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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 07:39 AM
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Federal Government Asks for Closed Courtroom to Protect Goldman Sachs Secrets
Federal Government Asks for Closed Courtroom to Protect Goldman Sachs Secrets

Friday, October 29, 2010 The U.S. Department of Justice has requested that a federal judge seal the courtroom of a trial involving computer code theft in order to protect trade secrets of Goldman Sachs.

Sergey Aleynikov was arrested by the FBI on charges of stealing computer code that supports Goldmans high frequency trading system, which allows the bank to buy and sell stocks in a fraction of a second.

Goldman Sachs and others use flash trading to send out automated sell offers at higher and higher prices until one comes back with no buyer. The program then drops back to the highest acceptable price and sells at what the buyer set as his maximum limit. This allows Goldman to always obtain the best possible selling price, while the buyer loses the normal give and take of bargaining. In the case of large orders, such as those from pension funds or mutual funds, this can cost the buyers a small fortune.

Federal prosecutors have argued that the general public should not be allowed to observe the trial when details of Goldmans trade secrets are discussed. They also asked that any documents related to Goldmans trading strategies be sealed.

While it is common to protect proprietary corporate information during trials, the case of Aleynikov is unusual because it involves secrets about a potentially lucrative trading system, rather than, say, ingredients in a soda formula, wrote the Wall Street Journal.

http://www.allgov.com/Controversies/ViewNews/Federal_Go...
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 07:41 AM
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1. oy. nt
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Vickers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 07:42 AM
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2. "Open Court" anyone? n/t
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 07:49 AM
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3. When was the last time the federal government protected my secrets?
They don't.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 08:16 AM
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4. You're a human citizen, not a corporate citizen. Big difference. n/t
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hvn_nbr_2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 12:33 PM
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5. When was the last time you gave hundreds of thousands of dollars ...
to politicians? I think the answers to your question and mine are the same.
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 12:44 PM
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6. They got the government they paid for. n/t
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 12:48 PM
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7. Ugh.
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The Northerner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 02:52 PM
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8. Disgusting cronyism
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 03:16 PM
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9. Do note they are talking about protecting an ILLEGAL trading system.
This allows Goldman to always obtain the best possible selling price, while the buyer loses the normal give and take of bargaining. In the case of large orders, such as those from pension funds or mutual funds, this can cost the buyers a small fortune.

Does anyone have any doubt who runs this country???
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