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Samsung allegedly used terms to gain upper hand in negotiations
Samsung executives obtained illicit access to the terms of licensing agreements between Apple and Nokia, and at least Apple is requesting sanctions, according to an Apple v. Samsung court order from Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal. The licensing terms were contained in a non-redacted document marked for...
Claims terms would 'establish a vague new compliance regime'
Apple has lashed out at the Department of Justice's proposed terms for settling the case the latter brought over e-book price fixing. In court documents, Apple calls the terms a "draconian and punitive intrusion" into its business, with penalties "wildly out of proportion to any adjudicated wrongdoing...
Apple gets to set patent terms in suit vs Samsung
Apple scored an important win in its original US lawsuit versus Samsung on Wednesday after Judge Lucy Koh mostly sided with Apple's claim construction surrounding patents. Out of eight terms across seven patents, she sided with Apple on five definitions and Samsung for two, using...
Comcast-NBC deal terms leak, push neutrality
A merged Comcast and NBC would have to live under net neutrality conditions for at least seven years, according to escaped details from the FCC's proposed terms. Regardless of what would happen with neutrality rules, it would be banned from blocking or throttling rival content...
Amazon App Store for Android terms leak out
Amazon's upcoming Android App Store will have terms that will let it alter apps against developers' wishes to add copy protection, a leak of the terms and conditions has shown. The tentative developer agreement for the store would give Amazon full rights to change an app to...
Terms muzzle developers, claims EFF
The license agreement for the iPhone Developer Program contains some draconian terms, says the Electonic Frontier Foundation. The group recently used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a copy of the license from NASA, a government body which...
Apple helps lead HTML spec
An Apple manager, Maciej Stachowiak, has been appointed co-chairman of the HTML standardization group, according to CNET News. The HTML Working Group, a division of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), had previously been chaired by Sam Ruby of IBM and Chris Wilson from Microsoft....
Taco HTML Edit 2.5 ships
The latest release of Taco Software's HTML and PHP editor, Taco HTML Edit 2.5, features a new Component Library. The library is comprised of 20 customizable items, which can be inserted into an HTML document; widgets include slideshows, pie charts, scrollable tables, date and...
Photoshop Express terms
Adobe has reacted to criticism and revised the terms of service for Photoshop Express, its recently-launched web version of the popular photo-editing software. Under the the original terms, Adobe effectively claimed the rights to use images for whatever purposes it wanted,...
App violates terms of service
Google has blocked Microsoft's YouTube app on Windows Phone, continuing an ongoing advertising dispute between the two companies. In a statement issued to The Verge, the search giant has confirmed that it blocked the app from accessing YouTube content due to violations of the streaming video service's...
Google issues draconian Terms of Service for Google Glass Explorer edition
The Terms of Sale for the Google Glass Explorer edition has been found to forbid the reselling or loaning of the device, reports Wired. The much-hyped Google smart eyewear has been in hot demand since Google made the device available for purchase by developers following a competition to get early access...
Apple prevails in six constructions, loses one SEP term buildout
In pre-trial claim construction court filings for the 2014 Apple vs. Samsung trial, Apple has emerged victorious in all but one patent claim. Late Wednesday, Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued a claim construction order relating to seven...
USPTO says Apple can't trademark 'merely discriptive' terms
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Apple's application for a trademark on the term "iPad mini," it was revealed recently. In a letter sent to Apple on January 24 -- but only recently made public -- the USPTO said that the addition of "mini" to "iPad" was not significantly distinct...
Negotiations begin on March 21 over use of the term
In an order filed earlier today, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte -- presiding over hearings for the Apple versus Amazon "app store" suit -- has ordered the pair to try and hammer out an agreement before the case goes to trial. The two companies are now scheduled to meet on March 21 to come to a settlement....
'electronic document' definition draws from Apple's patent
Electronics manufacture Samsung has been dealt another setback in the work-up before its trial with Apple. Samsung requested a tight clarification on the term "electronic document" and the resulting definition construction ended up using several terms verbatim from Apple's "rubber banding" patent, potentially...
French publishers refuse to bow to Apple terms
French publishers took a shot at challenging Apple's control over publishing terms on the iPad Wednesday with the launch of a new portal. Eight competitors, including L'Équipe and Le Figaro, are now using a common web hub, e-presse.fr, to offer at first individual issues and...
Apple fights Samsung on patent terms in lawsuit
Apple in a response to Samsung's countersuit late Monday accused the Korean company of abusing its stance on patent licensing terms. The firm accused Samsung of "serial standard-setting abuses" by illegally getting monopoly status in fields where its patents are billed as essential...
DOJ gives OK to Google patent terms
The US Department of Justice has approved Google's controversial bid on Nortel's patents, sources mentioned Tuesday evening. Officials had told the WSJ that the Android maker's patent ownership wouldn't raise competitive issues and accepted its terms, which would let it end...
IDC long-term forecast sees Android, WP7 past iOS
IDC in a long-term prediction Thursday expected Android to stay in front in market share over the next four years but also that Windows Phone would claim second place. Google would move from 38.9 percent to 43.8 percent by 2015. Nokia's deal with Microsoft, however, would...
Protects HTML, images, video, PDFs, more
Software developers rely on a variety of ways to protect against unauthorized copying and use of their programs, but non-application files also need licensing or anti-piracy protection in some cases. Excel Software's revised DocProtect version 2 offers unique passwords or online...
'App store' a generic term, Amazon observes
Amazon has filed a formal response to Apple's App Store lawsuit, reports say. The online retailer is requesting that a federal judge in San Francisco throw out the case, on the basis that the term "app store" is generic, and therefore not something Apple can claim as exclusive....
Mathematics professor coined the term "fractals"
The mathematics professor who's lifelong work in applying mathematical formulas to the explain the complexity of nature gave rise to the term "fractals" and revolutionized computer graphics has died at the age of 85. Benoit Mandelbrot, whose name lives on in the mathematical...
Nokia's Vanjoki says Android no long term solution
Nokia's outgoing mobile executive VP Anssi Vanjoki today said in an interview [sub. required] that Android wasn't a viable option to stem falling market share. He called it a stop-gap solution and likened it to Finnish boys, who "pee in their pants" during the winter to keep...
Move follows loosening of SDK terms
Adobe has announced that it will resume development of its Packager for iPhone utility, a Flash-to-iOS converter that had been temporarily pushed to the side amid controversy over Apple's iOS SDK terms. The feature was included in Flash Professional CS5, although the company...
SDK terms will bar advertisers from gathering data
Apple has yet to enforce its new SDK terms that place tight restrictions on third-party advertisers, according to AdMob CEO Omar Hamoui. Many developers argue that the terms, if enforced, would effectively serve as a complete prohibition of iPhone advertising other than Apple's...
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