Apple landed a tax break from Gilbert Public Schools governing board on Monday. According to AZCentral, the five-member board voted unanimously in favor of the deal, which Apple was seeking as an incentive to operate a major manufacturing plant in the area. Bryan Chaffin argues that this is part of a corporate race to the bottom that needs to stop.
Internet search giant Google has agreed to a US$17 million settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia for sidestepping the privacy settings in Apple's Safari Web browser. The settlement follows a similar deal with the Federal Trade Commission that led to a $22.5 million fine.
U.S. authorities acknowledged the benefits of "virtual currency systems" in a Senate hearing on Bitcoins, and Bitcoin traders reacted by sending the cryptocurrency skyrocketing above the $700 mark only to correct as profit takers reaped enormous from the rapid rise. The possibility of U.S. intervention to crush Bitcoin has been an overhang on the currency from the get-go, and Monday's comments indicate that overhang could disappear.
Samsung's rush-to-market-to-beat-Apple Galaxy Gear smartwatch has launched with a resounding thud. BusinessKorea reported that Samsung has sold fewer than 50,000 units since it was released in September despite a multimillion dollar marketing campaign.
An appeals court has ordered Judge Lucy Koh to reconsider her decision not to award Apple with an import ban on Samsung devices that were found to infringe on Apple patents. The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down a unanimous ruling that instructed Judge Koh to reconsider Apple's claim that Samsung's infringement was causing irreparable harm to the iPhone and iPad maker.
Judge Lucy Koh told Apple that it can't go after lost profits as part of the damages related to four of the five patents in its damages retrial against Samsung based on an assumption as to when the company might have started working around the iPhone and iPad maker's patents. That's good news for Samsung and a perplexing position for Apple because the ruling doesn't seem to follow any sort of logic.
Protection is important for your iPad Air, but one doesn't want a case that defeats that airy feeling that it's known for. John Martellaro reviews three cases from iLuv, Newertech, and Speck that are in the 6 to 9 ounce range They're not the lightest possible cases, but the protection is good.
Apple asked a jury on Tuesday for US$380 million in damages from Samsung in a damages retrial. This figure is less than the $450 million Apple was originally awarded and then thrown out by Judge Lucy Koh—hence the retrial—but it is a tad more than the $53 million that Samsung says it should pay. Bryan Chaffin explains where these numbers came from.
Apple and Samsung are set to square off in U.S. Federal Court today for a retrial to determine just how much money Samsung owes as damages for infringing on the iPhone and iPad maker's patents. Apple scored a big win in its patent fight with the electronics maker last year, but part of the damages the company was awarded was tossed out for being improperly calculated.
We have a complex story coming out of New York that says GlobalFoundries is going to be making at least some of Apple's A-series chips in the company's "Fab 8" facility in Malta, NY. What's interesting is that according to the story, Samsung will be helping GlobalFoundries set it up. Bryan Chaffin examines the issues.
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