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Articles tagged with: law

Oracle Sues Google Over Java Copyrights & Patents

In the tech industry, suing rival companies is not a big deal so its no surprise that Oracle sued Google.

The bone of contention is Google’s US$100 million deal with Sun Microsystems to pay the royalties for using Sun Microsystems’ programming language java for building the, then-new operating system, Android.

The deal has invoked a copyright infringement case against the search giant Google. However, Google has denied the allegations put forth by Oracle.

Apple Feels Harassed By Samsung

Just days after Nokia was declared the victor in a lawsuit that Apple started, claiming that Nokia had infringed on some of its patents, Apple is still in a dead heat with Samsung. In this lawsuit, Apple is accusing Samsung of harassment in its request to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 prototypes.

Apple believes that Samsung is just trying to get them back for when Apple demanded to see Samsung’s products (upcoming Galaxy) for investigation. Apple further claims that it will not reveal its prototypes as these are key company secrets that cannot risk being leaked, or even copied.

Game Emulators Yanked From Android Market

Game emulators are programs that are available for download through mobile, desktop, and laptop devices, that allow users to simulate game consoles and play games they enjoy without having to pay for the console. The player usually just plays the game through mouse and keyboard instead of controller, but one could easily configure a game controller by obtaining the right hardware and software.

A third party Android app developer by the name of Yong Zhang has recently had his popular game console emulators yanked out of the Android market. His entire selection of apps was removed without warning.

Sony’s Last Words Before Court Hearing

CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Kazuo Hirai offered an explanation for the Sony attacks less than a week before Sony’s June 2nd court date. Hirai undoubtedly pins the attacks to the Anonymous group who made a number of threats against Sony, immediately after Sony decided to pursue George Hotz for teaching others how to pirate. Let me also remind you that a file was found deep in Sony’s network that carried the slogan of the Anonymous group, “We are Legion” and the file was called “Anonymous.” Assuming Anonymous isn’t being framed by some rival hacking group (if there is one), all fingers point to them.

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.

Verizon Will Put Location Tracking Stickers On Phones

Verizon is responding to the concerns of many worried individuals in Congress. In a response to Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey, Verizon has said that they will put a sticker on every phone warning users that they tracked their locations. The removable screen notice would specifically mention that the wireless carriers associated the location data with customer information. Subscribers would then be asked to check their location settings if they were concerned and to be “cautious” when it came to allowing privileges for specific applications.

Circumventing Egypt’s Internet Kill Switch

Necessity truly is the mother of invention. With the political unrest in Egypt leading the government to shut down web traffic (especially Facebook, Twitter, etc.) in the country, protestors are turning to alternative means to get messages into and out of the country.


For a while, good old-fashioned dial-up access was the only way outside of courier pigeon, as phone service was spotty. Some ISP’s are offering this access, and even a French company is getting in on the action, although reports are indicating this might be shut down soon. So the enterprising souls at Google have taken the next step and launched a service that allows people to dial a phone number and leave a voicemail, which will be translated into a Twitter message.

Facebook Spammer Ordered To Pay $360.5 Million

A spammer who hacked more than 116,000 Facebook accounts and sent more than 7.2 million spam messages to its users has been ordered to pay Facebook $360 million dollars for his actions. The court permanently blocked Philip Porembski and his company, PP Web Services LLC, from using the site and granted punitive damages.


According to the complaint, the spammer obtained the user’s information with out authorization and would send spam messages to redirect them to sites which paid affiliate commissions once opened. Essentially some of the spam messages directed users to phishing sites that stole their usernames and passwords, while others made money for Porembski every time someone clicked on its links.