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Eric Schmidt plays good defense at the Oracle-Google trial

Eric Schmidt took the witness stand Tuesday in Oracle’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Google, and he gave little ground during some tense exchanges with Oracle’s attorney.

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UK court declines to force alleged British hacker to decrypt his data

The U.K.'s National Crime Agency (NCA) failed in its attempt to use what critics described as a legal backdoor to force a suspected hacker to provide the decryption key for his data.

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A clue to how much more Uber would have to pay drivers as its employees

A proposed settlement between Uber Technologies and drivers in California and Massachusetts may have saved the company over $600 million in payouts to drivers on work-related expenses.

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The Oracle-Google jury includes at least one person with an aversion to tech

A lawyer, an accountant and a retired CFO are among the eight women and two men selected Monday to decide Oracle’s huge copyright infringement case against Google.

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FCC, FTC launch inquiry into smartphone security updates

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have opened parallel inquiries into the way smartphone security updates are issued and handled by major cellular carriers and device makers.

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Founder of Liberty Reserve virtual currency is sentenced to 20 years in prison

The founder of now defunct virtual currency Liberty Reserve has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for using his company to run a huge money laundering scheme catering to cybercriminals.

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The Oracle-Google trial over Android starts Monday. Here's what you need to know

Oracle’s legal fight with Google over its use of Java in Android goes to a jury trial for the second time on Monday, with Oracle seeking $8.8 billion in damages.

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Google, Honeywell resolve patent dispute over Nest thermostats

Google and Honeywell have signed a patent cross-license agreement that resolves a long-standing patent dispute over thermostats made by Nest Labs, the home automation startup the Internet giant acquired.

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US trade body investigates seven smartphone companies

A U.S. trade body has launched an investigation into seven smartphone companies on charges of patent infringement, which could lead to a ban on the sale of certain phones imported and sold by these vendors in the country.

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Tech groups call on presidential candidates to support encryption, embrace other IT issues

U.S. presidential candidates should embrace encryption and narrow government access to Internet users' data as part of a comprehensive technology agenda, 13 IT trade groups recommended.

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Should you pay sales tax on Internet purchases? South Dakota law could be the test

A new South Dakota law may end up determining whether most U.S. residents are required to pay sales taxes on their Internet purchases.

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Uber faces more lawsuits for classifying drivers as contractors

Uber Technologies faces more class-action lawsuits from drivers seeking reclassification as employees, even as its settlement in two other suits with drivers in California and Massachusetts has been submitted to a judge for approval.

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A judge has partially dismissed Twitter's surveillance case against the government

A California court has dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by Twitter that challenges U.S. government restrictions on what it can say about surveillance requests on its users.

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Samsung and Nvidia make peace by ending their patent lawsuits

Nvidia and Samsung have avoided a potentially ugly court battle with a settlement that ends all outstanding intellectual property litigation between the two companies.

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Google’s EU antitrust problems could get compounded by Getty Images' complaint

Getty Images, a long-time critic of Google’s image search functionality, plans on Wednesday to file a competition law complaint against the search giant with the European Commission.