04/19/2012, Apple, Google, Intel and five other companies were ordered by a judge to appear in court and face an antitrust lawsuit which claimed that all the companies involved conspired to not poach the others’ employees. After an attempt was made by the companies to dismiss the claims, US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California rejected their collective bid and insists that they are to face the lawsuit brought […]
04/19/2012, Assassin’s Creed did seem like a pretty original concept when it was first introduced (those who play the game know what I’m talking about), but apparently author John Beiswenger doesn’t think so. He has since filed a lawsuit against Ubisoft and Gametrailers alleging that the Assassin’s Creed franchise “stole” core ideas from his novel, Link. The novel was published in 2002 while the game only arrived in 2007.
04/18/2012, Oracle is definitely not the first company that comes to mind when you think about smartphones, but it seems that at one point in time they were close to changing that perception. According to Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison, the company did at one point consider building a smartphone of its own and had RIM and Palm in its sights as potential acquisitions. However as it turns out, RIM was too […]
04/18/2012, In an industry where patents are used as weapons rather than a protection of intellectual property, social media giant, Twitter, has announced a somewhat neutral stance vowing to never use the company’s patents as a weapon. This came about when it was discovered that the pull-to-refresh feature found on apps like Facebook is actually a patent owned by Twitter. Given the nature of the patent wars and the rivalry between […]
04/18/2012, As most of you guys are probably aware of by now, both Apple and Samsung have been battling it out rather fiercely in the courts, with each entity accusing the other of infringing upon their patents. Perhaps the courts have had enough of the constant back and forth between both companies and have since ordered to attend a settlement conference which will hopefully and finally bring this patent war to […]
04/17/2012, I’m not sure about you guys, but there are times when I would rather pay full price for an app and leave it at that, as opposed to a freemium app whereby additional content of the game will have to be unlocked through in-app purchases. While the freemium model is a pretty good one as far as developers are concerned, parents don’t seem too thrilled by it and have since […]
04/16/2012, Safe to say, the ending of BioWare’s Mass Effect 3 did not satisfy the majority of its player base to the point where BioWare has announced an extended cut ending DLC. Apart from many pages of forum posts filled with disgruntled gamers and blog posts, it seems that some players have turned to the US Federal Trade Commission to complain about the game and how it supposedly was falsely advertised.
04/13/2012, Megaupload, one of the internet’s largest file-sharing sites was shut down a while back but throughout their court proceedings, the company has always mentioned that it wants its former users to get their legitimate data back. On top of that, since the shut-down, its assets were frozen and they wanted money to pay for the preservation of the data that users had entrusted upon them. The data which is currently […]
04/12/2012, It looks like Apple, RIM and Samsung have been hit with a lawsuit that claims that the companies have violated upon a patent pertaining to touchscreens. A shell company from Texas has accused the companies and their products, namely the iPhone, iPad, the Blackberry Playbook and Galaxy tablets of infringing on their patents for smartphone gestures such as dragging, double tapping, scrolling and single tapping. These patents were issued to […]
04/11/2012, A lady living in California claimed that Verizon actually sweet talked her into purchasing a speedier Internet plan, never mind that the carrier does not have the technological capability to deliver what it originally promised the lady. This complaint was filed in a Los Angeles state court, where Patricia Allen of Santa Monica claims that a Verizon sales representative managed to convince her to switch over to a $34.99 DSL […]
04/10/2012, It seems that in a lawsuit recently filed by Worlds Inc., the company has alleged that Activision Blizzard has infringed upon one of their patents. This patent has been described as a “system and method for enabling users to interact in a virtual space”, claiming that some of Activision Blizzard’s games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft are in violation of the patent and are currently seeking compensation […]
04/09/2012, On Friday last, former Intel employee Biswamohan Pani pleaded guilty of data theft charges after he allegedly stole $1 billion worth of trade secrets from Intel. Intel has reviewed the data that was stolen and adjusted the value of information to be between $200 and $400 million. The former Intel employee was working at the company’s Hudson facility several years ago before leaving for a job at rival company, Advanced […]
04/06/2012, Twitter, just like most internet services (i.e. Facebook, e-mails, etc) are plagued with spam. Tweeting words that are popular will result in a bunch of twitterbots offering you deals and unnecessary spam. Well it looks like Twitter has had enough and has announced that they will be taking action against five of the biggest offenders (according to Twitter). The lawsuit names the five defendants as: TweetAttacks, TweetAdder, TweetBuddy, James Lucero […]
04/04/2012, Based on recent reports, it would appear as though RIM is headed downhill, and as if that wasn’t enough, the company has recently been hit with a patent infringement lawsuit by Dutch semiconductor company, NXP, alleging that RIM had infringed upon their patents in the form of its Blackberry phones and Playbook tablet. The patents in question cover a pretty wide area ranging from design, data transmission amongst other features. […]