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US sanctions North Korea for Sony Pictures cyber-attacks

01/02, 10:44pm

'The Interview' now top-selling movie on Apple's iTunes Store

On Friday, US President Barack Obama placed new sanctions on North Korea as a "first measure" of retaliation against the country's cyber-attacks on Sony Pictures through an executive order that targets individuals and companies or other entities affiliated with the North Korean government. Obama referred to the North Korean government as "destructive and coercive," and painted the incident as an attack on both a US company and at attack on the right of free expression. The movie that North Korea objected to, The Interview, has since been released and sailed to the top of the iTunes movie charts.


Russia plans to shutter GPS ground stations, block US access to ISS

05/14, 1:29pm

Demands placement of GLONASS ground stations on US soil

Russia is threatening to shut down American-run GPS stations in the country, in retaliation to the refusal by the United States to allow similar sites to operate in its territory for the competing GLONASS system. The threat comes at the same time as another against NASA's use of the International Space Station, in retaliation to US sanctions.


Judge rules on sanctions against Samsung law firm

01/30, 12:27am

Slap on the wrist for illegally sharing insider info with client

Late on Wednesday, Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has ruled on sanctions in another skirmish between Apple and Samsung. In this case, the attorneys for Samsung, Quinn Emanuel -- who have caught flack repeatedly for unprofessional behavior in and out of court -- were accused of allowing confidential information about Apple obtained in the process of discovery to leak to Samsung, which in turn it used to strongarm Nokia in license negotiations.


US Department of Commerce probes ZTE over Iran tech sales

05/25, 6:36pm

ZTE allegedly sold embargoed US hardware to Iranian telecom

Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE is reportedly under investigation by the US Department of Commerce over alleged sales of embargoed US computer equipment to Iran. Commerce Department officials close to the investigation tell Reuters that the department is aggressively conducting its investigation, and fines for ZTE could range into the tens of millions of dollars.



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