Apple wants Google to hand over documents relating to Android that will help it in its case against Samsung. Apple, which is in a patent-infringement lawsuit with Samsung, claims that Android "provides much of the accused functionality" of Samsung's infringing products and that doing a thorough search of these documents is essential to proving Samsung is intentionally infringing on its patents.
Lawyers for Samsung argue that Apple intentionally left Google out of its lawsuit and only targeted Samsung as Google doesn't have as many rights when its a third party to ... more
Apple has been ordered by a court in China to pay three Chinese writers as compensation for infringing on their copyright after making their books available on the App Store without first asking permission. The books were reportedly uploaded by a third party and sold without proceeds going to the authors or their publishers.
While Apple didn't publish the books itself, the company is still being held responsible because it didn't follow current laws and ask permission to publish the books from the original authors. As a result, Apple has ... more
Google has been slapped with a fine of 145,000 Euros, about $189,000, for violating "one of the biggest data protection rules" known in Germany. The violation? Google's Street View cars illegally collected data from open Wi-Fi networks between 2008-2010.
German prosecutors dropped criminal proceedings against Google last fall when they failed to find "criminal violations," but data protection regulators picked the case up again in hopes of discovering exactly what Google had done that was illegal, and did they ever. Between 2008 and 2010, Google's cars collected data, including ... more
In an effort to end the year and a half long EU antitrust investigation involving Apple and a number of large publishers, Pearson's Penguin unit has offered to the European Commission to end its e-book deal with Apple that placed price restrictions on Amazon and other retailers.
If the European Commission accepts the offer it would make Penguin the fifth and final book publisher to settle with regulators, effectively ending the 16-month long investigation without fining or finding any wrongdoing.
Regulators have been worried that pricing deals like this would prevent ... more
David Miller, a securities trader at Rochdale Securities, has pleaded guilty to fraud after buying $1 billion of Apple stock without permission, which ultimately resulted in bringing down the company he worked for at the time.
Miller bought 1.625 million shares on the day that Apple reported its third-quarter results in October 2012, hoping he would be able to make a profit when the share price rose.
Prosecutors have said that Miller's plan backfired. The 40-year-old reportedly made the trade on behalf of one of Rochdale's clients who had actually only ... more
Apple has been involved in yet another lawsuit where the company was accused of not honoring warranties on iPhones and iPod touches. Now Apple is reportedly agreeing to pay $53 million to settle the iPhone water damage warranty lawsuit.
The settlement is intended to reimburse potentially hundreds of thousands of iPhone and iPod touch consumers who were refused service by Apple. Apple was unwilling to repair or replace their faulty phones under the one-year standard, or two-year extended warranty. Noreen Krall, Apple's chief litigation counsel, signed the agreement on Wednesday. Apple ... more
Following Apple's recent decision to pull the popular app discovery tool AppGratis from its App Store, France's junior minister for digital economy Fleur Pellerin visited iMediaApp, the publishers of AppGratis, to discuss the situation. Following the meeting, Pellerin stated that Apple's decision to remove the app was both "extremely brutal and unilateral" and that the EU must begin to put in place tighter regulation over Internet companies.
It should be noted that iMediaApp is a French company, so we should obviously expect there to be some bias here.
Pellerin states ... more
Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility have accused each other of infringing on the other's patents related to wireless technology. The judge presiding over the case, however, has accused both companies of using the litigation more as a business strategy than an effort to resolve their dispute.
"The parties have no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute; they instead are using this and similar litigation worldwide as a business strategy that appears to have no end," U.S. District Judge Robert Scola said yesterday in an order. "That is not ... more
Yesterday, we brought you the news that Apple had shut down the popular iOS app AppGratis, a discovery tool that helped users find other cool apps on Apple's App Store. Apple claimed that AppGratis was removed due to its violation of App Store guidelines 2.25 and 5.6.
"2.25 - Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected."
"5.6 - Apps cannot use Push Notifications to send advertising, promotions, or direct marketing of any ... more
A major lawsuit was recently settled between Capitol Records and music start-up ReDigi, a platform for users to buy and sell "used" digital music that was bought from iTunes. Capitol Records sued ReDigi over copyright violations, and a U.S. District Judge ruled that ReDigi is not authorized to allow users to resell their digital content.
ReDigi's argument held that "first-sale doctrine" should apply to digital purchases, not just physical ones, which means that you are able to sell legally purchased books or CDs to other parties. Sullivan's ruling stated:
If you’re a frequent traveler, you’ve probably found yourself in a hotel with free wired Internet access. While this is nice if you have a MacBook Pro sans Retina Display, you’re SOL if you have a MacBook Air or a Retina-equipped MacBook Pro. Sure, you could buy a Thunderbolt or
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