Posts Tagged ‘lawsuit’
  • Apple accuses HTC of infringing on (20) of their patents. [UPDATE: 2]
    by Mike
    Posted March 2nd, 2010 at 10:15 am
    Update 2: Well well well. Looks like at least part of the ruffled feathers are centered around Android. How specific does it get? We'll shall see... Update: It seems HTC wasn't enough aware of the filings yet, they only learned of the suit from Engadget's post and Apple's press release, They haven't even been served yet. Here is what HTC sent in to Engadget: "We only learned of Apple's actions based on your stories and Apple's press release. We have not been served yet so we are in no...
  • And the little guy scores two today: Universal may have to pay for bogus DMCA takedown over “Dancing Baby Video”.
    by Mike
    Posted March 1st, 2010 at 8:57 pm
    So often we see big corporations (namely labels and so called IP owners) over uses of their property being misused. There are actual cases where infringement has occurred and as such, warrants a courtroom visit. All too often however we see companies with too much time on their hands and deep pockets that apparently hold the little common sense they own blatantly (and falsely) issuing DMCA takedowns for every little thing. The funny thing is, when actual infringement has been proven not to ha...
  • The real corporate workhouse: The bullet deflecting BlackBerry
    by Mike
    Posted February 12th, 2010 at 10:12 am
    I'm pretty sure when we hear how RIM's popular BlackBerry handhelds are called corporate workhorses or "warriors", actually living out that description isn't necessarily implied. For one Anthony Holtvogt and girlfriend, her Berry lived up to that rough and tough image and then some by stopping a bullet. It was dinning as usual for Mr. Holtvogt and his significant other until they went to go leave, at which point the .32 caliber handgun Mr. Holtvogt was carrying discharged and hit his gf squa...
  • Apple tablet indirectly confirmed by Gawker Media C&D compliments of Apple!
    by Mike
    Posted January 14th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    An Apple tablet has been rumored for many years. So much so that any new claimed information on such a product got to a point of becoming a joke. This past year however, the momentum has built from month to month as rumor after rumor leaks from the various cracks of the gadget loving society. How are they different from rumors of years past? For starters, they are from more reliable sources (at least the bloggers and journalists or publish the information claim them to be) and are actually b...
  • Microsoft: About that Office/Word deadline…ya we missed it.
    by Mike
    Posted January 12th, 2010 at 2:34 pm
    Looking to pick yourself up a fresh copy of Microsoft Office or Word '07 versions? Hope you have a fresh copy backed up somewhere (or know a good torrent) because Microsoft has missed the January 11th deadline. That deadline mind you was the date in which Microsoft had to comply with a court ruling which accused them of infringing on certain XML code within Word/Office '07. Strolling through Microsoft's online store will currently bombard your ocular cavities with several "Not Available" la...
  • January 11th ban hammer date for Microsoft Word: Off again. Kind of.
    by Mike
    Posted December 23rd, 2009 at 6:18 am
    Not even 24 hours ago we heard the news that Microsoft lost their appeal to i4i -- a small XML developers firm -- and that the presiding judge decided to uphold the January 11th ban on Microsoft '07. Yesterday the two most obvious choices for Microsoft were to pay up and forget about it or appeal again, risking losing more money and another court case. Microsoft however is choosing plan c. Plan C is simply selling new versions of Word '03 and '07 without the infringing and "little-used featur...
  • Microsoft Office ban coming January 11th…again.
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    Fighting a losing battle and getting stuck in a vicious black hole of denial seems to be the name of the game for Microsoft. A month or so back Microsoft found a fresh lawsuit on their doorstep compliments of i4i. The infringing code revolved around Microsoft's use of protected algorithms dealing with the handling of .xml, .docx, and .docm files in Microsoft Office -- more specifically Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007. Not surprisingly Microsoft appealed -- and they lost, with the court ordered O...
  • 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...
  • Verizon looking to due a little court room dance of their own with Sprint…
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 3:24 pm
    While many in the tech world are tired of hearing about the back and forth antics between Verizon and AT&T;, it seems as if Verizon wants to expand their horizons and simultaneously keep their lawyers on their toes. Not content with simply being sued, Verizon appears to be starting their own legal freight train, steaming ahead at Sprint concerning their latest ads which label the competing CDMA carrier as "America's most dependable network". Now really, this lawsuit madness over commercials and...
  • Class action lawsuit filed by banned Xbox modders
    by Mike
    Posted November 20th, 2009 at 4:25 am
    "Fighting the good fight" is a term that we often hear used to describe a seemingly insurmountable foe, force, or object. The term ftgf instills in us that while it may not be the easiest or most popular choice at any given moment, it is the "right" thing to do. So what would you call it when a group of pissed off banned Xbox modders joins together to file a class action lawsuit against Microsoft for banning them? Stupid. As much as I support hacking and modding your own personal hardware, f...
  • And the war rages on: AT&T releases commercial bashing VZW network…
    by Mike
    Posted November 18th, 2009 at 7:53 pm
    First off, if you skipped the commercial above, go back and watch it. Ok, watched it? Great. Grand. Good. So let's just pick this apart shall we? Nation's Fastest 3G network: Debatable. You have to be able to get a signal first. And even then, many large cities with pristine signal quality suffer from grossly overtaxed networks. Winner: Draw Talk and surf at the same time: Correct. AT&T; does hold a big advantage over VZW's network by allowing users to talk and use data at the same ...
  • T-Mo UK selling user data like cheap narcotic…
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    Some people sell crafts. Some people sell services. Some people sell drugs while other people sell user data...waaait...what? Chances are your user data has been sold to the highest bidder -- if you're a T-Mobile UK user. While we'd like to believe carriers have our best interests in mind, we are always getting reminded such isn't the case. Apparently some jerky T-Mo UK employees took it upon themselves to provide "millions of records" concerning "thousands of users" to third party "phone f...
  • AT&T HQ releases friendly reminder reminding store employees how awesome they are [BS]
    by Mike
    Posted November 5th, 2009 at 7:01 am
    The Verizon "There's a map for that" ads have already garnered a couple posts here at Gadgetsteria not only from Verizon's side of things, but also from AT&T;'s as they seek one of their most frivolous lawsuits ever. Hiding under the guise that the ads are misleading is in short, stupid. Verizon edited the ads once with text that read "Network coverage available outside of 3G areas". How much more dumbed down do you need? Apparently if you're AT&T; you're going to need much, much more. So, wi...
  • AT&T getting all suey just because Verizon called out AT&T’s crap network…
    by Mike
    Posted November 3rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm
    Perhaps you've seen Verizon's clever ads recently being run on TV. They feature a rather humorous play on words and AT&T;/Apple's "There's an app for that" into their own "There's a map for that". Looking at the pictures above, we can see the obvious comparison is between AT&T;'s 3G network and Verizon's 3G network. It's also no surprise that VZW wins hands down with AT&T;'s 3G suckiness falling way, way behind. Apparently AT&T; has a problem with getting called out and have brought on their tea...
  • 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...
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