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Palm Claims to Have “No Issues with Apple” Over Patents

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Apple and Palm have been publicly shying away from addressing what may be a large legal tussle surrounding multi-touch patents. Previous comments from Apple have provoked the notion of aggression, while the latest comments from executives at Palm sidestep around the possibility of patent lawsuits.
At the Thomas Weisel Technology & Telecom Conference, Palm chief Ed [...]

New German Mac Cloner Emerges As Psystar Battle Continues

Monday, February 9th, 2009

A new company calling themselves PearC has been spotted selling a new line of PC’s with Apple’s Mac OS X operating system pre-installed. This comes fresh on the heels of an ongoing legal dispute between Apple and currently the biggest Mac cloner around, Psystar.
Psystar’s legal standing is by no means clear cut. The last we [...]

Apple Sues German Website Over ‘Misuse’ of iPhone Imagery

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Apple has sent a cease and desist letter to a German website that sells iPhone 3G’s independent of a Simlock or T-Mobile contract, as well as a $2,271 bill for legal costs surrounding the misuse of Apple’s own iPhone imagery.
3Gstore.de is an online store based out of Germany that sells iPhone 3G’s. By importing these [...]

Mark Papermaster Case Settled, Begins Work at Apple on April 24th

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

An ongoing legal battle between Apple and IBM over a poached expert chip designer named Mark Papermaster has finally been put to rest.
In a press release, printed verbatim below, Apple announced the arrival of Papermaster, who begins work on April 24th, 2009.
Mark Papermaster to Begin at Apple as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering [...]

Apple Awarded iPhone and Multi-Touch Device Patent

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Fresh on the heels of what would seem to be an innovation war between Apple and Palm, the United States Patent Office has awarded Apple the patent on the multi-touch and touch-screen input methods in question.
The massive patent is titled Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics, and [...]

Apple Settles for $22 Million in Longtime iPod Nano Lawsuit

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Apple has agreed to settle a lawsuit in which customers were claiming that the company’s iPod nano “scratched too easily.” The lawsuit, which has been brewing for nearly four years has finally come to an end with iPod owners being given $25 for their scratched iPods.
Apple iPod nano owners were able to apply for to [...]

Another Fake Steve Jobs Heart Attack Rumor Published Online

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Wired.com’s open image viewer had been used today in another disgraceful attempt to spread false rumors about Apple CEO Steve Jobs going into cardiac arrest.
Apparently, even amidst all of the incredibly heated reports regarding Jobs’ health, some people thought it would be amusing to post more fake rumors about the CEO going into cardiac arrest. [...]

Tim Cook’s Aggressive Stance Towards Suing Patent Violaters (Palm?)

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

In Apple’s Q1 financial results earnings call, COO Tim Cook made some particularly aggressive statements pertaining to competitors violating patents Apple holds. When looking at the marketplace, Palm should most likely be prepared to defend the newly announced Palm Pre.
After reiterating Apple’s stance on the netbook category, COO Tim Cook shifted positions to talk about [...]

Apple Sends Wired a Cease-and-Desist Letter for Netbook Video [U]

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Apple’s legal hounds have sent Wired’s Gadget Lab and Brian Chen a cease-and-desist letter demanding they remove a detailed video explaining how to hack Mac OS X onto a netbook PC.
Chen has disclosed via Twitter that a past video tutorial on how to install Mac OS X onto a netbook, has gotten Wired into legal [...]

Apple, Google and Microsoft Sued Over File Preview

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft are all being sued over “file preview” functionality both in web browsers, and operating systems, that allows users to preview files before actually opening them.
Cygnus Systems is suing the three companies saying that they infringed on its patent (#7346850) which was filed back in 2001, but only granted to [...]

Apple Sued Over Alleged Apple TV Patent Infringements

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

A lawsuit has been filed against Apple, accusing the company of infringing on certain patents pertaining to the Apple TV, Airport Express, and Macintosh personal computers.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, by EZ4Media in Bannockburn, Illinois. The patents in question were obtained by EZ4Media (UEI) in March. They say that Apple hired three former UEI employees [...]

Apple Forced to End iPhone Exclusivity in France

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

A ruling made on Wednesday by the French competition regulator mandates that Apple will now be forced to allow mobile operators other than France Telecom’s Orange SA, to carry the iPhone.

This decision will overturn the exclusivity contract that allowed Orange to be sole carrier of the device in France. The [...]

Unibody Macbook Issues, Ram Lockups and NVIDIA ‘Bad Bumps’

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Multiple credible publications, such as PC World and Computerworld are reporting that some users of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro unibody laptops are reporting that their machines become unstable or lock up after they add third-party memory. Additionally, NVIDIA is being charged with selling “bad bumps” in their some of their chips.
According to a [...]

Attack of the Mac Clones, Part Two: OpeniMac Sets Up Shop

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

It seems as though the ongoing Psystar battles have opened the doors for a few more bold clone attempts, as another Mac clone maker has popped up. This time, they are selling the “OpeniMac” and the “OpeniMac Pro,” with Leopard pre-installed.
Back in April 2008, Psystar unveiled a line of Mac clones. After having their [...]

IBM Seeks to Interview Apple Execs In Papermaster Case

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

IBM seeks information directly from Apple’s top line executives regarding the ongoing Papermaster lawsuit, which IBM hopes to win in order to prevent Papermaster from joining Apple Inc.
The ongoing saga has grown tiresome in the last few weeks. In a nutshell, Apple has seemingly poached Mark Papermaster, a skilled chip design guru, from IBM. [...]

Apple Sends Cease and Desist Email to Public Wiki Site, Bluwiki [U]

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Apple has sent an official “cease and desist” email to public wiki site Bluwiki, demanding they remove postings where users are trying to figure out how to “write software that can sync media to the latest versions of the iPhone and iPod Touch.”
Bluwiki is a public wiki site that aims at allowing anyone to [...]

Beatles iTunes Deal Stalls, Runs Into Further Delays

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Speaking at the launch of his new album, former Beatle Paul McCartney said the much anticipated Beatles/iTunes deal has unfortunately stalled.
Apple Inc, the Beatles holding company Apple Corps’, and record label EMI have not been able to reach an agreement that would bring the entire Beatles catalog to iTunes. The digital music store currently [...]

Patent Infringement Lawsuit Targets iPhone and Mobile Web Surfing

Monday, November 24th, 2008

A new lawsuit charges Apple with violating certain patents regarding the iPhone’s Safari Mobile web browser, and the way a user can pinch, zoom, rotate and view web pages. As the Supreme Court tightens its patent policy, this one might be a little trickier to defend.
EMG Technology, LLC claims that Apple is in direct violation [...]

Judge Dismisses Two of Three Claims Made in iPhone 3G Lawsuit [U]

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Apple has been entangled in a few different legal battles this year. One case in particular, which includes a few iPhone 3G owners who are seeking compensation for what they claim are faulty devices, is being allowed to move forward.
These particular lawsuits claim that Apple and AT&T oversold the iPhone 3G, over-saturating the cellular network [...]

Apple Awarded Motion to Dismiss Pystar’s Counterclaims

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Apple has been entrenched in a mountain of legal battles over the last few months. Perhaps most interesting is their tussle with mac clone makes Psystar. As it currently stands, Apple has been awarded the motion to dismiss Psystar’s counterclaims.
The drama between Apple and Psystar began earlier this year when the mac cloner started selling [...]