives called for a more open wireless system. ... Both Democrats and Republicans spoke out against the hostage-type contracts, in what's been dubbed the "iPhone hearing." Being discussed is the fact that the iPhone will only work on AT ... (view more)

Fri
13
Jul
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Are Motorola and Nokia Wrongfully Accused?

Recently, a 22-year-old Chinese man died after his Motorola cell phone exploded. In the wake of such a tragedy, government regulators in south China are now discovering unsafe Nokia and Motorola phone batteries that can combust under certain ... conditions. As a result, phones by these companies have recently failed numerous safety tests in the country. Despite the very serious circumstances facing Nokia and Motorola, both are pointing fingers elsewhere. According to company representatives, the batteries found by authorities were unauthorized copycats. (Source: pcworld.com ) The timing and ... (view more)

Mon
25
Jun
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Microsoft Folds Under AntiTrust Pressure

A few days ago, I reported on the face-off between Microsoft and Google. Although hockey season's long over, it seems the two were ready to duke it out over the future of desktop searches within operating systems like Vista. At the heart of the ... matter is Google's complaint that Microsoft's Windows Vista breaks antitrust law by making it exceptionally difficult to install secondary desktop search programs, like Google Desktop. Although Microsoft admits these programs run a bit slow, they still run, and thus, break no antitrust laws. (Source: zdnet.com ) When we reported on the rising ... (view more)

Tue
19
Jun
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Teacher Jailed for Spyware Given New Trial

If you're a teacher, there's certainly extra incentive to routinely update your anti-spyware software. Substitute teacher Julie Amero is proof; not only is the 40-year old facing criticism and the loss of her job (maybe even career), she's recently ... been at the center of a fierce criminal case. Unfortunately for Amero, a pornography pop-up advertisement on her computer flashed just as students were using it. The incident has thrust both Amero and adware into the mainstream spotlight. Prosecutors successfully convicted Amero of four felony counts of "risk of injury to a minor", an offense that ... (view more)

Wed
13
Jun
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Sony Sued for Stealing Security

Another patent infringement occurs in the world of technology. This time, Sony may be the guilty party. Certicom, a Toronto-based development company, is suing the Sony Corporation for patent infringement. The equipment in question includes Sony's ... Playstation 3, DVD players, personal computers, and various high definition televisions and audio products. Sony is accused of breaching Certicom's patents by manufacturing, using, importing, distributing, and selling their products in the United States without Certicom's permission. The violated Certicom patents, employed in content protection ... (view more)

Sun
10
Jun
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TorrentSpy Ordered to Do Just That

Bit Torrents have arisen from the ashes of illegal file sharing protocols like Limewire and Kazaa. Although open source users maintain that the law makes Torrent downloads difficult to condemn, already the digital rights authorities are turning ... their focus to shutting down some of the web's most popular Torrent sites. First up may be TorrentSpy, which has recently been ordered to monitor and track those using its database. The new arrangement is the result of a May court decision which is only now becoming public. A California federal judge has tasked TorrentSpy with keeping a log of its ... (view more)

Wed
06
Jun
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'Spam King' Dethroned!

Mail fraud, identity theft, wire fraud, money laundering, and more -- 35 counts altogether. It was all just another day at the office for Robert Solway: a wealthy 27-year-old man who has been dubbed the "King of Spam." How rich? According to ... prosecutor Kathryn Warmac, Solway has been living in a "ritzy apartment" and cruising around in an expensive and flashy Mercedes-Benz convertible. Yes, he reaped those rewards for annoying us all with insidious junk email. (Sources: itwire.com.au and abcnews.go.com ) Arrested and imprisoned, Solway earns the dubious distinction of being the first spammer ... (view more)

Fri
01
Jun
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Microsoft Sues Pump-and-dump Spammers

Microsoft is suing three perpetrators suspicious of using hotmail networks to endorse stocks. "Pump-and-dump email scams are a form of fraud where the criminals purchase stock in a company -- typically an inexpensive penny stock -- and then promote ... the equity in millions of unsolicited email messages." (Source: wininsider.com ) This quick and easy form of spamming is one of the more profitable styles at the present time. Those responsible for sending pump-and-dump emails gain monetary rewards, whereas Microsoft, on the other hand, is burdened with considerable costs. Research focusing on the ... (view more)

Tue
29
May
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Sony and Blu-ray Concoct Lawsuit

Target Technology (TT), a Californian company is taking legal action against Sony due to claims of patent infringement. The tension was sparked by Sony's use of Blu-ray technology in its PlayStation 3 games console. The angered party contends that ... the technology Sony used to produce Blu-ray discs violates one of its patents. The copyright, which was granted to Sony in 2006, "describes the use of silver-based alloys, which have the advantages of gold in the production of the discs, but at a lower cost." (Source: channelregister.co.uk ) In terms of demands, Target Technology wants three Sony- ... (view more)

Thu
24
May
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Dell Sued for Deceivingly Low Improbable Financing

Dell has come under fire once again -- this time, it's for misleading customers. New York Attorney General Anthony Cuomo has filed a lawsuit against the company claiming that it misled customers on the financing arrangements of their purchases. ... (Source: arstechnica.com ) Specifically, the lawsuit accuses Dell and its Financial Services unit of deceiving customers with enticing financial offers which carried an abundance of restrictions and limitations. Cuomo said that consumers "who purchase Dell's products often find that many of the benefits and inducements featured in Dell's advertisements ... (view more)

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