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Trade Secrets and Cover-Ups: The Case of Waymo vs. Uber

In February 2017, Waymo filed a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court against Uber, alleging theft of trade-secrets related to Waymo’s self-driving car technology. The lawsuit, full of twists and turns, was settled earlier this month, with Uber agreeing to pay $245 million in shares to Alphabet (Google), Waymo’s parent company. Below…

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Lawsuit alleges Apple Pay Patent Violation

Kenneth Weiss, the former CTO and Chairman of the Board at RSA Security, sued Apple Inc. and Visa in May 2017. Mr. Weiss is the founder of Universal Secure Registry (USR) and the inventor of RSA’s SecurID technology, and he is alleging that Apple Pay violates various patents he owns related to…

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Net Neutrality, Repealed – What to Expect Ahead

The FCC’s recent repeal of net neutrality regulations has provoked strong reactions from free speech advocates, corporations, politicians, and everyday internet users alike, making it difficult to separate the facts from the bluster. We’ve outlined the case for net neutrality before, so in this piece we’ll examine the legal elements of the…

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Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Cellphone Surveillance Case

In what could arguably be labeled as one of the most consequential Supreme Court terms in decades, one particular case stands out within the realm of technology and privacy: Carpenter v. United States, No. 16-402. This case looms large as the Supreme Court seeks to determine the extent to which cell phone…

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How Viable are VPNs for your Online Privacy Needs?

In a recent piece on internet privacy legislation, Quandary Peak’s editorial team addressed the Congressional vote in March to overturn Obama-era internet privacy laws. In short, the new law gives telecommunications companies greater flexibility in how they can track, collect, and sell customer data. From a consumer standpoint, the implications of this…

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A Briefing on Internet Privacy Legislation (2017)

On March 28, 2017, Congress voted to overturn Obama-era internet privacy laws that were scheduled to go into effect later this year. As one of their first orders of business under President Trump, Congress targeted the FCC rule that required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to “protect the privacy of their customers…[ensuring] broadband…

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Code is Tricky, Part 2: Source Code Never Runs

Every software expert at Quandary Peak regularly reads and analyzes large volumes of source code, and while understanding the specific programming language can help, it’s not the only skill we bring to a project. Knowing the unique qualities and nuances that apply to programming code can be the difference between winning and losing a trial. In…

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Code is Tricky, Part 1: Dead Code

Every software expert at Quandary Peak regularly reads and analyzes large volumes of source code, and while understanding the specific programming language can help, it’s not the only skill we bring to a project. Knowing the unique qualities and nuances that apply to programming code can be the difference between winning and losing a case. In…

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If You Have a Slow Network Connection, You Can Prove It

It can be hard to know if the Internet connection you’re paying for (at home or at work) is really giving you the speed that you’re paying for. With almost 90% of Americans using the Internet regularly, and a market size around $100 billion, both companies and consumers want to know if they’re getting…

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Google vs. EU: Antitrust Conflict Timeline

The European Commission’s investigation of Google’s alleged misconduct has done nothing but expand and intensify over the last six years. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s Competition Commissioner appointed in the midst of the investigations, has spearheaded the ‘don’t back down’ attitude taken by the EU. She resisted her predecessors’ efforts to settle the…

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