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Apple refuses to join Intellectual Ventures' new patent acquisition fund

Intellectual Ventures is a patent holding company that's often referenced as an example of widescale and aggressive patent trolling. Co-founded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, Intellectual Ventures likes to spin its business model as creating a net benefit for the tech industry, a...

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According to Samsung, Apple is a slouchy, cool dude

We've heard plenty of internal tidbits about Apple's interworkings thanks to the company's current litigation, but tasty details about Samsung's laundry have been a bit slower to surface. Today brings a humorous look inside Samsung's walls thanks to a company-made slideshow that has been submitted...

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Apple files motion protesting Samsung assertion that Apple doesn't practice patents at issue

Apple and Samsung have only been at it for a day and already the two companies are squabbling. In a motion filed earlier this afternoon, Apple expressed displeasure with the fact that Samsung, during its opening argument, asserted that Apple doesn't practice the patents it's asserting against the...

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Apple/Samsung trial, day 1: Phil Schiller was extremely concerned with Samsung's advertising efforts

Day 1 of Apple and Samsung's second California trial is now in the books. On Tuesday, both Apple and Samsung presented their opening arguments, with both sides naturally presenting vastly different takes on the smartphone revolution. Apple of course contends that Samsung piggy-backed off of its...

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Judge Cote grants class action status to consumers in e-book lawsuit

Reuters is reporting that a federal judge has given consumers the go-ahead to proceed with a class action lawsuit against Apple for colluding with a number of publishing houses to raise the price of e-books. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said the plaintiffs had "more than met their burden" to...

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Primer on Apple vs. Samsung Part II

Apple and Samsung's second major patent trial gets underway in California today. While the parties involved remain the same, the products and patents at issue are substantially different. Undoubtedly, in the coming weeks we'll be inundated with day-to-day reports relaying the latest news from the...

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BlackBerry successfully prevents Apple from hiring top executive... for now

It looks like we may have a Mark Papermaster scenario on our hands. iMore reports that Apple is facing a legal battle from BlackBerry over its attempt to hire Sebastien Marineau-Mes as the company's VP of Core OS. While at BlackBerry, Marineau-Mes was a SVP of Software. According to reports,...

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Steve Jobs wasn't even okay with Google hiring former Apple engineers

Earlier this week, PandoDaily released a treasure trove of information pertaining to the anti-poaching agreements many top Silicon Valley tech firms entered into a few years back, including an email showing showing that Steve Jobs angrily called Google co-founder Sergey Brin over Google's attempt...

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Emails reveal that Steve Jobs angrily called Sergey Brin over Google's recruitment of Apple's Safari team

During a period spanning 2005 through 2009, Apple and several other high-profile tech companies effectively signed off on anti-poaching agreements, whereby they agreed not to recruit employees from one another. The participants included Apple, Google, Adobe, Intuit, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Intel....

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Apple wants Samsung to pay $40 per accused device, court documents reveal

In just a few weeks, Apple and Samsung will begin their second large-scale patent infringement battle in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The trial comes just weeks after top executives from each respective company were unable to reach an amicable settlement agreement...

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Class action suit alleges POS devices in Apple stores discriminate against the visually impaired

A new class action lawsuit against Apple alleges that the company is in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act for not designing and providing store employees with point of sale devices (POS) that can independently be used by blind people. According to the suit, which was...

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When Carl Sagan sued Apple ... TWICE

In the early 90s, Apple began working on the Power Mac 7100, a product that was internally given the codename "Carl Sagan." The impetus behind the codename was a riff on Sagan's catchphrase "billions and billions", the implication being that the 7100 would go on to make Apple billions of...

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Apple and Samsung tell the Court: We can't reach a settlement agreement

Largely confirming what we already knew, Apple and Samsung issued a joint filing last week detailing their efforts to hammer out a settlement agreement ahead of their upcoming patent trial. According to the filing, Tim Cook, along with three members from Apple's in-house counsel, met with Samsung...

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Apple, Google, and other tech companies made a secret pact to keep employee salaries low while making billions

In theory, the tech world is supposed to be a bastion of freedom -- people with the best ideas are recruited by the best people to build the best products. Libertarians often point to Silicon Valley as an example of how the free market can set people free. It only works, however, if people are...

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Apple and Samsung settlement talks fail ahead of March trial

In a final effort to avoid a second Apple/Samsung trial, Judge Lucy Koh last January ordered that Tim Cook, along with three to four members of Apple's in-house legal team, meet with Samsung executives in an effort to hammer out a settlement agreement. As initially planned, the aforementioned...

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