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Unlocking new phones now banned under DMCA, but carriers are in the clear

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It was great while it lasted, but the days of users legally unlocking their own phones is over. Back in October of last year, the Library of Congress added an exemption to the DMCA to allow folks to free their new phones for 90 days. That three month window...
Unlocking new phones now banned under DMCA, but carriers are in the clear

Samsung faces two-front patent war as Ericsson files suit in Texas

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Samsung is already embroiled in a worldwide patent fight with Apple, but the company will now face a patent attack from another direction. Swedish telecom giant Ericsson sued Samsung today, saying the Korean company wouldn't renew a patent cross-licensing agreement after two years of negotiation. Samsung refused a deal on...
Samsung faces two-front patent war as Ericsson files suit in Texas

ABC's livestreaming TV app comes to Kindle Fire

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Following its initial launch on iOS, broadcast television network ABC is bringing its livestreaming app “Watch ABC” to Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD, the company announced today. The app itself will bring live TV to the Kindle Fire as its broadcasted on regular television. It also offers...
ABC's livestreaming TV app comes to Kindle Fire

Google faces class action lawsuits against new privacy policy

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Google faces consumer complaints in federal courts in New York and California which claim that its new privacy policy violates the company's earlier policies which promised that information provided by a user for one service would not be used by another service without the consumer's consent....
Google faces class action lawsuits against new privacy policy

Samsung's designarounds may complicate ITC investigation of Apple's complaint

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Companies can change smartphones (especially their operating software) more quickly than federal courts and the ITC can rule on infringement complaints. This is a problem in many cases, but the dispute between Apple and Samsung is the highest-profile one in which this matters. As a result, court rulings will formally...
Samsung's designarounds may complicate ITC investigation of Apple's complaint

Songwriters: piracy "dwarfs bank robbery," FBI must act

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The Songwriters Guild of America has a message for the government: start prosecuting file-sharers, both criminally and civilly, because file-sharing is much worse than bank robbery. "There are numerous economic crimes of much lesser magnitude (such as bank robbery) that are routinely and fully investigated, for which law enforcement...
Songwriters: piracy "dwarfs bank robbery," FBI must act

Kim Dotcom issues a white paper calling on US officials to investigate Megaupload prosecution by DOJ

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Kim Dotcom and two lawyers, Robert Amsterdam and Ira P. Rothken, have published a white paper today defending the Internet entrepreneur against a criminal prosecution issued by the United States government. The report says the copyright case against Megaupload, the previous file sharing service run by Kim Dotcom, is based...
Kim Dotcom issues a white paper calling on US officials to investigate Megaupload prosecution by DOJ

Copyright troll smacked down again after fleeing to Florida

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John Steele is one of the nation's most prolific copyright trolls. Last year, an Illinois federal judge wrote that Steele had "abused the litigation system in more than one way." Apparently undeterred by the thumping he received in Illinois federal courts, Steele has joined a new firm and shifted...
Copyright troll smacked down again after fleeing to Florida

Cablevision suit against Viacom could lead to the unbundling of cable channels

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Cablevision has announced a lawsuit against Viacom, pitting the cable provider against the content company, alleging illegal antitrust infringements. The gist of the suit is that Cablevision is suing Viacom for, in its view, forcing it to carry fringe channels along with its more popular content. Cablevision states in its release that...
Cablevision suit against Viacom could lead to the unbundling of cable channels

Megaupload Points Out That The DOJ Has Contradicted Itself Concerning Legality Of Serving Megaupload

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Earlier this month, we pointed out that the Justice Department had asked the federal courts to amend the federal rules concerning issuing a summons on a corporation. As the filing made clear, they were concerned about being able to serve criminal complaints on foreign companies with no US presence, since...
Megaupload Points Out That The DOJ Has Contradicted Itself Concerning Legality Of Serving Megaupload

PeopleBrowsr Vs. Twitter Legal Battle Returns to California Court

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PeopleBrowsr won a small victory in its ongoing litigation with Twitter on Wednesday, winning a decision to keep the case inside the state of California at the San Francisco Superior Court. It’s a long, complicated history between the two technology companies, but here’s the gist: PeopleBrowsr relies on access to...
PeopleBrowsr Vs. Twitter Legal Battle Returns to California Court

Twitter Settles Firehose Access Dispute With PeopleBrowsr

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iStockphoto.com/pablohartTwitter and PeopleBrowsr have settled ongoing litigation between the two companies as of Thursday, effectively soon ending a long-standing agreement which gave PeopleBrowsr direct, unfettered access to Twitter’s rich stream of constantly flowing data. The settlement came after a battle between the two that spanned the past six months, which...
Twitter Settles Firehose Access Dispute With PeopleBrowsr

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

Google-HTC patent purchase agreement under pressure in Delaware

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This is a follow-up to a post I did in July on clues to the terms of a Google-HTC rent-a-patent agreement that had only one purpose: to give the Taiwanese device maker some temporary ammunition to use against Apple. A few months ago, the ITC already threw out five of...
Google-HTC patent purchase agreement under pressure in Delaware

Comcast Protests “Shake Down” of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates

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United States citizens who download and share copyrighted files through BitTorrent risk being monitored and in some cases subjected to legal action. In recent years more than a quarter million alleged BitTorrent users have been sued in federal courts. Most of the lawsuits are initiated by adult entertainment companies, but...
Comcast Protests “Shake Down” of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates

Huawei and ZTE mention Microsoft 42 times in joint 15-page FRAND motion in InterDigital case

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Just like the "no injunction over FRAND-pledged patents"> part of Judge Richard Posner's Apple v. Motorola ruling is highly influential, Judge James Robart of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington -- with support from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit --...
Huawei and ZTE mention Microsoft 42 times in joint 15-page FRAND motion in InterDigital case

Court: If Violating Your Privacy Helps The Police, It's Not Violating Your Privacy

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In a horrifyingly bad ruling, the 6th Circuit appeals court has said that the owner of a prepaid phone has no 4th Amendment rights in protecting his location info from law enforcement. There have been a number of cases touching on this subject, with a few different rulings back and...
Court: If Violating Your Privacy Helps The Police, It's Not Violating Your Privacy
PeopleBrowsr Claims "Twitter Changed Position On Eve of Discovery Battle" Over Federal Jurisdiction Request

Verizon Succesfully Defends Privacy of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates

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Those who download and share copyrighted files through BitTorrent risk being monitored for various reasons. In the United States, those can also include legal action. In recent years more than a quarter million alleged BitTorrent users have been sued in federal courts. One of the copyright holders participating in this...
Verizon Succesfully Defends Privacy of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates

Motorola appeals Microsoft's temporary restraining order to the Ninth Circuit

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In a filing made yesterday in the Western District of Washington, Motorola gave notice of its appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit against the temporary restraining order that prohibits, for the time being, the enforcement of the German patent injunction Motorola won in Mannheim...
Motorola appeals Microsoft's temporary restraining order to the Ninth Circuit

Verizon: We Protect Our Customers' Data... Until The Government Asks For It

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So, Verizon has finally come out with a statement about the fact that they're handing over all data on every call anyone on its network makes to the government. And the response is just as ridiculous as you'd expect: You may have seen stories in the news about a top...
Verizon: We Protect Our Customers' Data... Until The Government Asks For It

Can Crowdsourcing Complete The Job Aaron Swartz Started In Freeing PACER?

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We've talked about the importance of carrying on the work that Aaron Swartz began, and the global efforts at hackathons to do just that. However, a few have started working on very specific proposals to try to carry on some of Aaron's work. Specifically, they're trying to build on the...
Can Crowdsourcing Complete The Job Aaron Swartz Started In Freeing PACER?

Twitter Puts Its Foot Down, Takes Five Biggest Spammers To Federal Court

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A warning: You can only spam Twitter so much before it brings in the law. As Twitter grows — the company now claims to have 140 million active users — naturally, it’s become an attractive target for spammers, which have collectively made their drek a familiar part of the social...
Twitter Puts Its Foot Down, Takes Five Biggest Spammers To Federal Court

ITC judge finds Samsung infringed Apple patent with text-selection feature

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A judge with the US International Trade Commission has issued a preliminary decision that Samsung infringed on one of Apple’s patents with a text-selection feature, Reuters reports. The ITC issued an initial ruling last October that found Samsung to have violated four of Apple’s patents, but two claims had been...
ITC judge finds Samsung infringed Apple patent with text-selection feature

Does TiVo make Products or Patents?

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For all intents and purposes, TiVo “invented” the DVR. Actually, they didn’t, but it’s a fair statement that they first successfully commercialized it and brought the concept to the massess.  Further, they did it with competition (ReplayTV), which is often the exact thing that stalls new consumer technology adoption....
Does TiVo make Products or Patents?

Feds shut down three Android pirated apps sites, more to come?

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In a press release today, the US Department of  Justice said it had seized three domains associated with pirating and distributing Android apps. The three seized domain names – applanet.net, appbucket.net and snappzmarket.com – are in the custody of the federal government and signs are now posted from the FBI, below: “Software apps have...
Feds shut down three Android pirated apps sites, more to come?
Verizon VP admits 'we would have to comply' with secret NSA orders in staff memo

Motorola said Seattle FRAND case could affect ITC Xbox case, initial determination is no import ban

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Late on Monday, Administrative Law Judge David Shaw issued a notice of his initial determination on the ITC investigation of Motorola's November 2010 complaint against Microsoft's Xbox. He deems the Xbox to infringe five Motorola patents, four of which are FRAND-pledged standard-essential patents. Only one of the asserted patent claims...
Motorola said Seattle FRAND case could affect ITC Xbox case, initial determination is no import ban

Google Faces Class Action Lawsuits Against New Privacy Policy

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Google faces consumer complaints in federal courts in New York and California which claim that its new privacy policy violates the company's earlier policies......
Google Faces Class Action Lawsuits Against New Privacy Policy

Verizon says it would hand over phone records if it were to receive an order from the US National Security Agency

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A high-ranking executive at Verizon has reportedly sent a statement to employees addressing an article, published by The Guardian, which suggests that the company has been forced to hand over phone records for millions of its customers to the US National Security Agency. Randy Milch, Executive Vice President of Public...
Verizon says it would hand over phone records if it were to receive an order from the US National Security Agency
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