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Apple loses iPhone naming rights in Brazil (update)

The Brazilian Institute of Industrial Property has ruled that Apple does not hold exclusive rights to the "iPhone" trademark in the country. According to the BBC, the decision only applies to handset devices, and won’t prevent Apple from marketing its popular smartphone under the iPhone brand unless IGB Electronica exercises its option of suing for exclusive control over the trademark.

Watch this: TPB AFK, The Pirate Bay documentary is out

The Pirate Bay documentary TPB AFK premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival today after four years in the making. The film, directed by Swedish filmmaker Simon Klose and partially funded by Kickstarter, chronicles the site’s three founders during their…

Google ends copyright dispute with Belgian newspapers

Google has settled a long-running dispute with Belgian newspapers over copyright complaints. The case dates back to 2006 when a group of publishers sued Google claiming the use of headlines and snippets of Belgian newspaper articles in Google New amounted…

Google gains legal right to use Gmail brand in Germany

Google happily announced on its blog today that @googlemail.com will now become @gmail.com in Germany. This marks the first time in several years that @gmail.com will be the default option for German users. Google had switched to @googlemail.com following a…

Germany increases tax on flash storage by roughly 2,000%

Germans can expect to pay a hefty premium on USB drives and memory cares as the nation raises taxes on flash storage by roughly 2,000%, according to Heise Online (translated). ZPÜ, the office tasked with setting levies against blank media, has reportedly increased the taxes...

Google shares data about copyright takedown requests

Google has expanded its Transparency Report to include instances of copyright infringement, adding to the previously displayed information about government takedown requests. The page shows details such as who's requested search results to be pulled, how often they make such…

Jury finds Google doesn't infringe Oracle patents with Android

A California jury in the Oracle vs. Google trial has concluded after a week of deliberations that Android does not infringe on patents from Oracle. In question were eight counts of infringement that spanned two different patents, RE38,104 and 6,061,520.