All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Legal’

Big Patent Suit Against Google Over Quality Score Goes To Trial

Last year, a company called Vringo sued Google over a couple of patents, and last week, the case began trial in Virginia. The patents are directly related to AdWords and AdSense, which are obviously vital to Google’s revenue. One patent (6,314,420) is described in the following manner (via Ars Technica): A search engine system is provided for a portal site …

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Dish Network Finally Has AMC Again

Dish Network and AMC have finally worked out a deal that once again makes the channel available to Dish subscribers. Cablevision Systems Corporation and AMC Networks announced on Sunday that they have settled litigation with Dish Network, filed in the New York Supreme Court and related to VOOM HD. Dish has agreed to pay a cash settlement of $700 million …

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Google Continues To Battle Publishers Who Want To Be Paid For Links

Google prepared a note about a proposal by French lawmakers and backed by French news publsihers, which want search engines to license all of their content. Publishers want to be paid for the privilege of linking to their content. Obviously, this doesn’t sit well with Google, and the company has threatened to stop linking to such sites. Of course, the …

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Google Accused Of Violating Your Privacy Again

Google violates your privacy in all kinds of awful ways, or at least that’s what the online privacy proponents would have you believe. The last major privacy hurdle Google had to jump involved the company’s Street View service. Some investigations are finally starting to close in that case, but Google now has to deal with a new privacy suit aim …

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Criminal Investigation Into Google’s Street View To Be Dropped [Report]

Google has had trouble with its popular Street View product in Germany since the beginning. There were privacy concerns about it in the country before it finally received the go ahead from German courts, and ultimately launched in that country in 2010 (albeit, with a first-of-its kind opt out program). Hundreds of thousands of Germans opted out. Also in 2010, …

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The Supreme Court Doesn’t Care About Your Privacy

After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the government began to implement programs that would “protect” the country and its citizens from future attacks. One of those plans was an amendment to FISA that would allow warrantless wiretapping of American citizens. Lawsuits popped up demanding billions in damages, but Congress passed a retroactive immunity law. Now the last hope of having …

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Pandora Didn’t Violate Your Privacy By Hooking Up With Facebook

Did you link your Pandora account with Facebook when the integration launched in 2010? Did you feel that your privacy was being infringed upon by doing so? If so, you might be upset to learn that the justice system doesn’t agree with you. U.S. District Judge Saundra Armstrong ruled that Pandora didn’t violate its users privacy when it allowed users …

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Facebook Takes Issue With Part Of Child Privacy Law

Websites that are collecting information from children under the age of thirteen are required to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Facebook is concerned with COPPA, in how it relates to plug-ins, like the company’s ever-popular “Like” button. The company sent a 20-page letter to the FTC last week (hat tip: Business Insider), seeking changes to the …

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Ban Lifted In United States

To say that Samsung had a rough August would be a massive understatement. The company lost a major patent battle against Apple to the tune of $1 billion, and now faces the possibility of a sales ban being brought against their devices. That being said, there were a few bright spots with Samsung winning patent battles in foreign courts. Another …

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Buscapé Implies Google Breached Ruling From Brazilian Court

According to a court document, a Brazilian court recently rejected claims by shopping comparison site Buscapé that Google is a monopoly, and essentially does not conduct its business in a way that is fair to competitors. We talked about this here, linking to a Search Engine Land post, which shared the actual document via Scribd. Today, a spokesperson for Buscapé …

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TiVo To Get In On Redbox Instant

TiVo announced today that it has settled pending patent litigation with Verizon. The two companies have entered into a mutual patent licensing arrangement under which Verizon will provide TiVo “total compensation worth at least $250.4 million.” Part of the agreement involves TiVo and Verizon “exploring, among other things, future distribution of Internet video services developed through Verizon’s joint venture with …

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Court Grants Stay In Google Books Case

For a quick update on the ongoing case between Google and the Authors Guild over Google Books, a judge granted a stay in the case on Tuesday, while the court reviews the recent decision to give authors the go ahead to sue Google. Interestingly, this comes just a couple weeks after Google was denied request for a stay. Jeff Roberts …

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