Google slams German plans to charge it for news links

German government proposals to charge search engines for displaying snippets of news articles are coming under fire, with Google drumming up opposition to the plan.

RIM faces ban on BlackBerry sales

BlackBerry maker RIM has not only lost its patent case against Nokia - it's been found guilty of failing to stick to a cross-licensing agreement between the two companies and may face a block on sales as a result.

Ericsson joins patent fray with lawsuit against Samsung

Nobody likes to feel left out, and Ericsson has now decided to join the courtroom party by suing Samsung for patent infringement.

PRWeb falls for fake release, calls it 'identity theft'

Press release site PRWeb has been forced to issue an embarrassing apology after posting a fake release.

Feds crack down on Cyber Monday fraudsters

US and European law enforcement agencies yesterday seized 132 domains that exploited Cyber Monday holiday shoppers by allegedly selling counterfeit goods.

Facebook responds to privacy meme hoax

Facebook has officially responded to a false copyright meme spreading across the social network which has been re-posted by millions of users in recent days.

In tit-for-tat, Apple seeks to expand Samsung patent suit

Apple's asked a court to allow it to add six more Samsung products to its patent infringement lawsuit in what's an ever-escalating battle between the two firms.

Black Friday online sales hit record high

US shoppers spent 20 percent more on Black Friday than they did last year, with mobile purchases showing a particular boom.

Samsung patent fight spreads to iPad Mini

The iPad Mini's likely to become the target of a patent suit, with Samsung seeking permission to add it to the list of iOS devices it's targeting.

New Apple HQ faces delay

Apple's new 'spaceship' headquarters will be making a late landing: the completion date's been pushed back a year to mid-2016.

FTC may be going too far with Google, say Democrats

Two US lawmakers have warned the Federal Trade Commission that it may be exceeding its authority in widening its investigation into Google.

Leahy denies supporting warrantless email surveillance

Senator Patrick Leahy is denying reports that he'd been about to support a proposal allowing government agencies to access Americans' emails without a warrant.

HP accuses Autonomy of lying about its performance

When HP took over Autonomy last year, the $11.1 billion price tag seemed high; but it was reasonable, said HP, given Autonomy's marvellous performance.

Intel CEO Otellini to take early retirement

Intel CEO Paul Otellini has unexpectedly announced that he intends to retire, three years before the mandatory age.

Color Labs founder accused of intimidation

Well, we now know that Apple bought photo and video sharing company Color Labs last month - because Color Labs engineer Adam Witherspoon is suing both Color and its CEO Bill Nguyen, citing all sorts of ill-treatment.

Cisco splashes out in big cloud computing push

Cisco is to buy cloud computing company Meraki in a deal worth $1.2 billion.

Consumer Watchdog fails to increase Google fine

Google is facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the Federal Communications Commission, a massive $22.5 million.

Microsoft sued over Surface storage

A California lawyer is suing Microsoft, claiming that the Surface tablet he bought has only half the advertised amount of storage.

Is Apple is the most innovative?

Analysts at ABI Research have given Apple an 84.7 (average) out of a possible 100 on the innovation and implementation scale.

Windows head Steven Sinofsky makes sudden departure

Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division and widely tipped as a future CEO, has left the company just three weeks after the launch of his division's flagship product, Windows 8.