STLR Link RoundUp – October 07, 2011

Tech visionary Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011. His name was listed on 317 Apple patents, including the Macintosh, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. Sprint is urging the FCC to quickly hold hearings to rule on whether the transfer of spectrum licenses from T-Mobile to AT&T serves the public interest. AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile is currently under review by the FCC after the US Justice Department sued to Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 5, 2011

Privacy rights advocates filed a letter with the FTC, asking the commission to investigate Facebook’s user tracking after log off and whether Facebook’s new Ticker and Timeline feature constitute unfair or deceptive business practices.   The United States signs the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement this Saturday, an accord targeting intellectual property piracy. Some academics argue, however, that ACTA requires Congressional approval. T-Mobile files amicus brief in the Northern California District Court, supporting Samsung in a patent dispute Continue Reading →

Kayak, Orbitz . . . Google? Oh My!

If you ask the average Internet user what Google is, most people would answer: a search engine.  But that’s not all that Google has become in the past ten years.  Many of us have at least heard of their bigger-ticket acquisitions, such as Picasa in 2004, Android in 2005, YouTube in 2006, and DoubleClick in 2007.  But it hasn’t been until more recently that questions about Google entering into disparate markets have really emerged in the forefront Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 16, 2010

The latest on the STLR radar: Ephemeral Law takes a look at the court documents in Microsoft’s challenge to the Waledac botnet, which it describes as on the “cutting edge of legal efforts to shut down hacking operations.” The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Department of Justice is stepping up its antitrust investigation into technology firms’ “no-poach” policy and salary fixing. Eric Goldman reports on a decision of the California Court of Appeals Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 2, 2010

The latest on the STLR radar: The Southern District of New York‘s decision in Association for Molecular Pathology and ACLU v. USPTO and Myriad (the “gene patents case”) handed down last Monday, has generated a lot of commentary this week. Here’s a selection: reports from Wired and On the Edges of Science and Law; IP Watchdog describes the ruling as “inane”; Patent Docs gives more detail on the patents at issue; Patently O thinks the Federal Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – February 19, 2010

The latest on the STLR radar: As it launches its cloud computing platform, Azure, Microsoft calls for federal regulation to clarify many of the open legal questions surrounding cloud computing, says the MTTLR Blog. Ten years after it applies, TiVo is granted patent for season pass subscriptions, writes Gizmodo (see our recent post on TiVo’s patent battle with Microsoft here). INFO/LAW recommends a Paul Ohm paper arguing that statistical techniques are eroding the effectiveness of Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – December 18, 2009

The latest on the STLR radar: The New York Times discusses the increasingly complex battle over e-book publishing rights. True/Slant reports on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s glitch with his social network’s new privacy settings, and asks whether the changes might violate FTC regulations. Misbehaving in the jury box: jurors researching on Wikipedia led to an overturned murder conviction, and jurors friending each other on Facebook is the subject of mistrial challenge, reports the ABA Journal. Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – December 11, 2009

The latest on the STLR radar: Judges and Facebook – Is it ok to be FB friends with lawyers?  The Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee says no, reports the New York Times. Michael Arrington and Crunchpad sues JooJoo for the joint tablet venture that so publicly went wrong, says Gizmodo. The Environmental Protection Agency announces that greenhouse gases pose a danger to human health and environment.  New federal and possibly international regulation are expected to Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 27, 2009

The latest on the STLR radar: U.S. says butt out: U.S. Senators criticize EU Commission over delay of Oracle-Sun deal.  (See our deal cheat sheet here.) Verizon stakes its claim as the nation’s most ironic network: A week after a court called its “There’s a Map For That” advertisements “sneaky,” but not misleading (catch up here), Verizon has pushed the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business to ask Sprint to drop its Continue Reading →

STLR Cheat Sheet: Oracle’s Takeover of Sun Microsystems

Oracle Corp.’s $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc. has hit the IT headlines again this week with the issue of the European Commission’s formal statement of objections, presaging an uphill battle for Oracle to secure antitrust clearance in the EU. STLR brings you this cheat sheet on the issues, explaining what’s at stake, the latest ins and outs of the deal, and the reactions of various commentators. The players Oracle, headquartered in Redwood Shores, Continue Reading →