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Weekly Links: May 1-7th, 2011

This was a pretty busy week for technology, law, and policy news!  Looking back at our e-mail thread, I’m counting at least 20 stories that circulated over the last several days.

The ITC ruled that Apple does not infringe patent claiming multitouch technology. [via Engadget]

Righthaven may not be able to satisfy standing requirements based on copyright interest assignments with its clients. [via Technically Legal]

Sony: Hacked again! Loses another 24 million user accounts. [via Ars Technica]

Apple’s “Airdrop” dispute, thinking about trademark in context.  [via CNN]

Politician suggests that White House employees can circumvent federal record keeping laws by using iPads and web-based services.  [via Washington Examiner]

DOJ asks for more information for proposed AT&T and T-Mobile deal. [via CNET]

Lawsuit over “Flash Cookies,” La Court v. Specific Media 8:10-cv-01256-GW-JCG (CD Cal.), dismissed by court for lack of harm / standing.  [via Technology & Marketing Law Blog] [opinion]

CBS/CNET sued for distributing LimeWire. [via Ars Technica] [complaint]

Violating an employer’s internet use policy can be a felony, according to the 9th Circuit in U.S. v. Nosal. [via Technology Law and Marketing] [opinion]

U.S. Dept. of Commerce releases report on Trademark Litigation tactics, draws significant criticism from legal commentators.  [via Tech Dirt] [the Report]  see commentary from [Eric Goldman] and [David Pardue]

New class action lawsuit, Hariharan v. Abobe, Apple, et al., Case no. 11574066 (Alameda County Superior Court, filed against Adobe, Intui, Google, Apple, and several others accuses companies of employment practice collusion.  [via CNET] [the complaint]

FCC Chairman tells Congress to leave net neutrality alone.  [via CNET]

Computer rental service sued for “spying on customers” with webcam software installed on rented machines. [via TechDirt]

RIAA/LimeWire trial begins (only concerning damages) in New York — Judge estimates about as long as 4 weeks.  [via CNET]

Dept. of Homeland Security sends demand to Mozilla to remove Firefox extension (a/k/a MafiaaFire) that routes users around URLs seized by DHSMozilla responds and questions the authority of DHS’ request.  [via Wired and hja’s blog] [Mozilla’s questions]

Motion to Dismiss filed by defendant in Righthaven copyright litigation case.  [via EFF]

WordPerfect’s antitrust claims against Microsoft after are back, after Novell (previous owner of WordPerfect ’90s) successfully argued in the 4th Circuit. [via Ars Technica]

CNET source says hackers are planning a third attack against Sony over the (last) weekend.  [via CNET]

San Francisco is (apparently) backing away from proposed law that would require cell phone retails to label mobile handsets with information related to radiation emissions. Mmm, science!* [via San Francisco Chronicle]

Google and Facebook respond to proposed California legislation that would require companies to offer an “opt-out” privacy mechanism for consumers.  [via Ars Technica] [Senate Bill 761]

The FCC has been asked to investigate the “data caps” which have been implemented recently at some ISPs and enforced for longer at others. [via Ars Technica]


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