While damages trial goes to jury, Samsung seeks mistrial


Patent wars between Samsung and Apple continue to rage on, with both sides presenting their closing arguments for the current retrial on Monday. The matter is very complicated, but essentially in the original trial between Apple and Samsung, the jury found that multiple Samsung devices did indeed infringe on Apple’s patents. Despite the fact that multiple Apple patents were infringed upon, damages were only awarded for one patent, and what should have been awarded to Apple was miscalculated.

Samsung has paid $400 million of the original $1.05 billion that Apple was awarded, and Apple is now seeking a further $380 million on top of the remaining $650 million that Apple is owed. Samsung, however, believes that they are only responsible for a further $52 million.

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Google settles states’ Safari probe allegations with $17 million


Google will cough up $17 million to a total of 37 states and the District of Colombia in order to settle allegations made against them. These allegations essentially involved Google’s use of cookies on the mobile version of Apple‘s Safari, regardless of whether users allowed cookies in their security settings or not. This $17 million is on top of the $22 million they agreed to pay in August 2013 after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission conducted their own probe for the same allegation.

The settlement comes after a rather long two year probe into the tech giants use of cookies. “Cookies” is the word used for small files that allow websites to track users browsing habits. By default, Safari for iPhone or iPad blocks cookies, but Google was able to bypass these settings by altering the code involved in the cookies they used. Google agreed to not use this altered code, unless in the case of security, fraud, or technical issues.

The company agreed to pay $22 million in August 2012 to settle a probe by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission relating to the same matter.

Source: Reuters

Apple vs. Samsung battle renewed by U.S. Court of Appeals


Remember when Samsung faced a possible U.S.-ban on 26 of its products last year? U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s request for a court injunction against Samsung. It was good news for the Korean manufacturer, but it still had to pay $1 billion in damages.

However, Samsung may again be in danger. Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gave Apple a partial victory which will give the company another chance to argue that Samsung should have its products banned from the U.S. market.

Apparently Koh had not considered Apple’s evidence well enough to make her decision in the case, according to the Court of Appeals.

If something new comes out of this new trial, we’ll certainly keep you updated.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Phil Schiller claims Samsung damaged Apple’s brand image through patent infringement


As part of Apple and Samsung’s latest lawsuit, one of Apple’s top marketing executives, Phil Schiller, took to the stand to discuss the damage Samsung actually did to Apple through technology and design patent infringement. According to Schiller, he was “quite shocked” when Samsung released their original Galaxy S smartphone, since it was a direct copy of the iPhone. He claimed that it weakened the world’s view of Apple, and that it caused consumers to “question our innovation and design skills in a way that people never used to” because it was so similar. Read more

Apple Demanding $380 million from Samsung in damages over patent dispute


Patent wars between Apple and Samsung have been raging for years and there really is no end in sight. The most recent breakthrough is that Apple is demanding Samsung give up $380 million for infringing on Apple’s patents.

This demand comes over a year after Apple won $1 billion from Samsung, even though this figure was later reduced to $600 million.

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Surprise Surprise: Steve Jobs really hated Andy Rubin and Android


We already knew that Steve Jobs wanted to go thermonuclear on Android, but apparently his hatred for both Android and it’s co-founder, Andy Rubin was very deep. This comes from a new book entitled, Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went To War And Started a Revolution, by Fred Vogelstein.

Apparently, Steve Jobs told friends that Rubin was a “big, arrogrant f**k,” and he didn’t appear any calmer when talking about Android either, “Everything is a f**king rip off of what we’re doing.” 

The book also gets into the beginnings of both Android and iOS. According to Vogelstein, Android was ready to be released in the same year as the iPhone, but when Andy Rubin saw the iPhone announcement, he knew Android needed more work. After seeing the entire iPhone presentation he said, “Holy crap, I guess we’re not going to launch that phone.” Eventually Android was released about a year later with the HTC G1, which started the war of wars.

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Survey says: Apple Is Transposing More U.S. Android Users To Its iPhone?


Survey time again folks. Gotta love these things. Whenever I come across surveys like this they tend to always beg more questions than provide any useful statistics. However, I’ll digress for a moment to report the news. According to a recent study over at Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), this year exhibited a greater influx of Android users moving over to Apple’s OS and the iPhone was much greater when compared to last year’s iPhone launch.  According to Mike Levin, CIRP partner and co-founder “Ideally, Apple attracts a significant percent of its customers from Android and other systems,”.  

Furthermore, according to the research, during this year’s most recent iPhone launch the company saw a pretty hefty increase in users coming from a previous iPhone, most likely as a result of there being very few consumers left in the U.S. without a smartphone. According to the graph above by CIRP, in Sept of 2012 there was a 16% jump from individuals moving from an Android smartphone to the Apple operating system. The study goes on to further state that this year the number jumped to 21% with the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c devices.    Read more

Samsung set to defend itself in court after leaking confidential Apple documents


During the many, many lawsuits and court battles that Samsung and Apple have engaged in, there have been some occasions where each company has had access to private documents and information from the other company. Of course, that information should only ever be used in the context of the legal battles, but apparently Samsung had a different idea.

In one phase of Apple and Samsung’s patent fight, Apple gave Samsung confidential documents explaining their patent agreements with companies like Nokia, Ericsson, Sharp, and Philips. The court issued a protective order that was supposed to prevent Samsung from doing anything with those documents that wasn’t related to the lawsuit. According to Apple, Samsung leaked that information to roughly 90 employees and 130 unauthorized lawyers, which is a pretty big leak. Samsung executive Dr. Seungho Ahn attempted to use the information to strong-arm Nokia into a licensing agreement, but now that Nokia has joined Apple’s side in a motion for sanctions, I’m sure Samsung regrets the idea. Read more

Google Ranked 5th Most Valuable Brand According to Forbes


We all knew Google was an extremely valuable company, but many will be surprised to learn that Google is ranked the worlds 5th most valuable brand according to Forbes. The company, which started out as a simple search engine, was beaten to number 1 by companies Apple, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and IBM.

Google currently is worth a whopping $47.3 billion, and it generated a very large sum of $13 billion before interest and taxes in 2012. Google only continues to grow in value as well and they continue to branch out into other areas of research and technology.

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comScore reports latest smartphone market share with only Apple and Samsung showing growth in Q3

september 2013 growth

comScore has reported the latest market shares for the month of September, and for every manufacturer that isn’t Samsung or Apple, it’s not good news.

Overall, Android has seen a slight 0.2% dip between June and September with iOS gaining just a fraction more of the total market. Most of that growth has come at the expense of BlackBerry, which is to be expected. On the Android side of things, Samsung was the only major manufacturer that saw any growth. Apple also saw just under 1% growth in the quarter, but HTC and Motorola both lost a few points of market share. What does that mean for those companies? Well, the biggest thing is that the HTC One and Moto X aren’t helping as much as they’d hoped. It also means that Samsung and Apple are selling devices at a significantly faster clip than what HTC and Motorola can do. LG, fortunately, didn’t lose any market share, but they didn’t gain any, either. No news is good news, right?

This report doesn’t really tell us anything we haven’t been expecting thanks to news stories in the past few months, but it solidifies just how strong of a grip Samsung and Apple maintain on the smartphone market. Despite other OEMs best attempts to shake up the landscape, nothing’s worked so far.

source: comScore