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People can legally listen to your butt dials

People can legally listen to your butt dials

I'd wager that anyone who uses a smartphone has probably butt dialed before, even if you don’t realize you did it. Butt dialing occurs when you accidentally hit the buttons on your smartphone and start a call without realizing you did. Some people immediately hang up when they receive a butt dial, but others like to listen in to see what they can hear being said.

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Appeals court denies net neutrality stay

Appeals court denies net neutrality stay

In early May we talked about a coalition of companies that had teamed up to try and get a federal appeals court to suspend net neutrality rules and prevent them from going into effect, that appeal has failed. The coalition of firms was led by AT&T and counted several other companies as members. Originally, the FCC had ruled that the roll out of net neutrality rules would start this past February and would reclassify internet as a utility.

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Patent troll wins in court against Samsung over Bluetooth

Patent troll wins in court against Samsung over Bluetooth

Patent suits are common in the tech world and sometimes the trolls win in court. One of the oldest and most successful patent trolls out there is a company called Rembrandt IP. Rembrandt was in court in East Texas recently in a suit that it had filed against Samsung over products that Samsung makes using Bluetooth communication.

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IPCom patent suit against Apple dismissed by German court

IPCom patent suit against Apple dismissed by German court

There are a number of patent trolls out there that hold patents they do nothing with and only want to use them to squeeze money out of licensees. IPCom is one of those companies and it has been handed a loss in a patent infringement case that it was fighting against Apple in Germany. Courts also dismissed a suit IPCom had against HTC.

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Google sued by ART+Com Innovationpool over Google Earth patent infringement

Google sued by ART+Com Innovationpool over Google Earth patent infringement

Google has found itself at the center of another patent infringement suit. This time the patent suit was filed against Google by a company called ART+COM Innovationpool GmbH (GCI). The suit was filed in a Delaware federal court and charges that Google Earth products are infringing on a patent held by GCI.

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Supreme Court refuses to hear shopping cart patents case against Newegg

Supreme Court refuses to hear shopping cart patents case against Newegg

Patent trolls make life difficult for a lot of companies in the technology world. Patent trolls are firms that own patents that they don’t make use of and only use those patents to try and force licensing fees out of companies doing business in the tech world. One of the most notorious patent trolls is a company called Soverain Software LLC.

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Google sues Rockstar Consortium for unfairly targeting Android partners

Google sues Rockstar Consortium for unfairly targeting Android partners

Google has been tied up in court over allegations of patent infringement with the Rockstar Consortium. Rockstar is a consortium of companies that banded together to enforce copyrights backed by several major technology firms. Some of the major backers of Rockstar include Apple and Microsoft.

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Apple fined $165,000 in China for copyright violation

Apple fined $165,000 in China for copyright violation

Apple always seems to be embroiled in a suit of one sort or another around the world. Back in March of this year 22 authors in China sued Apple over copyright violations. The writers claim that Apple published 59 different books on its iBooks bookstore without permission of the authors.

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HP shareholder lawsuit names audit firms that worked on the Autonomy deal

HP shareholder lawsuit names audit firms that worked on the Autonomy deal

HP is currently fighting a massive shareholder backlash over the huge $8.8 billion write-down it was forced to take on its acquisition of Autonomy. HP has alleged that there were "serious accounting improprieties" that led it to overpay massively for the company. HP's shareholders have filed suit in the matter and named the major auditing firms that worked on the deal for HP as defendants.

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Patent suits targeting Google, Intel and others for encrypting web traffic filed

Patent suits targeting Google, Intel and others for encrypting web traffic filed

The technology world is no stranger to patent suits from companies dubbed "patent trolls" who simply buy up patents and offer no products using the intellectual property they claim to own. Another massive suit is brewing from a company sure to be labeled a patent troll by the name of TQP Development. The company is based in Marshall, Texas and the suits reference US patent number 5,412,730.

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BitTorrent porn sharer hit with whacky $1.5 million fine

BitTorrent porn sharer hit with whacky $1.5 million fine

A federal court in Illinois has handed down the largest fine ever levied against a file sharer in a BitTorrent piracy case. The judgment was placed against defendant Kywan Fisher and orders the man to pay $1.5 million to an adult film company called Flava Works. The man was found guilty of sharing 10 of the company's films via BitTorrent.

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Automotive dealers associations file suit against Tesla

Automotive dealers associations file suit against Tesla

Tesla is one of the most successful electric vehicle companies out there. It also happens to offer some of the most interesting electric vehicles on the market with its Model S and the Roadster. Tesla has been disruptive in the automotive industry because it sells directly to customers rather than exclusively through dealer networks.

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