The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was set to pass a house committee today by a wide margin, but the vote has unexpectedly been delayed. This follows a lengthy 11-hour debate on Thursday that left the bill essentially unchanged. That’s dismaying for experts who worry SOPA’s mandated alteration of the DNS system could be dangerous.
A federal judge this week sided with a man accused of stalking a Buddhist religious leader on Twitter, ruling that the Constitution protects "uncomfortable" speech, even when it may cause "substantial emotional distress." Judge Roger W. Titus dismissed the government's case against William Lawrence Cassidy in a 27-page order outlining the details.
Back in mid 2010, Sony made the decision to remove a feature from the PS3 firmware that was much beloved by the modding community. Of course we’re referring to the “Install other OS” option. Well, a cadre of angry nerds filed a class action suit shortly thereafter, but a judge has just dismissed the case once and for all.
Journalists are now allowed to fire off live text-based communications, such as mobile email, social media (including Twitter), and Internet enabled laptops in and from courts throughout England and Wales without asking for permission, a U.K. judge ruled. Prior to the ruling, reporters would have to issue a request, but that rule has now been removed.
A trio of executives at Hitachi and LG will spend some time behind bars for conspiring to rig bids and fix prices for the sale of optical disk drives, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today. Young Keun Park, Sang Hun Kim, and Sik Hur (aka Daniel Hur) each agreed to plead guilty, with Park and Kim agreeing to serve eight months in prison and Hur agreeing to seven months. All three also agreed to pay $25,000 in criminal fines.
Wikipedia is not alone among Internet companies in its steadfast opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Although being one of the most visited sites on the planet, and the sole reason many degree programs were completed, gives it some additional clout. Founder Jimmy Wales is mulling a plan to blank out Wikidedia in protest of SOPA in the near future.
Things just keep getting worse for AT&T as it tries to ram its $39 billion T-Mobile buyout through the courts. The Justice Department has asked a judge to postpone the start of the case seeking to block the merger, which was slated to start in February. AT&T was hoping that a quick resolution to the case would allow it to continue with the deal. Now that could be impossible.
Apple is accustomed to being on the winning side of patent infringement suits, but a new ruling in Germany has turned the tables on Cupertino. The court has found that Apple’s iPhone and 3G iPad products infringe a Motorola patent covering the implementation of GPRS mobile technology. This isn’t the first win for Moto, but this one does give it the legal authority to ban sales of the infringing products in Germany.
Hey, great news everyone, Microsoft's Xbox 360 dashboard update is ready to download. But wait, it gets better! Not only does the dashboard update overhaul the entire Xbox 360 experience and usher in an era of voice controlled navigation, but Microsoft went the extra mile by adding a clause to the Terms of Service (ToS) stripping you of the hassle of being able to file a class action lawsuit, should you ever feel compelled! No siree, if you have an issue, you can sidestep legal action by "filling out a simple Notice of Dispute form" and mailing it in, and Microsoft will then work to resolve the dispute to your "satisfaction within 60 days." Isn't that swell?
Sharp, Samsung, and half a dozen other liquid crystal display (LCD) panel makers may have colluded to fix prices earlier in the decade, according to claims brought on by a class action lawsuit. The display makers agreed to settle the case for a combined $388 million, of which Sharp, Japan's largest panel maker, will fork over $105 million.