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Ericsson ramps up patent battle with Apple

Ericsson ramps up patent battle with Apple

Ericsson has set its sights on Apple, accusing the company of infringing dozens of its patents for different aspects of mobile device communications, as well as user interfaces and more. According to Ericsson, the company has offered licensing options to Apple, but the latter company has turned them down (and likewise engaged in a legal battle of its own). Now Ericsson is threatening to file seven more lawsuits in the United States, and it is seeking to block Apple product sales in the US.

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Apple loses $532.9 million patent lawsuit

Apple loses $532.9 million patent lawsuit

In the latest case, Smartflash LLC v. Apple Inc., Apple was ordered by a federal jury to pay $532.9 million in damages to Smartflash LLC in a Texas courtroom. Smartflash is a small company that successfully took down Apple over intellectual property rights. Smartflash claims Apple infringed on three of their patents. They originally sought $852 million in damages while Apple contested that damages should be limited to $4.5 million. Smartflash has also sued Samsung and Google using the same patents pertaining to digital rights management, data storage, and managed access payment systems.

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LinkedIn reaches settlement with disgruntled users

LinkedIn reaches settlement with disgruntled users

Privacy concerns are at an all time high, and for good reason: joining the Snowden revelations have been a steady stream of security breaches among different companies, many of which have left users' sensitive data vulnerable or completely exposed. It's no surprise, then, that users didn't take kindly to discovering LinkedIn's security measures weren't as robust as they'd been led to believe. Such a revelation came to light in the summer of 2012 when hackers grabbed a trove of passwords.

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First lawsuit filed against Lenovo for Superfish adware

First lawsuit filed against Lenovo for Superfish adware

Things are getting serious for Lenovo, as the first lawsuit from their Superfish spyware scandal has been filed in a California court by Jessica Bennett. This is the first lawsuit in what may be a series of legal troubles for Lenovo. This different from run-of-the-mill adware that one might find from a scheduled virus check. Lenovo has been caught putting pre-installed adware from a company called Superfish on their products. This was exceptionally dangerous to Lenovo consumers because it not only leaked their data but left them vulnerable to outside attacks.

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Latest antitrust lawsuit against Google is dismissed, for now

Latest antitrust lawsuit against Google is dismissed, for now

The antitrust lawsuit against Google filed by two consumers has been dismissed by US District Judge Beth Labson Freeman. At the heart of the case, the plaintiff's lawyers claimed not only that Google had illegal restrictive contracts with Android device manufacturers, but that these contracts stifled competition and drove up prices of all Android devices. The two complainants actually sought a class-action lawsuit against Google. The case was dismissed as the Judge said that there was no established display of consumers being harmed by Google's Android manufacturer contracts.

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Apple faces lawsuit over EV battery expert poaching

Apple faces lawsuit over EV battery expert poaching

Apple's electric car project may only have been grist for the rumor-mill for a week, but it's already landed the firm in legal hot water over alleged expert-poaching. Speculation about the so-called "Project Titan" underway at a secret facility near Apple's Cupertino headquarters has so-far centered on intermingling rumors of EV powertrains and self-driving technology. However, according to battery maker A123 Systems, some of the skills that are helping those projects came as a result of a targeted campaign by Apple to grab the firm's staff. Now, it's decided to take it to the courts.

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Google may face antitrust probe in Russia over search bundling

Google may face antitrust probe in Russia over search bundling

Google is the dominant search engine in many parts of the world and some of its competition are angry at the way Google bundles its search services with its other products. Specifically a Russian search engine called Yandex is complaining that Google bundles its search app with Android. Yandex has filed a complaint with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia.

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