U.S. District Judge William Alsup is none too pleased with Google and Oracle, giving both companies 'what for' and accusing them of being unreasonable in a recent hearing over a dispute related to Oracle's Java patents. Oracle tried claiming Google owes it upwards of $6 billion, while Google maintains a nickel would be five cents too much. Both claims managed to push Alsup's buttons.
Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the woman who made numerous headlines for taking on the RIAA in a losing battle over file sharing, may want to heed the advice of Kenny Rogers. Among his more notable lyrics, Kenny Rogers sang "You got to know when to hold 'em, known when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run." Now that a federal judge has again lowered Thomas-Rasset's verdict, this time from $1.5 million to $54,000, it might be time to run.
Everyone knows you can't squeeze blood from a turnip, but you might be surprised how much cash you can choke out of LimeWire. The former peer-to-peer file sharing service is the center of another lawsuit, this one by Merlin, a trade group that represents more than 12,000 independent labels. These record companies claim LimeWire founder Mark Gorton reneged on a promise he made in 2008 to pay them for tracks that LimeWire users pirated before going belly-up, and it's time to settle up.
In some ways, life was easier as a teen before ubiquitous broadband Internet connections made file sharing an all too accessible past time. Just ask one 15-year-old from Sweden who now faces prosecution for sharing movies online. According to translated text from Swedish website GP.se, the kid from Gothenburg is accused of making available over 30 copyrighted movies via computer, and his fate now lies in the hands of a public defender.
A Minnesota man is finding out that you can actually serve hard time for actling like an all-around jackass online. That can take many forms, but in this case, Barry Ardolf received an 18-year prison sentence for essentially terrorizing his neighborhood through a series of cyberattacks in retaliation for having the cops called on him by his neighbors. It gets more bizarre after the break.
Remember Julian Assange? The WikiLeaks founder was, for a period of time in the tech world, public enemy number one. He both embarrassed and enraged the U.S. government by publishing thousands of classified U.S. documents and other sensitive information. He and his site dominated headlines long before LulzSec rode in and out of town, and he's back in them again, this time for trying to fight extradition to Sweden, according to an AP report.
Oracle chose not to mince words when responding to Hewlett Packard's lawsuit over the company's decision to stop developing software for Intel's Itanium platform. As far as Oracle is concerned, HP's suit is nothing more than a "publicity stunt" and is part of a "broader campaign to lay the blame on Oracle for the disruption that will occur when HP's Itanium-based server business inevitably comes to an end," Oracle said in a court filing. Oh snap!
Perhaps Sony took the biggest sigh of relief after LulzSec posted an announcement declaring an end to its 50-day hackathon, but there's still plenty of work to be done. The next step for Sony is to defend itself from (or settle) a class action lawsuit accusing the firm of being negligent with online security, negligence that ultimately led to numerous attacks and the loss of private data, including credit card information.
We've watched enough horror movies to know that the bad guy is never really dead. The body disappears, an arm pops up, or the eyes open with an ominous stare as the camera fades to black, hinting of a sequel. Whether or not you consider the Winklevoss twins the bad guys in their ongoing dispute with Facebook over a $65 million settlement is up to you to decide, we're just playing the part of spoiler and telling you this drawn out drama/horror flick isn't yet over.
Twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are finally resigned to the idea of scraping by with what amounts to a $65 million settlement with Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. The twins said they will not be taking their appeal to the Supreme Court, the only venue left after lower courts failed to find reason to revise their original settlement agreement, thus ending a long legal dispute over whether or not they should receive a larger slice of the social networking site's pie.