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Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Expect a 6 month freeze on Facebook's Instagram acquisition   —  A former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer and antitrust expert says Facebook's purchase of photo-sharing site Instagram will take between four months and one year to clear regulatory hurdles.  In the meantime, the deal is effectively on hold.
May 12, 2012, 10:35 PMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Louis Vuitton asks for SOPA-like seizure of hundreds of websites   —  Brand owners are howling for new laws to help them crush “rogue” websites.  But why?  New powers don't seem necessary when courts are already forcing internet companies to delete websites from the internet.
May 11, 2012, 2:20 PMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Search engines have same speech rights as the New York Times, says Google report   —  Just as the New York Times can decide “All the News That's Fit to Print,” search engines have a free speech right to choose who or what to put in their search rankings.  —  That's the conclusion of a prominent …
May 9, 2012, 1:40 PMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Exclusive: Publisher sues Tumblr over porn pics   —  Updated: It's finally happened.  In a case with big implications for the booming market in photo-sharing, a publisher is suing popular blogging site Tumblr for copyright infringement.  —  In a complaint filed Friday in Manhattan …
May 7, 2012, 12:55 PMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Why is Silicon Valley silent on CISPA?   —  In January, America's major tech companies joined everyday internet users to break the back of a reviled law called SOPA.  Months later, Washington is brewing a new law that alarms many SOPA opponents — but this time the same companies have been quiet as church mice.
Apr 29, 2012, 6:45 AMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Apple sued over iPad cover   —  A Colorado man says Apple's smart cover for the new iPad and the iPad 2 violate his 2005 patent for a “Portable Computer Case.”  —  Aspen resident Jerald Bovino filed a lawsuit in federal court asking Apple and retailer Target to pay royalties for using his technology.
Apr 27, 2012, 1:05 PMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Plot thickens in Apple “bait apps” case   —  Apple came under fire last year from parents whose children had racked up credit card charges on apps that were supposed to be “free.”  Apple tried to throw out a lawsuit over the apps but has come up short after a judge found the parents suffered sufficient harm to pursue the case.
Apr 13, 2012, 1:15 PMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
States pile on, claim Apple e-book conspiracy cost consumers $100 million   —  Apple and book publishers already have their hands full after the Justice Department sued them in New York today for allegedly fixing the price of e-books.  —  Now, state governments are seeking their own pound of flesh.
Apr 11, 2012, 1:01 PMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
New Groupon lawsuit targets execs, seeks board seats for shareholders   —  The lawsuits are coming fast and furious against Groupon after the daily deal site admitted to dodgy accounting tactics in a recent SEC filing.  —  The latest complaint is a so-called “derivative suit” …
Apr 9, 2012, 7:05 PMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Groupon hit with first shareholder suit over accounting shenanigans   —  Daily deal site Groupon is fast clinching its reputation as the bad boy of the IPO circuit.  Less than four months after going public, Groupon is already facing an SEC probe - and now its new shareholders are suing it for gimmicky accounting practices.
Apr 4, 2012, 12:45 AMIn context

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