AT&T to FTC: We Can Throttle Data, and You Can’t Stop Us

10:58 AM, Jan. 12th, 2015 · · Analysis

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against AT&T to stop the cell service provider from throttling download speeds for its customers who still have unlimited wireless data plans. AT&T argues the FTC doesn't have any jurisdiction over its wireless data services, and as such isn't in a position to stop it from throttling download speeds for customers it thinks are using too much of their unlimited data.

Apple Drops the Ball on Sony’s “The Interview” Deal

12:52 PM, Dec. 24th, 2014 · · Analysis

What do you do if North Korea strong arms you into pulling a movie from release? If you're Sony, you turn to the White House in hopes of convincing Apple to release it through the iTunes Store. And if you're Apple, you blow the chance for an exclusive deal so YouTube and Xbox Video can jump in instead.

Rockstar Patent Sale Indicates Further De-escalation of Mobile Patent War

8:45 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2014 · · Analysis

Rockstar Patent Sale Indicates Further De-escalation of Mobile Patent War

Rockstar Consortium, Inc. announced a major patent sale to licensing firm RPX on Tuesday. The company, which is co-owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony, will part with more than 4,000 patents, the bulk of its remaining patent portfolio. The move signals a further de-escalation of the patent wars in the mobile space, because RPX will license the patents to some 30 different groups of companies across the industry.

BBC Films ‘Apple’s Broken Promises’ for Worker Conditions in Pegatron iPhone Factory

8:09 PM, Dec. 18th, 2014 · · Analysis

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The BBC has published a video (below) showing what it describes as "Apple's broken promises" to improve and protect working conditions in its Chinese factories. The media organization sent undercover reporters in to work at a Pegatron factory making Apple iPhones, where they filmed company-orchestrated cheating on tests, hours that far exceed Apple's requirements, and intimidation tactics used to control workers.

Appellate Judge Questions Government’s Case against Apple for iBooks

8:58 PM, Dec. 15th, 2014 · · Analysis

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A Judge hearing Apple's appeal in its iBooks price fixing conviction in the ebook market questioned that conviction and the very premise of the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) case against the company. During a hearing on Monday, Judge Dennis Jacobs took an openly critical stance in his questioning of DOJ attorneys—one of the other two judges also appeared doubtful of the case, while the third apparently seemed to take a stance more in line with the District Court judge who convicted Apple.

Apple Ebook Antitrust Appeal is About Amazon’s Market Control

11:44 AM, Dec. 15th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple's appeal in Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it engaged in a conspiracy to artificially raise ebook prices goes to court today. For Apple, it's a chance to clear its name, but for the book industry the outcome represents a chance to end what amounts to Amazon's government sanctioned monopoly on the book market.