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Google and Reddit defend law protecting tech companies from liability for user-generated content

(Reuters) — A 23-year-old law giving technology companies legal protection from lawsuits over user-generated content remains critical to the internet’s future, Alphabet’s Google unit and social media site Reddit said in testimony released on Tuesday. Senior executives from Google, Reddit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and legal experts are due to face questions on Wednesday in […]

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Are you ready for America’s data protection laws?

If your company is still grappling with Europe’s data protection laws, then you’ll want to step up your game. You’ll soon have American data protection laws to deal with, too. California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect January 1, 2020 — that’s less than 3 months away. And additional American legislation is wending its […]

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Facebook wins dismissal of lawsuit that accused it of deceiving investors over privacy breach impact

(Reuters) — Facebook and its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday won dismissal of an investor lawsuit accusing them of deceiving investors about the likely impact of a privacy breach on its stock price, though the investors will be have a chance to refile their case. U.S. District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California […]

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Google wins fight to restrict right-to-be-forgotten ruling to EU search engines

Google has won a long-standing battle with the European Union (EU), after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Google can limit the scope of the so-called “right-to-be-forgotten” (RTBF) to searches made within the EU. Today’s announcement was largely expected, given that an adviser to EU’s top court backed Google’s case back in January […]

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Evolving Moore’s Law with chiplets and 3D packaging

Presented by Intel For more than 50 years, Moore’s Law has paced the advance of electronics, from semiconductor chips to laptops and cell phones. Now, the golden rule of technology price and performance from Intel co-founder Gordon Moore is evolving once again. Demanding modern workloads like AI often need specialized, high-powered processors with unique requirements. […]

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Judge calls Facebook’s view on user privacy ‘so wrong’ as class-action lawsuit proceeds

(Reuters) — A federal judge on Monday ordered Facebook to face most of a nationwide lawsuit seeking damages for letting third parties such as Cambridge Analytica access users’ private data, calling the social media company’s views on privacy “so wrong.” While dismissing some claims, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said users could […]

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U.S. states launch antitrust investigation into Google

(Reuters) — Attorneys general from 48 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico formally opened an antitrust probe on Monday into Alphabet’s Google, in a sign of growing government scrutiny of U.S. technology giants. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the probe, said it will focus on Google’s “overarching control of […]

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U.S. DoJ indicts former Alphabet engineer for stealing self-driving car secrets from Waymo

(Reuters) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday filed criminal charges accusing Anthony Levandowski, a former high-ranking engineer at Alphabet, of stealing the company’s self-driving car technology before joining rival Uber. The 33-count indictment largely mirrors allegations that Alphabet’s Waymo unit, where Levandowski had worked, had made in a civil lawsuit against Uber in 2017, […]

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office wants your opinion on AI inventions

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is asking for the help of experts and the broader public to determine the impact AI will have on intellectual property and “whether new forms of intellectual property protection are needed.” A call for public comment was published in the Federal Registrar by the USPTO […]

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Globalfoundries sues Apple, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and TSMC over chip patents

Globalfoundries, which until last year was one of the world’s most aggressive semiconductor manufacturers, today filed lawsuits against Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC and its key customers in a move that could have ramifications for the entire consumer electronics industry. The California-based company alleges that TSMC is infringing 16 patents relating to chip manufacturing and, in addition […]

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Qualcomm and LG make patent license deal, but 5G market impact is unclear

After extended negotiations and a lawsuit that threatened to “impact the entire 5G market,” Qualcomm and LG today reached an agreement that will continue the South Korean company’s access to the U.S. chipmaker’s 3G, 4G, and 5G cellular modem technologies, apparently preventing a disruption of its smartphone business. But the long-term impact for Qualcomm and […]

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Corephotonics lawsuit portrays ‘innovative’ Apple as a devious copycat

It’s not exactly “news” that Apple allegedly stole Corephotonics’ multi-lens smartphone camera technologies to use in iPhones. While the Israeli company filed a new lawsuit alleging as much yesterday (via PatentlyApple), it actually builds on earlier lawsuits filed against Apple in 2017 and 2018, all with the same central claim: Dual-camera iPhones are infringing on […]

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Cognition IP raises $2.8 million for AI to help patent startups’ inventions

Cognition IP today announced the close of a $2.8 million funding round for its legal services AI. Trained with text from patent filings, its tools are made to augment human lawyers and help startups obtain patents and search existing intellectual property claims. Cognition IP delivers intellectual property law services at a fixed rate, instead of […]

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J.D. Power: 40% of consumers fear self-driving cars will reduce traffic safety

Consumers are concerned about self-driving cars. That’s according to J.D. Power’s inaugural 2019 Mobility Confidence Index Study published today in collaboration with SurveyMonkey, which found that a majority of the 5,749 respondents harbor doubts about the technology’s robustness. “Out of the box, these scores are not encouraging,” said J.D. executive director of driver interaction and […]

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Apple clearly wants Intel’s 5G modem business, but for an odd reason

Wall Street Journal headline aside, it’s not really “news” at this point that Apple wants to acquire Intel’s 5G modem business. Apple’s possible interest in a deal was widely reported immediately after Intel withdrew from developing 5G modems, and was all but entirely confirmed when Intel paused its modem auction to pursue an exclusive deal with […]

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EU fines Qualcomm $272 million for modem antitrust violations

(Reuters) — Qualcomm, the world’s number one chipmaker, was fined 242 million euros ($272 million) by the European Commission on Thursday for blocking a rival from the market about a decade ago, its second EU antitrust penalty. The European Commission, the EU’s competition regulator, accused Qualcomm of predatory pricing between 2009 and 2011 aimed at […]

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Car contracts: Advice for tech companies entering the auto space

As the automotive and technology industries collide, many tech companies find themselves in an exciting but daunting position: having to contract with established auto makers. These contracts can have long-lasting effects on how the technology is built, on how risk is shared between the tech company and the parts manufacturer, and on who owns any […]

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U.S. to approve Huawei sales where there is no threat to national security

(Reuters) — The U.S. government will issue licenses to companies seeking to sell goods to China’s Huawei where there is no threat to national security, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday, leaving industry observers unsure about which products will pass muster. Seeking to revive trade talks with China, President Donald Trump announced last month […]

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Indian Google antitrust probe was sparked by junior researchers at India’s own competition commission

(Reuters) — Two junior Indian antitrust research associates and a law school student were behind a complaint that sparked a probe into Google’s alleged anti-competitive practices in the country, in what has become another regulatory challenge for the U.S. firm. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) ordered a full-blown investigation into Alphabet Inc’s Google in […]

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Amazon can be held liable for defective third-party seller products

(Reuters) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled against Amazon.com in a case that could expose the online retailer to lawsuits from customers who buy defective products from third-party vendors through its website. Numerous other courts, including two federal appeals courts, have held that Amazon cannot be held liable as a seller of products […]

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