Samsung Issues Official Apology

Samsung offers ‘deep apology’ for diseases and deaths caused by its factories

By on May 14, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

Samsung offers ‘deep apology’ for diseases and deaths caused by its factories

After a recent string of incidents, Samsung has finally acknowledged the potentially dangerous working conditions at its factories and the tragedies that have befallen several of its workers over the years. Back in 2010, it was reported that more than 20 employees at Samsung’s chipmaking facilities had been diagnosed with forms of cancer during their time on the job, eventually resulting in the deaths of several of the afflicted. Yonhap News reports that Samsung officially apologized for the incidents this week, promising compensation for the families who have suffered losses in the past. More →

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Snapchat FTC Privacy Lawsuit

Yes, Snapchat misled you about how private your snaps are

By on May 8, 2014 at 3:27 PM.

Yes, Snapchat misled you about how private your snaps are

Gee, what a shock: Your Snapchat snaps don’t really “disappear forever” after all. The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it had reached a settlement with Snapchat in which it said that Snapchat’s marketing claim that any pictures sent over its app would “disappear forever” was simply misleading. One issue, says the FTC, is that Snapchat’s “disappear forever” promise is one that it simply cannot keep, especially when there are several third-party applications out there let you capture and keep any pictures and videos sent over the app. More →

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Apple Vs Samsung Patens Lawsuit

Top Samsung lawyer: Patent war is almost over and Apple will accomplish nothing

By on May 8, 2014 at 12:04 PM.

Top Samsung lawyer: Patent war is almost over and Apple will accomplish nothing

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is quoted as having said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” According to a top patent attorney at Samsung, however, the patent war will soon end and Apple will have accomplished nothing. More →

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Negative Amazon Products Reviews

Criticizing products in Amazon reviews might get you sued

By on May 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Criticizing products in Amazon reviews might get you sued

Amazon shoppers who like to review the products they purchase from the giant retailer should know that the companies that sell those products can go as far as to threaten serious legal action against them for negative reviews. Redditor trevely that had criticized a router on Amazon received such a threat from Mediabridge Products lawyers, Ars Technica reports, with the company asking him to remove his negative review of one of the products. Apparently, that review quickly became the “most helpful” negative review on Amazon for the Medialink Wireless Router. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit: Appeals

Of course Samsung isn’t content with simply dodging a massive bullet

By on May 6, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Of course Samsung isn’t content with simply dodging a massive bullet

Even though Samsung has been found to be infringing three out of the five patents Apple asserted in its second U.S. trial against the Android device maker, the company only has to pay $120 million in damages, a far cry from the $2.2 billion Apple asked for. However, Samsung told Bloomberg that it will still appeal the case, looking to further reduce the amount all the way down to zero if possible. More →

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Samsung Patent Lawsuit History

New report details Samsung’s long history of alleged price-fixing, copycatting and bribery

By on May 6, 2014 at 11:46 AM.

New report details Samsung’s long history of alleged price-fixing, copycatting and bribery

Samsung really hates being accused of copycatting, and it’s not just because of its long-running patent dispute with Apple. Vanity Fair has written a lengthy feature that details Samsung’s long history of getting sued for alleged patent infringement in several different industries, from LCD flat-panel technology to mobile phone camera technology.  More →

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Google Search and Apps on Android

This is how Google forces its core product on Android device makers

By on May 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM.

This is how Google forces its core product on Android device makers

Google was recently hit with an antitrust lawsuit (seeking class action status), which alleges that the company’s mostly secret agreements with Android smartphone and tablet makers – which include provisions that prevent the OEMs from including competing apps on their devices other than Google’s set of apps, with special emphasis on search – allow Google to monopolize the mobile search business, driving up the cost of devices in the process. More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Plan Mozilla

Mozilla tells the FCC to grow a spine, reclassify ISPs as common carriers

By on May 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

Mozilla tells the FCC to grow a spine, reclassify ISPs as common carriers

Mozilla might not be as big as Google or Netflix in most consumers’ minds but as the maker of the popular Firefox browser, it does have some clout. That’s why it’s noteworthy that Mozilla on Monday recommended that the Federal Communications Commission use the “nuclear option” against Internet service providers by reclassifying them as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. More →

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Apple Samsung Patent Trial

Jury finds Samsung guilty of infringing some patents in Apple trial – awards paltry $120M

By on May 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM.

Jury finds Samsung guilty of infringing some patents in Apple trial – awards paltry $120M

The implications in the weeks-long patent trial between Apple and Samsung couldn’t have been bigger — or more difficult for most consumers to care about. If you’ve been following the case, however, the verdict is in: guilty… and not guilty. The California jury on Friday evening determined that some Samsung devices did in fact infringe two Apple patents — patents 5,946,647 and 8,046,721 — and it cleared all Samsung devices of infringing the other patents Apple had asserted. Apple’s award for damages? $119.6 million, or just over 1% of Apple’s net profit in the March quarter. More →

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Google Android Search Antitrust Lawsuit

Google’s secret Android agreements drive up phone prices, new antitrust lawsuit alleges

By on May 2, 2014 at 7:40 AM.

Google’s secret Android agreements drive up phone prices, new antitrust lawsuit alleges

A new antitrust lawsuit filed in California on Thursday against Google alleges that the company is taking advantage of the mostly secret Mobile Application Distribution Agreements (MADA) Android device makers have to sign in order to establish a monopoly on the mobile search business, CNET reports, thus stifling competition and driving up prices for phones and tablets in the process. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit: Jury Questions

Here’s what the Apple-Samsung jury really wants to know after its first day of deliberations

By on May 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM.

Here’s what the Apple-Samsung jury really wants to know after its first day of deliberations

The eight-person jury in the second Apple vs. Samsung patent case in the U.S. is already working on deciding who copied whom now that lawyers delivered their closing arguments. But the case is far from clear to them, The Verge reports, as the jury has sent several questions to Judge Lucy Koh asking for more details. Questions given to the judge covered Steve Jobs’s influence on the lawsuits that lead to this patent battle in the first place, as well as more information on how the specific patents in question were developed and/or acquired. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit Closing Arguments

Here are all the crazy things Apple and Samsung’s lawyers said during closing arguments

By on April 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Here are all the crazy things Apple and Samsung’s lawyers said during closing arguments

The second major patent-based spat between Apple and Samsung is coming to a close in California. The jury now has to decide who copied whom as both legal team concluded their cases on Tuesday, each reminding the jury why their fight is right. Both sides had clever arguments too, Re/code and The Wall Street Journal report, in their attempts to sway each of the eight jurors in the case. More →

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