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Apple data sharing violates privacy laws rules German court

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A Berlin Regional Court has today ruled that Apple’s policy on sharing customer data violates privacy laws. The court has ruled that Apple cannot request or claim “global consent” for use of a customers  data, without informing customers of how and where the data will be used. As a result, Apple will no longer be able to use German users’ data to…

Apple settles class-action in-app purchasing lawsuit

We’ve all heard the stories. A young child takes control of an iOS device, perhaps in ownership, or in a desperate parental attempt to occupy the child. The child has soon downloaded “Tap zoo”, or some other form of “freemium” app, and before you can say “Build an amazing zoo”, the child has racked up an iTunes bill of $4000. Today, following a…

Smartphone unlocking laws: Seriously? [Editorial]

As you may well have heard, on Saturday, the grace period offered by the DCMA following its heinous decision to outlaw smartphone unlocking ended. The law came into force on October 28 of last year, and its legislation made it illegal to unlock “newly purchased” smartphones. The grace period of 90 days gave confused consumers at least some time to make a…

Reminder: Unlocking your iPhone without your carrier’s permission is illegal from today in the States

On Thursday the news broke that from today (Saturday, 26th Jan 2013) carrier unlocking phones in the U.S. is to become illegal, unless you have permission from your carrier. Heaven knows why the subject even required this intense scrutiny from the government, but, in the end it looks like it’s the end user who’s suffered here. As many of you will know,…

Apple, HTC patent agreement will be void if either company is bought out

Earlier this week, Apple and HTC signed a patent agreement to settle all open patent agreements. It has been discovered today, however, that this agreement will be voided if either company is bought out. FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller reports that this agreement prevents Samsung from buying out HTC to avoid their patent wars with Apple. “In the event of…

Judge in Siri patent lawsuit steps down

A recent lawsuit filed by Dynamic Advances, LLC against Apple over its Siri voice assistant is already getting some news. Filed just last Friday, the patent in question is actually the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutes’s, and deals with a “natural language interface using constrained intermediate dictionary of results.” To begin what is sure to be a…