A lawsuit has been filed against Apple, Pandora, and The Weather Channel in the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico that alleges Apple “intentionally [intercepts] personally identifying information.” The plaintiff, Lymaris M. Rivera Diaz, is charging Apple with unfair trade practices, abuse and fraud, and he believes that Apple shares the iPhone’s unique ID, as well as personal location information, with third party developers such as The Weather Channel and Pandora. Apple’s vice president of software technology, Bud Tribble, testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law on Tuesday, and said “Apple does not track users’ locations,” and that the Cupertino-based company has no plans to do so. This is the second lawsuit filed against Apple in regards to the location tracking scandal; The first was filed in Tampa, Florida late last month. More →
In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, Motorola Solutions and Huawei have announced an agreement to settle all pending litigation between the two companies. Motorola filed a suit against Huawei in July 2010 alleging theft of trade secrets, and Huawei responded in January of this year with a suit alleging Motorola was illegally transferring Huawei’s intellectual property to Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). Motorola solutions has now agreed to withdraw all claims related to Motorola v. Lemko, et al., and Huawei will withdraw its claims against Motorola Solutions and NSN. In addition, Huawei has agreed to allow Motorola to transfer intellectual property and other agreements with Huawei to NSN for an undisclosed sum. “We regret that these disputes have occurred between our two companies,” Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown said in a statement. “Motorola Solutions values the long-standing relationship we have had with Huawei. After reviewing the facts, we decided to resolve these matters and return to our traditional relationship of confidence and trust. I am pleased that we can again focus on having a cooperative and productive relationship.” Hit the jump for the full pres release. More →
Over the past few weeks, a lot of fuss has been made over the disclosure of a mobile device’s unique identifier to third-parties. Special reports, doomsday headlines… the works. The short version of the story is this: each smartphone has a unique number that identifies it, app makers and third parties are beginning to use this number to build a profile of the phone (and its user), and people are upset about it. The information transmitted is used for a variety of things, one of which is advertising. But is this an assault on our privacy as many are claiming? Not the way I see it. This is the holy grail of advertising. Targeted advertising. And it is what those engaged in the industry have been trying to do for years — make personal connections. It’s not wrong and it’s not a bad thing. Read on to hear me out. More →
Back in October we reported that Nokia was filing suite against Apple, Inc. for infringing on, “patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.” Today Apple has fired back with a counter suit and a little shot across the bow from Apple’s General Council Bruce Sewell, “other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours.” We’ll stay on top of this one as it develops.
UPDATE: You can download a copy of Apple’s counter claims, all 79 pages of them, here. [PDF]
How about a little preview of what’s inside: “Long a leader in computer technology, Apple foresaw the importance of converged user-friendly mobile devices. Capitalizing upon its unique operating system, hardware, application software, services, and know-how, Apple provides its customers new products and solutions with superior ease-of-use, seamless integration, and innovative industrial design. […] In contrast, Nokia made a different business decision and remained focused on traditional mobile wireless handsets with conventional user interfaces. As a result, Nokia has rapidly lost share in the market for high-end mobile phones.” More →
Verizon struck a nerve with AT&T when they launched their “There’s a Map for That” ad campaign last month, a campaign that called into question the level of 3G service provided by the number two wireless company in the States. AT&T’s feelings were so hurt that it filed a lawsuit against Big Red, alleging that the claims made about its network were misleading and false. After a judge denied AT&T’s case, Ma’ Bell decided fire back with its own add campaign, staring fat Luke Wilson. AT&T’s advertisements emphasized how whimsical and majestic their network actually is — hell, even Apple threw their hat in the ring boasting of the iPhone/AT&T’s ability to use 3G voice and data channels simultaneously. Well friends, today AT&T and Verizon finally agree on something… they are going to stop suing each other. The Business Insider is reporting that the two companies have agreed to cease and desist with further lawsuits surround the “Map for That.” We have to be honest, we’re a little disappointed. We were hoping this advertising madness will would last all the way up to the Superbowl and make for some killer commercials. More →