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Twitter awarded patent for... Twitter

Twitter founders Jack Dorsey and Christopher "Biz" Stone have been awarded a patent which describes a platform agnostic, multi-point message broadcast system and methods. When all said and done, USPTO application 60951415 essentially describes the core of the Twitter's microblogging service…

Nevada is first state to legalize online gambling

Nevada's governor has signed into law a bill which legalizes Internet gambling. Consequently, Nevada has become the first U.S. state to legalize online gambling. The AB114 bill (pdf) also authorizes Nevada to make deals with other states, allowing them to…

The Pirate Bay sues anti-piracy group for copying its design

In an attempt to further propel its anti-piracy message, a Finnish organization known as the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Center has launched a new website (piraattilahti.fi) which shamelessly duplicates the look and feel of the The Pirate Bay. Piraattilahti, by the…

Belgian group to sue Apple over misleading warranty information

A Belgian consumer group has decided to take court action against Apple over its allegedly 'misleading' and 'illegal' AppleCare warranty policies. The group, Test-Aankoop/Test-Achats, claims that even though under European law consumers are entitled to a free two-year warranty with…

"Cam" movie pirate issued record 5-year prison sentence

Four members of prolific illegal file sharing group iMAGiNE have been ordered to serve prison terms after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. The group's leader Jeramiah Perkins, 40, managed to receive the longest sentence ever handed to a…

MegaUpload now set to relaunch as mega.co.nz

After Kim Dotcom was denied the possibility of resurrecting MegaUpload as Me.ga, the controversial figure blasted the U.S. and Vivendi for their opposing views and global reach. Dotcom added that Mega was well-prepared for this contingency however, with a number of…

Me.ga is new home for MegaUpload, launches 01/19/13

Kim Dotcom and friends are making good on their promise to revive MegaUpload. The popular file sharing destination was abruptly shut down by U.S. officials earlier this year and Kim Dotcom's New Zealand mansion raided by American and New Zealand…

Microsoft sued over use of Live Tiles in Windows

Microsoft is already facing lawsuits related to the recently-launched Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems. Surfcast, a Portland-based company OS development company has filed a complaint with a U.S. District Court in Maine, claiming that Microsoft is infringing…