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Shutterfly Soars with Pending Kodak Gallery Acquisition Shutterfly Soars with Pending Kodak Gallery Acquisition

After buying TinyPrints last year for $300 million, Shutterfly is about to acquire parts of Kodak’s online photo service for $23.8 million dollars. Kodak is parting out its Gallery after filing for bankruptcy. The agreement will transfer U.S. and Canadian …

ArrivalStar’s Jones Patent Claim Endangers Online Shipment Tracking ArrivalStar’s Jones Patent Claim Endangers Online Shipment Tracking
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One of the great amenities of buying things online is that you can usually track the shipping progress of your purchase all the way from the vendor’s warehouse to your front porch. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, that wonderful …

MSN-Owned Site Allegedly Sells Pirated eBooks MSN-Owned Site Allegedly Sells Pirated eBooks
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The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Microsoft-owned website Cudo, was selling a 4GB ebook reader this week for $99 (Australian) – The Chinese-made device came with a CD preloaded with 4,000 books, most of which were pirated. Some of …

Feds Indict Former Online Gambling Billionaire Feds Indict Former Online Gambling Billionaire

On Tuesday, Federal prosecutors in Baltimore released an indictment against Calvin Ayre, the Canadian founder of Bodog, one of the biggest gambling sites on the interent. Ayre is accused of running an illegal gambling business and conspiring to commit money …

Apple Appeals to High Court in China over IPad Trademark Apple Appeals to High Court in China over IPad Trademark

The Higher People’s Court of Guangzhou heard the latest appeal from Apple today, after a lower court ruled in favor of Chinese tech company Proview, which says it owns the trademark “IPad” in China. A Lawyer for Apple told the …

European Union: New Google Privacy Policy Isn’t Lawful Or Fair European Union: New Google Privacy Policy Isn’t Lawful Or Fair

Upon the eve of Google’s new and controversial Privacy Policy going into effect, the tech company received a resounding rebuke from the European Union yesterday as France’s regulator said that the new policy seems to violates the EU’s rules regarding …

Stratfor Email Leaks Reveal U.S. Plans To Indict Wikileaks Founder Stratfor Email Leaks Reveal U.S. Plans To Indict Wikileaks Founder

As you are all aware of by now, Wikileaks made a huge stink over the weekend by releasing 5GB of internal emails from Stratfor, a global intelligence company. Some of those emails concern Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange. The Sydney Morning …

Justin Bieber Sued Over Joustin’ Beaver Android/iOS Game
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Apparently Justin Bieber and his lawyers don’t like it when somebody turns the popstar into an anthropomorphic beaver. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Justin Bieber’s lawyers filed a cease and desist order to RC3, a smartphone app maker who …

Supreme Court To Decide If Tech Firms Can Be Responsible For Assisting In Human Rights Violations Supreme Court To Decide If Tech Firms Can Be Responsible For Assisting In Human Rights Violations

How do you feel about U.S. and European companies selling surveillance equipment to authoritarian regimes to better equip them in oppressing their people? Well, the Global Online Freedom Act that we reported on before would seek to combat this particular …

The Google Strikes Back: Taps Veteran Lobbyist To Counter Recent Political Scrutiny

Google seems to be accepting the realization that when you’re as big as they are, you draw a lot of legal scrutiny when you start tampering with people’s privacy. Perhaps in anticipation of more trouble to come, or to preclude …

Could Facebook Face A Class Action Lawsuit Over Its Questionable Tracking Habits? Could Facebook Face A Class Action Lawsuit Over Its Questionable Tracking Habits?
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The kicks just keep getting harder to find for Facebook when it comes to explaining away that sneaky habit of tracking internet users even after they’ve logged out of the site. Today two lawyers in Baltimore became the latest to …

MegaUpload’s Kim Dotcom Granted Bail MegaUpload’s Kim Dotcom Granted Bail
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Kim Dotcom has scored a win in his extradition case to the U.S. where he and his company, MegaUpload, face multiple charges including racketeering and criminal copyright infringement. Reuters is reporting that Dotcom’s effort to win bail have finally been …

Apple Begins Fight Over iPad Name In Shanghai Court Apple Begins Fight Over iPad Name In Shanghai Court

The legal drama between Apple and Proview hit new heights today as arguments from both sides were heard in a Shanghai court. As you’re all probably familiar with by now, Proview claims to own the iPad trademark in China. A …

Legal Claims Can Be Served On Facebook & Twitter, Say UK Judges Legal Claims Can Be Served On Facebook & Twitter, Say UK Judges
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For those of you on the lam, it might be time to batten up the hatches on your social network availability because the long-arm of the law stretches a little further today due to a ruling in the United Kingdom …

Copyright Laws Could Break The Internet As We Know It Copyright Laws Could Break The Internet As We Know It

If you’re going to try to sue a website because of the site’s members’ activity, you might want to reconsider given a new report about the success rate of such legal pursuits. Internet lawyer Catherine Gellis, author of “2011 State …

Yahoo! Seeks to Avoid Lawsuit in India

Yahoo! filed to be removed from a mass lawsuit against various social networking sites reportedly accused of hosting offensive religious content. The lawsuit in question has stood, despite Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal recently denying that the Indian government supports …

Apple And Proview Enter Negotiations Over iPad Name Apple And Proview Enter Negotiations Over iPad Name

The hotly contested legal battle between Proview and Apple over the iPad name may soon start moving towards a conclusion. Proview today said that the company is moving towards talks with Apple over the iPad name dispute. I’m sure both …

Nebraska Debates Ownership of Facebook, Twitter, and Email Accounts of the Deceased Nebraska Debates Ownership of Facebook, Twitter, and Email Accounts of the Deceased
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If you are the executor of someone’s will in the state of Nebraska, you might have some extra responsibilities given to you in the near future. State Senator John Wightman is the sponsor of a bill that would give the …

MegaUpload Hit With Additional Charges

The MegaUpload MegaSaga continues with a Virginia grand jury bringing additional criminal charges against the Web site and its operators. As we reported before, the original indictment against the operators included charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit …

UK Newspapers Prompt Shutdown Of Cell Phones
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As we reported last month, Facebook has become a popular way to stay connected while serving time behind bars. While some may use the social networking site just to pass time, other more insidious characters have been using their profiles …

Stupid Man Attempts to Steal iPad In Michigan Stupid Man Attempts to Steal iPad In Michigan

Bad news for an iPad thief who turned out to be less than a mastermind of petty crime. This past saturday, the aspiring thief lured a prospective iPad seller to a meeting place in Ann Arbor, MI. where he intended …