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April 4th, 2007
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TEXAS A.G. SUES RADIOSHACK OVER TRASHED CUSTOMER RECORDS
The Texas Attorney General is suing RadioShack after the retailer's employees dumped thousands of customer records in garbage bins behind a store near Corpus Christi, Texas, on March 21. The records contained Social Security numbers, credit and debit card information, names, addresses and telephone numbers, according to investigators.
<http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2110856,00.asp>

VONAGE MAY HAVE FOUND VERIZON PATENT WORKAROUND
Internet telephony provider Vonage, which is facing a possible shutdown of its service this week because of a patent dispute, may have gotten a stay of execution. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company has signed a deal with a wholesaler of voice over Internet Protocol services called Voiceone, owned by a company called VoIP Inc., that could provide it with a work-around for at least two of the three patents owned by Verizon Communications.
http://news.com.com/2100-1036_3-6172976.html

EU MAPS NEW PLAN TO OVERHAUL PATENT SYSTEM
The European Commission will launch proposals aimed at reviving its campaign to create a common patent system for Europe that would cut costs for companies and simplify legal procedures. European patents are managed at a national level, creating an unwieldy system of varying rules, court systems and languages across the 27-nation bloc. Securing a patent for just half the countries in the European Union costs more than 10 times as much as a patent in the U.S. or Japan, according to the commission.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB117563901354058839.html

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