In an Oracle
appeal case, the judges appear to be siding with Oracle, according to reports from Bloomberg
, although there isn't a ruling in the case yet. In the spring of 2012, Google won the trial against Oracle
, which sued the company for allegedly copying 37 Java APIs from Oracle-acquired Java in the development of Android
. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled in that case the APIs that were copied by Google were not copyrightable, giving Google the win in a case in which Oracle was seeking $1 billion in damages, down from an initial $6.1 billion estimate. Oracle also had patent claims against Google in that case, which it lost, and which it’s not appealing.Continue reading...
The National Telecommunication & Information Administration (NTIA) on Tuesday announced
that it plans to hold a variety of meetings next year, starting in early February, to discuss the use of facial recognition technology in modern devices. The NTIA will also look to develop a “voluntary, enforceable code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies” for the technology.Continue reading...
A French court on Thursday ordered Google
, and Yahoo
to remove from search results 16 websites that host pirated media, in a case started in December 2011 by various French organizations and groups that protect the interests of entertainment companies such as Paramount and Sony. Local ISPs including Orange, Free, Bouygues Telecom, SFR, Numericable and Darty Telecom are also ordered to “implement all appropriate means including blocking” these websites, TorrentFreak reports
that covers all the online services offered by the search giant is in breach of local laws. “Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent,” Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the College for the Protection of Personal Data said. “And that is forbidden by law.” In a press release
, the regulator said that Google is collecting information about its users through various services and combines the obtained data in order to deliver tailored ads and content to users.Continue reading...
If there's anyone who deserves a nice Christmas gift basket from Apple
this year, it's probably U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh. The judge presided over Apple's patent suit against Samsung in which Apple was awarded damages that total nearly $1 billion
, and now Koh has dismissed a separate case against Apple that could have cost the company a good chunk of change. Reuters reports
, it is completely legal for Internet users to download copyrighted content from illegal sources. As a result, file-sharing portals are very popular there, especially since Netflix hasn’t come to Switzerland yet. According to the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), 35 percent of Swiss Internet users take advantage of this each month by using “unlicensed services.” To combat this piracy
, according to a report by TorrentFreak
, a working group is recommending fairly drastic measures to the Swiss Justice Minister, including that Swiss ISPs delete illegal content on Swiss-based sites, display warning when accessing “unauthorized content sources,” and make “obviously illegal sites” inaccessible.Continue reading...
After awarding Apple a $290 million win in a damages retrial part of the first Apple vs Samsung U.S. trial
, jurors told Bloomberg
that one Apple
witness was the determining factor for the outcome of the case. According to Colleen Allen and Barry Goldman-Hall, two of the jurors assigned to the case, it was expert Julie L. Davis that tipped the balance in Apple’s favor.Continue reading...
isn’t try to sue the heart of Google’s
business. You see, last month, Rockstar — a consortium of companies including Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, and Sony that purchased 6,000 patents from Nortel in 2011 — sued Google, among others, for infringing six patents. Not just any patents, but ones that covered
“an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network,” which is pretty much Google’s entire business.Continue reading...
Your flights may soon get a whole lot louder. The Wall Street Journal reports
that just weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration eliminated electronics restrictions from flights
, the FCC
is now planning to propose that passengers be allowed to use their cell phones in the air. Cellular data would still need to be disabled during takeoff and landing, but after the plane reaches 10,000 feet, passengers would be free to make phone calls.Continue reading...