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Skype lawsuit prompts Fring to drop Skype from supported platforms

July 12th, 2010

There isn’t really much else to say about this one. Skype has threatened multi-platform mobile chat-client maker Fring with legal action unless the company drops support for the Skype chat protocol. In a press release, Fing wrote, “Skype’s anti-competitive ambush comes in the wake of fring’s mobile video calling on iPhone 4 launch, which continues to …

Rumor: Licensing is holding up cloud-based iTunes

July 2nd, 2010

According to tips sent in to Electronista, the reason that Apple’s planned iTunes streaming service yet to be released is due to the fact that the Cupertino-based company has yet to finalize licensing deals with major record labels. Apple currently has licensing deals which allow customers to stream music from their own computers to their …

Verizon loses class action ETF appeal, will pay $21 million settlement

July 2nd, 2010

A California appeals court has ruled that Verizon Wireless is to pay some 175,000 customers current and former customers $21 million as a settlement in a class action lawsuit over early termination fees. The class action suit was filed in California on the behalf of customers who were upset that Verizon asked they pay a …

Broadband internet a legal right in Finland

July 1st, 2010

Thanks to a new law that comes into effect today, every single citizen of Finland now has a legal right to a wired broadband connection with a minimum speed of 1Mbps. According to communication minister Suvi Linden, the reason for the law is due to the fact that “internet services are no longer just for …

Qualcomm at the center of EU antitrust investigation

June 17th, 2010

Qualcomm is now at the center of a European Commission antitrust investigation, it was revealed on Thursday. Stemming from a complaint from rival chipmaker Icera, the Wall Street Journal is claiming that “the main issue appears to be over the way Qualcomm links the patents from other companies to its own patent offering to bolster …

HTC's patent complaint against Apple moves forward

June 11th, 2010

HTC’s patent-related legal action against Apple took a huge step forward today, as the ITC announced it will formally investigate the claims made by HTC. At the heart of the matter are five patents which HTC alleges Apple is using without permission. The patents include personalized software phone dialers, a phone dialer with memory access, …

Motorola and RIM reach patent deal

June 11th, 2010

It looks like RIM and Motorola have decided to bury the legal hatchet. A PRNewswire release indicates that the two companies have reached a legal settlement which will cross-license patents dealing with: 2G, 3G, 4G, 802.11 and wireless email. The deal will end “all outstanding worldwide litigation between the two companies.” The press release is …

FBI investigating AT&T security breach

June 10th, 2010

And here comes the FBI. Speaking to Wall Street Journal, an FBI spokesperson confirmed that the FBI has opened an investigation into the security breach which saw the confidential information of some 114,067 iPad 3G owners being retrieved. Despite the claims of Gawker, the site which broke the story, AT&T contends that the issue had been …