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Articles tagged with: Legal

MORIS iPhone App Uses Facial Recognition To Catch Suspects

The next time you think about doing something you should be doing, keep in mind that cops now have an app that integrates facial recognition technology while pulling up a person’s criminal record, all with the tap of a button.

The accessory is currently exclusively available for the iPhone and simply requires a photo of the persons phase or iris for identification purposes. Obviously, this app would only be helpful to catch criminals dumb enough not to wear a mask (but you’d be surprised of how many of those, there are).

Winklevoss Twins Finally Drop Suit Against Facebook

The Winklevoss twins have finally decided to drop their long legal case with Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, and accept the earlier $65 million settlement. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the name, Winklevoss, these twins supposedly gave Zuckerberg the ‘idea’ to create Facebook and felt that Zuckerberg stole their idea.

They have been going to court for over 7 years over Facebook, hoping to strike it rich and earn a much larger percentage of Facebook’s value. Thankfully, they have decided to drop their case and I hope, also drop their resentment towards Mark.

Apple Feels Harassed By Samsung

Just days after Nokia was declared the victor in a lawsuit that Apple started, claiming that Nokia had infringed on some of its patents, Apple is still in a dead heat with Samsung. In this lawsuit, Apple is accusing Samsung of harassment in its request to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 prototypes.

Apple believes that Samsung is just trying to get them back for when Apple demanded to see Samsung’s products (upcoming Galaxy) for investigation. Apple further claims that it will not reveal its prototypes as these are key company secrets that cannot risk being leaked, or even copied.

Nokia Takes Down Apple In Patent Case

Nokia has announced today that Apple has agreed to pay them a one-time settlement and continuous license fees for Nokia-owned patents, which ends a long-standing battle that Apple had started back in 2009. Both companies have also agreed to retract prior complains from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The CEO of Nokia stated, “We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licenses…This settlement demonstrates Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.”

Anonymous Hacks Indian Army Website, Then Reverses It

Members of the Anonymous Hacking group hacked the Indian army website yesterday and took it down for an hour before bringing it back online. On Anonymous’ fan page on Facebook, many criticisms were received from Indian people, which prompted the “unhack” of the military website.

Anonymous then said that they would only target only corrupt politicians and reassured that no data was lost or stolen from the attack. Anonymous claimed that they wanted to send a message about corruption.

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.

Your Money Is No Longer Safe At The Bank

According to newser, hackers managed to steal over $300,000 from a client’s Ocean Bank account, but according to a Maine judge’s ruling, the bank is not responsible. The judge understood that the bank didn’t follow the best security practices, but rules that the customer should have done more to protect the account. What?! Did a judge just blame the customer for choosing to trust a bank with his money?

The hackers got access to Patco Construction (the victims) Company’s banking credentials by sending a malicious e-mail to employees and then installing a password-stealing Trojan.

Groupon Files For $750 Million IPO
According to Business Insider, Groupon has filed an S-1 with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) in efforts to raise $750 million in an Initial Public Offering (IPO), backed by Morgan Stanley. Some of details of the filling
  • Groupon lost $413 million in 2010
  • 2010 revenues totaled $713 million
  • Groupon’s first quarter 2011 revenues reached $645 million
  • Groupon has 83 million email subscribers
  • Groupon sold 30 million coupons last year
  • Groupon spent $86 million on operating costs in 2010
  • Groupon has 7,000+ employees
Chinese Boy Sells Kidney To Buy iPad, Now Faces Regret

A 17 year old Chinese boy had decided to sell his kidney for 20,000 Chinese Yuan (about $3,000 USD) so he could buy an iPad, according to the Shanghai Daily. I have no idea what the boy was thinking and if he knew exactly what he was getting into. I can understand when a loved one makes the decision to donate a kidney to a family member or close friend, but how about some stranger on the Internet?

We’re not sure what medium was used to contact the boy, but the boy agreed and the arrangements were made. His mother had no idea about the decision until he came home.

iPhone 5 Will Be Dual Mode

Verizon’s CFO confirmed that the next iPhone will be a world phone. The iPhone 5 will be able to operate both on the CDMA and GSM networks with the same hardware. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo claimed that the new iPhone would be a dual-mode phone allowing for users to seamlessly switch between wireless carriers without switching hardware.

Of course, you’ll probably have to pay a hefty $200 penalty for ending a contract early, it’s reassuring to some that you’ll get to keep the same hardware.