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As tensions rise, China investigates Microsoft offices

Chinese officials reportedly visited Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, though no immediate reason was given for the investigations, according to Reuters. The visits by China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce come at a time when tensions have risen between technology giants and China, sparked in part be revelations of  U.S. National Security Agency contractor… Read More

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Redfin settles stock dispute ‘peaceably’ with founder and former CTO, in run-up to possible IPO

A bitter stock dispute between Redfin and two of the company’s earliest employees has ended in a settlement agreement, terms of which are not being disclosed. Redfin co-founder Michael Dougherty and former CTO David Selinger alleged in a lawsuit in March that the fast growing company had moved to cancel their shares as it prepared for… Read More

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Judge rules against Zillow, newly-appointed exec Errol Samuelson barred from performing many duties

Washington state Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde has granted a preliminary injunction against Zillow and its newly-hired chief industry development officer Errol Samuelson, a legal victory that comes four months after he jumped from an executive role at Move Inc. to Zillow. Samuelson and Zillow were sued shortly after his appointment in March, with Move alleging that… Read More

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Former Amazon employee: Disputed non-compete deal ‘excessive’ and ‘overbroad’

A former Amazon manager is responding defiantly to the company’s lawsuit over his new job at Google — further positioning his case as a new legal test for tech-industry employment agreements. A lawyer for Zoltan Szabadi, the former Amazon Web Services partnerships manager who was sued by the company after taking a job with Google, is asking a King County Superior Court judge to throw out the… Read More

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Amazon sues former employee for taking Google cloud job, in new test of non-compete deals

Amazon is suing a former Amazon Web Services strategic partnerships manager, Zoltan Szabadi, alleging that his new job at Google Cloud Platform violates the terms of a non-compete agreement that he signed when he originally joined Amazon. The suit will be closely watched in the tech industry as a new test of the standard employment agreements that Amazon and some other large… Read More

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Supreme Court shoots down Aereo streaming service

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that the Aereo television streaming service violates U.S. copyright law, dealing a setback to the company in a closely watched legal battle between traditional broadcasters and an emerging cloud-based technology. Aereo’s service gives each of its paid subscribers a tiny dedicated television antenna and DVR in a remote data center, allowing them… Read More

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Washington state AG to force Ohio Internet company Change-My-Address.com to refund customers

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is forcing Ohio Internet company Change-My-Address.com to refund customers $3 million, stemming from consumer complaints over the service. Ferguson alleged that the company operated in a deceptive manner, not properly disclosing its $19.95 fee. He got wind of the company when contacted by a consumer reporter who was investigating… Read More

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Court denies Move’s motion to block new Zillow employee

A King County Superior Court Judge has denied a motion by Move Inc. to block the employment of Errol Samuelson at Zillow, a legal case that’s drawn interest given the bitter undertones between the two online real estate rivals. Judge Barbara Linde ruled Monday that Move Inc., which operates Realtor.com, did not prove that Samuelson… Read More

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Redfin’s first CTO explains lawsuit against the company, says he just wants to be treated fairly

David Selinger is a die-hard Redfin supporter. He’s purchased homes through the online real estate service, and speaks highly of Redfin boss Glenn Kelman whom he calls “an amazing CEO.” Selinger, who runs the data analytics startup RichRelevance, has even been known to exchange recruiting tips with Kelman, since both companies operate dual offices in… Read More

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Microsoft defends its Hotmail snooping in Windows leak investigation

Responding to criticism of its investigation into an alleged leak of company trade secrets, Microsoft acknowledged overnight that it searched a Hotmail customer’s Microsoft accounts without a court order — but described the action as “extraordinary” and announced that it will add a new layer of outside review when it encounters similar situations in the… Read More

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Zillow poaches one Move exec, gets sued for hiring another

For the second time this month, Zillow has poached a leading executive from rival Move Inc. Zillow announced today that it has hired Curt Beardsley as vice president of industry development, responsible for bolstering relations with multiple listing services across the country. He most recently held that role at Move, which operates the Realtor.com Web… Read More

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Is this Realtor’s Web site a direct rip off of Redfin?

Take a look at the Web site of Asset Realty Group, and you might start to see some striking similarities to Redfin. Tim Ellis, a longtime real estate watcher who pens the popular Seattle Bubble blog, discovered those similarities recently and started asking some questions. The result? Ellis contends that the Asset Realty Group’s site… Read More

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T-Mobile wins injunction against AT&T unit over magenta trademark

A federal judge has ruled in favor of T-Mobile, ordering a preliminary injunction against AT&T’s Aio Wireless that bars the subsidiary from using a color that’s similar to T-Mobile’s trademarked magenta. In a ruling last month, federal judge Lee Rosenthal wrote that Aio’s use of a plum color in advertisements and marketing materials was “confusingly similar”… Read More

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‘Paper’ maker FiftyThree calls on Facebook to ‘stop using our brand name’

FiftyThree, the maker of the acclaimed sketchbook app Paper, is publicly calling on Facebook to reconsider use of the name “Paper” for its new storytelling app. In a post on the FiftyThree site this morning, FiftyThree CEO Georg Petschnigg says Paper privately contacted Facebook about the confusion surrounding its choice of name, and “they apologized for… Read More

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Courtney Love wins landmark Twitter defamation case

In a landmark case for social media, a Los Angeles jury has found that singer Courtney Love did not defame her former attorney on Twitter. The case stemmed from a Tweet Love penned in 2010 in which she claimed that her lawyer at the time, Rhonda Holmes, had been “bought off.” While the jury found that… Read More