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Posts tagged with Lawsuits

Angry shareholders lash out at Yahoo, Nokia

Facebook employees and investors are set to cash in when the world's largest social network goes public later this month, but life at a public company isn't always easy.

Just ask the executives at Nokia and Yahoo.


Facebook spends $550m on Microsoft patents

That didn't take long. Just two weeks after Microsoft announced that it had purchased a major collection of patents from AOL for $1bn, Microsoft has turned around and sold 650 patents to Facebook, which is being sued by Yahoo for patent infringment.

Microsoft will retain a license to the patents, and as part of the $550m deal, Facebook will also receive licenses for AOL patents that Microsoft did not offer up for sale.


Court: Apple can be involved in Lodsys patent suit

Last year, a company called Lodsys began contacting developers of iPhone and iPad apps utilizing in-app purchases, alleging that their use of in-app purchases, functionality provided for by Apple, violated a patent it owned.

Patent trolling has become so common that this wouldn't be surprising, but there was a wrinkle in Lodsys' case: Apple itself was already a licensee of the Lodsys patent in question.


US sues Apple, book publishers over ebook pricing

In a move widely anticipated, the United States Justice Department today filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and some of the largest book publishers over allegations that they colluded to raise ebook prices.

The publishers named in the lawsuit are Simon & Schuster, Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin and Macmillan.


Court reinstates Viacom lawsuit against YouTube

Google has taken YouTube to new heights since it acquired the popular online video service in 2006 for $1.65bn. And in 2010, it looked like the search giant would be able to continue to grow YouTube without worrying about the billion-dollar lawsuit media conglomerate Viacom had filed against it.

That lawsuit, which alleged that YouTube and Google were responsible for copyright infringement of Viacom content, was thrown out of court on the grounds that YouTube was protected by the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).


Colorado's online use tax reporting law ruled unconstitutional

When Colorado politicians pushed an affiliate tax designed to bolster their state's revenue on the back of out-of-state retailers, one thing was certain: the effort would backfire.

After all, we've known for years that states which have tried to find a way to collect sales tax on out-of-state internet sales fail to raise revenue.


Has reality finally caught up with Groupon and the daily deal?

Questions over the long-term viability of the daily deal model and Groupon's finances emerged well before the company went public.

But these questions didn't stop the company from debuting in what was one of the biggest technology IPOs since the first .com boom. Apparently hungry for tech IPOs, Groupon shares popped 31% on their opening day.

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Yahoo's Facebook patent lawsuit: hate the game, not the player

While the violent and depressing patent wars that are being waged in the technology industry aren't new, Yahoo's patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook has created a firestorm in Silicon Valley.

From bloggers to venture capitalists to former employees, individuals are lashing out at the once-dominant portal, criticizing it for being desperate, evil or some combination of other less-than-nice words.


Yahoo slaps Facebook with patent infringement lawsuit

Facebook hasn't even gone public yet and it looks like the company's IPO honeymoon may be over before it starts.

Today, a consumer internet behemoth with which Facebook has maintained a relatively friendly relationship with, Yahoo, slapped the social networking giant with a lawsuit alleging that it is infringing on 10 Yahoo patents which focus primarily on advertising, but also include, for instance, an "Online playback system with community bias."


While Pinterest's popularity surges, questions about legality surface

While Facebook struggles with f-commerce, a younger upstart, Pinterest, may be the next big thing in social commerce. The service, which is an "online pinboard" that allows users to "share things you love", is surging in popularity.

But there may be a downside to increased popularity, as some are questioning whether the service is promoting copyright infringement on a massive scale.


Apple may face $2bn iPad lawsuit

The iPad may be one of Apple's most important products. The dominant tablet device has been selling at an impressive rate, and that only looks to continue when Apple releases the iPad 3, something that could happen as early as March.

But there's just one problem: according to a Chinese firm, Apple doesn't own the 'iPad' trademark.


BT joins the Android patent circus

Google's Android operating system has proven to be a big hit, and that's good news for Google.

But it has also been good news for companies like Microsoft, which are profiting and seeking to profit from patents that Android may be infringing.

Now British Telecom has joined the Android patent litigation and licensing circus.