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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

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Early stakeholders in Scout Analytics claim venture capitalists engaged in ‘self dealing, corporate waste’ prior to $32M acquisition

Not everyone is happy about today’s $32 million acquisition of Scout Analytics by ServiceSource. A group of series A preferred stockholders filed suit last week in King County Superior Court alleging that Scout Analytics’ board, including CEO Mark Upson and venture capitalist John Connors, engaged in “self-dealing, corporate waste, and gross negligence” by failing to explore… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft manager charged with insider trading on Barnes & Noble deal and Microsoft earnings reports

Two Seattle-area men, including a former senior manager in Microsoft’s treasury group, were charged this afternoon with 35 counts of insider trading. Federal authorities allege that they made more than $390,000 through stock trades that were timed to capitalize on major Microsoft news announcements, including its investment in Barnes & Noble and Microsoft earnings reports. Microsoft… Read More

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Amazon wins key ruling in fight with IBM over $600M CIA cloud computing deal

Amazon today won a key court ruling over IBM in its bid to secure a $600 million contract to provide cloud-computing services to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The online docket from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims indicates that Judge Thomas Wheeler ruled in Amazon’s favor on its objections to the Government Accountability Office’s decision… Read More

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Contour’s court-appointed receiver sets auction, says brand may still survive

A company working on behalf of the court-appointed receiver for action-camera maker Contour Inc. said today that it’s accepting solicitations from potential buyers of Contour’s assets, tentatively setting an auction for early October but saying that the Contour brand could still survive. The announcement was made by D.A. Davidson & Co., which has been tapped… Read More

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Lead juror in Microsoft vs. Motorola was genetics pioneer Mary-Claire King

Mary-Claire King, the famed scientist who discovered the link between the BRCA1 gene and many forms of breast and ovarian cancer, is portrayed by Helen Hunt in “Decoding Annie Parker,” scheduled for theatrical release this fall. Thankfully for movie-goers, the film doesn’t include the mind-numbing details of the past week of King’s life. By pure happenstance,… Read More

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Microsoft wins jury verdict vs. Motorola; $14M in damages is half of what Microsoft sought

Updated with Google comment. A federal jury in Seattle ruled in Microsoft’s favor this afternoon in a patent dispute with Motorola Solutions — finding unanimously that Motorola breached its contractual obligations when it offered to license key tech patents to Microsoft for significantly more than what the court determined to be fair and reasonable terms…. Read More

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Microsoft vs. Motorola: Jury seated, patent trial set to start

A jury of seven women and one man will hear opening statements in federal court in Seattle this afternoon in a high-profile patent suit between Microsoft and Motorola —a key case in a broader set of disputes between Microsoft and Google, the smartphone maker’s parent company. After seating the jury and dismissing them for lunch,… Read More

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Microsoft to rename SkyDrive to settle trademark dispute

In a major change for one of Microsoft’s key online services, the company will rename its SkyDrive cloud storage service as a result of a trademark settlement announced this morning with British Sky Broadcasting, after losing a court case in the European Union. Microsoft isn’t commenting beyond an official announcement (below), but the change appears… Read More

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Report: Amazon.com files federal complaint to preserve $600 million CIA contract

Amazon.com has filed a federal complaint over a $600 million contract to provide cloud computing services to the Central Intelligence Agency, a contract that competing bidder IBM disputes. A spokeswoman for Amazon.com said that the CIA, which initially pushed for Amazon Web Services, made the right decision initially. “We believe that the CIA selected [Amazon Web… Read More

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Microsoft appeals to AG Holder, cites Constitutional right to address spying controversy

Microsoft today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him or President Obama to personally intervene to allow the company “to share publicly more complete information about how we handle national security requests for customer information.” The company also disputed a report by the Guardian last week that said Microsoft gave the NSA the… Read More