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  • French court fines eBay US$2.5 million

    A French court has fined eBay €1.7 million (US$2.5 million) for failing to comply with an earlier ruling that required the online retailer to prevent the sale of certain brands of perfume to French consumers on its sites.

    Written by Nancy Gohring01 Dec. 09 07:20
  • Viviane Reding picked to re-write EU data protection laws

    Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner who for the past five years has championed consumer rights in the telecommunications and IT arenas, has been picked to take charge of a re-write of the European Union's 15-year-old data protection laws due to start next year.

    Written by Paul Meller30 Nov. 09 06:02
  • 'Godfather of Spam' sentenced to four years in prison

    One of the most notorious U.S.-based spammers was sentenced to more than four years in jail on Monday for a scheme that used spam to manipulate stock prices in order to make a profit.

    Written by Jeremy Kirk25 Nov. 09 08:10
  • Judge sets schedule for Google book search case

    The judge in the copyright infringement case pitting the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) against Google and its book search program has set a date for the final hearing on the parties' controversial settlement proposal.

    Written by Juan Carlos Perez22 Nov. 09 08:15
  • Microsoft settles employee spying case

    Microsoft has settled a lawsuit with a former employee that it once charged with fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract.

    Written by Nancy Gohring18 Nov. 09 08:35
  • AMD, Intel settle antitrust, IP disputes

    Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Thursday announced that they have settled all antitrust litigation and patent cross-license disputes between the companies.

    Written by Marc Ferranti13 Nov. 09 08:45
  • Eight indicted for $9 million hack

    A U.S. grand jury in Atlanta has indicted eight people related to hacking into a computer network operated by credit-card processing vendor RBS WorldPlay and stealing US$9 million.

    Written by Grant Gross11 Nov. 09 07:56
  • EU issues objections to Oracle's Sun acquisition

    The European Commission has issued its formal "statement of objections" over Oracle's planned acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Sun said in a regulatory filing Monday.

    Written by James Niccolai10 Nov. 09 08:30
  • Google, plaintiffs blow book search settlement deadline

    Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) need more time to revise the proposed settlement of the copyright infringement lawsuits the author and publisher organizations brought against Google over its Book Search program.

    Written by Juan Carlos Perez10 Nov. 09 08:13
  • NY attorney general files antitrust lawsuit against Intel

    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against microprocessor maker Intel, alleging that the company engaged in a "systematic campaign" of illegal conduct to protect a monopoly.

    Written by Grant Gross05 Nov. 09 08:41
  • Former CEO charged with cyber attack on firm

    Khalid Shaikh, former CEO of YouSendIt, has been indicted by a grand jury on four counts of mail fraud after allegedly launching four denial-of-service (DOS) attacks against the company's servers, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

    Written by Grant Gross02 Nov. 09 08:11
  • Pirate Bay founders threatened with fine if site stays open

    File-sharing site The Pirate Bay should be closed, and if it isn't, two of the founders will each have to pay a fine of 500,000 Swedish kronor (US$71,500), according to a verdict in the Stockholm District Court on Wednesday.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs30 Oct. 09 08:25