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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…

Siri Gets Sued For For Non-Performance

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Apple Siri Trial
Apple’s being sued by a New Yorker who says the iPhone’s Siri doesn’t work as advertised. When Siri was introduced last year, the community was crazy about this new feature. Frank M. Fazio bought an iPhone 4S because he liked what he saw about Siri. Once he used it, though, he wasn’t impressed, and so filed suit against Apple, claiming its commercials are “fundamentally and designedly false and misleading.” He’s demanding “an award of compensatory damages, statutory damages, restitution, and… continue…

Megaupload’s Data Could Be Deleted on Thursday

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Magaupload’s users weren’t all pirating copyrighted material. When authorities shut down the site earlier this month, many cried foul as they lost access to their files overnight. Thanks to its generous file size limit and zippy transfer speed, Megaupload had become the file hosting service of choice for many to share and distribute perfectly legal content– such as custom ROMs for Android, self-recorded music tracks, and large graphics or photographs. But it appears all of these files are going to… continue…

Seagate Loses Suit to ‘Wrongfully Hired’ Engineer

When Chandramouli Vaidyanathan quit his job to take a position with Seagate Technologies, and was later laid off, he sued and eventually won $1.9 million in damages. The jury found that Seagate had violated a little known Minnesota law dealing with “False Statements as Inducement to Entering Employment.” Human Resource Legal Resource reports that Vaidyanathan initially accepted a position he thought was the lead for Seagate’s Yield Engineering Team. He later discovered that the position was not what he’d been led to expect. He was… continue…

Facebook Threatens to Sue (Israel’s) Mark Zuckerberg

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Rotem Guez
This is a classic case of a publicity stunt gone too far. An Israeli entrepreneur, formerly known as Rotem Guez, operates an online business by the name of LikeStore, which provides services to boost social-media activities. This includes but isn’t limited to Google +1′s, YouTube views and, more relevant to this story, Facebook Likes. Such businesses are frowned on by most service providers, and Facebook is no exception. Guez was booted from the social network as a result. Unable to restore… continue…

HTC Says Patent Ruling Is A Victory Over Apple

Android Lands on Planet Apple
The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled in favor of Apple in a patent case against HTC, banning the Taiwan-based handset maker from importing certain devices. Is HTC discouraged? Apparently not. The company says the ruling’s actually a win. This decision is a win for HTC and we are gratified that the commission affirmed the judge’s determination on the ’721 and ’983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ’263 patent and partially on the ’647 patent. U.S. Patent No.… continue…

Apple Wins Limited Ruling Against Google/HTC

Apple’s won an import ban on HTC Android phones that use a patented mark-up of data types, which allows different apps to use the same information set. The ban, which is set to begin on April 19, 2012, doesn’t impact any HTC products that don’t offer that feature, in ways related to this particular patent. Is it a serious blow to Android? Eh. Notes FOSS Patents: If Google can implement this popular feature, which users of modern-day smartphones really expect,… continue…

Tech Employment Moves Higher; Buffet Buys Into IBM

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DICE NEWS ROUNDUP Tech Employment Moves Higher: IT employment continue to show month-over-month growth. According to the monthly index published by TechServe Alliance, the number of IT jobs increased by more than 7,000, rising to 4,064,500 jobs in October. That’s up by more than 87,000 positions from October 2010, or 2.2 percent. “According to both data and the anecdotal reports of my member companies, demand for IT professionals in key skill sets remains strong,” said TechServe Alliance CEO Mark Roberts.… continue…

Govt. Lawyer Seeks Partner for Fraud Prosecution. Send Pic

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I am so glad I didn’t lie about my hair when I signed up for Jdate. If I had, not only would I have annoyed the small number of women who met me, I could have ended up doing time. At least that’s how it would be if the Clarence Darrows in the Justice Department have their way. Earlier today, Richard Downing, deputy chief of the department Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, told a House subcommittee that those who… continue…

Galaxy Nexus Smartphone Meant to Feint Patents

Google Galaxy Nexus
Not a long time ago, a patent fairytale started, with Apple’s iOS on one side and Google’s Android on the other. Nobody knows who the winner will be, but few argue anymore that the patent system is broken. In Germany and Australia, Apple won one skirmish. As as result, Samsung can’t sell its Galaxy Tab — the court agreed with Apple the device copies many aspects of the iPad. The battle continues every day but now, with the Galaxy Nexus… continue…