Tag: Legal

Google is splitting up Chrome, Search, and Android for the European Union

Google Search has been a key component of Android since the OS was first released, and Chrome has become increasingly important in recent years. All three products are now intertwined, but the European Union wants them to be separate. Google recently was hit with a $5 billion fine from the EU, and to avoid more […]

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Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing modem secrets and passing them to Intel for new iPhone chips

The plot just thickened yet again in the complex Apple vs. Qualcomm battle, as the latter has accused Apple of stealing “vast swaths” of its confidential information and trade secrets and then sharing code with Intel to improve the modems Intel made for Apple’s new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Qualcomm filed the […]

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Spotify sued over gender discrimination by former sales executive

Unequal treatment of female employees has been problematic at many major tech companies, and it seems like Spotify is no exception. Variety reports that Hong Perez, a former sales executive at the company, has sued Spotify over alleged gender discrimination and defamation. Perez filed suit in the New York Supreme Court on Tuesday, pointing out […]

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State AGs to Step Up Enforcement Against Tech Companies?

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The Wall Street Journal published an article Monday,  States Loom as a Regulatory Threat to Tech Giants, examining the emerging stance state attorneys general are taking on […]

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UN to Launch Talks on Treaty to Regulate High Seas

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Talks begin in New York tomorrow to negotiate a conservation treaty to regulate the high seas, in the first of four sessions, with a 2020 timetable set […]

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Google plans to fight Oracle’s copyright lawsuit against Android in the Supreme Court

Oracle’s copyright suit against Google for using Java APIs in Android has been an ongoing feud since 2010, and the stakes are only about to get higher. The Federal Circuit denied Google’s appeal Tuesday of a March decision that found Google’s use of Oracle’s Java APIs was not fair use. Now, Google has stated it […]

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Google and several other tech companies pushing for a new federal privacy law

Online privacy is a touchy subject, with all of us falling on different parts of the how-much-do-I-actually-care spectrum. In general, though, most people seem to understand that the companies whose products we use or rely on daily, like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, are collecting a lot of data on them. The creepiness factor is real, […]

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White-Collar Criminals Got Off Scot-Free After the 2008 Financial Crisis — and That Helped Fuel President Trump’s Rise

By Marshall Auerback, a market analyst and Research Associate at the Levy Institute. Originally published at the Independent Media Institute n the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, bank officials at HSBC admitted to the Department of Justice that the bank violated the Bank Secrecy Act, the […]

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22 states and DC issue new brief seeking to reverse FCC’s net neutrality order

The dream of an open and free internet isn’t dead. Net neutrality — the principle that internet service providers must treat traffic equally, regardless of the source — is still seeing a strong fight waged on its behalf. This week, a group of 23 attorneys general from across the U.S., led by New York Attorney General Barbara […]

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Gaius Publius: What to Expect from a Kavanaugh Court – Government-Funded “Religious” Education

Yves here. I have a minor quibble with this otherwise fine piece on the danger posed by Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. Even though losing Roe v. Wade would be a bad development, it is not as radical a change as most people believe. Access to abortions is more […]

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[Update: Possible class action lawsuit] Google clarifies its language about Location History settings, but there’s still room for improvement

Google’s location-tracking practices endured a new wave of scrutiny at the start of this week thanks to an investigation by The Associated Press, which put some meat on the bones of suspicion many users have harbored for a while now. By week’s end, Google updated some language on the help page for its Location History […]

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Another government ban is targeting Huawei and ZTE hardware

The past few months have been difficult for Chinese smartphone OEMs, particularly ZTE and Huawei. ZTE nearly shut down after the U.S. government placed a trade ban on the company, which was finally lifted last month. Earlier this year, AT&T and Verizon reportedly dropped plans to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro due to pressure […]

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Ninth Circuit Orders EPA to Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticide

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. By a 2-1 vote, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit  ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday to bar within 60 days chlorpyrifos, a […]

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The adorable Mahindra Roxor just ran into Jeep’s furious legal team

Mahindra’s Roxor may have charmed Jeep Wrangler purists with its boxy design and off-road promise, but Fiat Chrysler’s legal team isn’t so impressed. The American automaker has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, arguing that the Roxor is infringing on intellectual property around the Jeep brand and design. Indeed, FCA won’t settle […]

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Opinion: France’s total ban on smartphones in schools is too extreme

A few days ago, French lawmakers passed legislation that was written to protect children from growing up like zombies enslaved to their smartphones and tablets. Such mobile devices will be banned in schools for children up to 15 years of age, both inside and outside classes. While it’s definitely easy to see this as a […]

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Google Android: European ‘Techlash’ or Milestone in Antitrust Enforcement?

By Cristina Caffarra Vice President and Head of European Competition Practice, Oliver Latham, Vice President, European Competition Practice, Matthew Bennett, Vice President, Federico Etro, Professor, University of Florence; Senior Consultant, Pierre Régibeau, Vice President, Robert Stillman Vice President; all saver Professor Etro of Charles River Associates. Originally published at VoxEU The European Commission’s decision to […]

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Valve Now Lets Dutch Players Preview What’s Inside Dota 2’s Loot Boxes Before Buying

Players in the Netherlands can now see what’s inside a Dota 2 loot box before opening it. The change is part of Valve’s shifting approach to how it handles microtransactions in some European countries that have made moves to regulate gambling in games. Yesterday, a Dutch player, who goes by Larhf on the Dota 2 […]

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