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Law in the News: Google Sued Over Claims Android Tie-Ins Hurt Competition

Google Inc. was sued over claims it abused its market power by forcing hand-held device makers that use its Android operating system to also provide the search engine company’s applications. Google’s requirements that manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) adopt less popular applications in order to use consumer favorites such as YouTube are “designed to maintain and extend its monopolies,” according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in San Jose, California. Worldwide, 78 percent of smartphones were run on Android in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to IDC. Apple Inc.’s iOS had 18 percent of the market, while Windows had 3 percent and BlackBerry Ltd. had 0.6 percent.

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Website highlight: Ravel Law

Ravel Law is a scholarship tool that analyzes cases with graphical displays. Search for a case by keyword, and the system will display its history in easy to understand visual formats . The Judge search displays opinions written by Supreme Court judges using the visual method.

Registration: Ravel Law is free to .edu users. Students can register with their UC Hastings IDs.

More about Ravel Law: Unraveling Ravel Law blog entry by Ashley Ahlbrand

Rent-a-Pet at the Library!

Following the success of our dog therapy program, the library will expand its services to offer a new service to students, Rent-a-Pet. Students will be able to “rent” (borrow) a pet for a period of time between 2 hours and 24 hours. Borrowing is free, but your student ID is required.

While “traditional” animals like dogs, cats and parakeets will of course be offered, the library has some surprises in store. Culminating upon three-month negotiations, the library has teamed up with the San Francisco Zoo to offer students access to more exotic animals like parrots, turtles and monkeys. We are currently working on obtaining permission to bring over baby polar bears!

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This service begins today, April 1, 2014.

photo courtesy of Firstpeople

 

 

Legal News: Federal government to recognize same-sex marriage in Michigan

The government said on Friday it would recognize same-sex marriages carried out last week in Michigan but left in limbo by a court appeal, making the couples entitled to appropriate federal benefits. More than 300 couples were married last Saturday, a day after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman lifted Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban, saying it violated the U.S. Constitution. Read article on Reuters

Legal News: Future of California’s multi-billion dollar ‘bullet train’ becomes election issue for Dems with reelection challenge

California’s effort to build the country’s first taxpayer-funded, high-speed rail system is facing a midterm derailment — as Republicans make it an election-year issue and lawmakers with re-election challengers appear reluctant to continue to support the most expensive project of its kind. [State GOP Assemblyman] Gorell is trying to gather enough signatures to get an initiative on the November ballot to stop the future sale of state bonds, estimate at $8.6 billion, to pay for the project.

California voters approved the project and bond measure in 2008 through a state-wide initiative known as Proposition 1A.

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