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Facebook’s $10 million privacy payout: why you get nothing

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The technology industry is trapped in a cycle of privacy breaches and class action lawsuits that does nothing for the average internet user. The new Facebook settlement is just the latest example. If you missed it, Facebook says it will pay $10 million to compensate users who were turned into...
Facebook’s $10 million privacy payout: why you get nothing
Lawdingo, The Startup That Lets You Talk To Lawyers Instantly, Joins Y Combinator

Apple v. Samsung: Whose lawyers are getting paid in the smartphone wars?

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Apple v. Samsung, the first big patent trial between smartphone competitors, is scheduled to start next Monday in a San Jose federal court. The case has been going on more than 15 months already, producing scads of cash for the law firms representing both sides. Now, more information is coming...
Apple v. Samsung: Whose lawyers are getting paid in the smartphone wars?

Copyright Trolls Order WordPress To Hand Over Critics' IP Addresses

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Copyright trolls, wherever they try to do business in the world, meet resistance. Their work is appreciated by few outside of their inner circle and often frowned upon by fellow law firms, copyright owners and the public, who see their work as one step away from outright extortion. While they...
Copyright Trolls Order WordPress To Hand Over Critics' IP Addresses

Apple's AuthenTec buy already under 'investigation' for class-action suit

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Following the announcement of Apple's purchase of AuthenTec on Friday, a pair of law firms are "investigating" the security company's board of directors for possible breaches of fiduciary responsibility....
Apple's AuthenTec buy already under 'investigation' for class-action suit

DealBook: Start-Up Looks to Make Law Firm Billing More Transparent

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Amid questions about industry practices, Viewabill offers law firms an app that can show their clients in real time what they are being charged for.    ...
DealBook: Start-Up Looks to Make Law Firm Billing More Transparent

Porn copyright troll sues AT&T and Comcast, says they side with pirates

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One of the nation's most prolific P2P copyright trolls has raised the stakes in its ongoing fight with two leading ISPs, naming AT&T and Comcast as defendants in an Illinois lawsuit. The law firms behind these mass lawsuits have accused ISPs of trying to profit from their customers' infringing activity...
Porn copyright troll sues AT&T and Comcast, says they side with pirates

Groupon's Shares Continue Falling to Close at All-Time Low

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Everyone loves a discount, and yet, no one seems to be buying. Less than five months after going public, Groupon’s stock is trading more than half off. The daily deals company’s shares slid another 3.2 percent, or 48 cents today, to close at $14.54 a share. That’s less than half...
Groupon's Shares Continue Falling to Close at All-Time Low

University Students and Staff Sued For Pirating 50 Cent Movie

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Earlier this week and following the filing of dozens of file-sharing infringement lawsuits in the United States, hope came to a court room in Los Angeles as the trolls of Prenda Law finally began to receive their comeuppance. After their no-show Monday they will all have to appear in court...
University Students and Staff Sued For Pirating 50 Cent Movie

Another Taxi App Is Coming to New York

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Ms. Herman. (Photo: Twitter) There is something alluring to entrepreneurs about the New York taxi system. Mainly, it’s messy. One taxi drives around W. 4th St., looking for fares, while around the corner a frazzled passenger tries vainly to hail one of the occupied cabs on Seventh Ave. How inefficient!...
Another Taxi App Is Coming to New York

Biglaw Partner's Company Patent Trolls Firm Client

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Cross-posted from "Siri? How do I commit a massive breach of my professional and ethical obligations?" As previewed in Morning Docket, a Morgan Lewis partner allegedly patent trolled a firm client. I say "allegedly" not to suggest there's any question over whether the partner owned the trolling company, but...
Biglaw Partner's Company Patent Trolls Firm Client

A Startup Is Making Private Jets Cheaper For People Who Already Fly First Class

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First class air travelers who want to upgrade to private jets without the extra cost have an option in a newly launched startup. Jumpjet founder Will Ashcroft describes his company as a "private travel club," with price points matching that of first class travel on large airlines. On top of...
A Startup Is Making Private Jets Cheaper For People Who Already Fly First Class
Nationwide Insurance uses lawyers to protect details of October security breach

Maxis and Electronic Arts sue Zynga over The Ville

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One of many images from EA's filing demonstrating the similarities between The Ville and The Sims Social. EA v. Zynga complaint It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for Zynga, whose less-than-stellar earnings report last Friday was quickly followed by allegations of insider trading by no fewer than...
Maxis and Electronic Arts sue Zynga over The Ville

Federal Circuit schedules Galaxy Nexus injunction appeal hearing for August 20

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit just decided to hear Samsung's appeal of Apple's preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus smartphone on August 20 (click on the image to enlarge or read the text below the image):"The motion to expedite oral argument is granted. Oral argument will...
Federal Circuit schedules Galaxy Nexus injunction appeal hearing for August 20

US Gov't Says Megaupload Shouldn't Be Allowed To Use Top Law Firm It Hired For Its Defense

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The US government seems to be bending over backwards to make sure that Megaupload cannot get a fair trial. Perhaps they're finally realizing that their own indictment had serious problems and figure the best way to get past that is to make it that much harder for Megaupload to defend...
US Gov't Says Megaupload Shouldn't Be Allowed To Use Top Law Firm It Hired For Its Defense

For Law Firms, This Chart Says It All

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For Law Firms, This Chart Says It All

Publisher LegalZoom files to go public

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With revenue up 29 percent last year, do-it-yourself law shop LegalZoom filed for an IPO today. The company, which makes a range of low-cost legal products aimed at small businesses and consumers, said it earned $156 million in 2011. Its S1 filing did not include the number of shares it...
Publisher LegalZoom files to go public
The Series A Bottleneck Grows Tighter, Fenwick Survey Shows
Leading porn troll's mastermind is the world's most evasive witness

Court Says Copying Journal Articles To Show Prior Art In Patent Proceedings Is Fair Use

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Here's one that touches on both patents and copyrights. Last year, we wrote about how some academic journals were ridiculously claiming that law firms, who made copies of journal articles to submit to the US Patent and Trademark Office to show examples of prior art, were infringing on their copyrights....
Court Says Copying Journal Articles To Show Prior Art In Patent Proceedings Is Fair Use

TigerText adds secure messaging to Dropbox in bid to rid the world of bicycle couriers

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Secure messaging outfit TigerText has mixed its sauce with Dropbox's API to make a private communications goulash that could spell doom for the humble bicycle courier. The technological team-up enables users to share documents with a pre-set lifespan and recall an attachment if you really didn't mean to send...
TigerText adds secure messaging to Dropbox in bid to rid the world of bicycle couriers

Facebook Class-Action Suit is Just a Speed Bump

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Facebook is negotiating a settlement to a class-action lawsuit filed by members who objected to the social network using their likenesses to pitch products in ads called sponsored stories. Given the importance of these ads to Facebook's business, what impact will the case have on the company? Most marketers know...
Facebook Class-Action Suit is Just a Speed Bump

Another day, another desk: GigaOM tests out New York's coworking spaces

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The workspaces: The Alley DUMBO Startup Lab Fueled General Assembly Green Spaces Grind Hive55 New Work City Projective Space Secret Clubhouse WeWork WixView as a single page See them on a map:View Larger Map Free-flowing beer, midday yoga and new classes to choose. My life in college? No, my month...
Another day, another desk: GigaOM tests out New York's coworking spaces

US Continues To Try To Block Megaupload From Using Its Lawyers, Pretends It Has Jurisdiction Over The World

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Following some filings by Megaupload's lawyers in the US, the US Attorneys office has shot back, asking the court to deny all of the company's requests. And, it goes even further than that: seeking to deny Megaupload the ability to use the topnotch lawyers it hired. This part is not...
US Continues To Try To Block Megaupload From Using Its Lawyers, Pretends It Has Jurisdiction Over The World

$6.6 Million Ruling Against Lyrics Site, Once Again, Shows How Short Sighted Music Industry Is

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For many years now, we've covered how music publishers have gone after all sorts of sites that post song lyrics, arguing infringement. As we've noted time and time again, this whole thing seems short sighted in the extreme. Lyrics sites don't take away from interest in a song, they only...
$6.6 Million Ruling Against Lyrics Site, Once Again, Shows How Short Sighted Music Industry Is

Silicon Valley's secret weapon for patent law raises $2M

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Just days after Kodak lost a landmark suit against Apple and Rim, a machine learning technology that took Stanford researchers six years to develop, will bring Big Data to one of the most complex and convoluted areas of the law. Lex Machina, a startup that uses data to manage patent...
Silicon Valley's secret weapon for patent law raises $2M

Global Litigation Spurs Hiring of Bilingual Lawyers

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International business disputes--such as the one between Apple and Samsung--mean law firms are bringing in flocks of attorneys with foreign-language skills, making for a bright spot in an otherwise dreary legal jobs market....
Global Litigation Spurs Hiring of Bilingual Lawyers

USPTO Says Copies Of Academic Articles Submitted As Prior Art Are Covered By Fair Use

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With all the heat that publishers are starting to feel from the academic community, you might have thought that they'd avoid upsetting anyone else. But it seems that some publishers have decided to go after lawyers who make patent applications that include copies of academic articles as prior art. As...
USPTO Says Copies Of Academic Articles Submitted As Prior Art Are Covered By Fair Use
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