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REUTERS— A confidential, inside resource, has revealed that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has levied a 22.5 million dollar fine on Google. The search giant broke the FTC”s privacy requirements… it secretly tracked Google searches on Safari browsers.
The $22.5 M fine will be the largest fine ever imposed on a company by the FTC. Google claims that the tracking was unintentional… and that no harm was done…
“The FTC is focused on a 2009 help center page published more than two years before our consent decree,” says a Google email statement. “We have now changed that page and taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which collected no personal information, from Apple’s browsers.”
The incident comes after ongoing speculation that Google is tracking and collecting searches made by users… As far as we know, only Safari browsers have been tracked; but it is not too far-fetched to think that Google has its eyes on other browsers.
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Having won consecutive injunctions against both Samsung and HTC, iPhone and iPad maker Apple seemed to be rolling in victory. Things came to an abrupt end when London High Court Christopher Floyd sided against Apple.
The court ruled 3 of the 4 Apple patents as invalid. Apple was also defending its touch-screen technology patent, but the court ruled that HTC was not infringing on Apple’s touch-screen patent.
HTC’s win comes as a damper to Apple’s string of legal wins…many against Motorola and some even versus Microsoft. Too often Cupertino is guilty of pursuing trivial issues in its legal battles and this case is just one example.
Apple is expected to continue its legal wars against Motorola, Microsoft, HTC, and Samsung. So far, the results from these wars have been less than positive… and amounting too little results.
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