If you life webcomics then have we got a news item for you. And if you're a big fan of streaming movies and YouTube, your life is about to get better, but if you're looking to upgrade to Windows 8, you may have to wait a little on your iTunes. That and more in this week's hot topics.
Google went big when it dropped nine zeroes on a patent portfolio to use against Apple, but the portfolio has been a dud in the courtroom. Is this latest legal loss the one that convinces Mountain View to try something else? Also, when you download a song twice, you pay for it twice, the end. What you don't do is get a check from Apple for $5 million, right? Right. It is known.
Those rumors about Twitter Music launching last weekend at Coachella didn't quite pan out (unless you were a celebrity, apparently), but the real thing is finally landing Thursday in the form of web and iPhone apps.
Twitter is about to spread its wings and fly into a completely different kind of product nest, with a music app that taps into the users you follow to suggest what kind of tunes you might want to listen to.
As more and more of our media moves into digital-only formats, we have to wonder our rights are to these virtual goods. Granted, a quick perusal through most End-User License Agreements will make it pretty clear you're essentially borrowing those songs, games, and movies from the distributor. A ruling by the federal U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has sided with the record industry on the issue, potentially putting a halt to iTunes resales.
Another day, another lawsuit against Apple -- only this time, it's not over patents or even the devices it makes, but rather Chinese animation content being sold in iTunes without a license from the company who owns it.
Executives from Apple, Microsoft and Adobe were summoned to appear before an Australian court this week to explain why digital content prices are so much higher in the land down under than in other countries.