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German court delays Apple/Samsung case

The German court overseeing the legal battle between Apple and Samsung has delayed the proceedings in order to wait for the German Patent and Trademark Office to finish hearing Apple’s pending case. Apple’s patent office hearing may result in “”the revocation, in whole or in part, of Apple’s slide-to-unlock utility model.” If Apple is unable to defend its claim ...[Read More]

Dell, HTC, others face antitrust suit

A company, Cascades Computer Innovation, which owns over 100 patents has filed antitrust charges against LG, Samsung, Motorola, HTC and Dell, saying that the companies involved have colluded to avoid negotiating with Cascades. “Defendants have contracted, combined and conspired to restrain trade by jointly refusing to negotiate or accept licenses under the Cascades patents. Defendants’...[Read More]

Dell, HTC, others face antitrust suit

A company, Cascades Computer Innovation, which owns over 100 patents has filed antitrust charges against LG, Samsung, Motorola, HTC and Dell, saying that the companies involved have colluded to avoid negotiating with Cascades. “Defendants have contracted, combined and conspired to restrain trade by jointly refusing to negotiate or accept licenses under the Cascades patents. Defendants’...[Read More]

Companies sued for privacy invading apps

18 companies have been sued by a group of Android and iPhone users from Texas, alleging that created or sold mobile applications that illegally access a user’s address book.Among the accused are Apple, Facebook and Twitter. The lawsuit claims that, “The defendants — several of the world’s largest and most influential technology and social networking companies — have u...[Read More]

Companies sued for privacy invading apps

18 companies have been sued by a group of Android and iPhone users from Texas, alleging that created or sold mobile applications that illegally access a user’s address book.Among the accused are Apple, Facebook and Twitter. The lawsuit claims that, “The defendants — several of the world’s largest and most influential technology and social networking companies — have u...[Read More]

Yahoo hits Facebook with patent suit

Yahoo have made good on their recent threat to instigate legal procedures against Facebook, allegedly for infringing ten of Yahoo’s patents. Yahoo is claiming that “Facebook’s entire social network model…is based on Yahoo’s patented social networking technology”, according to the court documents filed in California yesterday. Yahoo’s claim goes on to say, ...[Read More]

Apple blocked from patent claims against bankrupt Kodak

A judge has stopped Apple from reinstating patent infringement-related legal action against Kodak. Apple is concerned that the bankrupt company may end up selling the patent in question during restructuring. Judge Allan Gropper, who is presiding over Kodak’s bankruptcy case, refused Apple’s request to get the International Trade Commission (ITC) to unfreeze a patent lawsuit between the...[Read More]

Western Digital concludes Hitachi acquisition

Western Digital has completed the acquisition of Hitachi’s hard drive division, in the process setting up two subsidiaries in accordance with the conditions laid out by antitrust regulators. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is now wholly owned by Western Digital, who paid $3.9 billion and handed over 25 million shares to Hitachi to close the deal. The two companies will continue to operat...[Read More]

Don’t blame Google, we haven’t had privacy for years

We all might as well admit it, we have no privacy anymore. Well, certainly not the outdated sense of privacy from last week. This week, the latest privacy storm hit the internet when Google’s long-announced plan to consolidate its 60 separate privacy policies into one, as part of a new “single sign-on” plan for all its various services, These include YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps a...[Read More]

Apple’s unrequited love

Let’s get this out of the way: every new mobile device is always thinner, faster and has a better camera. Always. It’s the newly minted Shapshak’s First Law of Gadget Upgrades. I’ve had to coin it because, on Wednesday the new iPad will be launched. It’ll be thinner, faster and have a bigger camera. It might have the same higher resolution retina display as the iPhone...[Read More]

A brave new world of apps

ALL the little app called “Mirror” did was turn the green screen of the PalmV black, giving it enough reflectiveness to function as a mirror. It was 1999. here were many other clever “third-party apps”, as the computer industry called them at the time, but this very simple one demonstrated the innovative ware appearing on those small personal digital assistants. There were ...[Read More]

A brave new world of apps

ALL the little app called “Mirror” did was turn the green screen of the PalmV black, giving it enough reflectiveness to function as a mirror. It was 1999. here were many other clever “third-party apps”, as the computer industry called them at the time, but this very simple one demonstrated the innovative ware appearing on those small personal digital assistants. There were ...[Read More]

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