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DoJ extends Apple antitrust probe to other forms of media beyond music

May 30th, 2010

The U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation of Apple’s alleged anti-competitive practices has grown to include video and other forms of multimedia, the New York Post is reporting. Citing multiple sources, the Post claims that the DoJ has queried several major media companies asking whether or not they feel Apple is in a position of undue …

AT&T agrees to provide unlocks for all devices minus iPhone

May 24th, 2010

Thanks to a settlement of a pre-trial class action lawsuit, AT&T today agreed that it will provide unlocks to pre- and post-paid customers provided a specific set of criteria are met. Pre-paid customers must provide proof of purchase of their locked handset, while post-paid subscribers are required to have their accounts in good standing and have …

Former RIM exec accused of insider trading

May 21st, 2010

Remember all of the hoopla surrounding RIM’s hostile takeover of Certicom? Well the Ontario Securities Commission sure does, as it’s alleging that former RIM VP Paul Donald personally profited from the deal thanks to some insider trading. The OSC claims that back in August of 2008, Donald was attending a RIM function where RIM top …

RIM and Prism settle patent dispute

May 19th, 2010

A five-month old ITC patent dispute between Research In Motion and Omaha-based Prism Technologies has been settled. Back in December of 2009, Prism had asked the ITC to block the importation of BlackBerry smartphones, servers and sofrware into the U.S. on the grounds that RIM was violating one of Prism’s patents. At the heart of the …

Search warrant in Gizmodo iPhone case released to the public

May 14th, 2010

Clifford Cretan, the judge who signed the search warrant in the Gizmodo iPhone case, issued a ruling on Friday that unsealed the contents of the highly controversial Jason Chen search warrant. Most of the details have already been discussed ad nauseum, but a few juciy tidbits have emerged: Apple, the company, not an individual employee …

HTC files patent infringement suit against Apple

May 12th, 2010

What, you didn’t think HTC was going to just sit and twiddle its thumbs while Apple was suing it, did you? Late this afternoon, HTC announced it has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging the infringement of five of its patents. The specific patents involved in the suit were not divulged, but we do know …

Nokia sues Apple for patent infringements

May 7th, 2010

Grab some popcorn and pull up a chair, because today Nokia announced it has challenged Apple to yet another round of legal fisticuffs having filed suit against the Cupertino company in the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin. At the heart of the lawsuit are five patents which Nokia claims Apple is infringing …

Microsoft and HTC announce a patent licensing agreement

April 28th, 2010

With Apple and its team of lawyers breathing down its back, HTC has been exploring opportunities to quickly bolster its patent library and provide protection for its Android efforts. HTC was rumored to be eyeballing Palm’s large treasure chest of patents, and its acquisition potential, but reportedly snubbed its nose at the ailing handset manufacturer …