STLR Link Roundup – November 30, 2011

Online shopping sites celebrated their second annual Cyber Monday, with more than 75% of online retailers offering some sort of discount for making purchases on the Monday after Thanksgiving. This year’s Cyber Monday comes after shoppers set a record for online spending – racking up $816 million — on Black Friday. The next status conference for AT&T’s embattled T-Mobile merger proposal has been postponed until December 9, due to a scheduling conflict. AT&T and Deutsche Continue Reading →

AT&T Says One Antitrust Suit is Enough!

In the wake of the Justice Department’s antitrust suit to stop AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel (the nation’s 3rd largest wireless carrier) and Cellular South (a smaller wireless company in the Southeastern U.S., which changed its name to C Spire last week) filed similar suits seeking to enjoin the merger. The suits were filed under § 16 of the Clayton Act which provides injunctive relief for private parties. The suits by Sprint Continue Reading →

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 →

Can Microsoft Stop the TiVo Litigation Juggernaut?

Microsoft filed a patent infringement lawsuit against TiVo on January 19, 2010.  What does this filing mean for TiVo and its meteoric litigation campaign? As Core Business Fades, TiVo is Turning to IP Licensing People love their DVRs.  More specifically, they love their TiVo DVRs.  TiVo was one of the first DVR providers (RIP Replay TV and one-click commercial skipping) and holds broad pioneer patents.  It’s a practicing plaintiff, not a naked patent troll.  And Continue Reading →