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The European Commission Tuesday formally launched two parallel investigations into the prices Motorola Mobility is demanding for licenses to its standards-essential 2G and 3G wireless patents and Wi-Fi and online compression video patents. The formal investigations [formal as in “we’...
Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed a legal complaint against Apple Wednesday charging it with misleading consumers in promoting its new iPad. It said Apple suggests the iPad with Wifi+4G can connect to an Australian 4G mobile network with a SIM card when it ...
Smartphones are trending up, they now account for almost 50 percent of mobile phones in the United States.  And, not surprisingly, feature phones are trending down – four out of five new mobile phone purchases are for smartphones.  The clear winner is Google, about 48 percent of smartp...
The Fair Labor Association (FLA), which Apple hired to look into working conditions at Foxconn plants in China a few months ago, said late Thursday that it had interviewed 35,000 workers and found no instances of child labor or forced labor. What it did find was people working an uns...
Apple’s contract manufacturer Foxconn and its Taiwanese avatar the Hon Hai Group are buying 9.9% of struggling Osaka-based electronics conglomerate Sharp. They’ll get $1.6 billion worth of new Sharp shares. It’s the biggest investment a Taiwan company has ever made in a Japanese comp...
Apple CEO Tim Cook is in China, the company’s second-largest market, meeting with unnamed government officials as well as Vice-Premier Li Keqiang, who may be running the country next year. The Chinese said they chatted about IP issues and greater cooperation. Seems China wants to enh...
Apple has failed to shake coveted information about Google’s development of Android and its $12.5 billion planned acquisition of soon-to-be Google satellite Motorola Mobility out of MMI. Circuit Court Judge Richard Posner, who will hear Apple’s patent complaints against Motorola this...
After Apple said early Monday that it would start paying a $10.60-a-year dividend and buy back stock to spend down its massive cash horde – something some people say Steve Jobs would never have done – and after its stock closed at over $600 for the first time ever – you watching this u...
Breaking with tradition – and changing the definition of a growth company in the process – Apple Monday morning said it would start paying a quarterly dividend of $2.65 a share in the September quarter. At $10.60 a year that would currently be about a 1.8% yield, putting it among the...
For some reason that isn’t clear, Apple and Motorola Mobility took a shot at negotiating a cross-license that might have covered all the Android OEMs late last year. So says the European Commission’s decision to clear the Google-MMI merger that Bloomberg pointed to Monday. The 38-p...
A Dutch court Wednesday told Samsung it couldn’t have an injunction against Apple’s iPhone 4s based on patents it pledged to ETSI and 3G/UMTS standards. Not when Apple is willing to license them on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. It especially can’t have an inj...
In the chattiest Apple’s been about the iPad trademark mess it’s in in Mainland China it said Tuesday that the financially squeezed Shenzhen Proview Technology, which claims to still own the mark there, insisted on selling the IP in 2009 through its Taiwan affiliate so its many credito...
The Mac Blogosphere has the new iPad going on sale in retail stores at 8am Friday morning March 16. 9to5Mac has got pictures of some Apple signage showing the time.
Apple stock is at an all-time high pushed to its relatively dizzying height of $552 a share Monday by Wall Street’s supposition that it’ll sell more than a million iPads when the new widget hits the street Friday. The speculation is egged on by the fact that Apple said early on tha...
Its lawyers having wracked up mixed results seeking injunctions, Apple is supposedly ready to go back on its late chief Steve Jobs’ blood oath to wage “thermonuclear war” on Android for copying Apple’s widgetry and settle some of the legion of infringement suits it has filed against An...
It was just a matter of time before this elephant stomped into the room. The big Chinese banks that Proview Technology Shezhen – the Chinese company that claims to own the iPad trademark – owes a pot full of money to claim they relieved Proview of the Chinese rights to the mark in ea...
US Circuit Court Judge Richard Posner, probably America’s most eminent jurist, ordered Google and Motorola Mobility to turn over information Apple has been seeking about Google’s acquisition of Android Inc, the development of the Android operating system and the pending $12.5 billion G...
The Justice Department has told Apple and five price-pinched publishers that it’s going to sue them for colluding to raise the price of e-books according to the Wall Street Journal. The story broke hours after Apple unveiled its latest iPad, a device that may not be quite as popular ...
Hours before Apple introduced its new third-generation iPad Wednesday Samsung said it filed a new suit in South Korea charging the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 with trifling with three of its patents. Samsung told the Korea Times there would be “no compromise” with its single largest custome...
Apple unveiled the new iPad Wednesday calling the third-generation device simply the new iPad, not iPad 3 or iPad HD. The dingus does, however, have that to-die-for high-resolution retina display it was rumored to have. It also has a souped-up A5X chip, and a new five-megapixel iSigh...
We know everything about the new iPad but the name. After Wednesday’s hour-plus-long launch event in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cookies and team unveiled details about the company’s new tablet, simply calling it the “new iPad” throughout.
Nokia, a close friend of Microsoft, sold a bunch of wireless patents to a Luxembourg company called Core Wireless Licensing Sarl before it was acquired by Canada-based Mosaid Technologies last September. Microsoft then licensed the patents in a deal that gave it a “passive financial ...
There’s no iPad 3, CNET said Tuesday, hours before the dingus is supposed to be unveiled Wednesday. It’s going to be called iPad HD after the gadget’s reported new retina-like 2,048 x 1,536 screen. CNET got it from a developer “who’s previously provided reliable information with re...
At Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona, I had the great fortune to interview... Dr. Josep M. Picas, CIO, Hospital de St. Pau Barcelona. Dr. Josep M. Picas. M.D, at the University of Barcelona. Diploma at the ESADE Business School of Barcelona. He is the President of the Europe...
Apple’s App Store hit 25 billion downloads Saturday. That’s up 10 billion since July and 15 billion since last January. The App Store opened in July of 2008 so it’s not yet four-years-old. It now stocks 500,000 iPhone apps and 140,000 iPad-specific apps. Google’s Android Market, ...
At Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona, I had the great fortune to interview... Nick Brown, SVP, Solution Management, at SAP. Nick Brown is senior vice president (SVP) of strategy for SAP’s mobile applications. In this role, he is responsible for driving strategic market devel...
Apple Thursday won an injunction in Germany against all Motorola Mobility devices that infringe a photo gallery patent. If Apple enforces it, MMI will have to destroy all the implicated widgets in its possession and recall those out in the channel. That currently means the Xoom table...
Here we are on the cusp of the iPad 3 introduction next week and Apple, whose market cap has now passed a half-a-trillion dollar, as in trillion – finds itself in the ludicrous position of being sued by a bankrupt Chinese company on the verge of being delisted from the Hong Kong Stock ...
Apple Tuesday sent out an invitation for what is assumed to be the iPad 3 unveiling next week on Wednesday March 7. The festivities will be held in San Francisco, not New York as CNBC put out there for a while. The invite makes no mention of what Apple’s announcing. It just reads: ...
Proview, the bankrupt Taiwan-Mainland China display house that apparently – through slight of hand – rooked Apple out of the rights to the iPad trademark in China – is supposedly making settlement noises after a Shanghai court refused to stop iPad sales in the city pending a decision b...
An outfit called OnLive has put a virus-free Windows 7, not 8, 7, plus the whole Office suite, Adobe Reader and a one gigabit-a-second Internet connection with the data sized to fit, on the iPad. It works virtually through a remote computer farm sort of like GoToMyPC writ large. Mi...
The International Trade Commission has thrown out the first of two HTC infringement complaints against Apple, the one filed in May of 2010. ITC commissioners last Friday upheld the findings of the agency’s administrative law judge last year. He found that Apple doesn’t infringe any o...
A Munich court Thursday found Motorola Mobility guilty of infringing an Apple patent and handed Apple a permanent injunction against two Android smartphones. Apple can enforce the injunction after posting a bond lest MMI succeed in invalidating the slide-to-unlock patent (EP1964022) ...
The Chinese company that claims it owns the iPad trademark says it plans to seek a ban on iPad exports out of China, threatening global supplies. According to what a lawyer for Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Co Ltd told Reuters, the firm is petitioning Chinese customs to stop shipment...
Contrary to Steve Jobs’ dictum that the 9.7-inch iPad is as small as a tablet can get, Apple is testing a widget that’s around eight inches and has gotten as far as qualifying suppliers for it, according to the Wall Street Journal. It’s supposed to be working with screen makers AU Opt...
The Internet highway may start looking like a proverbial New York traffic jam at rush hour soon. Feel free to substitute any town you like because Cisco says there’s going to be a faster-than-expected 18x surge in worldwide mobile data traffic between 2011 and 2016. That’s when mob...
Apple wants the Ice Cream-bearing Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone that Samsung worked on with Google banned from the United States because it allegedly infringes four strong Apple technical patents – none of this squishy design stuff like before. Apple quietly asked a district court in Ca...
Within seconds of Wall Street opening Monday morning Apple tore through the $500-a-share barrier for the first time, a little over six months after hitting $400. The talking heads on CNBC say the company has added the value of a Facebook since its legendary founder Steve Jobs died in O...
Apple quietly wrote a letter to ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, in November asking it to set basic rules for the licensing of standards-essential patents and to make its patent-wielding members commit to the principles. Apple clearly had Google and its Andro...
Apple is going to launch the iPad 3, or whatever they call it, the first week of March at a special event in San Francisco according to AllThingsD, a prophecy the punters regarded as being as good as a statement from the company. As a result Apple Thursday hit an all-time high, teasi...


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