Demand for Bitcoin in China is strong. So strong that it is said investors have embraced the new currency thanks to Chinese demand, which is what has been driving the price so high recently. However, China’s central bank is not as eager.…Read More »
Want to crack down on the Neo-Nazi movement? There’s an app for that. German authorities have created a new app, dubbed Nazi Shazam, that is intended to help curb the Neo-Nazi movement.
The app operates similar to the popular Shamaz app which is used to recognize a clip of music.…Read More »
Earlier this year Apple was found guilty of fixing prices on ebooks. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote determined that the company needed to be monitored for the next two years to make sure they didn’t revert to their old ways. She appointed Michael Bromwich to monitor the company’s antitrust compliance.…Read More »
The US government is being ordered to pay $50 million to Apptricity for violating a licensing agreement and spreading Apptricity’s software among its military ranks without actually paying for it.
The software, which tracks supplies and troops, was authorized for use on five of the military’s servers and thousands of workstations.…Read More »
Not many companies can take on a full grown troll and live to tell the tale. Newegg has just discovered this, after a Texas jury ordered them to pay $2.3 million in damages in a lawsuit that was over a patent concerning encryption Newegg.…Read More »
Bad news for the Google-backed genome start up 23andMe, the Federal Drug Administration has officially shut them down by telling them they can’t sell the one product they make. The FDA’s problem, after six years of operation 23andMe hasn’t completed the testing they need to back up the claims they make on their websites.…Read More »
There is no denying that Apple is one of the giants in the tech realm that extends beyond all horizons of the world. However, even big giants can steal ideas. Although, we are not asserting that Apple has stolen ideas, but we can never really be sure of a firm’s honesty, no matter how well-respected the firm is.…Read More »
Just because it can be done, doesn’t mean it should be done. At least that is what the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) chairman is saying now. Last week, Tom Wheeler announced a proposal that would lift the FCC ban on using cellphones during fights.…Read More »
The “tag and fight” keeps on going between Apple and Samsung. Sometimes competition goes far higher than just markets, such as courtrooms. In the latest series of “Apple versus Samsung” in the “courtroom arena,” pun intended, Samsung has to pay Apple an additional $290 million in damages according to the verdict passed by the jury this afternoon.…Read More »
The legal drama over patent infringement and how much Samsung owes Apple plays on. Samsung asked for a mistrial in the most recent case, a retrial of last year’s patent infringement battle, because of a remark made by Apple’s lead counsel during closing arguments.…Read More »
The Electronic Privacy Information Center’s (EPIC) case against the NSA was not brought before the Supreme Court like they had hoped. In a shocking — or maybe not so shocking — move, the high court declined to hear the case against the National Security Agency (NSA) brought by EPIC.…Read More »
Homeland Security told to disclose how it can shut down cellular networks and wireless signals in an area
A court in Washington, D.C. has ordered The US Department of Homeland Security to reveal details on exactly how “Standard Operating Procedure 303″ works. With this procedure Homeland Security is able to shut down wireless signals as well as cellular networks in an area, and is supposed to be used only when there is a crisis.…Read More »
Canadian authorities recently busted a child pornography business that spanned countries worldwide. As a result of the three-year investigation, 348 people — 108 Canadians, 76 U.S. citizens, and 164 citizens from various countries — have been arrested and over 300 children saved.…Read More »
Baidu, which is the top search engine in China, and QVOD, a Chinese video on demand service, are being targeted for copyright violation. The suing parties are seeking $49.2 million in damages and they have named themselves the The Joint Action Against Online Video Piracy in China.…Read More »
According to Judge Paul Grewal, it seems Samsung is guilty of violating a protective order that was issued by court to prevent certain documents from reaching the public.
The documents that were leaked pertained to patent licensing agreements that Apple had with Sharp, Philips, Ericsson and Nokia, and the patents were supposed to be confidential.…Read More »
Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara has just made the FBI’s most wanted list of cybercriminals.
He was charged back in 2005 for creating and selling a malware program, which documented messages as well as keystrokes on infected computers. Dubbed the ‘Lover Spy’, Carlos sold it on the premise that people could use it to monitor their spouses and significant others.…Read More »
Like other major tech companies have done since Edward Snowden’s revelations on the NSA, Apple has released its first transparency report on user data. The report outlines the requests for users’ data it received from the government for the first half of 2013, covering all countries.…Read More »
Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive Office, wrote in the Wall Street Journal about how he was in favor of the US government passing an anti-discrimination bill that would target discrimination that takes place in the work place, notably discrimination against gay people.…Read More »
The PayPal 14, as they have come to be known, are a group of loosely connected people who are being charged after they (allegedly) participated in a protest against PayPal and others. They have recently been given a plea deal, but it is only good if 13 our of 14 plead guilty and take the deal.…Read More »
Patent wars rage on, and with the unsuccessful acquisition of Nortel in a 2011 auction, Google may be losing the battle. The consortium ‘Rockstar’ owns thousands of patents and is targeting Google, Samsung, and other companies that created Android devices for infringement on patents.…Read More »
Vladimir Kats, one of the seven men associated with creating Liberty Reserve (an online bank), has pled guilty to money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. He has admitted to creating the digital money transfer system, a system proven to have been used to provide cybercriminals with methods to launder their proceeds.…Read More »
Think the NSA’s site was the only one attacked or hacked recently? Think again. According to Ars Technica, there has been a hacking spree on US government websites and databases and it’s been going on for over a year. Accused of this hacking is a man named Lauri Love.…Read More »
Rebekah Brooks, who used to work for News Corp as an executive, as well as some of her former colleagues on News of the World, are going to trial this week for the phone hacking scandal they were hit with a few years ago.…Read More »
A woman in San Diego, California was pulled over yesterday and issued a ticket for driving… while wearing Google Glass. The ticket states that she was guilty of ”Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)”… or, as ArsTechnica puts it, she was ticketed for “watching ‘TV’” while driving.…Read More »
Howard Leventhal is facing charges of fraud for soliciting funding from Paragon Financial Group, who are based in Florida, to create a tricorder.
The ever popular pop-culture device, which first originated into the classic and original Star Trek series, is a must-have fantasy for many fans of the show.…Read More »
In 1998, US President Bill Clinton signed into law, a controversial bill that plans to keep icon works out of the public domain. By adding a twenty year extension to these pieces many of the great works from the 20th century can’t be recreated, reproduced, or re-invented without prior written permission of the one who holds the copyright.…Read More »