FCC Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC will try to bring net neutrality back from the dead in May

By on April 23, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

The FCC will try to bring net neutrality back from the dead in May

As it promised to do earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to introduce new net neutrality rules that it will unveil next month. Re/code reports that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said on Wednesday that the commission would have new draft rules ready for its May 15th meeting, which means that we’ll get our first look at them in around three weeks.  More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit Google

Google joins Samsung in the fight against Apple

By on April 23, 2014 at 7:40 AM.

Google joins Samsung in the fight against Apple

Google isn’t just helping Samsung by providing witnesses to help the South Korean corporation defend against Apple’s patent claims in their second U.S. trial; the company will also pay a share of Samsung’s legal costs and will share damages in case Apple wins, Re/code reports. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit: Car Cup Holders

Samsung: Apple’s patented software features are as trivial as cup holders in a car

By on April 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM.

Samsung: Apple’s patented software features are as trivial as cup holders in a car

An expert witness called by Samsung on Friday to testify on its behalf in the second U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial challenged an Apple witness who testified earlier, refuting some of his findings and trivializing a study on Apple’s mobile software features performed, CNET reports. Specifically, University of Pennsylvania professor of marketing David Reibstein said that Apple’s survey to determine whether people would buy certain features is like asking them whether they’d choose a car based on its cup holders. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit: iPhone 5

Internal Samsung document: We need to beat Apple to survive

By on April 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM.

Internal Samsung document: We need to beat Apple to survive

The second U.S. Apple vs Samsung patent trial marches on, with the South Korean giant now making its case in the San Jose, California, court. Samsung’s counsel has already called up several witnesses who testified that the company has not been influenced in any way by Apple or the iPhone. However, internal Samsung documents that have been called into evidence by Apple’s attorneys tell a different story. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit: Steve Jobs Death

Steve Jobs’ death ignited Samsung’s anti-iPhone marketing fire

By on April 16, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Steve Jobs’ death ignited Samsung’s anti-iPhone marketing fire

New evidence from the second U.S. Apple vs Samsung patent lawsuit has revealed that Samsung was somewhat afraid of starting a clear, full-fledged anti-iPhone marketing campaign in 2011 – a move which actually proved to be detrimental to Samsung’s success in the mobile business. However, the death of Steve Jobs provided Samsung the “best opportunity to attack iPhone,” according to a highly confidential email exchange between Samsung execs presented as evidence in the trial and obtained by AppleInsider. More →

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Brightest Flashlight app scam

Maker of Android flashlight app with 50M downloads avoids fine after selling location data

By on April 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

Maker of Android flashlight app with 50M downloads avoids fine after selling location data

This past December, we reported that a popular Android app called Brightest Flashlight could do more than just shine light. Brightest Flashlight was a simple flashlight app that was highly-rated and had over 50 million installs. However, it had one devious, hidden feature: It would share personal data, such as your location, with advertisers. The FTC caught wind of this and began investigating the developer. According to GigaOm, the FTC reached a settlement with the developer last week, and it looks like he got away easy. More →

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Android: Before and After iPhone

The tale of two Androids: Before and after the iPhone

By on April 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

The tale of two Androids: Before and after the iPhone

Taking the stand on Friday in the second U.S. Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit, Google’s Android engineering vice president Hiroshi Lockheimer said that the company did not copy iPhone when designing Android. However, Re/code and AppleInsider have obtained internal Google documents submitted into evidence that remind us just how different Android was in the beginning, with the first Android devices not even supposed to support touchscreen displays. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit: Galaxy Tab

Top secret document suggests Samsung knowingly lied about tablet sales

By on April 11, 2014 at 9:41 AM.

Top secret document suggests Samsung knowingly lied about tablet sales

New evidence from the second Apple vs Samsung U.S. patent lawsuit reveals that Samsung grossly misrepresented its Galaxy Tab sales when it first started selling Galaxy-branded Android tablets, Fortune reports. In early January 2011, a report from Strategy Analytics citing comments made to investors by a Samsung executive said that Samsung had shipped 2 million Galaxy Tabs in under six weeks. The report caused a big debate at the time over whether the number was accurate, and over whether or not those 2 million tablets were actually purchased by consumers. More →

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France Bans Work Email After 6 PM

France bars bosses from bugging employees with email after work hours [updated]

By on April 10, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

France bars bosses from bugging employees with email after work hours [updated]

While email has made our work easier in many ways, it’s also made it hard for us to really escape the office, particularly now that our smartphones are sure to remind us every time something urgent needs our immediate attention. The Guardian reports that French employers’ federations and labor unions have just signed an agreement that requires French employees to shut off their work-related smartphones after they leave the office, which means that their bosses won’t be able to nag them once they go home for the day. More →

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Text Message Evidence

How a careless text message cost one man $53,000

By on April 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

How a careless text message cost one man $53,000

One careless text message ended up costing a Buffalo, NY-area man $53,000, Buffalo News reported earlier this week. Louis J. Billittier Jr. dumped his fiancee with a terse text message, breaking off the engagement. Apparently trying to calm down the situation, he then sent a fateful text: “Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house.” Each of those 90 characters ended up having a price tag of roughly $600. More →

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Apple Vs. Samsung Patent Suit

The best evidence yet that Apple has gotten too greedy in its war against Samsung

By on April 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM.

The best evidence yet that Apple has gotten too greedy in its war against Samsung

The Apple vs. Samsung patent showdown has mostly been a one-sided affair so far, as juries have regularly awarded Apple massive sums of money at Samsung’s expense. However, FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller thinks that Apple may have finally gone too far with its latest suit that claims $2.2 billion in damages against Samsung and that has the potential to permanently cripple its ability to make a profit from selling smartphones. More →

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Megaupload Lawsuit Hollywood Studios

Hollywood is suing the now defunct Megaupload and its former employees

By on April 8, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Hollywood is suing the now defunct Megaupload and its former employees

Megaupload might be dead, but that doesn’t mean the movie industry is done rifling through its corpse. TorrentFreak reports that Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Universal, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. have banded together to file a lawsuit against Megaupload and former employees Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram Van Der Kolk. More →

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