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Micron, Rambus End Long-Running Legal Battles

Micron Technology Inc. and Rambus Inc. said they have ended a series of court battles that stretched for 13 years, with Micron agreeing to pay up to $280 million to Rambus over seven years.

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Android Flashlight-App Developer Settles FTC Privacy Complaint

The Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday that GoldenShores Technologies, maker of the Brightest Flashlight Free app for Android, had settled an FTC complaint that its privacy policy failed to disclose the collection and sharing of user data with third parties, such as ad networks. The FTC said the app has been downloaded tens of millions of times.

Settle With Friends? Zynga and Bang With Friends End Trademark Dispute.

The two companies end their relationship amicably.
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FTC Finalizes Google Standards-Essential Patent Deal

The Federal Trade Commission today finalized its settlement with Google over the company’s alleged misuse of the standards-essential patents it gained as part of its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2011. The final order requires Google to license those standards-essential patents on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) terms, and prevents the company from using them as a weapon against rivals by seeking product injunctions and importation bans based on them.

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Apple, Samsung in Renewed Settlement Talks, but Deal Elusive

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. have held a series of private negotiations about their numerous patent disputes since a court victory by Apple in one case last summer, according to legal documents and people familiar with the situation.

Yahoo’s Former GC Callahan Places His Bid With Online Real Estate Marketplace Auction.com

The self-effacing lawyer is ripe for some disruption in an old industry.
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Twitter Wins Round One in Spammer Lawsuit Battle

A settlement with spammers ends in one small step for Twitter, one giant leap for tweet-kind.
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Don’t Spend Your AntennaGate Check All in One Place

Attention cash-only members of Apple’s iPhone 4 class action settlement: Your check’s in the mail. Apple this week began distributing $15 payments to iPhone 4 buyers who claimed to have experienced antenna or reception issues with the device, but declined to accept the free case Apple offered as a remedy back in 2010. The issuance of the checks brings to a close a rare Apple PR debacle that culminated in a historic, anomalous “AntennaGate” press conference presided over by company co-founder Steve Jobs.

Google Settles With 38 States Over Street View Privacy (Like We Said)

Each state gets $192,000.
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Path Settles With FTC Over Alleged COPPA Violations

The startup has agreed to pay $800,000 on charges from the FTC.
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Samsung: Settle With Apple? Hell, No!