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  • Apple on its ads: "What, you believed that stuff?"

    Apple on its ads: "What, you believed that stuff?"

    This is great. There’s something to be said for the defense of exaggeration or idiom in advertising — for instance, Red Bull doesn’t literally give you wings. Of course, nobody’s suing Red Bull for false advertising. But when the statement is the totally believable “Twice as fast, half the price,” and you support the ad with fraudulent video showing the product… Read More

  • No more embarrassment: Non-nude body scanner to undergo tests this week in Germany

    No more embarrassment: Non-nude body scanner to undergo tests this week in Germany

    Last week’s attacks in India have reminded us all of the keen danger that terrorism poses. But one tool that was to be employed at airports to combat terrorism, those body scanners that sometimes reveal a person’s, well, person, came under criticism. Fighting terror (inasmuch as you can fight it) is great and all, but should people literally be exposed in the process? The Germans say… Read More

  • Apple sends baseless takedown notice to hackers discussing iTunesDB code

    Apple sends baseless takedown notice to hackers discussing iTunesDB code

    It’s no secret that Apple wants everyone to use iTunes, especially to sync with their iPod. I personally can’t stand iTunes and prefer Winamp, and many others share my view but have enjoyed Apple hardware. Some more code-savvy people than myself have in years past determined how to read and write to the proprietary iTunesDB file, allowing non-Apple software to sync with iPods. Apple… Read More

  • Judge: Papermaster could cause "irreparable harm" to IBM at Apple

    Judge: Papermaster could cause "irreparable harm" to IBM at Apple

    When this legal melee began earlier this month, I guessed that the judge was simply taking IBM at its word and ordering Papermaster to stop work essentially at their whim. Well, you can’t blame me for underestimating the Judicial Branch, can you? Recently revealed records show that the judge had pretty solid reasoning for believing Papermaster was a serious threat to IBM in his new position… Read More

  • Cellphone jammers come under scrutiny in Canada

    Cellphone jammers come under scrutiny in Canada

    We can jokingly say things like “buy a cellphone jammer to silence those annoying people on the bus” but that would be irresponsible. Quite irresponsible, it turns out, as criminals are now using such devices to impede law enforcement efforts. It happened last month in Canada. Two Mounties had pulled over a car, and as they approached to car their radios went out. It turns out that the… Read More

  • Kodak suing Samsung and LG over patent infringement

    Kodak suing Samsung and LG over patent infringement

    Good lord, sir. There are so many lawsuits about that you can’t swing a cat without hitting a lawyer. IBM is suing Papermaster, Papermaster is suing IBM, Apple and Psystar are suing each other, the US is suing LCD makers, Spansion is suing Samsung, and god knows what else just from the last couple weeks has escaped my memory. And now Kodak is getting in on the feeding frenzy, and is suing… Read More

  • Papermaster countersues IBM – it's getting nasty!

    Papermaster countersues IBM – it's getting nasty!

    Papermaster doin’ it for his self! Well, his lawyers are helping. They’ve produced a somewhat scattershot countersuit against IBM, which if you don’t remember, sued the man for supposedly breaching a non-competition agreement in his contract. Papermaster’s corner says that not only is the non-comp clause “unreasonably broad,” but the statute of limitations is… Read More

  • The Papermaster saga continues: far from first choice, and IBM didn't try that hard to keep him

    The Papermaster saga continues: far from first choice, and IBM didn't try that hard to keep him

    Yeah…a play on “Boston Legal” probably would have been better (and easier) The ongoing drama between Apple and IBM in which would-be iPod and iPhone division head Mark Papermaster is charged with breaching a non-competition contract with IBM is getting more complicated. On the Apple side, it’s no great surprise to find out that he was considered rather a “long… Read More

  • LG, Sharp, and Chunghwa nailed for LCD price-fixing

    LG, Sharp, and Chunghwa nailed for LCD price-fixing

    Such shameful conduct! It looks like from 2001 to 2006, LG, Sharp, and Chinese OEM Chunghwa were conspiring to keep the prices of LCD screens high and agreed on pricing floors to guarantee cash flow for everybody involved. Over five years of first- and second-party sales (Dell and Apple were among the buyers), they must have run up quite a tab, although no one’s done the math yet. The… Read More

  • Jury: Samsung violated Pioneer's plasma TV patents, has to pay $59 million

    Jury: Samsung violated Pioneer's plasma TV patents, has to pay $59 million

    A federal jury found yesterday that Samsung willfully infringed two of Pioneer’s patents covering plasma televisions. As such, the Korean electronics giant will have to cough up (“cough up” is the technical term, mind you) some $59 million, payable to Pioneer. As you might expect, Samsung plans to appeal the ruling forever and ever. Sorta interesting: a Japanese corporation… Read More