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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Samsung Lawsuit

Samsung reportedly sues newspaper over negative Galaxy S5 press

By on April 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM.

Samsung reportedly sues newspaper over negative Galaxy S5 press

Careful what you say about Samsung’s latest smartphone — the wrong thing could apparently cost you a fortune. Korean-language MediaToday is reporting that Samsung has filed a 300 million won ($285,000) lawsuit against South Korean newspaper Electronic Times over negative Galaxy S5 press that Samsung feels could pose a huge problem for its business. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit Galaxy S3

How the iPhone actually gave Samsung freedom from carriers

By on April 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

How the iPhone actually gave Samsung freedom from carriers

A July 2008 internal Samsung presentation submitted into evidence during the second Apple vs Samsung U.S. trial revealed that the South Korean company realized the iPhone would be a big threat to feature phone makers just a few days after the iPhone 3G was released. Now, a second piece of evidence consisting of a couple of slides from three years later shows that “beating Apple” was the “#1 priority” for Samsung in 2011, and everything else had to be in the “context of beating Apple.” But the iPhone also had a positive effect on Samsung: Apple’s smartphone helped Samsung get the carrier freedom it lacked in previous years, or at least some carrier independence. More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit iPhone

Here’s when Samsung first realized the iPhone would crush rivals

By on April 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM.

Here’s when Samsung first realized the iPhone would crush rivals

New evidence presented in the second Apple vs Samsung patent lawsuit reveals that Samsung realized early on that the iPhone would pose a significant threat to handset makers, identifying Apple as the company to beat in the years to come. More →

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Google Street View $1.4 Million Fine

Google slapped with yet another fine over Street View

By on April 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Google slapped with yet another fine over Street View

Google was handed a 1 million euro ($1.4 million) fine yesterday by Italy and has already paid it, according to Reuters. This time, Google received a fine for complaints related to its Street View program— in 2010, people complained that the cars were not easily recognizable as Google Street View cars. More →

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Marvell Patent Lawsuit Verdict

Patent litigation jackpot: A university won a $1.5 billion suit against Marvell

By on April 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Patent litigation jackpot: A university won a $1.5 billion suit against Marvell

The smartphone industry is caught in a maelstrom of patent litigation, with Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and other major companies entangled in a complex matrix of lawsuits. But other parts of the tech world also have their woes. A federal court has just ordered Marvell to pay $1.5 billion to Carnegie Mellon University over two hard-disk patents. The judge in case slammed Marvell with “enhanced penalties” for deliberately infringing on Carnegie’s intellectual property. More →

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Google 'Glass' Trademark Rejection

1,928-page Google letter shows company really, really wants to trademark ‘Glass’

By on April 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

1,928-page Google letter shows company really, really wants to trademark ‘Glass’

Google really wants to trademark the word “Glass,” but gaining the trademark for such a common word is not an easy task. In fact, the company has already been refused by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO,) The Wall Street Journal reveals, although it did receive a trademark for the “Google Glass” term. In a letter to the company, USPTO raised two objections, one related to the fact that the trademark is too similar to existing or pending computer software trademarks that have the word “glass” in it, and one related to the actual word. More →

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2014 Apple Samsung Lawsuit

Samsung gets its first important win in new patent battle with Apple

By on April 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

Samsung gets its first important win in new patent battle with Apple

Samsung on Thursday scored its first significant victory in its second U.S. trial with Apple, as Judge Judy Koh rejected an Apple motion that asked the court to allow the company to present evidence in front of the jury that it’s actually practicing three of the asserted patents against Samsung – namely the ‘414, ‘172 and ‘959 patents. Earlier this week, one of the Android device maker’s attorneys told the jury in opening statements that out of the five patents Apple is attacking Samsung with, four aren’t even used in its phones, prompting Apple to file the motion. More →

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Obama Big Papi Selfie

Did Samsung mess with the wrong president?

By on April 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Did Samsung mess with the wrong president?

After the recent Big Papi and President Obama selfie turned out to be a Samsung marketing setup, the White House took a hard stance against any company using the President’s image for publicity stunts, CNET reports. “As a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” the White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday during the regular briefing. “And we certainly object in this case.” However, Carney did not reveal how the White House is objecting, and whether Samsung has been contacted to remove the image. More →

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Apple touchscreen patent

New Apple tech could revolutionize touchscreens

By on April 3, 2014 at 1:42 PM.

New Apple tech could revolutionize touchscreens

Apple was recently awarded a patent that would allow its touchscreen devices to detect how hard the user presses on the display. The patent, first noted by Apple Insider, uses a technology called frustrated total internal reflection, or FTIR, along with current capacitive touch sensors to determine force applied to the screen. More →

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