Webwire: Berlin election lifts Pirate Party; Schmidt answers to US senate

The surprising success of Germany's Pirate Party in a recent local election – where it received 8.9% of the vote – lends credence to the movement worldwide, a member of the Australian arm claims.
 
Google chairman Eric Schmidt will today defend his firm’s practices at a US senate hearing that could influence future antitrust action over the firm’s perceived dominance of Web search.
 
Samsung tablets running a preview version of Windows 8 – given away to attendees at last week's BUILD conference – are selling on eBay for around $2,500 (€1,828).
 
Oracle and Google chief executives Larry Ellison and Larry Page have been ordered to meet for a second day of negotiations to try to reach a pre-trial settlement to a patent dispute.
 
A Microsoft manager who posted details of a forthcoming WP7-enabled Nokia device on Twitter has quit the firm, amid speculation he was about to be let go.
 
Fresh accusations by US prosecutors claim gambling website Full Tilt Poker is effectively a Ponzi scheme, because the site lacks anything close to the funds necessary to pay every customer cashing out.
 
Telecom software vendor Subex has sold its activation arm to an NEC Group subsidiary, as part of a plan to focus on its core ROC and managed services products.
 
Players of online game and research tool Foldit determined the structure of an enzyme linked to an AIDS-like virus in a matter of days, despite the scientific community puzzling over the problem for years.

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