GPU maker still paying the price for defective chips
Several years ago, there was a big brouhaha over Nvidia's notebook GPUs failing at an "abnormal rate" due to a manufacturing defect. Nvidia would go on to settle a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. for $2 million, and it looks as though it will spend a similar amount to settle another suit brought on behalf of Canadians who also purchased systems equipped with a faulty GPU.
Microsoft is making a small change across its consumer products and services—something that most people won’t notice immediately, if at all. But just because something is small doesn’t necessarily mean it’s insignificant. Hit the jump for more.
Back in mid 2010, Sony made the decision to remove a feature from the PS3 firmware that was much beloved by the modding community. Of course we’re referring to the “Install other OS” option. Well, a cadre of angry nerds filed a class action suit shortly thereafter, but a judge has just dismissed the case once and for all.
Hey, great news everyone, Microsoft's Xbox 360 dashboard update is ready to download. But wait, it gets better! Not only does the dashboard update overhaul the entire Xbox 360 experience and usher in an era of voice controlled navigation, but Microsoft went the extra mile by adding a clause to the Terms of Service (ToS) stripping you of the hassle of being able to file a class action lawsuit, should you ever feel compelled! No siree, if you have an issue, you can sidestep legal action by "filling out a simple Notice of Dispute form" and mailing it in, and Microsoft will then work to resolve the dispute to your "satisfaction within 60 days." Isn't that swell?
Brooke Rutledge of Lafayett County, Mississippi, is taking Facebook to task over claims the social networking site is illegally tracking user behavior, even when they're not logged into the site. At the heart of the issue is a discovery by Australian blogger Nik Cubrilovic that appears to show Facebook has the ability to track users across the Web on any page with a "Like" button or other Facebook integration.
Spotify, About.me, and over two dozen other websites got caught with their hands in KISSmetric's cookie jar and will have to defend themselves against a class action lawsuit filed by parties in Northern California. The class action suit accuses KISSmetric of mischievous monkey business in the way it continues to track Internet users even after they've deleted cookies and cleared their browser's cache, which you can read more about here.
Perhaps Sony took the biggest sigh of relief after LulzSec posted an announcement declaring an end to its 50-day hackathon, but there's still plenty of work to be done. The next step for Sony is to defend itself from (or settle) a class action lawsuit accusing the firm of being negligent with online security, negligence that ultimately led to numerous attacks and the loss of private data, including credit card information.
Rent-to-own (RTO) retailer Aaron’s Inc. proudly claims on its website that over 55 million North American households swear by its name. But the company can now safely transfer one Casper, Wyoming couple out of its swear-by-us list to the swear-at-us list. Because Crystal and Brian Byrd are now suing the Atlanta-based firm for snooping on them using a “device and/or software” called PC Rental Agent that came pre-installed on the Dell Inspiron notebook they rented in 2010. Hit the jump for more.
A federal class action lawsuit alleges "AT&T bills systematically overstate the amount of data used on each data transaction involving an iPhone or iPad account," Electronista reports. The lawsuit likens the situation to a tampered gas pump that "charges for a full gallon when it pumps only nine-tenths of a gallon."
Patrick Hendricks, who's named as the plaintiff in the suit, hired a consulting firm to investigate the matter. After a two month study, the firm alleges that Web traffic was frequently inflated by 7 to 14 percent, though sometimes as much as 300 percent. Because it's usually done in small increments, subscribers aren't likely to notice, though the cumulative effect could lead to a "significant portion" of AT&T's data revenues.
Filing of claims in the settlement of the class-action lawsuit that was brought against NVIDIA a couple of years ago for shipping defective GPUs inside certain Dell, HP and Apple notebooks is now underway. It was alleged that the faulty NVIDIA parts undermined the performance of the affected notebooks, but the graphics chip maker eventually reached a settlement in the class-action lawsuit in September, 2010. The settlement was approved by the court in December.
Those who bought the affected laptops are eligible to file a claim for replacement or reimbursement or both, according to the website NVIDIA has set up for the settlement. All important information with regards to the settlement and the filing of claims, including lists of affected models and symptoms covered, can be found on the site. Those at the receiving end of the company’s faulty parts have until March 14, 2011 to file their claims.
Some of the problems that users of the affected notebooks had to put up with include: distorted or scrambled video (all), complete loss of video output (all), garbled images (Dell/HP), and failure to detect wireless network (HP).