Landmark verdict by Italian Supreme Court concludes 9-year-old case
In late 2005, an Italian citizen named Marco Pieraccioli, who had just bought a Windows laptop from Hewlett-Packard, took the then world’s leading PC vendor to court after the latter refused to issue a refund for the accompanying Windows XP Home Edition license that he had no need of. Almost nine years later, Pieraccioli has finally secured the €140.00 refund (plus interest and costs) that he was after.
After coming out victorious in an appeals court last year, Seagate again has reason to celebrate a legal victory as the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the previous $630.4 million arbitration award levied against rival Western Digital. The initial award was issued on January 23, 2012, and continues to accrue interest at 10 percent -- as of October 8, 2014, the total award with interest is worth about $800 million.
Twitter wants permission to publish its full transparency report
Under the current rules set forth by the U.S. government, Twitter is prohibited from reporting on the scope of surveillance of its users. That includes revealing how many national security letters and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders the microblogging service has received, regardless of whether the number is zero or much higher. In seeking to lift such restrictions, Twitter filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department with the U.S. District Court of Northern California.
A suppy chain leak may have led to patent infringement
It's said that all is fair in love and war, but in the motherboard war that's currently taking place, some companies may have went too far. That's the reported opinion of Asus, anyway, Apparently Asus thinks competing motherboard makers infringed on pending patents related to its OC Socket technology found in boards based on Intel's X99 chipset for Haswell-E. Asus developed its OC Socket technology in-house.
A dispute over unauthorized in-app purchases made by children
Amazon had a chance to settle with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission out of court over allegations that it let children make millions of dollars worth of unauthorized in-app purchases, but apparently the offer wasn't too good to refuse. Having rejected the settlement, the FTC is now suing Amazon for an undisclosed sum of money, and also to force the e-commerce giant to make some changes to such purchases.
Today marks the first day of a brand new year, but if you have plans of traveling abroad, be advised that the same old laws apply. That includes the government's right to search and seize your electronic devices without a warrant. The controversial law comes up in headlines every once in a while, and is again making the rounds after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the policy.
Microsoft has already received a bunch of negative press over various aspects of the Xbox One, much of which has been addressed to gamers' satisfaction (such as removing the requirement to dial home every 24 hours). However, there remains a point of possible contention that you'll find on Microsoft's Xbox One Pre-Order Production Information website. Among the list of requirements to use the Xbox One, gamers must waive their right to participate in a class action lawsuit against Microsoft.
U.S. District Judge Denise Cole has found Apple guilty of colluding with five major U.S. publishers to drive up prices of electronic books (e-books), saying that the company played a "central role" in the conspiracy. Damages will be determined at a new hearing in which Apple could end up owing millions of dollars, though in the meantime, the Cupertino company maintains its innocence and plans to appeal the ruling.
Publisher put pressure on Kickstarter to yank "Back to the Wild"
Kickstarter isn't some fly-by-night website that nobody's heard of. Just the opposite, Kickstarter has successfully funded several high profile projects (Ouya's $99 Android console, for example) and revived certain franchises (hello, Leisure Suit Larry, nice to make your true acquaintance again!), and you better believe copyright holders are paying attention. That includes HarperCollins, which pressured Kickstarter to pull an unauthorized sequel to Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are."
Open source group takes issue with Microsoft's controversial UEFI Secure Boot mechanism.
A Spanish open software group has filed a complaint against Microsoft with the European Union claiming that it's unnecessarily difficult to install Linux on Windows 8 hardware. Hispalinux, which is made up of 8,000 Linux users and developers living in Spain, issued a 14-page complaint regarding Microsoft's UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) Secure Boot technology, which the group calls an "obstruction mechanism."