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Washington Post: Former Twitter Lawyer Officially Joins White House Staff
/ June 21, 2013 10:20 am
Washington Post: Former Twitter Lawyer Officially Joins White House Staff

Washington Post reports that Nicole Wong, Twitter's former legal director of products, has officially become a member of the White House. A spokesman for the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy has confirmed Wong's appointment and said that she will be working on Internet privacy and technology issues. Wong has “tremendous expertise in these domains and an unrivaled reputation for fairness, and we look forward to having her on our team,” the office said in a statement. Read More

Reuters: Sprint Sues Dish and Clearwire as Crucial Deadline Nears
/ June 18, 2013 10:46 am
Reuters: Sprint Sues Dish and Clearwire as Crucial Deadline Nears

Reuters reports that Sprint Nextel Corp. has said that it has sued Dish Network Corp to block its tender offer for Clearwire Corp., on the eve of a crucial deadline in a takeover battle that also involves SoftBank Corp., Japanese-based mobile carrier. The lawsuit filed in Delaware Chancery Court accuses Dish of attempting to fool and coerce Clearwire shareholders into tendering their shares, and rejecting Sprint's competing bid to purchase the 49.8 percent that didn't already possess of the wireless broadband provider. Read More

Bloomberg: Google Urges Court to Rule that Street View Didn’t Violate Wiretap Laws
/ June 11, 2013 11:37 am
Bloomberg: Google Urges Court to Rule that Street View Didn’t Violate Wiretap Laws

Bloomberg reports that Google Inc. has presented arguments to an appeals court to seek a ruling that its Street View program did not breach federal wiretap laws by uploading personal information from home Wi-Fi networks. The world's most popular search engine is seeking a rehearsal of a judge's 2011 ruling that its data collection, including e-mails, user names, passwords and other personal information, violated the federal Wiretap Act. . Read More

Reuters: Netflix Doesn’t Violate Rovi’s Patents, According to ITC Preliminary Ruling
/ June 11, 2013 11:16 am
Reuters: Netflix Doesn’t Violate Rovi’s Patents, According to ITC Preliminary Ruling

Reuters reports that an ITC (International Trade Commission) judge in a preliminary ruling has said that Netflix's Internet video streaming service does not infringe on Rovi's patents for interactive television program guides. The full commission will take up the case in October. Rovi shares dropped to $24.20 after the news and ended at $25.43 in afternoon trading. Netflix shares went up by 0.5 percent to $. Read More

Reuters: Microsoft and FBI Team Up to Combat Global Cyber Crime
/ June 6, 2013 2:37 pm
Reuters: Microsoft and FBI Team Up to Combat Global Cyber Crime

Reuters reports that Microsoft Corp. and the FBI, assisted by authorities in over 80 countries, have begun attacks on one of the world's biggest cyber crime rings, thought to have robbed over $500 million from bank accounts during the last 18 months. Microsoft said its Digital Crimes Unit successfully brought down no less than 1,000 of an expected 1,400 malicious computer networks referred to as Citadel Botnets. Read More

Yonhap News Agency: Samsung Accepts ITC’s Ruling on Patent Breach by Apple
/ June 5, 2013 3:15 pm
Yonhap News Agency: Samsung Accepts ITC’s Ruling on Patent Breach by Apple

Yonhap News Agency reports that Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest smartphone maker, accepted a decision by a U.S. agency to prohibit imports of iPhones into one of the world's major smartphone markets. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) said that Apple Inc. infringed on some of Samsung's patents for making smartphones and tablet computers, and issued an order banning Apple, based in California, from importing wireless communication devices, portable music and data processing devices, and tablet computers. Read More

White House Announces Measures Aimed at Stopping “Patent Trolls”
/ June 4, 2013 12:48 pm
White House Announces Measures Aimed at Stopping “Patent Trolls”

The White House on Tuesday announced a series of new measures aimed at curbing "patent trolls," entities whose business models revolve around suing technology companies for patent infringement. The Obama administration issued five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations designed to protect high tech innovators from frivolous litigation. Obama called the actions a critical step in thwarting companies that "don't actually produce anything themselves," but "essentially leverage and hijack somebody else's idea and see if they can extort some money out of them.". Read More

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