The ever proliferating Uber "black car" service and other mobile-app-dispatched driver services will have to wait 15 minutes before picking up any customer starting Jan. 2014, a French bill has decreed. The bill was spotted by the French news organization Libération and passed on by way of TechCrunch. The decree is intended to preserve the state-regulated taxi industry.
Samsung and Apple have been fighting in court for a long time over allegations of patent infringement on both sides. Apple won the case against Samsung for patent infringement having to do with Samsung infringing on patents for Apple features like pinch to zoom. The jury made an award to Apple in that case, but the judge set aside about $450 million of that award.
Rules preventing in flight use of cellphones to make voice calls and access data services may be overturned, the FCC has hinted, with the federal commission proposing changes to policies it describes as "outdated and restrictive." The loosening of cellular services - which could include making voice calls while in the air - will be discussed at a December 12th meeting, the FCC confirmed; according to sources at the commission, planes themselves will effectively be turned into mobile base-stations, thus avoiding any potential interference with ground-based antennas.
A ruling has been passed down today by an appeals court which says U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh must spend more time considering evidence offered by Apple in arguments that certain Samsung devices should be banned from sale. In this ruling, the appeals court currently working on the case agreed unanimously that Koh "made errors" in her denial of Apple's request for a court injunction against 26 Samsung products.
Last month, Yahoo lost one of its latest legal efforts to delay a search transition with its long-term partner, Microsoft, in both Hong Kong and Taiwan. The given reason was that Yahoo wanted to wait until Microsoft selected a CEO, with the going reason being that Yahoo CEO Mayer wants to back out of the failed deal betwixt the two. Microsoft didn't appreciate such a move, and such spawned a legal battle that Yahoo has lost.
Huawei, alongside with ZTE, has been the subject of concerns and scrutiny by the United States government and others, with fears revolving around possible spying that could be taking place on behalf of the Chinese government. The maker has previously been banned from use on Australia's National Broadband Network, something that was recently reviewed with the anticipation that the block would be ended. Such was not the case, however.
On August 9, Samsung took a legal blow as the ITC ruled it had violated two of Apple's patents, something leading to an import ban against certain products. Though Apple had successfully had an ITC product ban overturned by the Obama administration, Samsung wasn't so lucky with its own request, and now Apple is seeking a wider import ban in the US.
Samsung's hopes that the US government would overturn an ITC ban on certain smartphones and tablets, just as President Obama's White House did for a similar ban on Apple devices, have been dashed, with the fast-approaching sales block upheld. The South Korean company had approached the US trade representative in August, arguing that a ban on several of its Android devices were counter to the public interest and requesting a stay on the sales block, just as Apple had been granted over an injunction it had been granted. However, Bloomberg reports, Obama's trade chief refuses to play ball.
Earlier this week, an ITC ban of certain older Apple products was overturned by President Obama in a veto of the decision, something the Samsung expressed displeasure over. Following this, the International Trade Commission ruled today that the Korean company violated two of Apple's patents, and as a result certain products in its lineup should be banned from sale.