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Ericsson takes patent lawsuit against Apple to Europe

Ericsson takes patent lawsuit against Apple to Europe

Ericsson, embroiled in patent litigation against Apple stateside, is taking the fight overseas. The Swedish company has filed lawsuits in Germany, Britain, and the Netherlands, claiming Apple owes royalties for their widespread unlicensed use of 2G and 4G LTE communication standards Ericsson owns. In a statement on the new lawsuits, Ericsson’s Chief Intellectual Property Officer Kasim Alfalahi said “Apple continues to profit from Ericsson's technology without having a valid license in place”. Apple refused comment on this recent lawsuit, instead referencing statements made about a similar legal tangling stateside.

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Keurig is bringing back ‘My K-Cups’ later this year

Keurig is bringing back ‘My K-Cups’ later this year

Keurig’s K-Cups are a strange phenomenon in tech and coffee. Reviled by their creator, their DRM circumvented by creative coffee lovers, K-Cups stand as a necessary evil for many. Keurig’s reasoning for DRM K-Cups was control; they wanted to control the hardware, content, and output. As consumers grow weary of the games Keurig plays, sales are starting to take a hit (always the surest sign a company will re-position themselves). In their most recent earnings call, Keurig CEO says a fan favorite, refillable K-Cups, are coming back.

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Android photography favorite Camera51 hits iOS

Android photography favorite Camera51 hits iOS

Recently, Carousel launched an educational series dedicated to helping you snap better photos with your smartphone. By offering up a few simple primers on best practices, you’ll (hopefully) end up with a better jumping-off point before you edit your photos. To help with that knowledge, Camera51 has landed on iOS after a long, successful run on Android. The app helps you do things like frame a shot, and can even tell you if peripheral items on-screen will interfere with framing boundaries.

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Yelp entertaining acquisition, say insiders

Yelp entertaining acquisition, say insiders

Yelp, the app you likely use to see if a restaurant is any good (or maybe even order food from), is reportedly up for grabs. According to a new report, the company — which has a $2.9 billion valuation — is entertaining the idea of an acquisition. Insiders claim the company could see more upwards of $3.5 billion if they sell outright. Though no deal is said to be on the horizon, Yelp has reportedly spoken with potential buyers (who were not named).

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Spotify has event planned, ‘news’ to share ahead of I/O, WWDC

Spotify has event planned, ‘news’ to share ahead of I/O, WWDC

The irony is not lost on us; mere weeks ahead of WWDC, where Apple is believed to announce a streaming music service (possibly with a Beats or iTunes refresh), Spotify is holding a press conference. Sending little more than an image saying “we’ve got some news”, Spotify is hoping the press will show up May 20 in New York. What will they announce? Speculation abounds, but the leading theory is Spotify is about to begin a video service to rival YouTube and/or Tidal.

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Flickr redesign brings new look, powerful new features

Flickr redesign brings new look, powerful new features

Flickr, Yahoo’s photo storage app and service, is reborn. Not only just rebranded or given a facelift, Flickr is downright new. And exciting. On all fronts — the web, mobile, and desktop — Flickr has a slew of new features, and a new look that may have it competing with popular photo-dump social sites like Instagram. With a full terabyte of storage, and features like bulk upload, better organization and snappier photo sharing, Flickr might be worth a second look if you’re not currently using it.

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Meerkat’s Dev platform, APIs may give it edge over Periscope

Meerkat’s Dev platform, APIs may give it edge over Periscope

How will Meerkat battle Periscope? It won’t be on Twitter, and they’re not even going to rely on Facebook to get them back to the promised land of live-streaming favor. Instead, Meerkat is launching a Developer platform and series of APIs. That move positions Meerkat as a stage for others to stand on; a platform other apps can lean on. It’ll also create a deluge of Meerkat-ish apps, some of which likely to do little more than tap into Meerkat’s stream for your viewing pleasure.

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Appeals court rules NSA surveillance program illegal

Appeals court rules NSA surveillance program illegal

In March, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the NSA, claiming their surveillance program was overreaching and illegal. Today, a Federal Court of Appeals has agreed with that assertion, finding the NSA’s practice of data collection “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized”. This decision comes well after Edward Snowden began leaking documentation highlighting just how deep and intrusive the NSA’s domestic surveillance program is. In the ruling, Circuit Judge Gerald Lynch wrote “such an expansive concept of 'relevance' is unprecedented and unwarranted”.

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TestFlight is currently down; beta apps in holding pattern

TestFlight is currently down; beta apps in holding pattern

Developers trying to seed beta versions of their apps on iOS might be hitting a brick wall this morning. It seems TestFlight, Apple’s (now) in-house app seeding program is experiencing disruption. Developers are complaining en masse on Twitter, and Apple has not yet addressed the issue, but it seems to be server related. I’ve tested it for myself, and hey — it’s down on the Development side. It doesn’t seem to affect users who may have apps waiting for them in the TestFlight app.

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T-Mobile brings BlackBerry Classic back for Uncarrier 9.0 ambitions

T-Mobile brings BlackBerry Classic back for Uncarrier 9.0 ambitions

The BlackBerry Classic is coming to T-Mobile. Let that sink in for a minute. You’re either really excited (because you’re a BlackBerry holdout), or a bit confused. Considering the history BlackBerry and T-Mobile have had of late, we’re with you on ‘confused’. Late last year, the two sides weren’t seeing eye-to-eye, with T-Mobile CEO John Legere likening BlackBerry to MySpace (ouch). BlackBerry CEO John Chen suggested BlackBerry faithful seek other carriers. Now, they’re all playing nice again.

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