Apple Shareholder Lawsuit

Shareholders file lawsuit against Apple

By on August 15, 2014 at 7:55 AM.

Shareholders file lawsuit against Apple

Investors have filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging that the company’s various anti-poaching agreements ultimately hurt the company’s stock. The class action suit was filed last week by Apple shareholder R. Andre Klein and it alleges that the anti-poaching agreements then-CEO Steve Jobs put in place with Google, Intel and other companies were a breach of Apple’s responsibility to Shareholders. Klein says the agreements were misleading to investors and ultimately damaged the value of the company. More →

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World's Stupidest Criminals Siri

Alleged idiot killer asked Siri to help him hide his roommate’s corpse [Updated]

By on August 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM.

Alleged idiot killer asked Siri to help him hide his roommate’s corpse [Updated]

Siri is a lot of things to a lot of people, but we don’t think we’ve ever seen it as a potential accomplice to murder before. 9to5Mac has a nice roundup of news surrounding the trial of a Florida man whom prosecutors are alleging murdered his roommate and then asked Siri for some advice on how to dump the corpse. More →

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Apple vs Samsung Settlement

Apple and Samsung settle some lawsuits, but with a huge twist

By on August 6, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Apple and Samsung settle some lawsuits, but with a huge twist

Apple and Samsung have reached an agreement to settle some of their lawsuits, Bloomberg repots, but that doesn’t mean the legal spat between the two most profitable smartphone makers in the world is over. Apparently, Apple and Samsung will stop their fighting in courts only in international markets — including Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and U.K. — which means the most important court battle between the two will remain active. Furthermore, no licensing agreement has been inked yet between the two. More →

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EFF Stupid Patent of the Month Series

EFF shames our patent system with its ‘Stupid Patent of the Month’ series

By on August 5, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

EFF shames our patent system with its ‘Stupid Patent of the Month’ series

In its bid to change patent law to effectively protect useful inventions and prevent trolls from taking advantage of the system, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has initiated a somewhat humorous “Stupid Patent of the Month” series in which it plans to shame the current patent system. More →

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Microsoft vs Samsung Patent License Lawsuit

Samsung just got itself sued by another iconic tech giant

By on August 4, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Samsung just got itself sued by another iconic tech giant

Even though Microsoft isn’t making any popular Android devices of its own, the giant Windows maker is still milking a lot of cash from Android device sales, as the company inked more than a few licensing agreements with all sorts of OEMs that sell Android smartphones and tablets for a living. According to existing  reports, Microsoft is reportedly making over $2 billion a year from those licensing deals, and the number could go up to $8.8 billion a year by 2017. However, Samsung, the most important Android device maker doesn’t want to pay the bills anymore, and, unsurprisingly, Microsoft took legal action against the South Korean corporation. More →

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Cell Phone Unlocking Legal

Finally: Cell phone unlocking is legal in the U.S. once again

By on August 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Finally: Cell phone unlocking is legal in the U.S. once again

Beginning Friday, August 1st, it is once again legal to unshackle your carrier-locked cell phone in the United States. President Obama on Friday signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law, thus giving cell phone users the legal right to unlock their handsets. More →

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Apple Forced Code Wire Fraud

How one fraudster bought $309K worth of Apple products without paying a single penny

By on July 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

How one fraudster bought $309K worth of Apple products without paying a single penny

One Apple fan ran a clever con in many Apple retail stores across the U.S., buying products worth $309,768 over 42 purchases made in 16 different states since December 2012, ComputerWorld reports, without actually having the money to pay for them. 24-year-old Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. has been charged with wire fraud and the Secret Service claims that he tricked Apple retail staff into accepting purchases made with credit and/or debit cards that didn’t have any funds by using a clever, simple financial trick. More →

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VCAP and Illegal Downloads Laws in U.K.

It turns out illegal downloads in the U.K. will remain illegal

By on July 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

It turns out illegal downloads in the U.K. will remain illegal

After a report on Tuesday detailing a new legal initiative on online piracy in the U.K. claimed that the local government has decriminalized illegal downloads, TorrentFreak has set the record straight on the matter, saying that torrenting movies, music, games and any other kind of online content will be just as illegal in the future as it is now. More →

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Apple Labor Violations Class Action Lawsuit

Apple faces huge class-action lawsuit over labor violations

By on July 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

Apple faces huge class-action lawsuit over labor violations

Four former retail and corporate Apple employees who filed a lawsuit against the company in December 2011 over alleged labor violations managed to “upgrade” their lawsuit to class-action status, TechCrunch reports, with some 20,000 current and former Apple employees being potentially affected. More →

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Apple eBook Settlement

Apple agrees to pay $450 million to settle price-fixing suit

By on July 16, 2014 at 12:32 PM.

Apple agrees to pay $450 million to settle price-fixing suit

Apple on Wednesday agreed to a $450 million settlement to settle claims that the tech giant conspired with five book publishers in an effort to fix eBook prices. Reuters reports that the settlement would provide $400 million to consumers, but is conditioned on the outcome of an ongoing trial in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. “A ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversing the liability finding could under the settlement either reduce the amount Apple pays to $70 million, with $50 million for consumers, or eliminate payments altogether,” Reuters’ Nate Raymond, Alison Frankel and Jonathan Stempel reported.

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Amazon Book Sales in France

How Amazon is trolling the French government

By on July 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM.

How Amazon is trolling the French government

The French government has successfully passed an “anti-Amazon” law that prevents booksellers, mainly Amazon, from offering 5% discounts on books and free shipping, The Wall Street Journal reports. The law, meant to protect local bookstores from the giant retail store, isn’t necessarily scaring Amazon, which has already found a clever way of trolling the government — it’s now chargin €0.01 for shipping in the region.  More →

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CISA Bill Approved

New privacy-killing CISPA clone is now a step closer to becoming law

By on July 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

New privacy-killing CISPA clone is now a step closer to becoming law

We all remember the outrage that swept the Internet and ultimately played a role in defeating CISPA, a proposed law that would have allowed government agencies and tech companies to exchange private information about United States citizens without their knowledge and without a warrant. Well, it’s time to get ready for another round of outrage because CISPA’s controversial successor is now a step closer to becoming law. More →

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