The latest links from STLR:
- Last week, the Justice Department filed suit in DC District court to block AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, arguing that the merger violates antitrust laws. Sprint has since filed its own lawsuit in DC District court to block the proposed deal.
- The Senate debates the America Invents Act on Patent Reform (H.R.1249). These proposed reforms to the patent system are expected to be passed and signed by President Obama within the next two weeks. Many argue that the new laws will harm small inventors and venture capital funded companies.
- TechCrunch reports on Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s own take on improving the quality of issued patents through crowdsourcing.
- Groupon is considering delaying its initial public offering due to recent public market uncertainty.
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation provides analysis on the recent Capitol Records v. MP3Tunes opinion issued by the New York Southern District. The court held that file de-duplication on cloud-based music services falls within the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA. The decision will lead to reduced costs for online music locker service providers.