News & Commentary

Judge Strikes Down Two Key Antitrust Cases Against Facebook

Massive technology companies are under more scrutiny than ever from lawmakers and the public. Google is embroiled in multiple antitrust lawsuits. Apple amended its commissions policy for smaller developers in its App Store, in what appeared to be a response to a Supreme Court-approved antitrust case that has endured for years. And…

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The ‘Hybrid Workplace’ is Rife with Security Problems

After a year-plus of upheaval and disrupted routines, a return to normalcy from the COVID-19 pandemic is closer than ever. Among the countless changes induced by the virus was the shift to working from home – a change that some companies are making permanent. Other businesses are envisioning a mix of old…

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Apple vs. Epic Games: Awaiting a Critical Verdict

After a three-week trial, the yearlong legal affair between technology giant Apple and Fortnite developer, Epic Games, is nearing its end. US District Court for the Northern District of California Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has heard the arguments from both sides and will issue a decision in the next several months as…

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Examining Facebook’s Oversight Board

Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter are facing increasing scrutiny, for laissez-faire (or non-existent) enforcement techniques with high-profile users. The stricter, somewhat scattershot enforcement became more public in January, when Facebook, Snapchat, Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube barred former President Trump from their platforms for varying lengths of time on the grounds…

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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs-In on Google vs. Oracle

A prolonged legal battle between software behemoths Google and Oracle has, at long last, reached a conclusion. The US Supreme Court ruled in early April that Google did not infringe on Oracle’s copyright for the Java API when developing the Android operating system. The case put an end to a legal dispute…

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Remember Those Old Linksys Routers? They’re a Case Study for the Importance of Technical Due Diligence

Fundamental to complex technology transactions is the need for technical due diligence. Technical evaluations and intellectual property concerns are vital pieces of any assessment of opportunity and risk associated with these transactions. For proof, look no further than the ubiquitous Linksys WRT54G router – and how an oversight in the merger and…

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New Thinking at the Federal Trade Commission Could Spell Trouble for Tech

In March, President Biden announced he would nominate Lina Khan for Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). If confirmed, she would become the third Democrat on the five-person commission tasked with protecting consumers and preventing anticompetitive business practices. The nomination is the latest chapter of a meteoric rise for Khan, whose…

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Sam Malek, Quandary Peak Expert Witness, Helps Win $172M Verdict

A patent litigation case between Wapp Tech and Micro Focus has concluded with a $172.5 million award, in favor of the plaintiff. The judgment, which featured Quandary Peak’s Sam Malek as the primary expert witness for Wapp Tech, marked the resolution of one of multiple lawsuits filed in July 2018. In the…

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Understanding the SIM-Swapping Threat

Between the growth and accessibility of the internet, the proliferation of smart devices, and the increased portability and power of those devices, connecting people anywhere on the globe is easier than ever. But new technologies also represent new opportunities for bad actors: from the Nigerian prince email, to phishing, identify theft, hacking…

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