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You can nearly set your watch by the weekly Apple lawsuits, and future generations may count them to establish a sense of time between historic tech events in the same that way we count tree-rings to determine when natural disasters took place.This week's lawsuit was filed on behalf of Klausner Technologies and asserts that the Visual Voicemail technology, a service from co-defendant AT&T that works with the iPhone, infringes on two of their patents.  This isn't the first time that we've reported claims of patent violations leveled at Apple's iPhone, but the damages being sought are worth mentioning as is the fact that Klausner has won similar law suits against other huge industry names... Read more...
Apple and Burst.com have settled their patent dispute for $10 million USD after two years of litigation.  The initial complaint was over four separate patents that covered transmission of compressed audio and video files that were used in iLife, iTunes, QuickTime and of course, the iPod.  Given the digital media nature of the listed products, and the installed base (especially for the iPod) it seems like $10 million USD might be a bargain price.“Under the agreement, Apple will pay Burst.com US$10 million and get access to Burst.com’s patent portfolio, with some exceptions, Burst.com said in a press release. Apple won’t have access to four of Burst.com’s current and pending patents,... Read more...
Yahoo has been embroiled in a lawsuit over information it gave the Chinese government regarding several Chinese dissedents.  Last week it took a huge amount of criticism at a Congressional hearing.  Today it settled that case.No details have been given of the settlement but Yahoo will be covering legal costs.The case alleged that Yahoo had provided information to the Chinese government that had then been used to prosecute the dissidents.Yahoo said it had to comply with Chinese laws to operate in the country.A statement released by the World Organization for Human Rights USA, which brought the case, said Yahoo had decided to settle the case following criticism at a US Congressional hearing... Read more...
The first RIAA court case against an accused "music downloader" begins today.  Jammie Thomas will become the first of 26,000 people who have been sued by the RIAA to have their case reach trial.  The rest of those sued have settled out of court.The Brainerd, Minn., resident is accused of illegally sharing 1,702 songs for free on a file-sharing network. Her trial offers the first chance for both sides in the debate over online music sharing to show a jury its version of the facts. Thomas is accused of violating the song owners' copyrights. Her lawyer says the record companies haven't even proved she shared the songs.Thomas was initially offered a $3,000 settlement.  Now she would... Read more...
This week the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) released a report which investigated DRM used in 16 different products and services. The conclusion was that many DRM technologies fail to comply with basic requirements of Canadian privacy law.The study, published by the University of Ottawa’s Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), indicated that DRM is being used to collect, use and disclose consumers’ personal information for secondary purposes, without giving the user adequate notice or the opportunity to opt-out of collection. The report investigated DRM systems used in 16 different digital products and services including Apple’s... Read more...
As we reported early, Apple and NBC Universal have decided to part ways over the pricing of TV shows.  The bottom line is that ABC, CBS, and Fox have all agreed to the current $1.99 per show price, but NBC wanted to charge $4.99 per show.After NBC announced that they wouldn't renew their agreement with Apple, Apple has apparently decided to take things to the next level and not air any new NBC content next television over their iTunes service.  The decision was made, in part, because the contract between NBC and Apple ends mid-season.So how much is this going to hurt Apple?  It looks like it could have a major impact: “According to Apple's own numbers, NBC Universal TV shows took three of the... Read more...
Ho-hum, it’s been nearly two weeks since the last Apple iPhone battery lawsuit. How time flies when lawyers are preparing briefs.  Here we go with the third iPhone battery lawsuit. Interestingly, one of the attorneys representing the latest plaintiffs is Oakland-based lawyer H. Tim Hoffman, who also represents Sydney Leung, who filed the second lawsuit against Apple and AT&T nearly two weeks ago. On Wednesday, attorneys for plaintiffs Zoltan Stiener and Ynez Stiener filed a class action complaint against Apple and AT&T in federal court in Oakland, Calif.The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, fraud, and violations of California law. It charges the two companies with... Read more...
Apple and AT&T have been sued for a second time over the controversial battery replacement plan for the iPhone.  You may recall that last month Jose Trujillo of Melrose Park, Ill. sued the companies for $75,000 in damages over the battery.  Monday a second lawsuit was filed, this time in California, alleging that Apple and AT&T deliberately withheld information pertaining to battery replacement until after the device launched. "The issue is whether or not Apple properly disclosed the problems with battery life," Max Folkenflik, a managing partner at New York-based Folkenflik and McGerity, told ABCNEWS.com. Folkenflik is one law firm representing the California-based plaintiff... Read more...
After suffering from heavy losses, AMD takes some time to reorganize its two-year map for server and PC chips. According to AMD executives, the number two CPU maker has plans not only to reveal a new server-chip design in 2009 , but also to push forth faster versions of its Barcelona quad-core server chip later on in the year. The company’s short-term goal is to get the Barcelona “out there” into the market. While the Barcelona chips that will be available this quarter will only clock at 2GHz, AMD has plans to deliver faster versions in Q4, according to Randy Allen, corporate VP of AMD’s server products division. “Barcelona will come in three varieties, Allen said. The mainstream version will... Read more...
If you have an e-mail box you know what spam is by now.  With the recent arrest of Robert "Spam King" Soloway, there's been no lack of information and/or opinions on the web about spam in general.  Most of it, like this Wired story, covers why the legal system isn't really making a big dent.It's certainly a good read if you have the time, here's a tidbit to get you started: "I believe the answer will lie in following the money. Spammers send spam because it is profitable. When the messages are touting snake-oil cures or illegal pharmaceuticals, someone is banking the dollars from the people who click to buy. When the messages contain spyware that routes private information back to identity... Read more...
Nintendo's new console has been a blast for the lucky few folks who were able to get their hands on one of them, however the new technology isn't without a few teething problems. The strap that is supposed to secure the controller to your wrist has been having some problems, and of course, someone has decided to try and sue Nintendo over it. The suit claims that Nintendo's inability to provide a controller free of defects is against their own product warranty. "On December 6th, Green Welling LLP, of San Francisco, California along with Siebken & Siegele of Austin, Texas and Short, Cressman & Burgess of Seattle, Washington, filed... Read more...
The RIAA has launched a fresh wave of 8000 lawsuits against alleged file-sharers world wide. This brings the total to more than 18,000 in the US and another 13,000 world wide.  In this most recent wave 17 countries were affected, including Brazil, Poland, and Mexico which had previously avoided lawsuits.  The music industry claims they loose billions of dollars annually to music piracy and is determined to set an example by filing civil and criminal suits to stomp it out. To date approximately 2300 people have settled these suits in amounts averaging $3,000. LONDON (Reuters) - The music industry has launched a fresh wave... Read more...
NVIDIA has yet to respond to the lawsuit filed by Scanner Technologies, in which they claim NVIDIA sold products based on a 3D BGA inspection system, used to ensure product reliability. Along with seeking undisclosed damages, Scanner Technologies is also going after preliminary and permanent injunctions, as well legal fees and court fees. "The complaint alleges that nVidia has sold and/or is presently selling throughout the United States infringing BGA devices that are covered by one or more claims of the Scanner Patents. The complaint also alleges that nVidia has induced others to infringe. These BGA devices are a component in graphics cards,... Read more...
Today it was announced that Apple has agreed to a settlement in which it must pay $100 Million to Creative Technology Ltd. Creative filed 5 patent lawsuits against Apple over the navigation system used with Apple's iPod MP3 player, claiming Apple violated patents that were already granted to Creative. Apple had filed two patent-infringement countersuits against Creative which were also settled, effectively ending all litigation between the two companies. "The settlement allows Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple to recoup a portion of its payment if other electronics companies license Creative's technology. "Creative is very fortunate to have been granted this early patent," Steve Jobs, Apple's... Read more...
Though the RIAA has been suing people over copyright infringement for a few years now, they've been starting to run into some roadblocks as of recent. Despite using such tactics as trying to sue deceased people, or even people without a computer, many of their lawsuits have been successful due to folks not wanting to fight the charges. A recent court battle has complicated matters for the RIAA though, as they've lost a case to an Oklahoma mother after they were unable to produce information concerning the number of songs downloaded, and the time of the downloads. This isn't the only suit giving them trouble though, more than a few people have decided to start fighting back.... Read more...
Back in March of 2005, Google was hit with a lawsuit by french news agency "Agence France Presse". AFP claimed copyright infringement over Google's use of their content with Google's own news service. Though Google agreed to stop, they apparently haven't called it quits just yet. "A lawyer for Google declined to comment, while a Google spokesman couldn't immediately explain why AFP links and content are still appearing on Google News. An AFP official in its North America headquarters in Washington, DC referred questions to its lawyer, who didn't immediately reply to a comment request."... Read more...
Microsoft Corp. warns of three "critical" security flaws in its Windows operating system that could allow attackers to take control of a computer. Microsoft, the world's top software company whose Windows operating system runs on 90 percent of the world's computers, issued patches to fix the problems as part of its monthly security bulletin. One of the critical vulnerabilities appears in some versions of Internet Explorer that could make it possible for an attacker to use the Web browser to take total control of a PC. The other two "critical" vulnerabilities were in the Windows operating system.... Read more...
SteamCast Networks, creator of the Morpheus file-swapping software, has filed a lawsuit naming Kazaa, Skype Technologies and its founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, among others, as defendants. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, claims that StreamCast owns the technology underlying Internet calling provider Skype. Zennstrom and Friis are also the developers behind file-swapping software Kazaa. StreamCast and Kazaa have argued in the past over software licensing fees.... Read more...
Good evening everyone, it's that time again. I'll be eating supper in a minute, but first, I'm here to bring you articles about MSI's NX6600GT-TD128E, Corsair XMS2, and a Class Action Lawsuit against Abit... interesting stuff. Well folks, enjoy! Class Action Lawsuit Against ABIT for Bursting Capacitors @ PCstats "The Class Representative alleges in this Action that Abit Computer (USA) Corporation ("Abit") manufactured, marketed, and sold select models of its motherboards containing an allegedly defective component, namely, a capacitor, which was allegedly prone to failure. Abit has denied and continues to deny these allegations and has asserted a number of affirmative defenses."... Read more...
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