Booting Up: ACTA Down

Booting Up: ACTA Down

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Mr. Ceglia. (facebook.com) U.S. and European regulators approve Google's acquisition of Motorola [Reuters] Judge says upstate New Yorker Paul Ceglia owes Facebook $76,000 and counting [ZDNet] ACTA, international anti-piracy agreement, loses support in Europe [The Guardian] One of Yahoo's biggest shareholders proposes a slate of directors, saying the company needs...
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