Lucius Fox

Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Enterprises

Federal regulators escalated their antitrust investigation of Google on Thursday by hiring a prominent litigator, sending a strong signal that they are prepared to take the Internet giant to court, report David Streitfeld and Edward Wyatt on Friday in The New York Times.

The inquiry, by the Federal Trade Commission, centers on whether Google is abusing its advantage in Internet search by manipulating results to favor its own products. The case has the potential to be the biggest showdown between regulators and Silicon Valley since the government took on Microsoft 14 years ago.

The news about the antitrust investigation overshadowed Google’s formal response earlier Thursday to a fine by the Federal Communications Commission for obstructing a separate investigation into whether privacy laws had been violated in the Street View project. In the response, Google formally denied obstructing the F.C.C. inquiry, but agreed to pay a small fine anyway.

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“I don’t think you understand. We can’t treat newspapers or magazines any differently than we treat FarmVille.”

With those words, senior Apple executive Eddy Cue stuck to his take-it-or-leave-it business model of a 30 percent revenue share payable for transactions through the iTunes service. Despite my arguments to Mr. Cue in Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., offices last year on behalf of news publishers seeking different terms, to him there was no difference between a newspaper and an online game.

Posted at 2:37pm and tagged with: Department of Justice, DOJ, Law, Legal, Anti-Trust, Apple Inc., Apple, APPL,.

One of the biggest trials in the recent history of the tech industry is in full swing, as Oracle and Google confront each other in downtown San Francisco over whether or not Google improperly used technology from Oracle’s Java when developing Android.

Posted at 9:06am and tagged with: Oracle, Oracle Corporation, ORCL, Google, GOOG, Android, Sun Microsystems, Java, Law, Legal, Patents, Technology,.

A Japanese court has issued a provisional order today for Google to delete specific terms from its autocomplete search feature.

The decision was based on a man’s claim that the autocomplete results for his name were associated with over 10,000 negative terms, according to a report from Mainichi Daily News. The man, who isn’t named in the report, claims that he lost his job as a result of the search query association. He also apparently reached out to Google prior to taking the matter to court in October 2011.

Posted at 2:36pm and tagged with: Japan, Google, GOOG, Law, Legal, Internet, Technology,.

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Opinion of the Supreme Court in United States v. the Amistad, 3/9/1841

Senior Justice Joseph Story wrote and read the decision of the Court. The Supreme Court ruled that the Africans onboard the Amistad were free individuals. Kidnapped and transported illegally, they had never been slaves. The decision affirmed that “…it was the ultimate right of all human beings in extreme cases to resist oppression and to apply force against ruinous injustice.” The Court ordered the immediate release of the Amistad Africans.

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Opinion of the Supreme Court in United States v. the Amistad, 3/9/1841
Senior Justice Joseph Story wrote and read the decision of the Court. The Supreme Court ruled that the Africans onboard the Amistad were free individuals. Kidnapped and transported illegally, they had never been slaves. The decision affirmed that “…it was the ultimate right of all human beings in extreme cases to resist oppression and to apply force against ruinous injustice.” The Court ordered the immediate release of the Amistad Africans.
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Complaints about the ethics of medical ghostwriting have increased in the last decade, 1but little has changed [1][14]. Corruption of the scientific literature through ghostwriting persists in medicine due to the enormous profits for all stakeholders [15], including the pharmaceutical industry that creates the publication strategy, academic researchers acting as key opinion leaders (KOLs) for industry, universities employing KOLs, medical journals and their proprietors, including medical societies and publishers, and medical communication companies employing ghostwriters.

Posted at 3:37pm and tagged with: Courts, Law, Ghostwriting, Medicine, Legal, US, United States, drhfquinzel, Ethics,.