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ReDigi awarded patent on digital resale ‘without making a copy’
January 29, 2014 | 7:00 am

Yesterday I received a press release from ReDigi, the company trying to allow (and monetize) the resale of “used” digital goods such as music or e-books, with an embargo time of, well, right now. The release claims the award of a patent on the technology ReDigi wants to use to enable the resale of digital media. It says the patent covers the transfer of digital media files without making a copy. ReDigi has been in the news a great deal in the last couple of years. The RIAA complained, and record label EMI sued, over ReDigi’s plan to allow...

Department of Justice files objection to temporary Apple antitrust monitor stay
January 24, 2014 | 9:18 pm

The filing doesn’t seem to be on PACER yet, and I haven’t been able to find any other link to the filing, but in keeping with the declared deadline of close of business Friday, the Department of Justice has filed its opposition to Apple getting a temporary stay of the anti-trust monitor. CNET and the Wall Street Journal have the coverage and some quotes from the filing. CNET: "In any event, the district court did not exceed its authority in ordering an external monitor for Apple or abuse its discretion in declining to disqualify the...

WSJ rumor mill highlights what people want, expect from Apple
January 24, 2014 | 2:46 pm

A recent and widely quoted report from the Wall Street Journal makes a couple of interesting calls about Apple iPhone developments supposedly in the works, quoting the customary "people familiar with the situation." (Those people sure get familiar with a lot of situations.) And according to the report, "facing competition from rivals offering smartphones with bigger screens, Apple Inc. ... is planning larger displays on a pair of iPhones due for release this year." WSJ doesn't spare much effort in ramming home the message. " Apple is losing market share to rivals who offer bigger screens," it insists, and wheels out...

Icahn, Apple can’t?
January 23, 2014 | 4:28 pm

Activist investor Carl Icahn has put Apple fairly in his sights with a tweet and subsequent interviews that confirmed he has taken up a large position in the Cupertino giant's stock - in the expectation of pushing it into escalating its share buyback program, which would deliver a handsome return to shareholders. "Having purchased $500 million more $AAPL shares in the last two weeks, our investment has crossed the $3 billion mark yesterday," he tweeted, following this with: "We feel $APPL board is doing great disservice to shareholders by not having markedly increased its buyback. In-depth letter to follow soon." As quoted...

Appeals court issues temporary stay of Apple antitrust monitorship pending hearing the appeal
January 21, 2014 | 4:39 pm

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals just issued a temporary stay (PDF) of the antitrust monitorship over Apple pending further review by a three-judge panel. As I understand it, this isn’t really a full victory for Apple so much as it is a standard part of the process of appeal; they’re staying the monitorship only until they can hear the appeal in full. At that point they will decide whether it gets a permanent stay. There’s really not more to report than that right now. Even news sources like the New York Times simply follow it up with a...

Opinion filing details Judge Cote’s rationale for denying stay of Apple monitor
January 17, 2014 | 1:31 pm

Ever try to give a cat a bath? That’s the experience Judge Cote seems to be having trying to get Apple to play nice with its court-appointed antitrust monitor. She finally filed her opinion (PDF) on the decision she issued concerning Apple’s move for a stay and removal of Michael Bromwich yesterday. Computer problems at her court had prevented it from being filed earlier (PDF). The decision weighs in at a whopping 64 pages. As with her original decision in the matter, Judge Cote clearly didn’t want to leave anything to chance in the appeal. Over the course...

Judge Cote denies Apple request for stay and removal of Bromwich as monitor
January 14, 2014 | 10:17 am

Well, that went about as expected. Judge Cote made her ruling yesterday turning down Apple’s request for a stay of, and preferably the dismissal of, its court-appointed anti-trust monitor, Michael Bromwich. She hasn’t issued her opinion yet; I’ll keep checking throughout the day to see when it appears and update the story accordingly. [Update: Rather than update this post, I wrote a whole new one about it.] Reuters has a fairly sparse writeup, but Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly comes through with considerably more detail. The judge essentially demolished Apple’s arguments, noting that Bromwich’s actions were indeed in...

Latest Apple filing in antitrust case requests removal of Michael Bromwich as monitor
January 8, 2014 | 5:21 am

Thanks go to Mike for alerting me to Apple’s latest filing, supporting its request for a stay and requesting the removal of Michael Bromwich from the duty of antitrust compliance monitor. Since the filing is too new to have been covered in detail by anyone else yet, I went to PACER and snagged the relevant filings. In Apple’s cover letter (PDF) and motion supporting its request for a stay (PDF), the company’s counsel lay out its objections to Bromwich’s continued tenure as a compliance monitor. It complains that, by filing the declaration laying out his problems getting to speak...

What do Apple executives and Bruce Banner have in common?
January 4, 2014 | 2:34 pm

425.the.incredible.hulk.033108Business Insider has another article on the enmity between Apple and Michael Bromwich, including PDFs of Apple’s filing requesting a stay and Bromwich’s declaration detailing his interactions with Apple over the last few months. According to Apple’s attorneys, the corporation apparently shares some characteristics with Bruce Banner. It’s angry, and you wouldn’t like it when it’s angry. Seriously, that is what Bromwich says Apple’s lawyers told him: that “Apple executives would ‘never get over the case’ and that they were still extremely angry.” And that it might be a good idea for Bromwich to wait to talk to them...

Apple Design Infographic: Makes Some Good Points
January 3, 2014 | 10:45 am

Apple DesignAs a user of both Android and Apple products, I found this Apple design infographic particularly interesting, especially the Simplicity and Craft sections. Source: TopWebDesignSchools.org With few exceptions, I do find the iProducts simpler to use. For example, I was hunting for a setting this morning, and it was faster and easier to find on the iPhone. Android devices are more customizable, especially with widgets, but whenever I need to show I client how to do something, it's always easier on Apple products than Android. The power user in me loves my Android tablet. The teacher much prefers the iPad. Craft is also...

DOJ, state, and consumer attorneys fire back at Apple over antitrust monitor stay request
January 1, 2014 | 11:18 am

Let’s ring in the new year with some news on the Apple antitrust case. Earlier this week Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly reported on a couple of matters pertaining to the case. First, Judge Cote turned down Apple’s request to have more time to depose Stanford economist Roger Noll, who was responsible for coming up with the damage figure of $307 million Apple is being hit with at the trial. Judge Cote did say Apple can file a sur-reply stating its objections. The more interesting news, though, has to do with the lawyers for the Department of Justice and...

13-year-old bemusedly tries old Sony Walkman for a week
December 24, 2013 | 2:40 am

Kids these days, eh? The BBC’s Magazine section has a story on a 13-year-old kid’s experience over the course of a week using one of the original Walkman tape players, which came out 30 years ago this week. As you might expect, it’s replete with “How does this work? This looks funny. I can’t believe people actually used to think this thing was awesome!” from the younger generation. (It’s easy to wonder how he couldn’t understand a Walkman, but you have to remember he’s just 13. It would be like asking someone from my generation to figure out a...