During Monday's Apple Q1 2014 earning report, analyst Toni Sacconaghi at Sanford Bernstein asked Tim Cook a very tough, pointed question about the Mac versus iPhone growth. Mr. Cook's response was instructive.
Google and Samsung struck a ten-year patent cross licensing deal over the weekend they characterize as an example for the rest of the industry. While the two companies are pushing the deal as a positive move for innovation, it rings hollow and seems more like an attempt to make the competitors they're already fighting over patent infringement claims look bad.
Carl Icahn stepped up his pressure on Apple to increase its stock buyback program with a rambling open letter to shareholders. In that letter, which weighs in at a hefty 2,982 words, two themes are clear: the first is that Apple should listen to him because he knows best, and the second is that he just plunked down another billion dollars to buy more $AAPL stock.
Samsung suffered yet another legal setback in its ongoing patent infringement fight against Apple Tuesday evening when Judge Lucy Koh issued a summary ruling saying the electronics maker is infringing on the iPhone and iPad's typing autocomplete feature. Judge Koh gave Samsung another blow when she ruled its multimedia sync patent was invalid, too, essentially killing one of the company's legal weapons ahead of this March's new patent infringement trial between the two tech giants.
Apple won a temporary stay on Tuesday that blocks the imposition of a court appointed antitrust monitor until Apple's full appeal can be heard by a three judge panel. Judge Raymond Lohier Jr. from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan also said that Apple's full appeal should be heard "as soon as possible."
Apple has pointed out its line in the sand...again...for a patent settlement with Samsung: a "no cloning" provision that would allow Apple to sue come the day that Samsung copies its devices...again. In a court filing published by FOSS Patents, Apple said that despite Samsung's attempts to convince the court otherwise, Apple has consistently included a "no cloning" provision in its settlement talks with Samsung.
Microsoft's woes continue to mount as one of its most important customers—HP—is bringing back Windows 7. The move is one of the most prominent rejections of Microsoft's Windows 8 strategy to date, and shows just how badly the PC industry is faring.
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to rule on whether or not police need a warrant before searching a suspect's cellphone after arrest. Currently, there are two lower court rulings on the issue and they're contradictory. If the Court rules in line with Massachussetts, what's on our smartphones is our own business. Ruling in line with California, however, means police can search through all the contents of our iPhones and other smartphones as much as they want after an arrest.
A federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's rules governing net neutrality on Tuesday. In a case brought by Verizon against those rules, a three judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington found for Verizon on a technicality—the FCC was treating Internet providers as "common carriers" while simultaneously classifying them as exempt from common carrier rules.
There's an underlying theme every year at CES and this time it was wearable technology. Or more accurately, the desperate attempt to make sure everyone knows you're making wearable tech, too. The result? Truckloads of cheap looking trinket watches and a glut of the same features at every booth.
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