Aereo said it will not oppose broadcast television companies’ petition for the US Supreme Court to rule on the legality of the online service that streams over-the-air programming. ”While the law is clear and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and two different federal courts have ruled in favor of Aereo, broadcasters appear determined to keep litigating the same issues against Aereo in every jurisdiction that we enter,” Chief Executive Chet Kanojia said in a statement. “We want this resolved on the merits rather than through a wasteful war of attrition.”
Samsung Electronics Co.’s offer to settle a European Union antitrust investigation over key patents requires only minor changes to win approval from regulators, according to two people familiar with the case. The EU will tell Samsung this month that rivals and other interested parties gave mostly positive feedback in a review of its pledge to stop seeking injunctions in Europe in disputes with competitors over patents required for products that comply with global technology standards, said the people, who asked not to be named because the process is confidential.
A fired former contractor has filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging civil rights violations and disclosure of private information after Google auto-completed his Internet search from “How do I build a radio controlled airplane?” to “How do I build a radio controlled bomb?” The man claims the search caused the government to harass him to the point that he was fired from his job at Appian Corporation.
PokerStars’ ambitions to re-enter the U.S. market suffered a major setback when New Jersey gambling regulators, citing the company’s legal woes, said that it would not receive a license to operate online poker in the state for at least two years. Over the past few years, Isle of Man-based PokerStars has spent millions on lobbying, acquisition and partnership deals in anticipation of trying to come back to the U.S., where a handful of states are preparing to allow online gambling.
A Seoul court rejected Samsung’s claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets. A Seoul Central District Court judge ruled that Apple did not violate Samsung’s intellectual property rights.