Google sued by alleged victim of Gmail snooping!
In our August 1st blog, we let you know about Microsoft’s take on Google scanning your email before you even read it (Gmailman) so that it can display ads to Gmail users that it believes are personally relevant.
Given the litigious society we live in now, I guess it was only a matter of time before someone took this to the next level.
A woman in Massachusetts has filed a class action suit against the internet giant, seeking damages of $100 per day for each infringement (or $1,000 – whichever is higher), plus punitive damages and an injunction preventing Google from further violation.
Google throws a punch and Microsoft fires back with a missile!
Apparently Google has been complaining that its competitors are trying to stifle competition (particularly in relation to their Android technology used in smartphones and tablets) by filing bogus patent claims.
One of the targets for Google’s complaint was Microsoft. Google claimed that Microsoft had teamed up with Apple to buy Novell’s old patents, thus keeping them from Google.
This was mentioned in a blog post by Google’s SVP and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond.
Later the same day Microsoft came out swinging with their response, which in essence told the Google SVP to check his facts before posting, as Microsoft has specifically invited Google to bid together with Microsoft for these patents and Google knocked them back! – Oops.