Paid Content reports that a second lawsuit is being filed against Samsung and Carrier IQ in Chicago.
Carrier IQ concerning the massive potential privacy violations inherent in their reporting software. But most of us don't have the authority of Congress riding behind them. Al Franken (D, Minnesota) does, and what's more he's the chairman of the Senate subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and Law. So when he sends a letter to Carrier IQ outlining 11 different questions that need answering by December 14th, you know the situation just got bumped up a few levels.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N that Samsung released in Germany specifically to avoid Apple's lawsuits didn't manage to escape. Samsung has been under some heavy attack in Germany, Australia and other parts of the world for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 because Apple claims it infringes on their patents and design. Today Apple seeks another injunction on the new Tab 10.1N and a court date has been set.
worldwide crusade against Android in general, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in particular. Apple's lawyers scored a major victory earlier this year when a sales ban injunction was granted, essentially making Samsung's tablet illegal to sell in the entire country. Naturally Samsung appealed the case, and at least one of the three appeals judges seems to be sympathetic, labeling Apple's iPad market share as a monopoly.
threatening an XDA-Developers member with legal action over exposing embarrassing privacy violations in their network management software, Carrier IQ has retracted its demands and issued a public apology. The retraction came after the EFF came to TrevE's legal aid and blogs and news sites around the Internet slammed the company's actions. Recognizing a public relations nightmare when they saw one, the company said it was "deeply sorry for any concern or trouble that our letter may have caused Mr. Eckhart." The press release went on to say that Carrier IQ's software doesn't record keystrokes, location or usage information, in direct opposition to TrevE's findings.
HTC's recent Sense UI issue don't help. So when XDA-Developers poster TrevE found some disturbingly direct violations of Android users' privacy in the Carrier IQ tracking software, he made it known to as many people as possible, with citations and evidence as needed. Now Carrier IQ has sent him a cease and desist letter, threatening legal action if he doesn't remove his research and allegations. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a legal defense group for technology enthusiasts and issues, has offered him assistance.
banned across Europe. Earlier this week we saw details of a Tab 10.1N with a very slight change of design to avoid those lawsuits so Samsung could sell their tablets in Germany. Today we have that new tablet on video in case you'd like to take a look.
lobbied United States regulators to investigate Microsoft, on the basis that its lawsuits and licensing agreements with Android OEMs constituted monopolistic behavior. The first fruit of this effort is a detailed look at the patents that Microsoft has been using to pressure manufacturers into licensing deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Barnes & Noble seems determined to keep from paying Microsoft for its Nook line of e-readers and tablets.
urged US regulators to investigate Microsoft's patents and the claims therein. B&N asserts that Microsoft is trying to drive up the price of the Android devices it competes with, thereby making its own Windows Phone 7 more attractive to manufacturers and consumers.