Google v. Froogles

Google has sued discount shopping site Froogles for trademark infringement. This is not the first time the parties have met; Google lost a UDRP against Froogles already. Most interesting line from the complaint: “As between the parties, Google is the…

NPR on Whois and Privacy

Larry Abramson of NPR ran a story entitled “New Laws on Domain Names Aim to Stem Online Fraud” (specifically referring to the Fraudulent Online Identity Sanctions Act, passed as part of the Intellectual Property Protection in Courts Administration Act). My…

“Attention Deficit Trait”

CNET ran an interesting interview a couple of weeks ago with Dr. Edward Hallowell about “attention deficit trait,” described as a type of ADD developed in response to information overload, except that it can be cured by reducing the attention…

Flash and Cookies

AP reports that there’s a hole in Flash that allows websites to access personal information stored on a user’s hard drive even if the user has wiped the hard drive of the website’s cookies. Category: Product #: Regular price:$ (Sale…

Boalt Spyware Talk

My notes from my presentation at Boalt on spyware. See my earlier post summarizing the conference. UPDATE: Sunbeltblog has some pointed commentary about my remarks. Category: Product #: Regular price:$ (Sale ends !) Available from: Condition: Good ! Order now!…

New AdWords Trademark Lawsuit–JTH Tax v. Google

JTH Tax, Inc. v. Google, Inc., 2:05CV200 (E.D. Va. complaint filed April 4, 2005). JTH runs “Liberty Tax Service.” A company, “freeadvicecenter.com” runs an AdWords ad (the complaint does not specify what keywords triggered it) that has the title “Liberty…

Google News Adds Some Blogs

Bill Gratch of Blawg is reporting that two blawgs have been added to Google News, including one that’s only a couple of weeks old. This only further reinforces my confusion about the standards for inclusion in Google News. I’ve argued…

2005 Pew Report on Spam

Pew has released its annual survey on recipient attitudes towards spam. The 2005 version shows that recipients are becoming adjusted to the spam influx. As the report says, recipients are “minding it less” and that the “worst case scenario—that spam…

ICANN Not a State Actor

McNeil v. VeriSign, Inc., 2005 WL 741939 (9th Cir. April 1, 2005). The Ninth Circuit ruled (in an unpublished opinion) that ICANN is not a state actor. According to my research, I’ve found the following cases holding that private Internet…

Cairo v. Crossmedia Services

Cairo, Inc. v. Crossmedia Services, Inc., 2005 WL 756610 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 1, 2005). Cairo runs a search engine listing advertised sales. CMS has a database of advertisements. To build its search database, Cairo’s robot crawls CMS’s servers, which CMS…