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Forget Security Essentials - Microsoft attacks malware pimps with lawsuits

We all know Microsoft is working on the successor to OneCare -- Security Essentials is currently in beta testing and should be ready for public consumption any time now. It's a decent protection package, and should help protect users from things like nefarious fake antivirus apps and other "scareware." But Microsoft has decided to go one better. After all, simply removing infections or block...

Google's not fighting Gmail subpoenas

Google has been issued a subpoena for the IP addresses of some Caribbean journalists, and intends to hand them over, according to WikiLeaks. In case you're not familiar WikiLeaks is meant to be a safe place for whistleblowers to post politically sensitive documents, particularly those dealing with government corruption. TCI Journal, based in the Turks & Caicos Islands, uncovered a huge payoff ...

Twitter finally verifies verified accounts rumor

In response to a lawsuit by famed baseball manager Tony LaRussa, Twitter has decided to speed up the process of launching those verified accounts we've been hearing buzz about for the past few months. In a post on the Twitter blog, Biz Stone asserts that while there's no way Twitter's going to pay off LaRussa after their support team got rid of the impostor, they're going to keep this kind of t...

N. Dakota Judge rules that "host -l" command constitutes hacking

A North Dakota judge issued a ruling in Sierra Corporate Design v. Ritz that has some pretty stunning implications about the use of the "host -l" command when accessing DNS records. In the judgment (which was prepared by the plaintiff's counsel and sent to the judge), the use of the "host -l" command is tantamount to computer hijacking and hacking. For the uninitiated, when using the "host -l" c...

RIAA admits the lawsuits aren't the complete answer to filesharing

The RIAA may be coming around in the slightest way from its strategy of suing fans, customers and grandmothers. Piracy has grown, not shrunk, since the RIAA legal assault on families began, with recent numbers indicating that 7.2 million households download music illegitimately. According to TG Daily, an RIAA spokesman said, "What is the most important anti-piracy strategy is aggressive licensi...

An open response to an IFPI board member

Recently, when a counterclaim was filed by Ms. Del Cid against the RIAA containing allegations of Trespass, Computer Fraud and Abuse, Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices, Civil Extortion, and Civil conspiracy, we published a short editorial on our perception of the unfolding events. Del Cid's allegations are quite serious; in her and her lawyer's view the RIAA broke serious criminal statutes ...

Microsoft has 'no immediate plans' to sue over Linux patent infringement claims

After Microsoft made the claim that Linux infringes on 235 of its patents, some folks became worried that the company might begin suing companies who use OSS. Even individual users have launched a 'Sue Me First' campaign, challenging the company to "put its lawyers where its mouth is" and prove the patent infringement. Fortunately, Microsoft might not attempt to succeed where the SCO failed - a...

MySpace files lawsuit against spammer

Social networks are great for meeting people and checking out what interests others. But what happens when social networks go bad? We have all heard about the issues MySpace and other networks have with predators lurking, and now we get to hear a bit more about the spamming that affects social networks. MySpace has filed a lawsuit against an individual who has apparently sent millions of spam note...

RIAA loses in case against Oklahoma mom

It looks like the strategy to take when sued by the RIAA is to move for summary judgment based on lack of evidence. That's worked twice now, as an Oklahoma mom and her lawyer have been able to gain a dismissal with prejudice of Capitol Records v. Foster. It gets better. The defendant made a motion for summary judgment, which is akin to calling someone else's bluff at a poker table. The legal equi...