By this point, the term “App Store” is almost synonymous with Apple and their iconic iOS products. Apparently, Microsoft doesn’t agree, and has filed suit against the iPhone maker over a trademark filed in 2008.
For those of our readers that can't get enough Apple legal news, your ship has come in this week. Yesterday, we told you about a lawsuit mounted against Apple and a few of iOS developers for which alleges that location and usage information supplied by iOS devices to Apple and third-party developers was being shared with advertisers without permission. Today, we've got something a little different, but just as interesting: An allegation against Apple of workplace discrimination.
There are three things in life that you can count on: Death, taxes and lawsuits leveled against Apple. For now, let's focus on the latter: According to a number of sources, it appears that Apple and a number of iOS application developers may have stepped in something awkward, and of course, are being swiftly taken to task for it.
Earlier this week, the folks at the Federal Communications Commission hunkered down to hash out what would and would not be a part of their freshly hatched plans for America's net neutrality laws. Words were spoken. Tempers flared. The Woz gave his two cents. In the end, the rules as we know them today were passed into being by a vote of three-to-two.
It’s probably not going to be a very merry Christmas in the Allen home this year: On Friday, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen had a lawsuit against Apple and 10 other major tech companies dismissed for being too vague.
According to a reports from a number of credible sources, it looks as though Comcast has had just about enough of streaming content providers, or more to the point, Netflix. Back on November 19th, the company, which is no stranger to bullying high-bandwidth users, informed Level 3 Communications--the contractor responsible for making Netflix’s streaming magic happen--that they would be forced to pay a toll for the privilege of being able to transmit content to end-users on their network. The broad strokes of the story are that Level 3 gave into Comcast’s demands in order to ensure uninterrupted Netflix service to the millions of Comcast users who rely upon the streaming service for the few hours of media-enabled escapism that their day affords. However, looking deeper into the issue, the Devil is most certainly in the details.
Now that Apple has successfully built its iOS empire and is armed with multiple patents to defend the technology, the company is beefing up its arsenal with an army of patent lawyers to fight Nokia, Motorola and HTC in court.
iPhone 3G users are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore! Incensed over what they claim are “unsavory, dishonest and deceptive business practices” on Apple’s part by crippling their devices with the iOS 4 update.
Likely confident that its iTunes music business is secure in the U.S., Apple has now hired a former digital legal affairs executive from Warner Music Group to head up the company’s iTunes and MobileMe services in Europe.