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Microsoft Protects Copyrights With Google Transparency

Google Transparency
Google’s Transparency Report is a great tool for analyzing how many URL removal requests the search giant is processing. The weekly number of URLs removed  reached about 285,000 the week of May 14. That’s double the 130,000 removals it processed during the week of July 18 a year ago. Microsoft is one of the largest users of Google’s Transparency Report, monitoring it to remove URLs that it believes contain infringed copyrights. Other companies that also rely heavily on it include… continue…

Oracle, Google and the Future of Programming

When a jury ruled that Google violated copyright laws by improperly using Oracle’s Java API to design the Android OS, it couldn’t reach an agreement on Google’s claims of “fair use.” The outcome of this trial will be significant to the future of programming, since it may limit code reuse across languages. Restricting use by forcing payment from licensees could cripple innovation. Multiple sources have already begun to comment on the potential losses, including this from Ars Technica: If the… continue…

Yahoo Board Member Who ‘Vetted’ CEO Will Step Down

Today’s Yahoo news: The board member who oversaw the hiring of CEO Scott Thompson has reportedly decided not to seek re-election at the company’s next annual meeting. In addition to the pressure she’s under at Yahoo, International Game Technology CEO Patti Hart is being pressed by that company’s board to step away from Yahoo so she can focus on her day job. Says Kara Swisher, who first reported the development: The departure makes her the first — but definitely not… continue…

Oracle-Google Mixed Verdict: What’s Next

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Android developers caught a break in the Oracle-Google trial with the jury’s mixed decision Monday. But the trial’s not over and even more litigation is expected. The jury found that Google had infringed on Oracle’s copyrights for the Java programming language, but were deadlocked on whether APIs built with Java constituted fair use of the code. Google will not have to redesign the Android code, nor will developers have to rewrite existing projects, and Oracle will be limited to statutory… continue…

CISPA, Your Privacy and Why You Should Care

Big Brother is Watching You
SOPA, PIPA and ACTA are gone. Say Hello to CISPA. CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act — passed the House of Representatives last week by a vote of 248 to 168. The Senate is now considering the measure. If it passes, it’s not clear it will become law, since President Obama has threatened to veto it. Where SOPA was created to combat piracy, CISPA is intended improve information sharing in order to guard against “cyber threats.” It’s… continue…

Another Back-Room Deal to Prevent Poaching

Chain Link Fence
Apple, Google, Intel, Pixar, Adobe, Intuit — large and prestigious firms — are all named as defendants in an anti-trust lawsuit over their supposed gentleman’s agreement not to poach software engineers from each other. If true, it would mean that if you’re a software engineer at Apple, but you really want to work at Google, well, no Google recruiter was going to call. This isn’t the first whiff of anti-poaching collusion among these companies, either. In 2010, the Department of Justice came… continue…

Big Brother in Your Back Seat

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The Senate’s recently passed transportation bill will require every new car to carry a data-recording “black box” similar the ones used in aircraft. The bill’s expected to pass the House of Representatives and go on to the White House for President Obama’s signature. After 2015, individuals who don’t go along could be subject to civil penalties, infowars says. Safety device or spy box? Tell us what you think in the comments below. The black box’s primary function is to record… continue…

Apple Nabs Nano-SIM and iWallet Patents

Apple iWallet Chip Patent
Apple earned two surprise patent victories related to a nano-SIM card and iWallet. Nokia, Motorola and RIM tried to block the first patent, but in the end they all failed. Nokia said they are “not aware of any Apple Intellectual Property that it considers essential to its nano-SIM proposal,”and that the patent is not superior to Nokia’s nano-sim proposal. The Verge reports that Apple’s nano-SIM proposal is nothing but a micro-SIM wrapped in plastic, while Nokia’s and RIM’s proposals are different in size and… continue…

Facebook Tells Job Seekers: Don’t Share Password With Employers

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Employers’ demands for access to a candidate’s Facebook account is spurring a backlash — from Facebook. Has an employer ever asked for your Facebook password? Let us know by posting a comment. This morning, Facebook advised users to decline such requests, which violates its own guidelines and, the company points out, undermines the security and privacy of users and their friends. As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job.… continue…

Google in Trouble Yet Again

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Google is embroiled in yet another legal entanglement as U.S. and EU regulators look into the company’s alleged bypassing of iOS users’ privacy settings. Last February, The Wall Street Journal reported that the company had installed tracking cookies on computers, iPhones and iPads even if users had set preferences to block such tracking. The investigation is expected to last years and could lead to sanctions. A Google spokeswoman said: We will of course cooperate with any officials who have questions.… continue…