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Apple Siri Keeps Data 2 Years!

Apple users’ privacy may be at risk, as Apple finally revealed to Wired that Siri data is kept for 2 years even though that is not mentioned on Apple’s FAQs about Siri. In March 2012 the American Civil Liberties Union raised the issue about Siri privacy and claimed that the Apple Privacy Policy was unclear but … Continue reading this entry

eMails Costly to Samsung in Apple's $1 Billion Jury Verdict

Behind Apple’s huge verdict in the Samsung trial it’s likely that eMails may have caused the most damage to Samsung on two levels: first, Samsung destroyed eMails which led the Judge to instruct the jury that they should assume the destroyed emails were adverse to Samsung (the legal term is an “Adverse Inference”); and second, … Continue reading this entry

Samsung is Accused of Mistreating Chinese Workers

China Labor Watch (CLW) reported "illegal and inhumane violations" at Samsung’s factories in China including 7 workers under the age of 16. With all the bad press resulting from Apple’s August 2012 $1billion patent infringement victory over Samsung, the title of CLW Report says volumes: An Investigation of Eight Samsung Factories in China: Is Samsung … Continue reading this entry

Millions of Apple Device IDs Published - FBI Security Breached?

Computerworld reported that a hacker group published what it “claims is about 1 million unique device identifier numbers (UDIDs) for Apple devices that it said it accessed earlier this year from a computer belonging to an FBI agent.” The report went on to explain that “Apple’s UDIDs are a set of alphanumeric characters used to … Continue reading this entry

Apple v. Samsung - No Infringement in Japan

Just to show how unpredictable patent infringement cases are, a week after Apple’s massive $1+ billion verdict against Samsung in California, a Tokyo Judge ruled that Samsung did not infringe a different Apple patent. Computerworld reported that Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji ruled on August 31, 2012 that Samsung did not infringe Apple’s “patent for synching … Continue reading this entry

Cloud Data Storage - How Safe?

Daily news headlines regularly report lax, or no, security for cloud data. In the past few weeks two very high profile businesses reported cloud breaches – Apple’s iCloud and Dropbox. It is no coincidence that my August column for eCommerce Times is entitled “The Cloud Privacy Illusion,” which of course I welcome you to review. … Continue reading this entry

Who Has the Dirtiest Clouds? Apple, Amazon, but not Google

Greenpeace reported that cloud computing may be popular, but generally it’s not very clean and gave Apple Ds and Amazon Fs, while Google got the best grades. The Greenpeace report entitled “How Clean is Your Cloud?” made these observations about electrical consumption: The electricity consumption of data centers may be as much as 70% higher … Continue reading this entry

Judge Rules that Apple Didn't Invent the iPad!

In 1994 Roger Fidler created a tablet with most of the features of the iPad a federal Judge ruled in Apple’s patent infringement case against Samsung. US District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s motion for an injunction against Samsung for its Galaxy and Droid phone because Fidler’s 1994 tablet design created “basically the same visual … Continue reading this entry

Ever Wonder Who Makes your iPhone? iPad?

After getting a new iPhone that had test pictures inside the Chinese factory where is was made, Mike Daisey was intrigued to learn more about the individuals who actually make the Apple products (and Dell, and many others). Daisey recently told his story on This American Life radio about his trip to China to see … Continue reading this entry

Apple Loses Trademark Claim on "App Store" to Amazon

Apple did not prove that App Store was famous and not descriptive, therefore Apple failed to establish a likelihood of success at trial. On July 6, 2011 US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton denied Apple’s request to enjoin Amazon from using “App Store” as she ruled that it was unlikely that there would be any confusion between … Continue reading this entry

Apple - Most Valuable Brand in the World, But Loses its Retail Guru to J.C. Penny

Google was the most valuable brand name in the world for 4 years, and now Apple has finally surpassed Google as the most valuable brand.  Rounding out the top 10 are very familar names: 1. Apple 2. Google 3. IBM 4. McDonald’s 5. Microsoft 6. Coca-Cola 7. AT&T 8. Marlboro 9. China Mobile 10. GE Of … Continue reading this entry

Senator Sends Letter to Apple Complaining about iPhone/iPad Location Logging

Researchers reported that Apple iOS4 operating system secretly logs unencrypted location data for iPhones, iPads, and those computers on which the devices synch to iTunes. Apparently the data resides on these devices only, so the largest problem will occur if the devices are lost, stolen, or hacked into. As a result of this revelation Senator Al Franken … Continue reading this entry

10 Billion Apps Downloaded - Wow!

Apple claims 160 million iPhone, iPod, and iPad users world-wide and given the popularity of Apple apps- it’s no surprise at Apple’s announcement of 10 billion apps downloaded. The 10 billion apps comes on the heels of Steve Jobs’ announcement of his departure for medical leave, once again. Which is not good news for Apple. Before … Continue reading this entry

Microsoft Trying to be Smaller in the EU and Bigger in China

The EU finally concluded its antitrust case against Microsoft by allowing customers to select browsers from a variety of 12 options including Google (Chrome), Apple (Safari), Mozilla (Firefox), and Opera. Under the plan “in March Microsoft will issue an update that enables the more than 100 million European users of Windows XP, Vista and Windows … Continue reading this entry

Second Trial Jury Verdict of $1.92M Against Single Mom For Copyright Infringement of 24 Songs

A Minneapolis jury awarded a number of recording companies damages for willful infringement of 24 songs in the only trial for file-sharing by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) of the estimated 30,000 lawsuits they filed before ceasing litigation last year. The RIAA settled most lawsuits for about $3,500 and now the RIAA stopped … Continue reading this entry

Internet Antitrust - US and EU

Apparently the US Justice Department is investigating anticompetitive behavior concerning among others Google, Yahoo! , and Apple since many Internet companies restrict recruiting and hiring of one another’s employees. Since anticompetitive employment agreements in the technology industry are the norm it’s particularly interesting that the Justice Department is pursuing these companies. Internet and IT companies … Continue reading this entry