Apple vs Samsung: Galaxy Handset Ban

Samsung phones nobody wants to buy anymore are still banned in one country

By on May 21, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Samsung phones nobody wants to buy anymore are still banned in one country

Even though Apple has beaten Samsung twice in the U.S. so far, it failed to obtain the significant win it needed to really deliver a big hit to its archenemy. In fact, Apple has also been found to infringe a Samsung patent in the second U.S. lawsuit between the two giants, which is apparently an asset for the Android maker in its reportedly renewed settlement negotiations. Some reports based on recent legal documents from the two companies’ legal teams suggest that a settlement is still unlikely, however.

Meanwhile, Apple has scored another minor victory against Samsung in Europe, where a Dutch court upheld a ban against older Samsung Android handsets. More →

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Why Did Lavabit Shut Down

Why Lavabit shut down: Founder explains 38 days of legal hell

By on May 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

Why Lavabit shut down: Founder explains 38 days of legal hell

After Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks from last year, rumors circulated that Snowden used Lavabit, which at the time was a hugely popular secure email service. Soon after that, Lavabit founder Ladar Levison wrote that he was forced to decide between being “complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit.” He decided to shut Lavabit down, and he added ominously, “I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot.” More →

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FBI Cyber Crime and Marijuana

You’ll never guess the critical resource the FBI needs to successfully fight cyber crimes

By on May 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM.

You’ll never guess the critical resource the FBI needs to successfully fight cyber crimes

Weed. Apparently marijuana is the key to a bright, cyber crime-fighting future for the FBI, according to statements made on Monday by FBI Director James B. Comey at the annual White Collar Crime Institute held at the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan. More →

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Apple Google IAP Investigation

Apple and Google are in hot water over allegedly deceptive in-app purchases

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

Apple and Google are in hot water over allegedly deceptive in-app purchases

In-app purchases have been a controversial topic in the mobile market ever since they debuted on the App Store. Free-to-play game developers, which had formerly depended on advertising revenue to sustain their business model, were suddenly presented with an attractive alternative: sell in-game currency or exclusive items for real money to empower the players. Of course, not everyone sees IAP as beneficial to the market, which is why Italy’s Antitrust Authority is launching an investigation against Apple, Amazon, Google and app publisher Gameloft regarding commercial practices related to IAP.

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Apple Vs. Samsung Patent Suit

Apple is really not happy that Samsung’s top lawyer called them ‘jihadists’

By on May 20, 2014 at 2:05 PM.

Apple is really not happy that Samsung’s top lawyer called them ‘jihadists’

Samsung’s lawyers didn’t technically break Godwin’s law during interviews following the last Apple-Samsung patent trial… but they came pretty close. The Verge reports that Apple is very unhappy with the behavior of Samsung’s lead attorney John Quinn, who said Apple was behaving like a “jihadist” and said that its battle with Samsung would end up being its own version of the Vietnam war in recent interviews. Quinn’s “jihadist” remark refers to an email sent by late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs back in 2010 that referred to Apple’s battle with Google as a “holy war” for the soul of the smartphone market. More →

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Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit Settlement

Apple and Samsung reportedly working on dismissing all lawsuits

By on May 19, 2014 at 9:10 AM.

Apple and Samsung reportedly working on dismissing all lawsuits

After agreeing to a ceasefire with Google, Apple may soon find a way to settle all its disputes with Samsung out of court, The Korea Times has learned, as the two companies have recently agreed to resume settlement talks. This isn’t the first time Apple and Samsung have tried to solve their legal issues out of court, and put an end to a legal war that started more than three years ago, but the publication suggests things have changed since the last time they met. More →

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Apple Vs. Google Patent Suits

Apple reaches a major patent truce with Google… but it’s still going to keep suing Samsung

By on May 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM.

Apple reaches a major patent truce with Google… but it’s still going to keep suing Samsung

The great mobile patent wars are finally coming to an end, at least as far as battles between Google and Apple are concerned. Per The Wall Street Journal, the two companies announced on Friday night that they were dropping all remaining patent suits that they have against one another and will instead work to push for reforms in United States patent law. The new patent truce doesn’t mean the two companies will start licensing one another’s patents, however, and Apple says that the truce won’t change anything when it comes to its ongoing lawsuits against Samsung even though its last effort at squeezing money from the Korean smartphone titan was not nearly as successful as it had hoped. Even so, the mutual disarmament between Apple and Google seems to indicate that the “holy war” that Steve Jobs wanted to wage against Google has now come to an end.

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Apple Vs. Samsung Graphene

Apple and Samsung’s next major fight won’t be over what you think

By on May 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Apple and Samsung’s next major fight won’t be over what you think

Earlier this week, we shared a video that explained the incredible potential of graphene, a transparent material that is just a single atom thick. According to the video, graphene is “stronger than diamond, more conductive than copper, more flexible than rubber and it’s so thin you can barely see it with the naked eye.” We also noted that Samsung developed a manufacturing process last month for graphene that could speed up its use in actual commercial products. Graphene could be key to the future of flexible displays, wearable devices, and even batteries. Bloomberg says graphene could lead to phones that stay “charged for a week and recharges in 15 minutes.”
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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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