- Good news for Samsung: "The Federal Court of Australia has unanimously overturned an interlocutory injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, with Apple ordered to pay costs of the appeal."
- Bad news for Samsung: "Apple Inc. has filed a motion in a German court seeking to bar the German unit of Samsung Electronics Co. from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet in the European Union."
- "The functionalities of a computer program and programming languages cannot be protected by copyright. according to the European Court of Justice's senior adviser." Jennifer Baker has the story.
- Nate Anderson reports on a sweeping legal ruling:
After a series of one-sided hearings, luxury goods maker Chanel has won recent court orders against hundreds of websites trafficking in counterfeit luxury goods. A federal judge in Nevada has agreed that Chanel can seize the domain names in question and transfer them all to US-based registrar GoDaddy. The judge also ordered "all Internet search engines" and "all social media websites"—explicitly naming Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Bing, Yahoo, and Google—to "de-index" the domain names and to remove them from any search results.
Anderson discusses the legal implications in a must-read news report.
- The peer-to-peer news site TorrentFreak notes that among the websites apparently taken down by the U.S. government in the past few days was the notoriously popular cloud-storage site MegaUpload, a longstanding source of copyright infringement and a primary target for content owners.
- "A dangerous worm is using Facebook to spread itself by posting malicious links on the social networking website that point to malware-tainted sites loaded with a variant of the Zeus banking Trojan as well as other nasties," reports John Leyden.
- Columbia University researchers have discovered a bug in Hewlett Packard LaserJet printers that would allow a malicious virus to take control of them—and even "to continuously heat up the printer's fuser until smoke appeared and the printer's thermal switch shut it down."
- In hard-drive news, Chris Mellor brings word that "Seagate has speeded up its Momentus XT flash/disk hybrid, making it nearly 70 per cent faster than the existing model."
- "Apple has just been granted a patent that details an intelligent dock connector able to properly adjust power levels for multiple connected devices from a single outlet source," according to Joe Aimonetti.
- Researchers have developed a flexible, skeleton-less robot inspired by squid, that can crawl on land and slip between narrow cracks. Video at the link.