After months of waiting, the class action lawsuit alleging that Apple played foul with its iBooks customers by fixing the price of e-books may at least be coming to an end. Today U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote accepted Apple's $450 million proposal to settle the suit, although she expressed concern regarding the timing of the proposal.
Apple kicked off the week by at last allowing former iPhone users to deregister themselves from iMessage (and thereby let iPhone friends text with them again), but according to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, it's too little, too late. Reuters reported earlier today that Koh plans to let Adrienne Moore's lawsuit against the Cupertino company continue, meaning that Apple could end up facing punitive damages for letting the issue go unresolved for so long.
Just hours after a rumor circulated that Apple would start telling its employees to remove all Bose products from the shelves of its stores, a new report emerged at Reuters claiming that the two companies have reached a settlement. The details aren't clear, but the matter is allegedly “resolved” and Bose won't press its patent-infringement suit directed at Beats' headphones.
The government of Brazil isn't amused by the Secret app, which lets you make comments you normally wouldn't make on Facebook or Twitter under the protection of anonymity. In fact, it's so incensed by the app that it's ordered Apple to remove the app from the App Store (which it has) and also to remove it remotely from iPhones (which it hasn't.)
Few devices in Apple's history have been plagued with so many problems as the 2011 line of 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros, and now a group of lawyers is trying to see if there's enough evidence to start a class action lawsuit against Apple. The group made their intentions known on a Facebook group devoted to the line's troublesome AMD graphics units.
Now that the dust has settled in the wake of Apple's widely publicized announcement of its acquisition of Beats Electronics (which still has yet to close), the Cupertino company's starting to learn that it brought some unexpected baggage with it. Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats, claiming that the company infringed on five of the company's patents.
The controversies associated with unlocking one's iPhone have dogged the smartphone since its origins, but now at last (with some qualifications), it looks like the practice will at last gain some legitimacy. The bill in question only covers the right to switch from one carrier to another, but it's a step forward, and the bill has only one more step to take before it becomes law.
The long-running legal battle between Samsung and Apple over patents has sometimes been seen as a battle between two countries, with the United States in one corner and South Korea in the other, each looking out for the interests of their own companies. But as MacRumors reports (via Reuters), a South Korean judge toppled that perception by dismissing a lawsuit put forth by Samsung arguing that Apple had infringed on three of its patents.
You almost have to wonder what John McCain would think of the following. Earlier today, a man named Mark Menacher filed a small claims lawsuit against Apple CEO Time Cook in the Superior Court of California in San Diego, claiming that he objects to the automatic downloads of iOS 7 install files that occurred on "legacy" phones such as the iPhone 4S.
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