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CCleaner Network Edition now available to help admins keep their PCs tidy

CCleaner is one of our favorite utilties, and it's a great way to keep computers free of unwanted temporary files and registry clutter both at home and at the office. It does, however, lack certain features which LAN administrators demand -- like a management console and an easy, network-wide deployment process. Recently, however, Piriform began testing CCleaner Network Edition, which was...

LimeWire throws in the towel, shutters their Music Store

Napster, the venerable grandfather of music downloading apps, staged somewhat of an amazing comeback a few years ago -- becoming a fully legal music service. If you were expecting the same from LimeWire after the recent kick-in-the-groin bestowed upon it by the RIAA, your hopes may have been officially dashed. LimeWire has sent out a PR missive stating that they have been forced to shut down...

Microsoft Word XML patent case to be heard by Supreme Court

Microsoft struck out on two previous attempts in court, but it's not prepared to give up on Word just yet. Today, the Redmond company received a bit of welcome news: the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Microsoft's appeal in the case to decide who owns the patent for XML, the markup language that powers Word. That takes Microsoft off the hook for the $290 million in damages previously awarded to...

Trend Micro raises a stink over Security Essentials via Windows Update

When I wrote about Microsoft's decision to begin offering Security Essentials via Windows Update to users who didn't already have an antivirus program installed, I wondered how long it would be until someone shouted "Unfair!" I wasn't the only one, either -- ZDnet's Ed Bott had similar concerns. This morning, Computerworld is reporting that Trend Micro -- who develop a range of antivirus and...

Who's suing whom in the telecom world? Feast your eyes on this infographic

Somehow this passed us by: Information is Beautiful has a wonderful visualization of the current state of telecommunications court cases. It's actually a little out of date now -- Apple is now countersuing Motorola -- but otherwise the data is mostly up-to-date. The full image is after the break. The infographic also includes snippets of each law suit, which is handy for understanding the...

Google sues the US government over Microsoft favoritism

Google filed a complaint against the US government late last week, accusing the government of anti-competitive practices because only Microsoft products were considered for the Department of the Interior's new all-in-one hosted email and messaging solution. The Request for Quotation, the document that outlines the government's requirements for potential bidders on the project, specified that the...

Grooveshark yanked from App Store, pandas everywhere made sad

Some people (including our own Victor Agreda Jr.) didn't understand why I was so shocked that Grooveshark's app had finally received Apple's blessing and showed up in the App Store. They had a pending lawsuit from one of the major record companies, after all. No matter, said Vic -- Apple doesn't concern itself with that stuff. It's up to the app developers to sort out those issues. ... Or is...

Judge rules that circumventing DRM is not illegal

In what will surely become a landmark case -- or at least a massive thorn in the MPAA and RIAA's clubbed, pygmy feet -- a judge has ruled that bypassing DRM via hacking, reverse engineering or any other means is not in itself illegal. The case itself ruled that General Electric, in using hacked security dongles to repair some uninterruptible power supplies produced by another company, did not...

Was Zuckerberg's mysterious Facebook contract forged?

Just when Facebook was riding high on the publicity from its upcoming movie and its 500 millionth user, a lawsuit popped up, claiming that Mark Zuckerberg signed away half the company back in 2003. Facebook has taken a look at the supposed contract between Zuckerberg and a guy who supposedly hired him to build the original "The Face Book" site when he was at Harvard, and they "strongly suspect"...

RIAA forks out $64 million to catch music pirates, recovers just $1.3 million in 3 years

From the putting-a-smile-on-your-newly-awoken-face department... The aptly named Recording Industry vs. The People blog has done a little investigative journalism and produced some fantastic figures that truly illustrate just how pathetically pointless the RIAA is. Over the course of three years, the RIAA has spent a total of $64 million in the tracking down and prosecution of music pirates....

Man who invested $1000 in 2003 claims present-day 84% stake in billion-dollar Facebook

Here's a quick one to kick-start your day with a smile! Paul Ceglia, an (alleged) early investor in Facebook, has come forward and claimed an 84% stake in the company. Facebook is vigorously stating that the lawsuit is 'completely frivolous', but considering a New York judge has temporarily restricted any transfer of Facebook's assets there just might be something to Ceglia's claim. Back in...

TwitPic, butthurt and pathetic, brings in the lawyers to fight Posterous

Posterous, as I'm sure you're all aware, is the supremo light-weight blogging platform. Not only is it fantastically easy to use, but it's also the king of flexibility and interoperability -- you can post to your blog via email, bookmarklet, mobile phone and even Twitter! It also has the ability to import from other platforms: WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and switch from many others -- but yesterday...

Google beats Viacom in YouTube court case, BitTorrent users win

The torrent community is thrilled with the outcome of the recent Viacom v. Google lawsuit, where Viacom sued the Big G for letting YouTube users upload its copyrighted material. Google won the billion-dollar case, but TorrentFreak says BitTorrent users are the real winners. The ruling essentially says that if copyright holders want content removed for violating the DMCA, they must ask to have...

Microsoft sues spammers... for circumventing its anti-spam filters...

It's a story that beggars belief, a true case of Goliath smothering David with his voluminous backside, but believe it or not... it's true! Get this: a group of ingenious spammers are being sued by Microsoft for abusing Hotmail's Junk Mail Reporting Program and Smart Network Data Services. The lawsuit claims that the defendants used millions of Hotmail accounts to label spam messages as 'not...

McAfee in court over misleading pop-up adverts, unwanted purchases

Advertising makes the Internet go round, but it's also become a tremendous problem. Between unsavory malware peddlers injecting their nefarious scripts into unsuspecting sites and misleading software ads tricking people into installing useless registry and driver tools, it's no wonder ad blocking has become so commonplace. And now McAfee, longtime developers of security-related software, are...