US Authorities (Finally) Going After Patent Trolls

Well, look who finally showed up to the patent party! The US Federal Trade Commission announced on Friday that it has opened an inquiry into “patent assertion entities”, a.k.a. patent trolls. Start popping some popcorn, folks. This could get good.

Google Pulls Out Of Its Motorola Patent Push

Patent wars are still raging in plenty of parts of the tech world, but today there’s something of a ceasefire between Google and Microsoft. Google has just filed with the ITC to stop attempts to prevent Microsoft from using certain compression techniques with the Xbox 360.

How The FTC Screwed Up The Google Investigation

The US Federal Trade Commission’s reported closing of its Google search bias investigation, with no real enforceable settlement mechanism and a special new self-enforcement antitrust precedent apparently only available to Google, raises serious questions about the integrity of the FTC’s law enforcement process and whether the FTC accords Google with special treatment not available to other companies.

US Government Slaps Google Again

The FTC just announced a settlement with Google, which the commission had been investigating for illegal, anti-competitive behaviour. And it’s mostly good news for everyone except Google: less patent warfare, less search engine bullying.

SpongeBob Removed From App Store Over Privacy Concerns

If you were hoping to keep the kids quiet over the holidays with a SpongeBob game, you’re all outta luck. Nickelodeon has had to pull SpongeBob Diner Dash from the Apple App Store over complaints that it violates children’s online privacy rights.

US Judge Approves FTC's Largest Ever Fine, To Be Paid By Google

Nine months on from the Wall Street Journal spotting a massive Google privacy issue — namely, that it was circumventing cookie privacy settings in Safari — the search giant’s fate is now sealed. A judge has approved the FTC’s largest ever fine, in the process rejecting appeals from a consumer-rights group that the sum should be higher, which means Google is set to pony up a cool $US22.5 million.

Report: Google's One Step Closer To Being Hit With An FTC Anti-Trust Case

According to Reuters, top brass at the FTC is convinced it should bring an antitrust case against Google. The writing’s been on the wall since last year, but it looks like things could finally be coming to a head.

How Vicious Spyware Contaminated Australian Rental Computers

Between business leases and home office setups, hundreds of thousands of PCs are rented every year in Australia. And, it turns out, a huge chunk of them have absurdly invasive, incredibly dangerous spyware preinstalled — by the company that rents them.

FTC Hires Ace Prosecutor For Google Antitrust

The US Federal Trade Commission has signalled it means business in its proceedings against Google for antitrust violations. For the first time in five years, the agency has hired an outside litigator to lead the prosecution. No, it’s not Harvey Birdman.

Google's Being Hit With A Federal Probe Again

Fresh off its pitiful $US25,000 fine over collecting private Wi-Fi information with its Street View cars, Google is the target of a new investigation. This time, it’s because Google was found to be bypassing security settings to store cookies on unwilling mobile Safari users’ phones.