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A jury in California on Thursday ordered Toshiba and one of its U.S. subsidiaries to pay an $381.4 million in damages for breach of fiduciary duty and theft of trade secrets in the largest IP (intellectual property) verdict in California history and the third-largest IP verdict in the U.S.
Audible, based in Wayne, N.J., is the third company Digeo has sued alleging infringement on its patent, which was filed in 1996 and granted in 1998. Digeo has filed similar lawsuits against mobile-device software company PalmSource and digital music company MusicMatch.
ARMED police stormed a youth hostel after schoolchildren sent text messages to their parents saying: "Hooded gunmen. Laura shot in leg."
Officers in flak jackets broke in at midnight after parents dialled 999. But the messages were a prank by British pupils on a trip to France.
Legal organizations scrutinizing the legitimacy of Microsoft Corp.'s patent on automatic IP address generation have an "anti-patent" agenda, according to Microsoft.
In the end, a jury of eight won't deliberate the trade secrets case between Compuware Corp. and IBM Corp.
But jurors in the 3-year-old case, which culminated in a $400-million settlement late Monday night, said Tuesday that the weight of evidence so far made them side with Compuware.
IBM had yet to present.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Vonage Holdings, accusing the fast-growing VoIP provider of not warning customers about limits to its 911 emergency dialing service.
Joyce John tried to dial 911 from a VoIP phone in her home as burglars broke into the house and shot and wounded her parents. John's call to 911 connected to a recording saying she would have to dial 911 from a different phone.
Dell Computer has reached agreement with 31 workers at its Nashville factory who left the firm after a disagreement over evening prayers.
Although the European Commission's statements are diplomatic to the point of opacity, there's no mistaking what it thinks of the latest turn in the Microsoft antitrust saga. The Commission doesn't think Microsoft's trying hard enough, and it has canvassed widespread industry support to bolster its position. From a Microsoft document unearthed by ZDNet, and still available here [PDF 450kb], we can see why even long time Redmond partners are losing their patience.
In response to that judge's decision in a Santa Clara County Superior Court to force the producers of the Mac blogs to reveal their sources in that apple law suite, theinquirer has quoted a very interesing article from Wendy M. Grossman on the subject of journalists and their rights to protect sources as it applies to bloggers. She cites many professionally paid and respected journalists publish blogs to the net everyday and asks are those not consider real news? The underlying premise...
An article on theinquirer leads to a report detailing the arrest of "hundreds of people across two continents [...] in a Spanish-led operation to break a child pornography ring operating via the internet."
A Louisiana man has been sent to prison for six months for sending a malicious e-mail to Microsoft MSN TV customers.
The e-mails the convicted man sent out contained an attachment that the mails claimed would re-set their TV’s display colours when opened. Instead, the attachment contained script that re-programmed customers’ TV boxes to dial 911 instead of a local phone number to access Microsoft’s servers.
Crime is now organized on the Internet. Operating in the anonymity of cyberspace, Web mobs with names like Shadowcrew and stealthdivision are building networks that help crackers and phishers, money launderers and fences skim off some of the billions that travel through the Web every day.
EVER WONDER about those Big Box rebate offers on computer kit being too good to be true? Still waiting for your rebate cheque to arrive? The US government is starting to move against companies that aren't paying up on time. On Friday, March 11, the United States Federal Trade Commission (here) settled charges against CompUSA and the offices of peripherals manufacturer QPS. Inc for "allegedly failing to pay, in a timely manner, thousands of rebates for products sold under the CompUSA and QPS brands."
In a ruling handed down Wednesday, the federal judge presiding over the lawsuit Marvel Enterprises brought against game publisher NCsoft has severely limited the overall scope of the suit.