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With Acer's recent announcement that it would acquire Gateway for $710 million, a price many considered to be well above the market value for Gateway, one would think that shareholders would be happy.  Oddly enough, that not only doesn't seem to be the case, but quite the opposite: Some shareholders are suing over the acquisition.The law suit revolves around certain information not being properly disclosed:"The Company’s directors breached their fiduciary duties to stockholders by approving the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, including but not limited to the Offer, and claims that these transactions are both unfair and coercive to the public stockholders in a sale... Read more...
In an attempt to “reclaim his art on the Internet”, Prince is planning on suing various sites that include eBay and YouTube."The man behind hit songs "Purple Rain", "1999" and "When Doves Cry" said on Thursday that YouTube could not argue it had no control over which videos users posted on its site."YouTube ... are clearly able (to) filter porn and pedophile material but appear to choose not to filter out the unauthorized music and film content which is core to their business success," a statement released on his behalf said."People and/or companies suing YouTube for not properly filtering copyrighted material is nothing new, but we're not entirely sure why he's planning on suing eBay, which... Read more...
In what can only be termed "incredibly ironic" due to the way China and Chinese firms are usually portrayed with regards to intellectual property (IP), a Chinese firm has sued Blizzard over alleged use of its fonts in World of Warcraft. Founder Electronics is asking for compensation of 100 million yuan for the alleged infringement - the largest amount claimed by a Chinese company in a copyright case.It alleges its fonts were illegally used in Blizzard's popular online game World of Warcraft. Founder Electronics is one of China's oldest computer companies, and is a major developer of Chinese fonts.  Meanwhile, Chinese players account for approximately 40% of WoW players.  Since joining... Read more...
Three CNet employees as well as various family members of said employees have filed suit against HP for invading their privacy.The damages sought by the plaintiffs has not been disclosed, but it's probably a safe bet that they're not going to be asking for free HP products for life.The basis of the complaints is that HP representatives obtained private phone records by misleading telephone company employees, otherwise known as pretexing. “The suits come nearly a year after HP's investigation methods came under scrutiny from law enforcement officials and the federal government. The company acknowledged in September that several employees spied on the three News.com reporters, as well as... Read more...
For once it's not a Sony battery being recalled, but it is a huge number.  46 million BL-5C batteries made by Matsushita are being recalled by Nokia because of possible overheating.  Replacements will, of course, be free. The batteries were manufactured between December 2005 and November 2006. Nokia has identified that in very rare cases the affected batteries could potentially experience over heating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge. Nokia is working closely with relevant local authorities to investigate this situation. Consumers with a BL-5C battery subject to this advisory should note that all of the approximately 100 incidents have occurred... Read more...
It seems that we are learning a little more about AMD’s upcoming Barcelona cores week after week as the launch date nears. A couple of days ago we learned that Barcelona will be launched on September 10. Today we learned that Barcelona’s full power-saving features will not function unless users get a new BIOS update and a supported motherboard. It might mean buying a whole new mobo for those who want to take full advantage of Barcelona’s features. “It seems the CPU itself is capable of engaging in CoolCore operations, but not Dual Dynamic Power Management (formerly “Split Plane,” which allowed each core to operate independently with different voltages and clock speeds). It won’t be able to... Read more...
It's amazing that there are still Sony batteries in the world left that have not been recalled.  Or at least, it seems that way.  Today Toshiba annunced its second recall of Sony batteries in a month. This time around, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says 1,400 of the lithium-ion batteries containing Sony-made cells sold with Toshiba laptops pose a fire hazard. There have been three reports of models with those batteries overheating in other countries, but none of the incidents caused injury, according to the CPSC. The good news, if there can be any, is that the numbers keep going down.  The second recall was 10,000 batteries, this time only 1,400.  The model numbers for... Read more...
That was fast. Only a day after introducing their new line of aluminum and glass iMacs, Apple has released updates for them. The updates were only vaguely identified as providing "important bug fixes." Owners of the day-old 20-in. and 24-in. iMacs should install iMac Software Update 1.0, Apple said in a terse message accompanying the 5.1MB download, but it didn't spell out the exact fixes. Some users on various Apple-oriented message forums claimed updated ATI video drivers were among the changes, but Apple did not respond when queried for details.As is the norm after a hardware refresh, Apple also posted a new version of Boot Camp, the free-of-charge dual boot utility that's still... Read more...
Everybody seems to want to take a bite out of Apple these days. If it isn't a law suit over battery life it's apparently a law suit over the keyboard. This time it isn't a customer filing the law suit, but rather a patent-infringement case filed by SP Technologies. SP Technologies is claiming that Apple is infringing upon a patent that they filed, which covers: "a method of providing a user interface for receiving information from a user using a user immutable graphical keyboard linked to an input area." “Patent suits, of course, are a dime a dozen, and Apple's not exactly the first company to ever use a touch-screen style input method. But this one will probably require more effort... Read more...
At least one customer hasn’t been too thrilled with some of the battery issues with the new iPhone from Apple.Jose Trujillo, irritated customer, has filed a class action law suit against Apple: “One iPhone customer wasn't happy at all with the iPhone's battery life or the two alternatives to replacing a defective battery and filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple as a result. In the suit, Jose Trujillo claims that:Unknown to the Plaintiff, and undisclosed to the public, prior to purchase, the iPhone is a sealed unit with its battery soldered on the inside of the device so that it cannot be changed by the owner. The suit goes on state:The battery enclosed in the iPhone can only be charged... Read more...
In a recent business update call earlier this month, NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang went on record to address the company's high failure rate problem with respect to certain mobile GPU designs and the charges against the cost of revenue for Q2 that are anticipated to cover warranty, repair or return of the product.  The blank check was estimated to cost NVIDIA $150 - $200 million and as as a result NVIDIA's stock tumbled hard on Wall Street.  Fast forward to Friday last week and it looks like Dell has set the wheels in motion with respect to a more detailed notification and service program that will help bail their customers out... Read more...
In a business update call earlier this month, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang went on record detailing the impact of certain NVIDIA notebook GPU failures that have been reported and the one time charge the company would have to take against the cost of revenue for Q2 of this year.  The blank check was estimated at the time to be in the range of $100 - $150 million for coverage of anticipated warranty, repair and replacement costs of failed product with major notebook manufacturers.  As a result, as we reported, NVIDIA's stock tumbled hard on Wall Street to the extent that some analysts were calling it a buy opportunity. Further, NVIDIA's Huang noted on the call, "This... Read more...
MediaDefender, a company that provides anti-piracy solutions, has been accused of setting up a fake pirate site called MiiVi.According to reports from around the web, the site offered unlimited free movie downloads once users downloaded their software package.The software package is said to contain spyware that supposedly reports existing media on the computer of any unsuspected downloader.Given that MediaDefender is involved on some level with both the RIAA and MPAA, both of whom are involved in litigation against pirates, such an act might be frowned upon when it comes time for lawyers to explain how they got their evidence.MediaDefender CEO, Randy Saaf, is now claiming that the whole thing... Read more...
Care to guess how many computer viruses, thefts, hacker break-ins, and other security issues the Department Of Homeland Security has suffered over the past 2 years?  If you guessed over 800, you're a right! "In one instance, hacker tools for stealing passwords and other files were found on two internal Homeland Security computer systems. The agency's headquarters sought forensic help from the department's own Security Operations Center and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team it operates with Carnegie Mellon University.In other cases, computer workstations in the Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration were infected with malicious software detected trying to communicate... Read more...
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