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DailyDirt: Nothing To Fear, Maybe

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The urban legend about poisoned candy on Halloween has pushed parents away from handing out home-made treats -- even though the realistic odds of finding dangerous treats is vanishingly small. Still, there are some crazy people out there, so maybe it's better safe than sorry. Just know that getting hit...
DailyDirt: Nothing To Fear, Maybe

No News Is Good News? Dropbox Says No Intrusions Found, Investigation Continues

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Dropbox says it hasn’t found intrusions into its internal systems or any cases of unauthorized activity in user accounts. Earlier this week, the company appeared to be suffering from what looked like a security breach. Users, mainly those based in Europe, were being sent unsolicited spam emails related to European casino scams....
No News Is Good News? Dropbox Says No Intrusions Found, Investigation Continues

How NatWest's IT meltdown developed

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Guardian's investigations suggest bank's problems began on Tuesday night when it updated key piece of software called CA-7NatWest has admitted that it could not say exactly how much money should be in individual accounts as the crisis caused by a failed software update last week spiralled out of control for...
How NatWest's IT meltdown developed

Obama signs Safe Web Act into law, extends FTC power to combat online scam artists

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See that guy? The one in the bubble? He's probably up to no good. Thanks to President Obama, however, he's going to have a much harder time duping innocent young ladies like the one also shown here. Per The Hill, the POTUS has just signed into law the Safe...
Obama signs Safe Web Act into law, extends FTC power to combat online scam artists

Good Question: Why Is Eric Holder In Charge Of Investigation Of Eric Holder Spying On Journalists?

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We noted earlier that President Obama has expressed concern about the chilling effects his own administration has caused on investigative reporting by aggressively spying on journalists reporting on government actions, even to the point of accusing some of being co-conspirators and/or using the Espionage Act against whistleblowers and reporters. That...
Good Question: Why Is Eric Holder In Charge Of Investigation Of Eric Holder Spying On Journalists?
Samsung supplier employs underage workers, says China Labor Watch

US ITC begins pilot to speed up disposal of patent cases

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The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched a pilot program to test whether early rulings on identified crucial issues in some investigations could limit unnecessary litigation, saving time and costs for all sides.One such "dispositive" issue, though not the only one, could be the existence of a domestic industry...
US ITC begins pilot to speed up disposal of patent cases

Post-IPO, Facebook will have to make privacy investigations public

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When it comes to information privacy concerns, Facebook already has a bullseye on its back. That won't change now that Facebook is going public in its highly anticipated Initial Public Offering (IPO). But disclosure rules affecting publicly traded companies may force Facebook to reveal privacy-related investigations that it otherwise might...
Post-IPO, Facebook will have to make privacy investigations public

Danish Police Accidentally Censor Over 8,000 Sites As Child Porn... Including Facebook & Google

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Reminiscent of the mooo.com screwup in the US, where Homeland Security's ICE division "accidentally" seized 84,000 sites and plastered them over with a warning graphic about how they'd been seized by the US government for child porn, the Danish police similarly "accidentally" had 8,000 legitimate sites declared as child porn...
Danish Police Accidentally Censor Over 8,000 Sites As Child Porn... Including Facebook & Google

News Corp. Takes $2.8 Billion Charge

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Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesNews Corp. missed its quarterly numbers today by reporting adjusted earnings of 32 cents a share on revenue of $8.4 billion; the Street was expecting 32 cents and $8.7 billion. More interesting is the $2.8 billion “non-cash impairment charge” the company disclosed but didn’t explain in any detail....
News Corp. Takes $2.8 Billion Charge

Phone Hacking Case Cost News Corp. $87 Million In Q4 (NWS)

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News Corp. Q4 earnings are out, and operating income is up 16% to 1.50 billion. But despite this good news, the company's Q4 financials "include $87 million of charges related to the ongoing investigations initiated upon the closure of The News of the World." That's about .06% of its...
Phone Hacking Case Cost News Corp. $87 Million In Q4 (NWS)

Europe Opens Patent Investigations Into Motorola Mobility

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The European Union's competition office on Tuesday opened two antitrust cases against Motorola Mobility for possible patent abuses following complaints by two rivals, Microsoft and Apple. The cases mark the latest stage in what has become a full-blown battle over the ownership of essential technologies that help power mobile and...
Europe Opens Patent Investigations Into Motorola Mobility

Judge Denies FBI Request to Hack Computer

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A judge in Texas denied a request by the Federal Bureau of Investigation this week for what he describes as a warrant to remotely “hack a computer suspected of criminal use,” raising questions about the legal requirements for the government to use computer hacking techniques in investigations. The case offers...
Judge Denies FBI Request to Hack Computer

Microsoft's Xbox cleared of Google patent violation charge

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An administrative law judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled against a ban on Microsoft's Xbox as he found it did not violate a patent owned by Motorola Mobility. In a one-paragraph ruling, Judge David P. Shaw gave an initial determination that the Xbox did not violate...
Microsoft's Xbox cleared of Google patent violation charge

Ericsson denies bad faith as ITC judges set schedules in two cases involving Samsung

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This is an update on three recently-instituted ITC investigations involving Samsung Electronics (but not Apple, for a change).Ericsson denies bad faith in connection with reissue patentOn Monday Samsung opposed Ericsson's motion to amend its November 30, 2012 complaint, arguing that the assertion of the '888 patent was made in bad faith...
Ericsson denies bad faith as ITC judges set schedules in two cases involving Samsung

Class action trial over e-book pricing at least one year away

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New court filings related to an alleged conspiracy between Apple and publishers over e-book prices show the matter may not be resolved until 2014 or later. The filings reflect the sprawling dimensions of the litigation and also underscore how the legal system moves at a much slower pace than the...
Class action trial over e-book pricing at least one year away
Does Daisey’s lie change what we know about Apple’s manufacturing?

FTC probes mobile apps firms over child privacy concerns

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The Federal Trade Commission said Monday it has launched multiple investigations into mobile apps companies that have potentially violated child online privacy laws. The action comes after the agency completed a comprehensive survey of Apple's and Google's mobile apps stores, where the agency found the vast majority of developers of...
FTC probes mobile apps firms over child privacy concerns

FLA Investigation Into Foxconn Finds 'Significant Issues'

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In the first findings of its investigations into labor practices, the Fair Labor Association said it found "significant issues" at three factories in China....
FLA Investigation Into Foxconn Finds 'Significant Issues'

Still Below Offering Price, But Facebook Stock Got a 10 Percent Boost This Week

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For those keeping track — and there are many, as the investigations and recriminations into its borked IPO continue — the shares of Facebook moved strongly upward this week. The stock of the social networking site closed at $33.05 on Friday, up almost four percent. For the week, the...
Still Below Offering Price, But Facebook Stock Got a 10 Percent Boost This Week

After Death of Sattar Beheshti, Iranian Blogger, Head of Tehran's Cybercrimes Unit Is Fired

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The dismissal of the commander, Gen. Saeed Shokrian, follows investigations by Parliament and Iran's judiciary into the unexplained death of the blogger, Sattar Beheshti....
After Death of Sattar Beheshti, Iranian Blogger, Head of Tehran's Cybercrimes Unit Is Fired
Google accused of withholding evidence in antitrust probe

FACT Turn Up at Torrent Site Owner's House Demanding Domain Names

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There are many file-sharing sites operated by individuals in the United States and over the years they have become acutely aware that their activities could land them in trouble. As a result most take precautions to hide who they are. UK site admins may soon feel the need to more...
FACT Turn Up at Torrent Site Owner's House Demanding Domain Names

Google's Motorola Unexpectedly Withdraws Its Latest ITC Complaint Against Apple

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In August, Google’s Motorola Mobility filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), asking to ITC to basically ban the import of virtually all of Apple’s hardware products. A few weeks ago, the ITC decided to formally investigate these claims. Now, however, Motorola has unexpectedly...
Google's Motorola Unexpectedly Withdraws Its Latest ITC Complaint Against Apple
Google faces investigations in Europe and U.S. for violating Safari’s privacy controls

US ITC begins pilot to speed up disposal of patent cases

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The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched a pilot program to test whether early rulings on identified crucial issues in some investigations could limit unnecessary litigation, saving time and costs for all sides....
US ITC begins pilot to speed up disposal of patent cases

Facebook’s first week is the worst of any IPO in 10 years

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Facebook’s first five days as a public company saw its value drop 13.1 percent, the worst first-week performance of any initial public offering in a decade. That’s the sorry picture compiled by Bloomberg at the close of trading yesterday. In contrast, Visa’s 2008 IPO resulted in a first-week bump...
Facebook’s first week is the worst of any IPO in 10 years

EU, U.S. antitrust officials to meet about Google investigations

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The heads of separate probes into the Web giant's business practices will meet next week in Europe, The Wall Street Journal reports. [Read more]...
EU, U.S. antitrust officials to meet about Google investigations

Google facing new privacy probes over Safari tracker, report says

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Google is reportedly facing new investigations in the United States and Europe over its admission that it was using code to bypass privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Federal Trade Commission is looking into whether Google’s Safari actions violated its settlement with...
Google facing new privacy probes over Safari tracker, report says

New NSA Warrantless Tactics Reveal Little Room For Presumption Of Innocence

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The Guardian released new details about the National Security Agency’s spying practices, which reveals how analysts can store vast sums of data without a warrant. Specifically, if the NSA “inadvertently” stumbles upon anything related to a potential crime, it can store the data for later investigations. Quite reasonably, the Supreme...
New NSA Warrantless Tactics Reveal Little Room For Presumption Of Innocence
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