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  1. Tech

    Comcast Threatens To Sue News Site TorrentFreak For Covering Torrent News

    Last week, TorrentFreak published a great story about law firms that are also copyright trolls. As part of the article, they published a subpoena response from Comcast showing that an IP address connected with one firm was trolling torrent sites. Now, Comcast has loosed its lawyers, leveling charges of copyright infringement at TorrentFreak.

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  2. Tech

    For the First Time, BitTorrent Evidence Will be Tested in Court

    Frequently, when a copyright holder starts a BitTorrent-related lawsuit, they simply provide the IP address of the defendant and get a subpoena that allows them to obtain the identity of a supposed pirate. This method has allowed copyright holders to make very large sums of money without ever having to actually go to trial. However, a Judge Michael Baylson at the Pennsylvania District Court recently ruled that an IP address is not enough evidence to single out one person, as people not subscribed to the ISP in question could have gained access to said IP address.

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  3. Tech

    Court Rules Kim Dotcom Must be Allowed Access to Evidence Against Him

    In what is increasingly becoming a farce, a New Zealand judge has upheld a ruling that Kim Dotcom, Bram van der Kolk, Mathias Ortmann, and Finn Batato, must be allowed to see the evidence compiled against them in order to properly defend themselves. Essentially, the United States was arguing against letting Dotcom build a compelling defense. Without access to that information, it's hard to say exactly how the extradition hearing would go down. Not well for Dotcom, most likely.

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  4. Tech

    Brutal Samsung Memo Admitted Into Evidence, Basically Acknowledges Superiority of iPhone

    Another day, another damning memo in the Apple-Samsung copyright debacle. How bad is this one? Pretty bad, if you're Samsung. The 13 page memo (6 in translated English and 7 in the original Korean) summarizes statements made at a 2010 meeting by Samsung's mobile communications director JK Shin, who more or less acknowledges that the design and user experience of Samsung's products compared to Apple's are the "difference between Heaven and Earth."

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  5. Tech

    U.K. Judge Orders Apple to Publish Statement Saying Samsung Didn’t Rip Them Off

    The patent war between Apple and Samsung was already weird enough, with each company attempting to block the sale of the other's tablets in courts around the world. Now, a U.K. judge is requiring that Apple place a notice on their website and in several newspapers stating that Samsung did not copy the iPad. Will this public embarrassment be enough to end the war?

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  6. Tech

    FTC Hits Google With $22.5 Million Fine, Largest in Agency History

    The Federal Trade Commission has, in the last few years, become proponents of Internet privacy in the name of consumer protection. Which is why when it was reported that Google was tricking Safari into accepting cookies from websites, and in doing s0 monitoring their movements across the web, the agency leapt into action. Now, reports indicate that Google has agreed to pay the largest fine in FTC history: $22.5 million.

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  7. Tech

    Want To Secretly Record A Run-In With The Cops? The ACLU Has an App for That

    As smartphones have become more and more prominent, the practice of recording police officers -- especially when they're dealing with you -- has become more and more common, and more and more of an issue. Several federal courts have ruled that filming police is perfectly legal, but the ACLU of New Jersey is taking things a step further; they want to help you do it. That's why they've released the "Police Tape" app, tailor made for covertly recording officers of the law.

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  8. Tech

    Chinese Toiletries Maker Sues Apple Over “Snow Leopard” Name

    Just days after settling the iPAD case, Apple is back in the Chinese courts over a complaint from a company which makes toothpaste and deodorant. Inconveniently for Apple, this company is called "Xuebao," or "Snow Leopard," and has held a copyright for the name in China since 2000. I think you can see where this is going.

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  9. Tech

    Apple Forks Over $60 Million for “iPad” Name in China

    This might surprise you, but back in 1998, you could buy an iPAD in China. The iPAD, an all-in-one computer design from Chinese company Proview, was more of an iMac rip-off than anything, but the company has held onto the name and successfully blocked the sale of the iPad tablet in China. Now, Apple has paid out a reported $60 million for the name.

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  10. Tech

    High Court Rules MegaUpload Search Warrants Illegal

    The whole MegaUpload case is far from over, but there's just been a big turn in MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom's favor. A New Zealand High Court has found that the warrants executed to search Kim Dotcom's house sprawling mansion were actually illegal and as a result, all data acquired in the raid is potentially inadmissible evidence. On top of that, the Court has also ruled that the data exported from New Zealand by the FBI (via copying) was also illegally obtained. Things just got a lot messier for all the prosecutors involved.

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  11. Tech

    Apple Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Samsung, Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Banned in U.S. Soon

    Last night, Apple won a major fight in its ongoing patent war with Samsung when a U.S. District Court Judge in California issued a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The battle is being fought on the grounds that Samsung copied the appearance of the iPad and unfairly infringed on Apple's design patents. When the injunction enters effect, it will block all sales and importation of the tablet in the U.S..

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  12. Tech

    Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Breaks Bail, Seeks Asylum in Ecuador

    After the U.K. Supreme Court ruled against him and blocked an attempt to appeal, Wikileaks creator Julian Assange seems to be running out of options. Facing extradition to Sweden over accusations of rape and sexual molestation, Assange yesterday fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in the U.K. and is seeking political asylum.

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  13. Tech

    Wikileaks Founder’s Latest Extradition Appeals Unanimously Rejected by U.K. Supreme Court

    When we last checked in on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, his bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden in connection with rape charges had been denied by the U.K. Supreme Court. However, his defense team appealed the decision. The Court responded today with a resounding dismissal, letting their previous ruling stand.

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  14. Tech

    Anti-SOPA Congressmen Unveil “Digital Bill of Rights”

    The world of digital law can be a messy place. The Internet is such a new, different medium from anything that has come before it. There are often questions of how laws and rights apply online, and you could argue that a lot of legislation takes advantage of this ambiguity to squash rights and expand power. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) -- whom you may remember as being on the right side of the SOPA fight -- are aiming to put a stop to this with an updated version of a very traditional weapon. Consider it Bill of Rights 2: Digital Boogaloo.

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  15. Tech

    The Thousands of Surveillance Orders Issued Against Citizens Stay Secret For Too Long, Judge Says

    Search and surveillance has always been a part of criminal investigation and to keep things from going too far, searches generally require warrants. That's how it works in the physical world, and for the most part, that's how it works in the cyberworld too. There's one big difference though: In the real world, police sometimes come to your door with the warrant, letting you know something is up; whereas in cyberland searches and surveillance are secret by default. As such, many of those surveilled in investigations that never turn into cases will never know they were being watched. U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith sees this as a problem.

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