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Airbnb Files Objection to New York User Data Subpoena

The peer accommodation marketplace Airbnb responded today to what could be one of the more serious regulatory threats to its business so far: The New York State attorney general subpoenaing user data in an attempt to root out illegal hosts. The company filed a motion in the New York State Supreme Court objecting to the broadness of the demands, it said. The good thing for Airbnb is that protecting user data is pretty trendy right now.

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Airbnb Fights New York Subpoena of User Data

Airbnb just got itself and one of its hosts out of a legal jam in New York City, but late on Friday the company was subpoenaed by the New York Attorney General in an effort to obtain user data that might indicate illegal rental activity. “[T]his demand is unreasonably broad and we will fight it with everything we’ve got,” the company said. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky had tried to fend off regulators in advance with a blog post last week, but he did not make any major concessions. The company said it has 15,000 hosts in the city, and 225,000 members.

Twitter, Google Get More Transparent With Information Requests

An updated set of sites to celebrate Data Privacy Day. Huzzah!
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Sprint Gets SEC Subpoena Tied to Sales Tax

Sprint Nextel Corp. said it received a subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its probe over the wireless carrier’s collection of state and local taxes.

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FTC Focuses Probe on Android, Web Search

Federal Trade Commission officials are focusing their antitrust investigation on several key areas of Google Inc.’s business, including its Android mobile phone software and Web search related services, people familiar with the probe say.

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Federal Grand Jury Investigating Apps

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey are investigating whether smartphone applications illegally obtained or transmitted information about their users without proper disclosures, according to a person familiar with the matter.

SAP Granted Lower APR Damages Award in Oracle Case

SAP would rather not pay Oracle interest on top of the $1.3 billlion in damages awarded the company last month. But if it must, it would prefer that the interest be calculated at a lower rate. The company argued that point in a recent court filing, and Tuesday evening a court agreed.

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Google Rejects Connecticut Request for Wi-Fi Data

Connecticut’s attorney general said Friday his office may take legal action against Google Inc. after the Internet company rejected his request to turn over personal data it collected inadvertently from unsecured wireless networks.

Oracle-SAP Verdict: SAP Owes Oracle $1.3 Billion

Billions or millions. That was the central question in the Oracle vs. SAP case and in the end, the jury determined its answer to be billions with a “b.” For the theft of Oracle’s intellectual property by its now shuttered TomorrowNow division, SAP must pay Oracle $1.3 billion.

QOTD: What Happened to “He Is Clearly a Very Important Witness in This Case”?

“I think it would have been helpful and important for the jury to hear from him. On the other hand, it wasn’t essential. We were able to put our case in anyway.”

Oracle attorney David Boies changes his tune on the importance of HP CEO Léo Apotheker’s testimony in the company’s copyright infringement lawsuit against SAP

Oracle Rests SAP Case, Slams HP CEO

Oracle, SAP and the Apotheker Sideshow

HP to Oracle: Leave Léo Alone!

Oracle Lands Early Shots in SAP Trial

Oracle to HP CEO: Chicken!