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Apple’s eBook Price-Fixing Trial Scheduled To Start Monday
2013-06-03 07:15:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Apple will head to a Manhattan federal courtroom Monday to answer accusations that they conspired with multiple publishers to increase eBook prices on the eve of the iPad launch in 2010. According to Brian X. Chen and Julie Bosman of the New York Times, the case, which was brought against the Cupertino, California-based tech giant by the US Justice Department, accuses Apple and five publishers (HarperCollins, Penguin Group,...

Google Sued By Justice Department For Warrantless Access To User Records
2013-06-01 05:54:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The US Department of Justice secretly filed a lawsuit in April attempting to force Google to give them access to user records without a search warrant, various media outlets have learned. CNET´s Declan McCullagh, who broke the story on Friday, said that the lawsuit was filed in a Manhattan courtroom back on April 22 and “offers a rare glimpse of how determined prosecutors are to defend a process that allows federal...

US Antitrust Keeps Watchful Eye On Google, More Probes Possible
2013-04-17 13:03:58

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Last week a coalition composed of companies like Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle filed a complaint with European regulators about what they believe are Google´s anti-competitive behaviors. In short, the companies believe that Google´s Android is a “Trojan horse” which is used to steer more traffic towards their own sites and services. The FairSearch coalition likely filed their complaint with European...

Is AT&T Using Nigerian Scammers To Defraud Taxpayers?
2012-03-23 10:04:21

IP relay call systems allow people in the US to communicate by text to a live AT&T operator, who will then read the typed words to people with hearing or speech impairments they are trying to call on the phone. However AT&T is accused of pocketing millions of dollars from US taxpayers with fraudulent use of that system by the US Justice Department. The service cannot, however, stop people without impairments from using it, writes Tom Cheredar for Venture Beat. “We will...

Feds Shut Down Megaupload
2012-01-20 06:16:11

Megaupload, one of the top file-sharing websites on the internet, was shut down as the US Justice Department and FBI arrested the founder and several company officials. CEO Kim Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz and Mathias Ortmann Chief Technology Officer were arrested in Auckland, New Zealand as well as Bram van der Kolk head of programming and Finn Batato chief marketing officer at the request of the United States government. Julius Bencko, the site´s graphic designer, Sven...

Google In Regulatory Hot Water
2011-08-30 05:17:27

  Google agreed late last week to a $500 million settlement, the amount made in illegal advertising, in a US Justice Department probe focusing on Canadian pharmacies advertising to American customers through Google´s AdSense program. The Canadian pharmacies had been selling prescription drugs without a doctor´s order to customers in the US, a violation of federal law. According to Forbes, government investigators sorted through more than four million documents and found...

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2011-06-23 10:35:00

The FBI and police agencies in seven other countries have seized computers and servers from which a "scareware" scheme was being operated. According to Reuters, the operation had bilked more than $72 million from victims by selling software that claimed to find security risks on PCs and then asked for cash to fix the non-existent problems. In the US, 22 computers and servers were seized along with 25 others in France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United...

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2011-05-13 06:20:00

In 1998, the powerhouse known as Microsoft was accused of breaking antitrust law by the US Justice Department. Fast forward 13 years later, and the expiration of the antitrust settlement against the software company passed with little notice on Thursday. In the 13 years since, Apple has gone from having just a small slice of the PC market to dominating the mobile media market. And Google, barely in existence in 1998, is now the top Internet search and online advertising business in the...

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2011-02-01 05:50:00

American computer tech company Oracle has agreed to pay a $46 million settlement over allegations that Sun Microsystems -- acquired by the tech company last year for $7.4 billion -- submitted false claims to US agencies, according to the US Justice Department. Sun allegedly paid monies to systems integrator companies in return for recommendations that government agencies purchase products from Sun Microsystems, The Justice Department said in a statement. "Sun executed agreements with...

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2011-01-10 07:49:06

The North Atlantic nation of Iceland has formally asked the American Ambassador to Iceland, Luis E. Arreaga, to answer questions as to why US investigators are attempting to access the private details of the online activity of an Icelandic lawmaker. Building a case against Wikileaks by the US Justice Department, a court order was obtained to examine records and data posted on Twitter Inc. by Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir who sits on the country's Foreign Affairs Committee....


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  • A stinking tobacco.
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