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Articles tagged with: court battle

Samsung And Apple Rage On: Apple Asks For Ban

Apple and Samsung have been at each others throats for the past six months now. It all started with a claim that Samsung had infringed upon the Apple iPad. Although a court ruling, found that Samsung was guilty of no wrong doing, this caused Samsung much anger against the Mac supplier.

Two days ago we heard that Samsung asked the United States to ban iPad and iPhone imports.

Apple LCD TV Displays Coming This Year?

A former Apple executive has claimed that the company’s biggest upcoming product launch will be related to Apple TV displays. Obviously, we haven’t heard anything official from Apple on this yet, but I believe it would be a clever way for Apple to go after more market share in the tech industry.

Although some speculate that Apple will be teaming up with Samsung to provide the physical televisions (rebranded as Apple sets), I find the partnership a bit less likely considering the aggressive lawsuits that have been going on back and forth between the two.

Twitter Sues Twiter.com For Deception

It’s not unusual to hear about similar-sounding domain names to exist, but Twiter.com is one that, not only sounds similar to the service but offers a similar service, seeking to trick people into giving personal information about themselves.

The faux site doesn’t download any malicious software to the victim’s computer but instead gathers information after users sign up. Also, once the user has signed up, offers are then made for free “prizes” such as iPads and Macbooks, and continue to spam the heck out of whoever signed up.

Microsoft Pays $290M For Patent Infringement

The U.S. Supreme court upheld a 2009 verdict that had ordered Microsoft to pay $290 million in fines because the computer giant infringed on a patent that was owned by Toronto-based company i4i. The U.S. Supreme court found that Microsoft stole the concept of an i4i-owned patent that allowed users to manipulate the architecture and content of a document.

Microsoft altered its application in 2010 when it filed for an appeal. After the ruling, Microsoft argued that the courts should not require such a high burden of proof for patent violations because it made it hard for the larger companies to defend themselves in such cases.

Microsoft Profits From Android Sales?

Now you may be asking how on earth could Microsoft benefit from sales of HTC Android devices? HTC is an independent mobile carrier and Android is Google’s mobile operating system, so where does Microsoft fall in the picture? Due to a patent infringement lawsuit settlement with HTC, Microsoft receives $5 for every HTC phone that runs Android.

According to Walter Pritchard, a Citi analyst who revealed the information, Microsoft is also planning on targeting other Android device partners, looking for as much as $12.50 per device. What will this mean for consumers?

Paypal Sues Google For Stolen Trade Secrets

Google announced their new mobile payment system, based on NFC technologies that allows cellphone users to tap their phone to pay for things. People call it a mobile e-wallet because you no longer have to whip out your wallet, unfold it, and look for the appropriate tender. Instead, users just need to tap their phone to a mobile e-reader and the credit card is charged automatically. It’s faster, more efficient, and more fun to use.

Sounds like a dream come true, right? Well it looks like Paypal isn’t too happy about Google’s big announcement as they are filing a lawsuit against Google in California Superior Court. Claiming that a former PayPal exec (and now Google employee) leaked certain trade secrets.

AT&T Systematically Overcharges Millions Of Users

So we all know that AT&T charges hefty prices in addition to offering poor call coverage, and very small data plan packages. Well it looks like this company just got even darker, and I really, really, hope this T-Mobile acquisition doesn’t go through. A class action lawsuit has been filed against AT&T for systematically overcharging customers on data usage. After running some experimental tests, the lawyers behind the lawsuit claim that every transaction has resulted in an over charge.

Sony Slammed With 1B Class Action Lawsuit

Sony has no choice BUT to face the music at this point. After revealing financial and personal information of 102 million users, worldwide, the electronics giant has finally been slammed with its first lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks over a billion dollars in damagers and was filed by a Toronto based law firm, McPhadden Samac Tuovi on behalf of a 21-year old Canadian gamer named Natasha Maksimovic.

Maksimovic is demanding that Sony pay for the cost of credit monitoring services for all affected users for the next two years.

iOS Update Fixes Location Tracking Bug

What?! Who’s tracking my location? Okay, that’s it, I’m pressing charges…The location tracking bug has now been fixed with the new iOS 4.3.3 update for the iPhone on AT&T. If you haven’t already heard about the tracking bug, apple’s iphones and ipads had a database configuration file that was storing the locations of its users, in an unencrypted file on the machine. No biggie, right?

Well, the bug has now been fixed, hopefully putting many minds to ease. The iPad and iPod touch both received an iOS 4.2.8 update.