Apple Files Expected Appeal of E-Book Injunction

“Apple also hereby appeals from any and all orders and rulings that were adverse to it.”
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Wi-Fi Sniffing Probably Qualifies as Wiretapping, Appeals Court Tells Google

Google today lost an appeal of its long-running “Wi-Spy” case, in which its Street View cars slurped up data from open Wi-Fi networks. But even some people unaffiliated with the company — which was wrong, very wrong in the first place and has admitted as such — are unhappy with the ruling, as it judged open Wi-Fi networks not to be a “radio communication” or “readily accessible to the general public,” so therefore they fall under the U.S. Wiretap Act. Google had sought to dismiss wiretap claims as part of a broader class action suit, and a spokesperson said the company is considering its next steps.

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Patent Troll Eolas Finally Vanquished

Great news for the Internet. An appeals court this week upheld a lower court ruling that invalidated a pair of controversial patents held by Eolas Technologies. Those patents, which covered some of the technologies underpinning the Web, were asserted against Apple, Google, Amazon and a host of other companies back in 2009 by Eolas, sparking outcry from open-Web advocates. Among them: Tim Berners-Lee, widely considered one of the fathers of the Internet, who argued that Eolas’s patent claims, if upheld, would “substantially impair the usability of the Web.” Good riddance to another patent troll looking for a big IP payday.

Apple-Samsung Sales Ban Showdown Heads to Court Next Month

Apple gets a court date to argue in favor of a ban on the Samsung devices that last summer were found to infringe its patents.
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Apple Loses Bid for Galaxy Tab Ban in the Netherlands

According to Apple, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet infringes on the look and feel, or so-called “community design,” of its iPad. But according to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, it does not. And in a Friday ruling, it dismissed Apple’s appeal for a preliminary injunction against the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, saying its design rights are too limited in scope to justify such an action. Apple declined a request for comment.

No Fast Lane for Apple’s Patent Pursuit of Samsung

The waiting is the hardest part.
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Apple to Appeal Judge’s Decision Against Samsung Sales Ban

Apple said today it would appeal U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh’s decision against blocking sales of certain Samsung devices found to have infringed Apple patents in a trial that resulted in a billion-dollar verdict in Apple’s favor. Koh ruled that Apple failed to prove the infringing products significantly harmed iPhone sales.

Yahoo Ordered to Pay $2.7 Billion (Yes, Billion) by Mexican Court

A standoff.
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What, Me Worry? Google Finally Reacts to AppSung Verdict (And I Translate It).

Translation: The search giant is worried.
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RIM Dodges $147 Million Bullet

Viacom Asks for a Do-Over on YouTube

SCO: It Lives Again!

Apple Taking OPTi to the Mat