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Articles tagged with: federal

Microsoft To Pay $70 M To Alcatel In Patent Ruling

The patent war is not new is US. Almost everyone is suing someone else for some goddamn reason. The patent war between Alcatel-Lucent and Microsoft is also not new. There had been a number of clashes between the two companies ever since 2002 when Alcatel sued Gateway and Dell and Microsoft jumped in to help the two companies.

According to a recent federal ruling, Microsoft is bound to pay $70 million to Alcatel-Lucent by the order of a San Diego federal judge for the patent infringement which was originally filed by engineers at AT&T in 2003. The patent dealt with data entry on computer screen without using a keyboard.

U.S. Invests In Smart Grid Tech + Security

According to eWeek, The United States government has recently came forth with a series of initiatives to implement information technology to the national power grid to make it “smarter”, more efficient, and secure. The council of National Science Technology outlined plans to create a smart grid innovation hub, in a report released yesterday called “Building the 21st Century Grid.”

The innovation hub will be composed of federal researchers, companies, and utility executives and will support research, development, and deployments of smart grid technology.

Groupon Files For $750 Million IPO
According to Business Insider, Groupon has filed an S-1 with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) in efforts to raise $750 million in an Initial Public Offering (IPO), backed by Morgan Stanley. Some of details of the filling
  • Groupon lost $413 million in 2010
  • 2010 revenues totaled $713 million
  • Groupon’s first quarter 2011 revenues reached $645 million
  • Groupon has 83 million email subscribers
  • Groupon sold 30 million coupons last year
  • Groupon spent $86 million on operating costs in 2010
  • Groupon has 7,000+ employees
Sony Flakes On Congressional Meeting, U.S. Gov’t Furious

With over 100 million Sony users having their information hacked, and nearly 13,000 stolen credit cards, you’d think the people at Sony would realize they are in deep $hit. Well, apparently the company is not ready to face the music quite yet, as it has declined to testify at an imminent US Congressional hearing. The hearing will address “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers” and will be held by the Subcommittee of Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade this Wednesday.

Android Users Sue Google For $50M Over Tracking

We just got wind that two Android users have sued Google over claims that their Android phones were used as a tracking mechanism without their consent. The two people that filed the lawsuit are both residents of Oakland County in Michigan.

The lawsuit was filed on April 27th in a Detroit Federal Court. Both residents use HTC Inspire 4G phones and both claim that “[the Android devices track them] just as if a tracking device for which a court-ordered warrant would ordinarily be required.” The two plaintiffs are looking to turn the Android tracking case into a class action and are seeking $50 million in damages, as well as a court order to force Google to eliminate tracking.

Google Lacks FISMA Accreditation For “Google Apps For Government”

Google has said that its suite of government office products have been certified under a law that mandates strict information security rules for federal agencies. The Justice Department, however, says otherwise. Google Apps for Government is Google’s solution for government-focused email and office product that is certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act, known as FISMA. The requirements for FISMA are enforced to safeguard digital information used by federal agencies.

Google has been trying to gain edge over its competitor, Microsoft, with a “extra-secure” government version of Google Apps and claims that its suite is accredited under FISMA. There is a small problem with Google’s claim however, and the problem arises from recent documents that were unsealed last week as part of an ongoing lawsuit Google had filed in October against the Department of the Interior. The Justice Department lawyers wrote that

Mobile-App Pandora Subpoenaed To Probe Privacy

Pandora and other smartphone app makers are targeted by a federal criminal investigation to determine if their apps illegally collect and transmit private user data to advertisers. The subpoenas have been issued to app makers from the Apple iPhone camp as well as the Google Android operating system and seeks to uncover whether they properly informed customers about the personal data (location, age, and gender) that was collected and shared.