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Samsung sues Australian patent office to force judicial review of Apple patents

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/08/samsung-australian-judicial-review/

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Samsung has sued the Australian patent commissioner to seek judicial review of four patents granted to Apple in the country. It alleges that Cupertino’s innovations patents, the legal equivalent of calling shotgun on new tech, weren’t withdrawn by the commission when the full ones were awarded. If the Korean company is successful, the four patents will be declared invalid since they were improperly granted — keeping them out of the barrage of litigation that surrounds the Galaxy Tab 10.1. A directions hearing is scheduled for June 25th, where Judge Annabelle Bennett will decide if Apple will lose out due to the error.

[Thanks, James]

Samsung sues Australian patent office to force judicial review of Apple patents originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jun 2012 05:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung sues Australian patent office to force judicial review of Apple patents

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/08/samsung-australian-judicial-review/

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Samsung has sued the Australian patent commissioner to seek judicial review of four patents granted to Apple in the country. It alleges that Cupertino’s innovations patents, the legal equivalent of calling shotgun on new tech, weren’t withdrawn by the commission when the full ones were awarded. If the Korean company is successful, the four patents will be declared invalid since they were improperly granted — keeping them out of the barrage of litigation that surrounds the Galaxy Tab 10.1. A directions hearing is scheduled for June 25th, where Judge Annabelle Bennett will decide if Apple will lose out due to the error.

[Thanks, James]

Samsung sues Australian patent office to force judicial review of Apple patents originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jun 2012 05:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Offermatic Gives You Sizeable Discounts Based on Your Spending Habits

Source: http://lifehacker.com/5532835/offermatic-gives-you-sizeable-discounts-based-on-your-spending-habits

Offermatic Gives You Sizeable Discounts Based on Your Spending HabitsThe best discounts are for things you actually buy. Free web service Offermatic uses your credit card, through the same back-end as Mint.com, to offer 40-90 percent discounts on products similar to what you’ve already purchased.

If you’re not squeamish about providing financial information to financial scanning sites like Mint.com, Offermatic is a pretty sweet deal. You register your credit cards with Offermatic through their secure system, which then scans your purchases and spits back out high-discount offers from their advertisers, made to match your interests. You won’t necessarily get coupons for the exact stores you shop at, but the examples seem to be highly related.

Depending on how much you spend, you can also make up to $15 a year back per card (though, to be honest, we’re not about to spend $1,000 a month just to get $15 back at the end of the year, and we wouldn’t recommend you do either). But getting 40-90 percent off some pretty popular stores isn’t bad for a free service. For the folks on the fence about how Offermatic makes their cut, here’s what their FAQ has to say:

  • If your service is free, how do you make money?
    We make money by saving you money. We get a commission from the advertiser when our users purchase their offer through us.
  • Do you sell my personal or individual data?
    Never. When we send you an offer from one of our advertisers, it’s based on your anonymous purchase history. Advertisers do not know your name, email address, or location. Only if you choose to purchase an offer will that information be provided to the offer merchant so you can redeem the offer with them. We do not – and will not – provide or sell any personally identifiable information in order to present you an offer.

So, if you’re less than frightened about card-watching sites like Mint or Blippy, Offermatic is a deal you’ll want to take a closer look at.

Offermatic [via TechCrunch]

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Adobe says iPhone / iPad adoption and ‘alternative technologies’ (cough, HTML5) could harm its business

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/09/adobe-says-iphone-ipad-adoption-and-alternative-technologies/

Adobe might continue to crow about Flash and its importance on both the desktop and mobile devices, but there’s no lying to investors, and the company is pretty blunt about the threat of the iPhone and iPad in the end-of-quarter Form 10-Q it just filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission: it flatly says that “to the extent new releases of operating systems or other third-party products, platforms or devices, such as the Apple iPhone or iPad, make it more difficult for our products to perform, and our customers are persuaded to use alternative technologies, our business could be harmed.”

Now, Adobe has to make doom-and-gloom statements in its SEC filings — it also says that slowing PC sales or a failure to keep up with desktop OS development could harm its business — but the timing is crazy here, since just yesterday Apple changed the iPhone OS 4 SDK agreement to block devs from using the upcoming Flash CS5 iPhone cross-compiler to build iPhone apps. What’s more, Apple’s also using HTML5 for its new iAd platform, which could potentially undo Flash’s stranglehold on online advertising as well. Yeah, we’d say all that plus the recent push for HTML5 video across the web — and from Microsoft — could harm Adobe’s business just a little. Better hope that final version of Flash Player 10.1 is everything we’d hoped and dreamed of, because Adobe’s going to have to make a real stand here.

Adobe says iPhone / iPad adoption and ‘alternative technologies’ (cough, HTML5) could harm its business originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Apr 2010 11:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Saturday, April 10th, 2010 news No Comments

‘we tried to buy a company called AdMob’

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/08/steve-jobs-we-tried-to-buy-a-company-called-admob/

We’d previously heard rumors that Quattro Wireless was Apple’s consolation prize after a deal with bigger mobile advertising rival AdMob fell through, and Steve Jobs confirmed it on no uncertain terms at the Q&A session following today’s iPhone OS 4.0 event: “we tried to buy a company called AdMob… but Google snatched it away.” Indeed they did, though that deal hasn’t yet been approved by the Federal Trade Commission while Apple’s already up, up and away with its iAd solution, so it seems like everything shook out for the best — if you’re an iPhone developer, anyway.

Steve Jobs: ‘we tried to buy a company called AdMob’ originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Apr 2010 14:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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