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EU privacy regulators promise action on Google privacy policy changes

IDG News Service – European privacy authorities have threatened action before the Summer to curb Google's collection, combination and storage of its users' personal information, after growing impatient with the company's failure to respond to their criticisms of its revised privacy policy.

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Computer tech tops list of worldwide patent applications

IDG News Service – Computer technology accounted for more patent applications in recent years than any other industry sector tracked by the World Intellectual Property Organization, although the number of digital communication patent applications grew faster.

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Ftc Should Examine Facebook-datalogix Partnership, Privacy Group Says

IDG News Service – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should analyze Facebook's relationship with a data marketer to ensure it doesn't violate the social networking site's recently approved settlement, the Electronic Privacy Information Center said Monday.

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ITC launches patent investigation against Amazon, Samsung and others

IDG News Service – The U.S. International Trade Commission said Tuesday it had launched an investigation into wireless consumer electronics devices and components from 13 top technology companies and their subsidiaries, including Samsung, Acer, and Nintendo, for alleged infringement of a patent.

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iPad customers felt "short changed" by Apple, Australian judge says

IDG News Service – An Australian Federal Court judge ordered Apple to pay a A$2.25 million fine and $300,000 in court costs to settle a lawsuit accusing the company of falsely marketing the 4G capabilities of its latest iPad.

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Judge hints at stay of Oracle-Google trial until patent reexamination is over

IDG News Service – The judge overseeing Oracle's intellectual property lawsuit against Google wants Oracle to provide "a clear answer" as to why the trial shouldn't be postponed until a number of patent reexamination processes are fully played out, according to a filing late Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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U.S. patent authorities weigh against Oracle claims in Android suit

IDG News Service – An ongoing series of reviews by U.S. patent authorities has led to a new series of adverse rulings against Oracle's Java patent and a copyright lawsuit against Google over the Android mobile OS, according to a filing late Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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