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  • Austin’s Other Event: A Class Action, Mobile App Privacy Lawsuit Filed Against Facebook, Twitter, Apple, 15 Others

    Austin’s Other Event: A Class Action, Mobile App Privacy Lawsuit Filed Against Facebook, Twitter, Apple, 15 Others

    It was bound to happen sooner or later, but it looks like all the heated conversation we’ve seen over user privacy in mobile apps has now finally boiled over into a class action lawsuit, filed this week in the Western Division of the U.S. District Court, Austin Division. A list of 13 plaintiffs, acting “on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated,” have… Read More

  • buySAFE Sues Google Over “Trusted Stores” Service, Fears Annihilation

    buySAFE Sues Google Over “Trusted Stores” Service, Fears Annihilation

    Google was hit with yet another patent lawsuit last week, but this one at least makes for some very, very interesting reading. A company called buySAFE, which offers a safe-shopping service to online retailers and their customers, argues that the search and advertising juggernaut not only infringes a patent it owns by preparing the launch of a similar service called Google Trusted Stores… Read More

  • Timelines.com Sues Facebook, Says Its New Timeline Feature Could “Eliminate” Them

    Timelines.com Sues Facebook, Says Its New Timeline Feature Could “Eliminate” Them

    Timelines Inc., a small venture capital-backed Chicago company that operates the Timelines.com website, has launched a trademark-infringement suit against Facebook on Thursday, claiming that the latter’s recently announced Timeline feature could “quite possibly eliminate” its entire business. Timelines.com is a website that basically allows people to record and share personal… Read More

  • WTF
    Fark.com Settles With Patent Troll … For Zero Dollars!

    Fark.com Settles With Patent Troll … For Zero Dollars!

    Satirical, bizarre and amusing news website Fark has kicked the fark out of a patent troll called Gooseberry Natural Resources LLC. The original lawsuit was leveraged in January, claiming Fark infringed on a patent that covered a “method of inputing news releases into a web form, which would then compile the news release and email it to media outlets.” The patent, for those who… Read More

  • Google Responds To PayPal Lawsuit: People Have The Right To Seek Better Jobs

    Yesterday, PayPal filed a lawsuit against Google and two of its executives for stealing trade secrets. The lawsuit came on the same day that Google announced its mobile wallet plans involving Android phones with NFC chips. The two executives, Osama Bedier and Stephanie Tilenius, previously worked at PayPal. In fact, Bedier was in charge of negotiating a deal with Google on behalf of PayPal… Read More

  • LG And Vizio Settle Patents, Become Friends

    After two years, LGE and Vizio have settled their differences over patent-infringement disputes in both the US and Taiwan. This legal battle had to do with their flat-panel TVs, but terms weren’t disclosed as to what and how it was settled. But the settlement did end in a licensing agreement “that will resolve all outstanding patent disputes and related actions.” Read More

  • Facebook Offers Exhibit A In Its Defense Against Teen Lawsuit

    Earlier today I reported on a class action lawsuit against Facebook which argued that when it comes to teenagers, the social network should not be able to use their name or likeness to promote either Facebook itself or on behalf of advertisers without parental consent. “If you don’t like the law, change the law, John C. Torjesen, one of the lawyers bringing the suit, tells me. Read More

  • Lawsuit Says Teens Should Not Be Allowed To Like Ads On Facebook

    Some people don’t like ads. But a new class action lawsuit in California against Facebook (embedded below) thinks it should be illegal for teenagers to like any ads without first obtaining parental consent. We’ve written before about the legal implications of using the likeness of Facebook members in advertising, but this time it is not a joke. And the issue is… Read More

  • Private World of Warcraft Server Slapped With $88M Verdict


    Scapegaming, the company that had set up and was running a private World of Warcraft server until Blizzard’s lawyers went after ’em, now has to cough up some $88M in damages. There’s no question that Scapegaming had it coming to them, but $88M? Man alive! Read More

  • Help Key: Watch Netflix from outside the U.S.

    You Americans have all the good stuff. Stuff like BP pumping oil in the Ocean and guns, lots of guns. And then you have Netflix and we people outside the U.S. are wondering what could it feel like to have a service like that. Now I know. Read More

  • Hurt Locker copyright owners not trying to stop the sharing

    While the producers of Hurt Locker have been quick to sue anyone they can find that’s downloaded the film, they’re not following the typical pattern of movie producers. Typically, after the producers start suing everyone they can find that downloaded the movie, they send out cease and desist orders. Not in this case. Read More

  • SCO/Novell suit is over, SCO loses


    It is over. The SCO’s long-running lawsuit against Novell over a number of patents involved around Unix copyright. In short, SCO claimed to own Unix even after Novell bought it back near the turn of the century. SCO’s patent-trolling has been shameless. The once great company reduced itself to a lawsuit machine and essentially attacked IBM and Novell for years. You can read all… Read More

  • Is IBM splitting hairs with open source?

    It’s no secret that I’m a big Free Software fan. It’s no secret that IBM is a giant company with more money than I can possibly imagine. So I was pretty happy in 2005 when IBM, in an obvious PR stunt to get buddy-buddy with the open source community, made its Statement of Non-Assertion of Named Patents Against OSS, ostensibly saying that it would permit open source projects… Read More

  • Netflix settles lawsuit, cancels contest

    Well, the lawyers have won again. Netflix settled the privacy lawsuit brought about by their last contest out of court, and canceled the next contest. Good thing we have outraged class action lawsuits to protect us! Read More

  • Samsung and Sharp settle dispute over LCD patents

    They fought each other in courts in the USA, Europe, Japan and Korea since summer 2007, but now Samsung and Sharp finally settled [Sharp’s official press release in English] all their ongoing lawsuits over LCD technology patents. The suits (initiated by Sharp) concerned a total of five different LCD-related technologies Sharp owned, i.e. regarding the “brightness, response speeds… Read More

  • Apple further tips their hand about tablet name

    It appears that Apple has tipped their hand regarding the name of their expected tablet computer. Way back in September of 2009, Apple filed to oppose Fujitsu regarding the name, “iPad”. Apple hasn’t been aggressive about fighting for the name, but they did file for the name on an international scale, and they own that trademark. Read More

  • Apple Not Liable For Plagued iMac Screens, Updates Firmware Anyway

    Apple just dodged a bullet. A New York federal judge dismissed a potential class action lawsuit which alleged that Apple propagated their popular iMac screens without disclosing certain manufacturing defects to its customers, saying that the allegations were too general to be considered. The lawsuit stated that unwanted vertical lines would appear on the devices after the warranty period… Read More

  • Apple Says Nokia Missed The Boat And "Chose To Copy The iPhone" Instead

    Now that Apple has responded to Nokia’s patent lawsuit filed last October with its own countersuit today, we have a clearer picture of what the dispute is all about. As suspected, it is about money, specifically the patent licensing fees Nokia is trying to get out of Apple for wireless patents it holds and it alleges are infringed by the iPhone. But more broadly, it is about Nokia… Read More

  • Blockbuster and Netflix 1, rental queue patent holder 0

    Good news in the lawsuit against Netflix and Blockbuster; the legal system for the great state of California has judged that the rental queue patent was not violated! Read More

  • Kindle being criticized for failing to support the blind

    Despite the fact that the Kindle has been suggested as an almost perfect alternative to traditional textbooks, some schools have been reluctant to embrace it. This is due to a design issue that makes accessing the audiobook function somewhat difficult for the blind. Read More

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