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If you bought a PC with a disk drive between 2003 and 2008 — the golden age of Livestrong bracelets and trucker hats — you might be eligible for $US10 ($13) thanks to an antitrust class action suit. In December, Sony, NEC, Panasonic and Hitachi-LG settled a seven-year suit which alleged the companies colluded "to inflate the prices of optical drives sold to big computer companies and retailers."

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Tim Wu, the guy who coined the phrase "net neutrality", went nose-to-nose with the House Judiciary subcommittee on Friday morning to fight for the future of the internet. Congress wants to know if somebody other than the FCC should decide the fate of net neutrality. Wu, for one, thinks that's a pretty silly idea.

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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.

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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.