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It's been a tough year for Microsoft on many fronts but perhaps none more important than the privacy of cloud data. Now, it seems the embattled company has support from an extensive cohort of allies.
Microsoft has put up a firm stand against US prosecutors' request of providing customers' emails stored by the company outside of the country, despite being given a court order again.
Following Microsofts loss at court vs the U.S. government in a legal battle that requires the company to hand over emails stored in Ireland, the company reaffirmed its commitment to customer privacy.
Following the sentencing of his partner, former senior Microsoft manager Brian Jorgenson has received two years in prison for his role in a $400,000 insider trading scheme.
Employees of major Silicon Valley companies have agreed upon a settlement of $325M in their class-action lawsuit, but judget Lucy Koh believes they should get more and may not approve it.
Multiple tech giants, including Apple, Verizon and Cisco, have joined Microsoft in opposing the US government's requests for search warrants for data stored on overseas servers.
The jury foreman in the latest round of Samsung v Apple has come out and said that "Ultimately, the consumer is the loser in all this" after Apple won $120 million in damages on Friday.
A further $4 million has been awared to Apple in the latest patent dispute onto their $119.4 million win from Saturday, in the latest court battle between the two.
Microsoft and Nokia are expected to announce the completion of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's devices division within 20 days even though Nokia India continues to face a tax dispute.
The verdict is in! Apple wanted $380 million, Samsung wanted to pay only $52 million, but now the jury has decided Samsung owes $290 million in damages for patent infringement.
Apple's Phil Schiller took the stand in the legal battle between Apple and Samsung as a witness and in doing so, offered some of his opinions on Samsung's alleged copy-cat technique for success.
After New Zealand made the controversial decision to (almost) kill off software patents on Wednesday, experts have expressed doubt at the bill's validity; they question how best it can be enforced.
After losing a legal battle for the right to use the name 'Xoom' on their line of tablets, Motorola has been forced to phase the name out, having trod on the toes of the Xoom Corporation.
The virtual currency, Bitcoin, has hit rough waters overseas as financial executives have made trading illegal in Thailand. Could this be a start of lengthy legal debate over the service?
Apple has some of the bigger names in technology on their side as the company looks to reverse an Internation Trade Commision (ITC) ban on the importation of older iPhones.
2012's biggest drama looks set for a 2013 sequel with the ITC finding Samsung to have infringed on a key part of an Apple patent. That patent? Something to do with text selection methods on mobile.
Two of Twitter's co-founders have been granted a patent for the service described as a 'system (and method) for device-independent point to multipoint communication is disclosed.'
Audio firm THX have sued Apple over a speaker patent granted in 2008. It is alleged Apple have infringed this patent with the new slimline iMac, iPad and iPhone.
French regulators are asking government prosecutors to investigate Skype because of the Microsoft subsidiary's failure to register as a telecommunications operator under French law.
Following in David Einhorn's wake, another investor sues Apple in a bid to get them to release some of their $127 billion cash hoard and be more transparent about their executive pay.
A class-action lawsuit against Instagram's new terms of service was filed in California on Friday, alleging the Facebook subsidiary breached its contract with users, among other claims.
A Mexican court has fined Yahoo $2.7 billion dollars over an apparent breach of a contract that seems to date back to 2003. The search giant obviously intends to challenge the decision made.
Some people, like Chris ”Moot” Poole, take their online identities very seriously. The 4Chan founder is requesting a US start-up, moot.it, change its name to avoid confusion between the two.
A Dutch national who demanded rewards for ceasing attacks on an MMO's servers could be "levelled up" to five years in the slammer after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.
In an unusual move, internet communication giant Skype has given away a free month's use to many users, opening up all the service's abilities for a short time. Expect prank calls aplenty in future.
In yet another twist to the Apple versus Samsung saga, the UK Court of Appeal for England and Wales has ordered Apple to pay Samsung's legal fees following Apple's half-hearted apology in October.
Apple has paid for the right to use the iconic Swiss railway clock in their latest version of iOS. The clock, one of the most famous Swiss designs of the twentieth century, dates back to 1944.
Both founded by former Fairchild Semiconductor employees in the late '60s, AMD and Intel have been partners, and bitter enemies over the years, but they have more in common than you might think.
Microsoft is being sued for infringing a patent of SurfCast, an operating system technology design that claims to have thought of the concept of "Live Tiles" in October 2000.
The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that webmail services like Outlook and Gmail aren't protected by existing digital privacy laws because they don't conform to laws written in the 1980s.
A US district judge who had earlier this year blocked sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 due to Apple's claim of design infringement has now lifted the ban after a jury found Samsung innocent of wrong doing
File sharing continues to be a thorn in the side of the entertainment industries. Now public prosecutors in Portugal have said that file sharing copyright material online is, in fact, legal.
Apple has won the first round in the Patent War(s), with their attention expected to shift to HTC. But HTC has stated they will not settle and are confident they can face Apple in a legal battle.
For all their rhetoric against Android, Apple was open to licensing its iOS patents to Samsung as far back as 2010, according to new evidence from the patent trial between the two tech giants.
In recent legal proceedings between Apple and Samsung, a document highlighting feature-by-feature comparisons between the user interfaces of the iPhone and the Galaxy S was admitted as evidence.
The IFPI won a judgement of €550,000 against the owners of Pirate Bay, but have stated that they will not give this money to the artists and will instead help fund their anti-piracy programs.
In a legal brief filed with the courts, Samsung claims that Apple took ideas for the iPhone directly from Sony, going so far as to even use a CAD mockup with Sony's logo on it.
Just over a month after we reported on the ramifications of an app removal from the App Store, we learn more about the court case at hand and what is to be done for those it most affects.
Information from the trial of Anton Vickerman, the owner of SurftheChannel, suggests that the MPAA's methods were totally corrupted, forcing the jury to believe his guilt from the onset.
Patent holding companies, known as 'trolls' for their business practices, are costly to fight legal battles against. A recent academic paper attempts to put a cost on the losses these trolls create.
Some in the government believe that corporations tricked citizens into protesting against SOPA and PIPA in order to protect their own profits.
Google has filed a complaint with the EU, accusing Microsoft and Nokia of trying raise the price of mobile devices and creating patent trolls. And we thought being a patent troll was bad
The highest court in the European Union ruled yesterday that programming languages cannot be copyrighted, although original works created from programming languages can be.
The newly revealed suspect in the Kelihos botnet case, Andrey Sabelnikov, has denied any involvement in the creation of the botnet despite statements by Microsoft to the contrary.
Microsoft named a new defendant in the legal case regarding the Kelihos botnet, following the dismissal of the case against the original defendants last October.
A Canadian developer has been sentenced to death in Iran's Revolutionary Court on charges of "designing and moderating adult content websites." This is the second high-profile ruling this month.
Digital activists are cheering after the author of SOPA has decided to drop DNS blocking provisions from the law, a controversial bill in the US Congress that is encountering staunch opposition.
Microsoft has filed legal papers against UK retailer Comet for the pirating and reselling of Windows XP and Vista recovery media across its chain of stores in the UK.