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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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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