12/31/2012, Earlier this year you might recall that there was an incident where a teacher’s aide had been fired because she refused to hand over her Facebook login credentials to her employers. This lead to the state of Maryland banning employers from asking employees access to their social network accounts, and it looks like other states such as Delaware, Illinois and California have since followed suit. Now it looks like hopping […]
12/31/2012, A few months ago Apple scored a pretty big win over Samsung when a jury in California ruled in Apple’s favor, ruling that Samsung should pay Apple over a billion dollars in damages. Now it looks like Samsung will be dealt another blow as an US ITC judge has recommended that Samsung’s products should be banned from being sold and imported into the US, claiming that these products have infringed […]
12/31/2012, Now this is an interesting bit of news that the China Daily has reported – that mighty Apple has been found guilty of copyright infringement in China, where they were accused of illegally publishing material by some of the most popular writers in the world’s most populous country. Now, we did talk about this story a few days ago, and the fine imposed on Apple will certainly do nothing to […]
12/28/2012, When it comes to seeking injunctions against each other, Apple and Samsung come to mind, although lately it seems that there are other companies besides Apple who are interested in seeing some of Samsung’s products potentially banned from going on sale. According to a report, it seems that LG has filed an injunction against Samsung and they are seeking to have the Galaxy Note 10.1 banned from being sold, claiming […]
12/28/2012, A little over a week ago we reported that a Brazilian company by the name of Gradiente had released a smartphone called the iPhone Neo One. It is by all accounts a rather outdated Android handset running on Gingerbread, but given that the company seems to have registered the trademark to the iPhone name way before Apple did, on the surface it would seem that they are within their legal […]
12/28/2012, It was yesterday that a Chinese court ruled against Apple, asking them to fork out 1.03 million yuan (when converted, it would equal to $165,000 thereabouts) to a group of writers who put in claims that their work was pirated, and subsequently sold through the App Store. A judge from Beijing’s Second Intermediate People’s Court, after looking through the facts and figures of the case, held Apple liable for the […]
12/25/2012, An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Following Ericsson’s decision to file a lawsuit against Samsung in November, which eventually resulted to a request to ban U.S. import on some products, the South Korean technology giant is now suing back the former. Samsung said on Wednesday that it has filed a complaint to the International Trade Commission accusing Ericsson of breaching seven of its patents. Samsung is […]
12/24/2012, When Apple first introduced the Notification Center, many people probably rolled their eyes because this was a feature that Android had for quite a while. Regardless it was certainly a big improvement over the old way which Apple used to notify iOS users, and now it looks like Samsung has plans to sue Apple over it. According to a South Korean news website, they are claiming in Samsung has launched […]
12/21/2012, The case brings us back to the year 1996, when four students from a school in Turin posted a video on Google Videos, a video search engine owned by Google. The video showed the four students bullying a boy with autism, and it stayed on the site for two months. After comments it has received from its users, Google eventually took the video down. But it was already too late.
12/20/2012, Under the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act or VPPA, folks in the U.S. are required to make a written consent in order for them to share information regarding their digital viewing habits. It was created to prevent the “wrongful disclosure of video tape rental or sale records, or similar audio visual materials, to cover items such as video games and the future DVD format.” Now, a new Netflix-backed bill, H.R. […]
12/20/2012, It’s another beautiful day, and we’re hearing another patent lawsuit. This time, the spotlight is aiming at the European Union, the economic and political union in the continent. European Commission competition chief, Joaquin Almunia, said today that Samsung is facing an antitrust complaint over its use of standard- essential patents for its legal disputes with Apple. Almunia also confirmed that the European Commission will adopt the statement of objections very […]
12/19/2012, Apple might have won big time against Samsung in court, but now it seems that all the patent trolling are beginning to take its toll on the Cupertino-based technology giant. Just a few weeks after tentatively invalidating the so-called “Steve Job patent,” the USPTO is now applying the same ruling to Apple’s “pinch to zoom” patent, which is, by the way, a key factor to Apple’s one billion dollar victory […]
12/19/2012, New times require new rules. That is why the Federal Trade Commission is updating its decade-old rule surrounding children’s online privacy. This time, the FTC wants to include social networks and smartphone apps. The report comes after a complaint was made by the Center for Digital Democracy to ban Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Diner Dash from Apple’s App Store for collecting email addresses from its very young players.
12/18/2012, After being accused by the non-profit group CDD or the Center for Digital Democracy, Nickelodeon has removed its SpongeBob Diner Dash from Apple’s App Store on Monday. The Center for Digital Democracy claims that the SpongeBob app violated a children’s online privacy law by collecting email addresses from its young players, as well other information without obtaining permission from their parents.