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Judge dismisses Novell's Windows 95 antitrust claims

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The year is 2012, Microsoft is getting set to release Windows 8, and the court system just disposed of a case involving Windows 95. But it’s not quite over yet. A federal judge today sided with Microsoft and rejected Novell’s arguments that decisions made by Bill Gates leading up to...
Judge dismisses Novell's Windows 95 antitrust claims

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg hopes to quash subpoena

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The "Lean In" author is looking to avoid testifying against her former employer, Google. Facebook's COO, Sheryl Sandberg is seeking to quash a subpoena that would require her to testify regarding a violation of antitrust laws by Google, Apple, Intuit, Intel, Adobe Systems, Walt Disney and LucasFilm, according to...
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg hopes to quash subpoena

Judge says 'no fundamental right to use Facebook', tosses anti-trust case

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A federal judge ruled that Facebook has the right to exclude users if they install a program that alters the look of its website and swaps out its ad offerings. In a ruling issued Thursday in San Diego, US District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo dismissed an antitrust complaint filed by...
Judge says 'no fundamental right to use Facebook', tosses anti-trust case

Standard-essential patent litigation arrives in India as Ericsson sues local player Micromax

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Reports by the Times of India and the Economic Times (apparently sister publications) show that standard-essential patent (SEP) enforcement increasingly also takes place in Asia. According to the reports, Ericsson has sued local player Micromax.The Delhi High Court reportedly ordered Micromax to make a deposit "between 1.25% and 2% of...
Standard-essential patent litigation arrives in India as Ericsson sues local player Micromax

Dying optical drive segment faces EU price fixing investigation

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The European Commission has never shied away from flexing its regulatory muscles where it perceives consumer injustice to exist, as both Microsoft and Intel can attest (both have been hit with billions of dollars in fines over the years). But targeting the optical disk drive (ODD) industry? That almost seems...
Dying optical drive segment faces EU price fixing investigation

Google warned it could face more antitrust trouble in Europe

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EU competition commissioner says Google's concessions do not go far enough to ease concerns that it used its search clout to block rivalsEurope's antitrust chief has publicly warned Google that it could face charges of breaching EU rules, and be fined, unless it does more to ease concerns that it...
Google warned it could face more antitrust trouble in Europe

The Justice Department finally catches up to Steve Jobs

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Warns Apple and five book publishers that they are about be sued for collusion The iBookstore on an iPad The late Steve Jobs was never one to worry much about antitrust laws. He made a casual agreement with Google (GOOG) in 2008 not to poach one anothers’ top employees that...
The Justice Department finally catches up to Steve Jobs

HUGE WIN FOR GOOGLE: Antitrust Investigation May End This Week After Two Minor Concessions (GOOG, MSFT)

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(Updates with Fairsearch.org comment in ninth paragraph.)   Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. is poised to offer voluntary concessions that will end a 20-month U.S. antitrust probe of its business practices without any enforcement action being taken, two people familiar with the matter said. Google, which has been under...
HUGE WIN FOR GOOGLE: Antitrust Investigation May End This Week After Two Minor Concessions (GOOG, MSFT)
Apple asks judge to throw out app monopoly lawsuit, says there's 'nothing illegal' about a closed system

FTC staff recommends suing Google via antitrust law over FRAND patent abuse

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has made a formal recommendation to its commissioners to sue Google for violation of antitrust laws after the search giant attempted to block the sale of competitors' products using standards essential patents....
FTC staff recommends suing Google via antitrust law over FRAND patent abuse

Senator Al Franken on Facebook and Google: “You are not their client, you are their product”

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United States Senator Al Franken spoke to the American Bar Association last night on the topic of antitrust laws in the US and had some interesting thoughts throughout his speech. He started out by talking about general antitrust issues that most of us know about, like having the option to...
Senator Al Franken on Facebook and Google: “You are not their client, you are their product”

FTC issues approval for Facebook-Instagram deal to move forward

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The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has closed its investigation of the Facebook-Instagram acquisition without taking any action, which will allow the deal to move forward. The commission was unanimous in its decision to end investigation into whether the deal violated antitrust laws. The FTC regularly looks into...
FTC issues approval for Facebook-Instagram deal to move forward

A U.S. law firm is looking to raise an antitrust suit over Facebook Credits

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At the sniff of Facebook’s upcoming IPO, it seems that the trolls are creeping out from under the bridge in the hope of grabbing a piece of the action. A US law firm has announced that it is looking to put together a case against Facebook Credits, which it claims could violate...
A U.S. law firm is looking to raise an antitrust suit over Facebook Credits
FTC reportedly finds Google did not violate antitrust laws

Facebook roundup: employees sell shares, anti-trust suit over Credits, Nasdaq compensation plan and more

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Facebook execs and board member sell some shares – With the end of an employee lockout this week, some top Facebook executives have sold portions of their shares. COO Sheryl Sandberg sold less than 2 percent of her shares for more than $7.4 million. Chief Accounting Officer David Spillane sold 256,000 shares, which...
Facebook roundup: employees sell shares, anti-trust suit over Credits, Nasdaq compensation plan and more

Search stays the same: feds and Google settle antitrust issues

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In a long-awaited announcement, the Federal Trade Commission confirmed Thursday that it has reached a settlement with Google after a nearly two year investigation into how the search giant treats competitors. The deal will force Google to change some of its patent practices but will have relatively little effect on...
Search stays the same: feds and Google settle antitrust issues

Google CEO Page said to meet with FTC

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Google CEO Larry Page met with officials from the FTC this week in an attempt to convince regulators that the company hasn't broken antitrust laws, reports say....
Google CEO Page said to meet with FTC

Op-ed: Imminent "six strikes" Copyright Alert System needs antitrust scrutiny

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With the "Copyright Alert System" going into operation over the next few months, major American ISPs will start sending out "strikes" to users accused of infringing copyrights online. Sean Flaim, who has just completed extensive research on the topic, argues that the system has real benefits—but it needs close...
Op-ed: Imminent "six strikes" Copyright Alert System needs antitrust scrutiny

3Taps Is Planning To File A Countersuit Against Craigslist Tomorrow, Citing Antitrust Laws And Uncompetitive Behavior

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The legal fight between mega-listings site Craigslist and third parties that have used its data in their own applications looks like it is taking on a new dimension this week. 3Taps, the company sued by Craigslist in July over 3Taps’ Craigslist data API, is planning to file a countersuit against Craigslist, citing unfair...
3Taps Is Planning To File A Countersuit Against Craigslist Tomorrow, Citing Antitrust Laws And Uncompetitive Behavior

EU regulators consider antitrust charges over iPhone deals

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European Union regulators are examining whether or not the deals Apple signs with cellphone carriers might violate antitrust laws, the New York Times reports. Several carriers are said to have complained that Apple's arrangements hurt competition; a source for the Times adds that while no formal complaints have been filed,...
EU regulators consider antitrust charges over iPhone deals

Spanish Recording Industry Lobbyists Sue Professor For Highlighting Its Monopolistic Practices

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Yet again, we're left scratching our heads at the basic failure of recording industry lobbyists to think about the consequences of their actions. The latest is that Promusicae, the Spanish recording industry lobbying group that is associated with the IFPI (which, itself is associated with the RIAA) has sued Spanish...
Spanish Recording Industry Lobbyists Sue Professor For Highlighting Its Monopolistic Practices

FTC closes Google antitrust investigation: Google agrees to modify search practices, license Motorola patents on fair terms

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The FTC is right now announcing the results of its nearly two-year long investigation into antitrust claims surrounding some of the Google’s core businesses. The Wall Street Journal is posting live updates from the press conference and, as expected, Google has agreed to voluntarily modify some of its search...
FTC closes Google antitrust investigation: Google agrees to modify search practices, license Motorola patents on fair terms

Supreme Court Says Patent Abuse Can Violate Antitrust Laws

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We've been writing about the crazy world of pay for delay agreements by big pharmaceutical companies for years now. The short version of it is that big pharmaceutical companies pay off small generic pharma companies to prevent them from offering generic drugs. The actual process by which they do so...
Supreme Court Says Patent Abuse Can Violate Antitrust Laws

FRAND abuse: German court hands Motorola an injunction against Windows 7 and Xbox 360

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This morning, Judge Dr. Holger Kircher of the Landgericht Mannheim (Mannheim Regional Court) handed down his postponed ruling on a set of four closely-related Motorola lawsuits against Microsoft. Motorola won an injunction (which it won't be allowed to enforce, at least not immediately, for reasons discussed below) against the further...
FRAND abuse: German court hands Motorola an injunction against Windows 7 and Xbox 360

How much is each Facebook user worth?

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Facebook’s latest valuation just reached over $100 billion, and for some reason that struck a chord with me, especially considering the number of users on Facebook. So, just because it’s an interesting thing to think about and not a serious calculation, we decided to do some math: We reported earlier today that the last auction of...
How much is each Facebook user worth?

Samsung target of official EU antitrust probe

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The European Commission announced on Tuesday that it has opened a formal investigation to decide whether Samsung's use of standard-essential FRAND patents as leverage in high profile cases, such as the company's worldwide battle with Apple, violates EU antitrust laws....
Samsung target of official EU antitrust probe

EU details concerns about alleged smartcard chip cartel

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The European Commission announced on Monday that it has launched an investigation into a group of chip suppliers who are suspected breaking the European Union's antitrust laws by operating a cartel....
EU details concerns about alleged smartcard chip cartel
Zynga strikes back hard at EA in copyright infringement case
Consumer Federation adds voice to growing Verizon-cable opposition
EMI terminates its music licensing contract with Grooveshark
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