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DoJ Files To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger DoJ Files To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

The United States Department of Justice announced today that it has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. “The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United …

Did Google CEO Larry Page Just Avoid Criminal Prosecution? Did Google CEO Larry Page Just Avoid Criminal Prosecution?
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Last week, it was revealed that Google had to forfeit $500 million for allowing Canadian pharmacies to target US consumers. One such pharmacy tells WebProNews and Google that the U.S. government is taking a “morally wrong” approach with its fine. …

Google AdMeld Deal Draws DoJ Scrutiny Google AdMeld Deal Draws DoJ Scrutiny
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Earlier this week, Google officially announced that it has agreed to acquire ad optimization firm AdMeld, and now, as expected it appears it will draw government scrutiny. Pretty standard really. Bloomberg is reporting that the $400 million deal will be …

Phil Ivey Sues Full Tilt Poker, Sitting Out WSOP Phil Ivey Sues Full Tilt Poker, Sitting Out WSOP
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In a move that is bound to loft him even higher in the eyes of his many fans, poker pro Phil Ivey has announced that he is not playing in the World Series of Poker until Full Tilt Poker resolves …

Google Antitrust Investigation May Be On FTC’s Agenda Google Antitrust Investigation May Be On FTC’s Agenda
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Google’s proposed acquisition of ITA Software, and whether or not the Department of Justice approves it, may have additional ramifications for Google and government regulations. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company is being considered for a “broad antitrust …

Apple Subscription Service Being Monitored By Antitrust Regulators

Earlier this week, Apple introduced its Subscription service for the App Store. Immediately, it was met with waves of criticism (though it’s certainly had its share of defenders). It didn’t take long at all for whispers of antitrust to start going around.

HP Settles E-Rate Fraud Charges For $16 Million

Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay the government $16.25 million to settle e-rate fraud charges. The E-rate program, which funds Internet connections in schools and libraries, has brought Internet connectivity to virtually every classroom in the country. The Department of Justice …

Database Administrator Sentenced To One Year For Hacking
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A former senior database administrator for electric provider GEXA Energy in Houston was sentenced today to one year in prison for hacking into his former employer’s computer network, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.

DOJ To Probe Apple’s Music Dominance

The U.S. Department of Justice is in the early stages of an investigation into how Apple runs its digital music business, according to several reports. While the probe is broad in scope, reportedly of particular interest to the Feds are alleged heavy handed tactics used against labels that participated in Amazon’s Daily Deal promotion, which Hypebot reported in early March.

California Man Indicted For Cyber Extortion
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A California man has been indicted for cyber extortion after demanding New York Life Insurance pay him $200,000 if they didn’t refund his insurance premiums.

According to the Department of Justice, Anthony Digati, 52, allegedly threatened in emails and on a website he created to make false public statements and send millions of spam emails in an effort to damage the reputation of New York Life and cost the company millions of dollars.

DOJ Supports AP Digital News Registry

The Department of Justice said today it supports a proposal by the Associated Press (AP) to develop and operate a voluntary news registry to manage the licensing and online distribution of news content created by the AP, its members and partners.

The department said the registry is not likely to reduce competition among news content owners and could offer procompetitive benefits to both participating content owners and content users.

FBI Arrests Man Who Made YouTube Threat Against Cantor

A Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged for threatening to kill Republican Party Whip Eric Cantor in a video on YouTube, according to the FBI.

Norman Leboon, 33, threatened to kill congressman Cantor and his family in a YouTube video uploaded sometime in late March. In the video Leboon allegedly said: "Remember, Ericour judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given." The video then refers to Cantor as "Lucifer, you’re a pig you’re an abomination."

Advocacy Group Asks DOJ To Probe Google Search Results
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Consumer Watchdog today called on the Justice Department to guarantee that its ongoing antitrust probe of Google’s business practices include an investigation into if the company is manipulating its search results to favor its own products.

Hacking Ring Indicted For $9 Million Fraud

A federal grand jury in Atlanta has indicted eight East Europeans on charges of hacking into a computer network operated by the credit card processing company RBS WorldPay, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.

The 16-count indictment alleges the group used sophisticated hacking techniques to compromise data encryption used by RBS WorldPay to protect customer data on payroll debit cards. Payroll debit cards are used by some companies to pay their employees.

Google Facing Antitrust Probe Over Book Deal

Google is facing an antitrust investigation by the Justice Department over its class action deal it reached with publishers and authors to digitize and sell books.

DOJ Hires Antitrust Lawyer For Google/Yahoo Ad Deal

The Justice Department has hired Sanford Litvack, former Walt Disney vice chairman and well known litigator to consult on its inquiry into Google’s search advertising deal with Yahoo.

DOJ Files Complaint Against Internet Ad Company
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The U.S. Department of Justice wants to seize the property and $53 million from the owner of a Florida- based Internet company that allegedly was involved in a massive Ponzi scheme.

A Ponzi scheme is named after Charles Ponzi, who around 100 years ago tricked thousand of New Englanders into investing their money with him. Money from new investors is used to pay off earlier investors until the scheme collapses.

TJX Hackers Charged By Justice Department

Albert “Segvec” Gonzalez, a Miami resident, and ten other people have been charged with crimes associated with the breaches at nine retailers, including the epic penetration of TJX.

Justice Department Steps Up Google, Yahoo Probe
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Antitrust regulators will take a closer look at the potential implications of an advertising deal made by Google and Yahoo last month.

A Neutral Net Will Save The Watchdogs

Something is starkly wrong when diametrically opposed ideologues join hands in public to protest something else. That something wrong, in a nutshell: the government and communications companies working in concert to erode the freedoms that made our country great.

Feds Can’t Have ISP Records

A federal judge said no to part to the Democrat green-lighted new version of the Patriot Act yesterday. The Feds will have to get permission from the court before they can order ISPs to turn over customer records without telling the customer.

I invoked him yesterday, and I’m invoking him again today, Nelson Muntz joins all of us as we point at the DOJ and the FBI and give a collective "Ha ha!"