Posts Tagged ‘court’
  • Square, the innovative new payment solution for iPhone faces patent problems
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 10:41 am
    Patent and IP problems oh my. For a quick refresher, "Square" is an innovative new piece of hardware that attaches itself to any iPhone/iPod Touch and instantly transforms it into a mobile POS station. Cool, right? Definitely. But the startup is far from the finish line. A patent problem is looming that could derail Square's launch and ultimately cost them big time. The founders of Square consisted of Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey. The two coined the whole idea and plan you see...
  • Beautiful Widgets developer receives C&D from HTC. BW to be no more.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 10:08 am
    You know, I'm not an "anti-protect your property" kind of person. I understand credit is needed where credit is due. With that said, the sad and downright maddening circumstances surrounding by far the best weather widget on the Android Market -- Beautiful Widgets by LevelupStuios -- are enough for me to voice my displeasure here. Time and time again we see companies wasting corporate dollars and time pursuing stupid ass lawsuits that won't benefit anyone. With that past us it is with grea...
  • Pystar and Apple to reach deal allowing the Mac cloner to continue selling.
    by Mike
    Posted December 1st, 2009 at 1:40 pm
    While we can assume that money is all but absent, we can at least say that Pystar has some fight in them. An extremely quick recap for those out in the cold: Since 2008, Pystar has been selling Mac clones for far cheaper than Apple ever could and, with the recent release of Snow Leopard began installing OS X from their factory. Apple sued. A ruling was levied that at first looked to seal the deal and flood Pystars coffin full of nails. With that out of the way, we can continue. I myself...
  • If you can’t beat ‘em…Sue ‘em. Nokia vs. Apple.
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 10:31 am
    While Nokia would like us to believe they own a plethora of the technologies that make the iPhone what it is, their latest lawsuit against Cupertino instead comes off looking more like a last ditch effort by a company who has failed to make anything exciting (save for the N900) at any point in recent memory. You know the old saying: "If you can't beat 'um...sue 'um". Based on the poorly constructed copyright system we have here in the states, Nokia claims Apple infringes on GSM, UMTS and wire...
  • One monkey mask wearing individual sticking it to the man — One photo enforcement camera Many photo camers already beaten. The man coming next…
    by Mike
    Posted September 8th, 2009 at 12:59 pm
    Local governments worldwide may decry the use of photo enforcement is solely for added public safety. However, the increase in said usage at a time when the global economy is doing a downward tango isn't exactly a very convincing alibi. While computers may have certain advantages over us, it is the almighty human brain that can find loopholes in laws, contracts, and other binding commitments that computers just can't handle yet. Case in point: Dave Vontesmar of Pheonix Arizona. A stret...
  • Microsoft Word banned from the US?
    by Mike
    Posted August 12th, 2009 at 6:45 am
    Chalk this up there on the board of weirdness for Wednesday morning. Apparently a judge in Texas has ruled that Microsoft violates several XML and custom XML opening patents held by Toronto-based i4i Inc. So what exactly does it mean? Well, technically Microsoft is now banned from selling Word in the United States. Though don't expect that to last as Microsoft has already stated they plan on appealing the ruling which will of course give Redmond plenty of time to keep selling what they hav...
  • Outlaw hotlinking…save the newspapers. [Idiocricy makes a resounding display of stupidity]
    by Mike
    Posted June 29th, 2009 at 8:09 am
    Various newspaper companies and publishers have been racking their ink stained brains for months on end trying to find a way to regain lost profits and income. In recent times, advertising income has sank, (newspapers main source of money) meaning that these publishers are having to look for new sources. Unfortunately, instead of downsizing their overbloated companies with god awful antiquated business practices, they choose to conjour up ridiculous and completely incompitent band-aid fixes ...
  • Pirate Bay gets denied…looks ahead to appeal
    by Mike
    Posted June 25th, 2009 at 11:01 am
    While this shouldn't have been a surprise, somehow I am still left wondering "why"? You may remember all of the drama circulating around the Pirate Bay trial, verdict, and revealing of Judge Tomas Norström's membership to the Swedish Copyright Association as well as the motion for a retrial by the Pirate Bay and accompanying camp. I'm sad to say that today, a Swedish court has ruled that simply supporting a particular group/laws does not make you biased. In simpler terms: retrial denied. ...
  • Technologically incompitent court pings Jamie Thomas’s wallet to the tune of $1.92 million
    by Mike
    Posted June 19th, 2009 at 7:09 am
    While the legallity of Miss. Thomas's actions were always in doubt, the real focus of the cases, (at least in my point of view), was how many songs would she be fined for and how much?  Sadly, the judge and jury apparently don't know the meaning of the word "reasonable" as the fine per song for Jamie climbed from the already proposterous $9,250 to a plain money grabbing $80,000 per song bringing the grand total to $1.92 million (24 songs x $80,000).  From the reactions by Jamie and her law...
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