It’s been a while, so you could be forgiven for letting it slip your mind, but Google is in the habit of censoring its auto-complete suggestions. Starting almost a year ago El Goog began removing suggestions for content relating to search terms like torrent, bittorrent, and RapidShare. According to TorrentFreak, a recent update to Google’s search tools has expanded the auto-complete blackout to include the names of file sharing websites.
Apple is a family-friendly company, and it just wouldn’t do to have any inappropriate shenanigans going on using Apple trademarks, right? Well, Apple certainly thinks so. To those ends, Apple is now the proud owner of seven adult website domains that included the term iPhone in the address. The iPhone maker filed suit with the World Intellectual Property Organization to secure the sites.
Ask Oracle and the company will tell you the only reason Intel hasn't pulled the plug on the Itanium is because Hewlett-Packard is making secret payments to chipzilla to keep the server chip alive. Oracle executives said as much in a recent court filing, which is in response to a larger lawsuit filed by HP accusing Oracle of violating an agreement between the two vendors by announcing back in March it would no longer develop software for Itanium.
Hard drive maker Western Digital announced this morning that on November 18, 2011, an arbitration award of $525 million was rendered against the company by a sole arbitrator in a pending confidential arbitration action in Minnesota brought on by Seagate. Not included in that amount is prejudgement interest, which will be determined and tacked on at a later date.
Investors who were looking to score an easy buck by grabbing gobs of Rambus stock in hopes that it would win a $3.95 billion jury trial are now looking for other ways to beef up their bank accounts. Rambus failed to convince nine out of 12 jurors that Micron and Hynix conspired against the company by fixing prices of DRAM chips, essentially driving a wedge between Rambus and Intel in collaborating on RDRAM. Adding insult to injury, Rambus stock took a nosedive after news broke that it had lost the trial by a 9-3 vote.
One Russian and six Estonians have been arrested (or have a warrant for their arrest) and charged with wire fraud and conspiracy in a 27-count indictment for allegedly hacking millions of computer systems in more than 100 countries and participating in a "massive" scheme to reroute Web surfers to rogue servers. By doing so, the seven individuals accumulated millions of dollars in fraudulent online ad revenue, the DoJ said.
Over the last year, Microsoft has embarked on a crusade to secure license fees from device makers that use the Android operating system. While Google provides the Android source code for free, Microsoft claims to own patents infringed by Android. most OEMs have capitulated and payed up, but Barnes and Noble, which sells the Nook line of e-readers, has gone to court. Today, the bookseller turned tablet-pusher has asked the feds to get involved. B&N claims that regulators should investigate Microsoft for attempting to drive competition out of business.
When it comes to the Internet, sifting through the crap to find the gems can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing – especially if you’re looking for unbiased opinions on retail products. Unscrupulous advertisers have been paying web workers nickels for whipping up false user reviews at shopping sites for a while now, and apparently, bloggers making false claims about products have become an epidemic in Taiwan. The country’s law makers are sick of it, and today they introduced a law that levies steep fines against bloggers and other reviewers that exaggerate the awesomeness of not-so-awesome products.
Google’s ex-CEO turned executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, was on Capital Hill recently to defend his company against anti-competitive allegations, and the details are finally beginning to trickle out. We wouldn’t begin to consider ourselves qualified to pass judgment on the charges, though we can say that some of the statements made in his company’s defense might be a bit of a stretch.
Word to the wise, don't set up a phoney baloney Facebook profile to impersonate your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend as a way to exact revenge. Dana Thornton, an angry woman scorned by her former boyfriend, is learning this lesson the hard way now that a judge has ruled her case can be prosecuted for identity theft. Wouldn't it have been easier to just key his car?