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Google library push faces lawsuit by US authors

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U.S. writers are suing Google Inc. in a federal court, alleging that the Web search leader's bid to digitize the book collections of major libraries infringes individual author's copyrights.

M$ could face fresh EU case in future

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The European Commission may bring a new competition case against Microsoft after the EU executive received fresh complaints about the U.S. software giant, the EU competition commissioner said in a newspaper interview on Tuesday.

SCO and Novell dispute takes new twist

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SCO's latest filing in its legal battle against Novell appears to lend credence to Novell's claim that the transfer of Unix to SCO was not comprehensive.

Did Google Score a Win Against M$?

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Both companies claimed victory, after a judge ruled this week that a former top Microsoft engineer could do work for Google. But the search giant may be the real winner.

New lawsuit looming over Google's use of 'Gmail'?

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A British company is considering filing a lawsuit against Google over its use of the Gmail name.

Also: Google unveils blog search site

M$ seeks settlement in Google lawsuit

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Microsoft proposed on Tuesday settling its lawsuit with Google over the hiring of a former executive in China by asking Google to agree to limit the exec's duties until July 2006 when the noncompete agreement he signed with Microsoft expires.

Judge rules former M$ exec can recruit for Google

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Ruling in a case that exposed the behind-the-scenes animosity between two high-tech titans, a state judge cleared the way Tuesday for a former Microsoft Corp. executive to perform some of the tasks rival Google Inc. had hired him to do.

S.Korean Music Industry Sues 1,985

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South Korea's music industry filed a criminal lawsuit Monday against 1,985 Internet file-swapping program users, in a move to stem unauthorized song swapping on the Web.

Dell agrees to AMD subpoena request

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Unlike a few of the other parties AMD has subpoenaed, such as NEC Corp. and U.K. PC retailer Dixons Group PLC, Dell did not file any objections to AMD’s request for documentation.

Hackers Admit to Wave of Attacks

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An Ohio computer hacker who served as a digital button man for a shady internet hosting company faces prison time after admitting he carried out one of a series of crippling denial-of-service attacks ordered by a wealthy businessman against his competitors.

Day two: Microsoft-Google courtroom showdown

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Former Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee told a judge here on Wednesday that he was being honest but not necessarily providing a complete answer when asked by Microsoft officials in June whether he planned to rejoin the software giant after a sabbatical.

M$ files suit against European Commission

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Microsoft said on Wednesday it filed a lawsuit against the European Commission in a European Union court, the latest wrangle in its long-running battle against competition authorities in Brussels.

Courtroom showdown for Microsoft and Google

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Cnet reports on the morning session in the court battle of M$ vs Google concerning former Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee.

Kazaa appeal likely in 2006

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Any appeal by key players associated with the Kazaa file-sharing software will only be heard in February or March next year.

Kazaa hit by file-sharing ruling

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An Australian court has ruled that the popular file-swapping program Kazaa urged its users to breach copyright.

Mother of 5 takes on Big Music

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Since the Big Four record label cartel started its sue 'em all marketing campaign, several victims have said they'd stand up to its RIAA. So far, none have due to their lack of financial and legal resources. But this may change with New York's Patricia Santangelo.

Creative accuses Apple of patent violation

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Well, that didn't take long. One day after revealing that it had been granted a patent for the user interface of its Creative Zen MP3 player, Creative accused Apple of violating said patent.

Recording industry sues more U.S. file-swappers

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The recording industry on Wednesday filed its latest round of copyright infringement lawsuits, targeting 754 people it claims used online file-sharing networks to illegally trade in songs.

ATI sued for inflating its stock price

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ATI was sued two weeks ago because of false and misleading statements. The complaint charges ATI and certain of its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Loverspy creator indicted

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The author and customers of a spyware program face charges and stiff penalities for violation of computer privacy laws.

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