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Court awards Gucci $144 million in U.S. counterfeit trial

Gucci on Thursday welcomed a US court’s decision to award the global fashion empire $144.2 million in damages from online sellers of counterfeit merchandise. A list of 155 domain names, sued for selling and promoting counterfeit Gucci merchandise, were ordered to shut down or surrender to Gucci within 30 days.…

Al Gore says he tried to buy Twitter in 2009

Al Gore says he and a business partner tried unsuccessfully to buy the social media network Twitter. The former vice president said Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg TV that he and partner Joel Hyatt tried buy the microblogging service while they still owned a stake in Current TV. “They…

Federal workers head back to their jobs as government shutdown finally ends

Cups of coffee in hand, Washington bureaucrats went back to work Thursday to a glad-handing welcome from Vice President Joe Biden as tourists eagerly thronged the US capital’s reopened museums. “It was hard not knowing when I was going back to work,” said a young woman in the uniform of…

Indonesian court jails fourth Chevron employee over corruption

An Indonesian court Thursday jailed an employee of US energy giant Chevron, after three of his colleagues were imprisoned over a case that has raised alarm among foreign investors in the country. Bachtiar Abdul Fatah, a former general manager at Chevron’s Indonesian subsidiary, was sentenced to two years’ prison for…

Zero-tolerance strikes again: School suspends student indefinitely for cartoonish drawing of bomb

School Suspends Student Indefinitely For A Drawing Of A Cartoon Bomb He Made At Home (via Techdirt) I don’t even know what to say about the following. Is there some sort of secret contest going on between administrators to see who can come up with the most ridiculous interpretation of…

Maryland attorney general accused of using siren to run red lights and bypass traffic jams

Political Entitlement: Maryland AG Accused Of Regularly Turning On Sirens, Ordering Troopers To Drive Dangerously (via Techdirt) Maryland attorney general Douglas F. Gansler was looking to take a run at the governor’s office. The operative word is “was.” A stack of reports detailing his thorough abuse of state trooper vehicles…

How to opt out of Google’s shared endorsements

How To Opt Out of Google’s Shared Endorsements (via EFF) Google recently announced an update to its Terms of Service, focused on displaying your profile name and photo next to advertisements and reviews. The new feature, which goes into effect on November 11, is called Shared Endorsements and will allow…

Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun mistakes fictional company in ‘Deus Ex’ video game for a real company

The Sun newspaper thinks Deus Ex’s Sarif Industries is real (via The Inquirer) UK RED TOP NEWSPAPER The Sun has confused a fake company with a real one in a picture story about upcoming technologies. Nestled among future technology devices like a Star Trek style communicator is a cyber eyeball…

How much money from NFL’s pink merchandise actually goes to cancer research?

It has been reported that only a small proportion of funds raised during “A Crucial Catch”, the league’s month-long campaign to support breast cancer research through the sale of pink merchandise and memorabilia, will actually go to help breast cancer research. The NFL’s campaign, which aims to increase awareness of…

Obama: Shutdown encouraged our enemies and emboldened our competitors

US President Barack Obama warned Thursday that America’s political dysfunction had encouraged its enemies and depressed its friends, and said the crisis had left “no winners” in Washington. Obama called on warring politicians to come together to pass a long term budget and to give up the “brinksmanship” that threatens…

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