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Submission + - UK Serious Fraud Office Probes Autonomy With.... Autonomy! (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The British Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is investigating whether British software firm Autonomy fiddled its accounts to inflate the price which HP paid for it to a whopping $10 billion. There's a problem though. Autonomy's Introspect software is used to trawl large data sets for information and is in use at the SFO for jobs such as this fraud investigation. It's not just ironic: the SFO says its £4.6 million contract with Autonomy could creata conflict of interest and it may have to pull out of the investigation"

Submission + - London Lawyers Present Kim Dotcom As a Hero (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Kim Dotcom's legal team now includes a London law firm which has previously represented deposed Thai President Thaksin Shinawatra and presents the Mega entrepreneur in a similar heroic light. "One of the things I admire about Kim Dotcom is that after everything he had gone through, he had the courage to build a new business with new technology, and set up an entirely new form of cloud storage. It is an honour to represent him,” said lawyer Robert Amsterdam. Kim Dotcom attended a London press conference by telepresence, telling the press that the Megaupload service had perfectly good copyright takedown procedures and US copyright holders had no right to shut it down."

Submission + - UK Users Sue Google Over Safari Tracking (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "In what could become the UK's largest class action suit, users of Apple's Safari browser, on mobiles and desktops, are suing Google for bypassing Safari's default settings and tracking their behaviour. The case led to a large fine in the US, but now legal firm Olswang is gathering claimants for a UK suit."

Submission + - EU Upholds Giant Microsoft Fine (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The European Union's General Court has upheld most of a €900 million fine imposed on Microsoft four years ago giving a small discount to €860 million ($1080 million). The case dates back even further to EU demands that Microsoft cease abuse of its monopoly position through bundling Media Player, and open access to server APIs."

Submission + - Twitter Bomb Joke Case Rolls Back Into UK Courts (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Paul Chambers, the Briton whose joke on Twitter backfired, will be back in court following a legal stalemate, after more than two years. Chambers joked about blowing up South Yorkshire's Robin Hood airport, in January 2010, and was arrested and fined for "“sending a public electronic message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character”. His resultant criminal record lost him his job as an accountant. Now his appeal has been heard, but the two judges disagreed with each other so Chambers will be back in court again."

Submission + - WikiLeaks' Assange Loses Extradition Appeal (eweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has lost his appeal in the British High Court against extradition to Sweden on charges of rape. His team has 14 days to appeal to the Supreme Court — but would have to show a "wider issue of public importance" to justify such an appeal. Meanwhile, WikiLeaks has suspended publication because it says a "banking blockade" has cut off its sources of funding"

Submission + - British Police Force Broadcasts Live For 24 Hours (eweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Police in the British county of Sussex are broadcasting a live video stream of their actions for 24 hours. It's not "Police, Camera Action" — the force wants to show what the job is really like, and respond to questions on Twitter. The site is here. Last year Manchester's police used a Twitter stream for a smaller scale effort."

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