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Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 08/12/2011

The Circuit: LightSquared, Verizon wins injunction, LinkedIn privacy

LEADING THE DAY: In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, LightSquared said that interference between its proposed network and GPS is due to problems with GPS receivers.

“Had the GPS industry complied with [Defense Department’s] recommended filtering standards for GPS receivers, there would be no issue with LightSquared’s operations in the lower portion of its downlink band,” wrote Executive Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy Jeffrey Carlisle in the filing. In a press release, LightSquared accused the GPS industry of trying to “formalize squatting” in the licensed spectrum.

Verizon strike: A Delaware court agreed with Verizon Communications and issued an injunction against striking workers prohibiting them from disrupting business. Bloomberg reported that the chancery court judge ruled that there can be no more than six protestors at any entrance and that they cannot block access to Verizon vehicles. The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said that they expect their workers to follow the law, the report said.

LinkedIn responds to privacy uproar: LinkedIn is scaling back the level of detail it provides in its “social ads,” which showed if members in a users’ network followed certain products or services. In a blog post Thursday, produce management director Ryan Roslansky said that the company will now list how many members in a person’s network are following an advertised product instead of using individual profile pictures.

Samsung will fight ban: Samsung has said it will fight the European ban on is Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, Reuters reported. The Korean company will head to a German court on Aug. 25 to appeal the ban, which has pulled the tablet from stores across Europe — with the exception of the Netherlands. The ban came as the result of an Apple complaint that the tablet and other Samsung Galaxy product copy the iPad and iPhone.

Google+ adds games: Google added a games section to its Google+ social network Thursday, taking on social networking giant Facebook head-on. Titles in the new section include Facebook favorites such as Bejeweled and Zynga Poker, as well as the mega-hit from Rovio, Angry Birds. In an effort to steer clear of some of the complaints Facebook has gotten about its games in the past, Google promised that those uninterested in games won’t have to see any information about them in news feeds.

“If you’re not interested in games, it’s easy to ignore them,” said Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundrota. “Your stream will remain focused on conversations with the people you care about.”

Shortly after Google’s announcement, Facebook also announced a tweak to its gaming functions — users will now be able to see game information in real time.

By  |  08:32 AM ET, 08/12/2011

Tags:  Google, Apple, Privacy, LinkedIn, Verizon, FCC

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