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Obama comes out swinging against North Korea, says Sony made a ‘mistake’ pulling the film

By on December 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM.

Obama comes out swinging against North Korea, says Sony made a ‘mistake’ pulling the film

President Barack Obama on Friday had tough words not only for North Korea — which earlier in the day had been named by the FBI as the chief culprit in the massive hack of Sony Pictures — but also for Sony itself. In particular, Obama said that he thinks Sony “made a mistake” by pulling the film from theaters in response to threats it had received from hackers tied to the North Korean government. More →

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Canada vs. Apple: iPhone

Canada is investigating Apple over possible shady dealings with carriers

By on December 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Canada is investigating Apple over possible shady dealings with carriers

The Canadian Competition Bureau wants to have a closer look at Apple’s contracts with local carriers, as it’s interested in whether or not they contain any special clauses that might harm competition in the region. Reuters reports that the Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday agreed to order Apple to turn over all such documents to the Competition Bureau. More →

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Apple iTunes Antitrust Suit Verdict

Apple wins big in $1 billion iTunes antitrust suit

By on December 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM.

Apple wins big in $1 billion iTunes antitrust suit

It looks like draconian digital rights management practices that included deleting songs from some users’ iPods if they came from rival stores wasn’t enough to convince a jury that Apple violated antitrust regulations. The New York Times’ Bruce X. Chen reports via Twitter that a jury has tossed out a years-old lawsuit against Apple that alleged the company engaged in anticompetitive behavior to make sure its iTunes Store remained the dominant marketplace for digital music. More →

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AT&T Verizon Tax Breaks

Surprise! AT&T and Verizon pocket huge tax breaks, employ fewer people

By on December 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Surprise! AT&T and Verizon pocket huge tax breaks, employ fewer people

This may shock you, but giving large companies special tax deals doesn’t magically lead to full employment and economic paradise. The Wall Street Journal reports that both AT&T and Verizon started receiving huge tax breaks starting in 2008 as part of a stimulus package and since then have actually reduced their combined employee counts by around 100,000 people. More →

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Uber Drivers Sexual Harassment

Sleazy Uber driver propositions woman, Uber gives her $30 for her troubles

By on December 11, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Sleazy Uber driver propositions woman, Uber gives her $30 for her troubles

Although driving services like Uber are definitely the future, it’s pretty safe to say Uber itself has some issues it needs to work out, such as how to deal with sleazy drivers who proposition their passengers. More →

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Why The Pirate Bay Is Bad

Why one of The Pirate Bay’s cofounders hopes the site stays dead

By on December 10, 2014 at 11:02 AM.

Why one of The Pirate Bay’s cofounders hopes the site stays dead

There were a lot of sad pirates on Tuesday after a massive police raid completely shut down the infamous Pirate Bay torrent website worldwide. However, TorrentFreak reports that Pirate Bay cofounder and former spokesman Peter Sunde now believes that the site should stay down with Davy Jones’ locker this time and permanently die off. More →

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Steve Jobs Video Testimony in iPod Antitrust Case

Apple slams media for wanting to see a ‘dead man’ in Steve Jobs’s iPod case testimony

By on December 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

Apple slams media for wanting to see a ‘dead man’ in Steve Jobs’s iPod case testimony

Apple is currently on the defense in an iPod antitrust case that claims the company deleted music on users’ iPods that came from third-party sources without explicitly telling them what was going on. The plaintiffs have at their disposal emails from Steve Jobs to other Apple execs and a video testimony from the former Apple leader that are used against the company, and various media organizations including the Associated Press, Bloomberg and CNN want that video to be made public. More →

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Apple iPod and iTunes Antitrust

After 7 years, Apple admits to forcefully removing music from iPods without users’ knowledge

By on December 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

After 7 years, Apple admits to forcefully removing music from iPods without users’ knowledge

Apple is on trial this month, having to defend against allegations that it broke antitrust laws and stifled competition in the music players and downloads businesses with its iPod and iTunes practices. The Wall Street Journal reports that attorneys for the plaintiffs on Wednesday told jurors that between 2007 and 2009 Apple regularly deleted music from iPods that stored downloads from other services, without telling users what was going on. More →

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Steve Jobs iPod Antitrust Trial

Steve Jobs will be a crucial witness against Apple in an iPod antitrust suit

By on December 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Steve Jobs will be a crucial witness against Apple in an iPod antitrust suit

Apple in December will have to defend against decade-old iPod antitrust allegations in the third major antitrust case since Steve Jobs died, The New York Times reports, with Apple’s co-founder and iconic leader expected to play a major role in the lawsuit. Interestingly, however, he will be used as a witness against Apple. More →

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Apple vs. Samsung: Royalties

Samsung might have to pay even more for infringing Apple patents

By on November 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Samsung might have to pay even more for infringing Apple patents

Even though Samsung and Apple have settled their international patent disputes, the lawsuits in the U.S. are far from being a distant memory. Apple has largely won the two major trials in American courts, with Samsung having to pay more than $1 billion in combined damages; though both sides have appealed various verdicts in these trials.

Following the second, less-successful, win against Samsung, Apple has also asked the court to rule in its favor regarding ongoing royalties for Samsung products found to infringe three specific patents that a jury already found to have been infringed by older Samsung devices. More →

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Verizon FCC Net Neutrality Lawsuit

Does Verizon realize it made a huge net neutrality mistake?

By on November 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Does Verizon realize it made a huge net neutrality mistake?

Both AT&T and Comcast — two companies that are not exactly fond of net neutrality regulations — reportedly tried to warn Verizon against suing the Federal Communications Commission over its 2010 net neutrality rules. The carrier went through with it anyway and now there are signs it’s feeling regret. More →

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T-Mobile Data Throttling Speed Test

FCC orders T-Mobile to stop covering up how slow your connection is

By on November 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

FCC orders T-Mobile to stop covering up how slow your connection is

T-Mobile’s move to hide throttled customers’ actual data speeds has just been shot down. Per Ars Technica, the Federal Communications Commission this week said that T-Mobile can no longer exempt speed test results from its wireless data caps. More →

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