A federal judge denied Apple Inc's bid to set aside or reduce a $502.8 million patent infringement verdict favoring VirnetX Holding Corp, and awarded interest and royalties that could boost Apple's total payout in two lawsuits above $1.1 billion. In a decision issued on Friday, U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder in Tyler, Texas rejected Apple's request for a new trial and several other claims. These included that VirnetX's award should not exceed $113.7 million, and that jurors should have been told the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had deemed VirnetX's claims "unpatentable."
The United States has told India it is unlikely to get a waiver on its planned acquisition of Russian S-400 air defence systems, raising the risk of sanctions similar to those imposed on Turkey for buying that equipment, people aware of the matter said. The Trump administration has been telling the Indians to drop the $5.5 billion deal for five missile systems and avoid a diplomatic crisis, saying New Delhi did not have a wide waiver from a 2017 U.S. law aimed at deterring countries from buying Russian military hardware. That position is unlikely to change under the Biden administration that takes over next week and that has promised an even tougher U.S. approach towards Russia, the people aware of the discussions told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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The United States announced sanctions on Friday against six Hong Kong or Chinese officials it blamed for implementing a new security law in Hong Kong, following the mass arrests of pro-democracy activists this month. Hong Kong police arrested 53 people on Jan. 5 in dawn raids on democracy activists in the biggest crackdown since China last year imposed a security law which opponents say is aimed at quashing dissent in the former British colony. The six people targeted for new sanctions include Frederic Choi, director of the national security division of the Hong Kong police, and Sun Qingye, a deputy to Zheng Yanxiong, who was appointed in July to head a new national security office in Hong Kong.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday the government hoped to complete the vaccination programme for care home residents and workers by the end of month, acknowledging problems with infection rates in such settings. "Clearly we've got a problem there again, that's why we are working flat out to vaccinate care home workers and care home residents," he told a news conference, adding that around 40 percent of elderly care home residents had been vaccinated so far. "We hope to have completed care homes by the end of the month."
The California Public Utilities Commission challenged the outgoing Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to maintain its 2017 repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules, court documents show. The California agency asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to throw out the FCC's order approved in October as "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion." The appeals court in October 2019 largely upheld the FCC’s repeal, but ordered the agency to reconsider the repeal's impact on public safety and other issues.
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As US president-elect Joe Biden prepares to be sworn into office next week, he’s assembling a team to lead some of the most important initiatives for the country. On Jan. 15, Biden tapped David Kessler as the new head of Operation Warp Speed (OWS), the federal funding arm that has been working with private companies like Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Novavax to manufacture and test Covid-19 vaccines at a breakneck pace. It’s a choice that could stand to boost public trust in federal vaccination investment and deployment.
There wasn't a whole lot of shopping going on in December...in store or online. Retail sales dropped in the United States for the third straight month, according to Commerce Department data released Friday. Total sales were down a weaker-than-expected 0.7 percent in December, while online sales tumbled 5.8 percent. The slowdown in retail spending came amid a new wave of job losses, looming expiration of jobless benefits at the end of December, and renewed measures to slow the health crisis. Consumers cut back on spending nearly across the board, with restaurants and bars among the hardest hit due to the shutdown of indoor dining closed in some states. Sales at electronic and appliance stores were also at the top of the sales decline. December's weak retail sales report adds further evidence of an economy that lost speed at the end of 2020. Things could change though in coming months. First of all, Congress did extend jobless benefits at the very end of the year, and also approved $600 stimulus checks - so that should immediately provide a boost. And there could be more to come. President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan this week, which includes direct relief to households and small business
“Tyger Tyger,” a thriller starring Dylan Sprouse that’s set during a deadly pandemic, has secured a distributor. Gravitas Ventures nabbed worldwide rights to the film and plans to release it in select theaters and drive-ins, as well as on digital platforms, on Feb. 26. Kerry Mondragon wrote and directed the movie, which was presciently filmed […]
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Hulu has promoted Candice Ashton to vice president, originals publicity. In her new role, the veteran communications exec will oversee publicity across series, film and documentaries. She will report to Hulu’s originals marketing chiefs — Barrie Gruner on series and Spencer Peeples on film and documentaries Ashton joined Hulu in 2016 as it was ramping […]
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Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has tested positive for Covid-19, the French champions said Friday, just two weeks after taking up his job.
Greene King will rebrand four pubs with names “linked with racism” after revelations of historic links to slavery. Three pubs currently called The Black Boy, and one called Black’s Head, will be renamed due to their potentially offensive connotations. Bosses at the UK’s largest pub retailer decided to address the names while working to “eradicate racism” following revelations about the chain's historic links to slavery last year. The Telegraph understands that Greene King's decision was in part prompted by this newspaper finding that its 19th century founder Benjamin Greene received the equivalent of £500,000 in compensation for his West Indies plantations after abolition. Although the company admits there is no consensus on the racial origins of the obscure pub names due to be removed, its consultation concluded that people found them offensive. Black Boy venues in Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury in Suffolk and Shinfield in Berkshire, along with the Black’s Head in Derbyshire's Wirksworth, will have new “inclusive” appellations picked by the public from a shortlist. Nick Mackenzie, Greene King CEO, said: “It is important to acknowledge our history but just as important to work proactively to eradicate racism in our society today. “We have looked at pub deeds, consulted with colleagues and while the origins of these pub names are obscure what is clear is that there is a perception that they are linked with racism today and we want to make this positive change for the better.” “We’ve thought long and hard and feel this is the right thing to do as it is incredibly important to us that our pubs are warm and welcoming places for everyone as we continue on our journey to become a truly anti-racist organisation.”
The United States slapped sanctions on Cuba's interior ministry on Friday, accusing it of serious human rights abuses as Washington kept up a barrage of sanctions even in the final days of President Donald Trump's administration. In a statement, the U.S. Treasury Department mentioned Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer who it said was in a prison controlled by the ministry and was reported to have been beaten and tortured. "The United States will continue to use all the tools at its disposal to address the dire human rights situation in Cuba and elsewhere around the world," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement.
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