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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Google EU Breakup Plan

Europe is about to go nuclear on Google

By on November 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Europe is about to go nuclear on Google

It turns out the Europe’s “right to be forgotten” regulations against Google were only the beginning. The Financial Times reports that the European Union’s parliament is working on a proposal to force Google to unbundle its major search business from all its other services. In other words, it sounds like Google will have to keep data on what you search for separate from all of the other services it offers, such as Gmail, Google Maps and more. It also sounds like Google would be prohibited from giving favorable treatment in its search results to its own services. More →

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Google Rockstar Patent Settlement

Google just agreed to a major settlement with an Apple-backed patent consortium

By on November 20, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Google just agreed to a major settlement with an Apple-backed patent consortium

While the smartphone patent wars have (thankfully) cooled down a lot over the last year, that doesn’t mean major tech companies aren’t still suing one another over patents on a pretty frequent basis. Reuters reports that yet another major patent lawsuit is now in the books after Google agreed to settle with Rockstar, a patent consortium with backers that include Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry and Sony. More →

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Apple Patent Infringement

Apple slapped with $24M fine for stealing tech from old SkyTel pagers

By on November 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

Apple slapped with $24M fine for stealing tech from old SkyTel pagers

Apple on Tuesday was ordered to pay a $23.6 million fine to Texas-based Mobile Telecommunications Technologies after being found guilty on Monday evening of infringing six patents. A federal jury in Marshall, Texas determined that Apple’s iPhone and several other Apple devices make unlawful use of the patented technologies, which relate to pagers and date back to the 1990s.

This marks the second recent trial in which Apple was accused of stealing pager technology — the first was in California last month and Apple escaped unscathed. More →

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AT&T Cramming Charges Rebate

Did AT&T hit you with bogus cramming charges? Here’s how to get your money back

By on November 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM.

Did AT&T hit you with bogus cramming charges? Here’s how to get your money back

In early October, the FTC announced that it was slapping AT&T with a $105 million lawsuit after discovering that the company was charging its customers for unauthorized third-party services that they never signed up for in the first place. This is a practice known as “cramming,” and the FTC has been cracking down on it in recent months. More →

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Apple iPhone iMessage Lawsuit

Apple faces lawsuit for the case of the disappearing text messages

By on November 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM.

Apple faces lawsuit for the case of the disappearing text messages

It might be hard to believe for some of the Apple faithful, but there are plenty of iPhone users who opt to switch to Android. Unfortunately, for far too long, many of them would have difficulty receiving text messages, an issue which Apple recently addressed with a new online tool that allows users to deregister their iMessage accounts. But for the U.S. courts, this might have been too little, too late. More →

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2011 MacBook Pro Class Action Suit

Apple taken to court over 2011 MacBook Pro flaw affecting thousands of buyers

By on October 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM.

Apple taken to court over 2011 MacBook Pro flaw affecting thousands of buyers

Many reports have recently detailed one significant 2011 MacBook Pro issue that’s affecting thousands of buyers, an issue that Apple has yet to publicly acknowledge. Now, the company will now have to defend itself in a new class action complaint. Law firm Whitfield Bryson and Mason on Tuesday confirmed it has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple in California on behalf of customers who have experienced consistent graphics card-related issues on their 2011 MacBook Pro laptops. More →

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AT&T FTC Unlimited Data Lawsuit

AT&T hit with a major lawsuit for throttling its ‘unlimited’ data users [updated]

By on October 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

AT&T hit with a major lawsuit for throttling its ‘unlimited’ data users [updated]

The Federal Trade Commission just brought down the hammer on AT&T for allegedly misleading “millions” of smartphone users with promises of unlimited data plans. In a complaint filed in a federal court on Tuesday, the FTC alleged that AT&T has been misleading its own subscribers “by charging them for ‘unlimited’ data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90 percent.” More →

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Why Pot Should Be Legal

New research shows how America’s love of marijuana might be even stronger than its love of football

By on October 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

New research shows how America’s love of marijuana might be even stronger than its love of football

As more and more states legalize marijuana, the more money it will generate and the bigger the industry will become. But just how big could it get? The Huffington Post is reporting that the marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL by 2020.

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AT&T Mobile Cramming Settlement

Now we know why AT&T never gloated after T-Mobile got nailed over bogus cramming charges

By on October 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

Now we know why AT&T never gloated after T-Mobile got nailed over bogus cramming charges

Over the past several months, wireless carriers have found themselves in hot water over a “cramming” scandal which involves placing third-party charges on customers’ bills without permission. Like T-Mobile before it, AT&T has been caught billing its customers for $9.99 subscriptions to ringtones and premium text message services that they never signed up for. Worst of all, AT&T kept at least 35% of the charges. More →

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