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Companies, devs sued over patent for watches that control cars

Companies, devs sued over patent for watches that control cars

As smartwatches become more known and more ubiquitous, only time will tell before they become the patent litigation magnet that smartphones are today. Actually, that ball has already started rolling, but for a specific use case. A non-practicing entity or NPE, lovingly called patent trolls, by the name of Intellectual Capital Consulting is suing people left and right over a patent related to how a watch can be used to lock, unlock, and start a car remotely. The lawsuit's defendants are the likes of Apple, Samsung, and probably half the car makers in the world.

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Amazon sued by drivers challenging contractor status

Amazon sued by drivers challenging contractor status

That didn't take long. Less than a month after calling for delivery drivers, Amazon's drivers have followed in the same footsteps as Uber and Lyft drivers, suing the company for benefits. The lawsuit is part of a much larger issue, one that is being dealt with by several companies: whether drivers like those making Amazon's deliveries and picking up Uber riders should be classified as employees or contracted workers.

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Apple being sued over iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist feature

Apple being sued over iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist feature

We should have probably seen this coming a mile away, especially considering how people love suing Apple for almost every consumer misstep it makes. The latest class action suit filed against it by William Scott Phillips and Suzanne Schmidt Phillips on behalf of all other disgruntled iPhone and iPad users relates to the new Wi-Fi Assist feature added and enabled by default on iOS 9. The feature, which silently uses cellular data when Wi-Fi quality is poor, has allegedly caused the plaintiffs more than $5 million in data charges.

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Apple loses patent battle over A7, A8 CPU chips

Apple loses patent battle over A7, A8 CPU chips

As the source of many patent lawsuits, Apple is no stranger to also being the target of some. This latest one, however, strikes at the almost literal heart of its devices. Early last year, the University of Wisconsin's Alumni Research Foundation, or WARF, sued Apple for infringing on its patents that are used in Apple's custom A7, A8, and A8X chips. More than a year later, a US jury found Apple guilty of the charges, which could see the company pay up to $682 million in damages.

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Russia gives Google an ultimatum to unbundle mobile apps

Russia gives Google an ultimatum to unbundle mobile apps

It seems that Google has little recourse left in Russia, now that the government has put its foot down on the matter of the search giant's bundling of its services, especially Search, on certified Android phones. The country's anti-monopoly regulatory body is giving the Android maker until November 18 to comply with the instructions or face a fine that could cost Google millions of dollars. Google had hoped to appeal the matter, but it seems that Russia isn't interested in a compromise, nor even some breathing space.

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VW woes worsen: EPA widens investigation, US starts criminal probe

VW woes worsen: EPA widens investigation, US starts criminal probe

They say when it rains, it pours and for Volkswagen, that might be a lot more than a downpour. It is hardly surprising to see how the German car maker's problems with its TDI turbodiesel engine aren't ending with just an apology and a sales halt. With no end yet in sight, the Environment Protection Agency or EPA is reported to be expanding its investigations into VW's other engines which would affect even more cars. In the meantime, US and German governments are also starting their own investigations into the matter.

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Microsoft sued over alleged gender discrimination

Microsoft sued over alleged gender discrimination

Microsoft has been sued over alleged discrimination against women. The lawsuit comes from former worker Katie Moussouris, who served in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group in Redmond for more than half a decade. According to the lawsuit, Microsoft’s female technology professionals are paid less than their male counterparts, among other issues.

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Appeals court: Apple should have been granted Samsung ban

Appeals court: Apple should have been granted Samsung ban

Apple may have won its highest profile patent case against Samsung, but anyone who has been monitoring its developments would know that the war is far from over. Apple was indeed granted a hefty sum amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, but District Judge Lucy Koh denied its injunction to have Samsung's infringing devices banned from sales in the country. Now a federal appeals court, ruling 2-1, says that the injunction should have been granted, once again putting Samsung's smartphones in danger in the US.

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In Russia, Google must unbundle its apps from Android

In Russia, Google must unbundle its apps from Android

Score one for Russian search market leader Yandex. The country's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, acting on a complaint filed by the company, ruled that Google's practice of bundling its apps and services with Android and Google Play violate anti-trust laws. This is the first major legal blow that Google has suffered in the region that is stacking up the anti-trust charges against it. As a result, Google may have to start unbundling said apps in that market. And naturally, Yandex's stocks jumped high after the decision was publicized.

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Google’s Waze faces lawsuit over alleged database theft

Google’s Waze faces lawsuit over alleged database theft

Waze, the navigation app that Google bought and cops hate, is facing a lawsuit for allegedly copying a proprietary navigation database. The lawsuit is being brought by San Francisco law firm Kronenberger Rosenfeld, LLP, and was filed on behalf of PhantomALERT, Inc., which is described as a “GPS navigation technology company.” Waze was acquired by Google, but before that happened, according to the lawsuit, it copied PhantomALERT’s database without authorization. This data was then reportedly used in Waze’s own Android and iPhone apps.

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ITC clears Microsoft in 8 year old patent case, Lumias safe

ITC clears Microsoft in 8 year old patent case, Lumias safe

It would have been a devastating blow if Microsoft was blocked from importing its next batch of Lumia smartphones even before its Windows 10 Mobile OS got out the door. That crisis, however, has been just averted when the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Redmond in a patent case that InterDigital brought against Nokia way back in 2007. According to the ITC, Microsoft did not infringe on InterDigital's patents, which saves it from a potential import ban that could affect its Lumia smartphones.

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Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

It isn't surprising that Google is being hit with lawsuits, chief among which are antitrust charges. After all, a giant makes for a big, easy target. It also isn't surprising to hear Google take to its online soapbox to proclaim its innocence, while pointing out the weakness of the other party's arguments. What we have now, then, is a legal "he said, she said" between Google and the European Commission's antitrust body, which could eventually lead to the most high-profile lawsuit Google will be facing in that region.

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