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States join suit against AT&T takeover of T-Mobile

WASHINGTON — Seven US states threw their support on Friday behind the Department of Justice lawsuit seeking to block AT&T’s $39 billion takover of T-Mobile. The Justice Department said the attorney generals of California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington had joined the suit filed in US District…

Jeb Bush to lead for-profit disaster response company

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) managed several hurricanes and natural disasters during his two terms as the state’s executive, but now he is preparing to respond to storms from the helm of a for-profit company instead of from within the governor’s mansion. Bush’s newly created firm, Old Rhodes Holding…

With update to PS3 agreement, Sony removes its users’ right to sue

Sony has become the latest company to force its users into a binding mandatory arbitration (BMA) agreement through a change in its terms of service, effectively removing customers’ right to collectively sue by preventing them from using PlayStation 3 consoles online if they do not agree. The change in the…

Virginia passes toughest abortion clinic restrictions in nation

The Virginia Board of Health passed a set of regulations on Thursday that represent the most significant legal challenge to abortion providers anywhere in the nation: rules that could ultimately force all the state’s clinics to shut down. The new rules are similar to those passed by Kansas earlier this…

Patent reform package will drive economic growth: officials

President Barack Obama will sign the America Invents Act Friday, a package of changes to the U.S. patent system that administration officials insist will spur the economy and job creation and speed lifesaving medical breakthroughs. The AIA is the most dramatic reform to the patent system since the Patent Act…

Blackberry’s UK service would shut down on government orders

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – BlackBerry said on Thursday it would work with mobile operators to switch off its popular messenger service if they were ordered by authorities to do so during civil unrest, after police singled out the system as a key tool used in last month’s riots. Appearing…

Google adds more IBM patents to tech arsenal

SAN FRANCISCO — Google confirmed Thursday that it has added 1,023 more IBM patents to its technology arsenal to fend off legal attacks by rivals such as Apple and Microsoft. The purchases added to the 1,000 or so patents the California-based Internet firm bought from IBM in July and reportedly…

Eurozone crisis dragging down growth worldwide

The eurozone crisis is dragging down growth in the second half of the year but not to the point of recession, the EU said on Thursday as finance ministers headed to key talks on solutions. EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said the economy was set to come to a…

Facebook to allow users to follow posts by strangers

Facebook is letting members follow strangers Twitter-style in the latest of a barrage of data maelstrom-taming moves since rival social network Google+ launched in June. “Google+ was a major wake-up call for Facebook,” said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley. “They were awakened to the fact that…

U.S. fines Bank of America for firing whistleblower

NEW YORK — US authorities on Wednesday ordered Bank of America to pay $930,0000 to an employee who was fired after exposing fraud at the bank’s disgraced mortgage unit, Countrywide Financial. The US Labor Department said in a statement that the employee was illegally fired after he led “internal investigations…

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