Microsoft has already received a bunch of negative press over various aspects of the Xbox One, much of which has been addressed to gamers' satisfaction (such as removing the requirement to dial home every 24 hours). However, there remains a point of possible contention that you'll find on Microsoft's Xbox One Pre-Order Production Information website. Among the list of requirements to use the Xbox One, gamers must waive their right to participate in a class action lawsuit against Microsoft.
U.S. District Judge Denise Cole has found Apple guilty of colluding with five major U.S. publishers to drive up prices of electronic books (e-books), saying that the company played a "central role" in the conspiracy. Damages will be determined at a new hearing in which Apple could end up owing millions of dollars, though in the meantime, the Cupertino company maintains its innocence and plans to appeal the ruling.
Publisher put pressure on Kickstarter to yank "Back to the Wild"
Kickstarter isn't some fly-by-night website that nobody's heard of. Just the opposite, Kickstarter has successfully funded several high profile projects (Ouya's $99 Android console, for example) and revived certain franchises (hello, Leisure Suit Larry, nice to make your true acquaintance again!), and you better believe copyright holders are paying attention. That includes HarperCollins, which pressured Kickstarter to pull an unauthorized sequel to Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are."
Open source group takes issue with Microsoft's controversial UEFI Secure Boot mechanism.
A Spanish open software group has filed a complaint against Microsoft with the European Union claiming that it's unnecessarily difficult to install Linux on Windows 8 hardware. Hispalinux, which is made up of 8,000 Linux users and developers living in Spain, issued a 14-page complaint regarding Microsoft's UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) Secure Boot technology, which the group calls an "obstruction mechanism."
Something tells us Apple isn't real happy about this.
Last year, a U.K. judge did more than just side with Samsung in a case brought against it by Apple. Judge Robin Jacob also ordered Apple to post a statement on on the front page of its website, as well as in newspapers and magazines, saying that Samsung had not copied Apple's design patent. It basically boiled down to a public apology, and eventually Apple was ordered to pay Samsung's lawyer's fees on an indemnity basis. Apple would go on to win a huge damages award in the U.S., but what of the U.K. judge? He now works for Samsung.
A family-owned adult DVD store claims Amazon is trying to shut it down.
Oh, the injustice! The owners of AdultWoot.com, a small, family-owned online store that sells adult themed DVDs (read: pornography) for under $5 a pop, claims Amazon is the one playing dirty by trying to shut the site down using underhanded tactics. Why would Amazon go out of its way to shutter an online porn shop? Simply put, Amazon owns Woot.com, an online deal site it acquired last year, and it doesn't want customers thinking the two sites are in any way related.
Despite reversing course on ToS changes, Instagram faces a first civil lawsuit.
Instagram quickly backpedaled from a revised Terms of Service (ToS) agreement that said users would have to "agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos...in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you," but it still managed to trip over a class action lawsuit. The civil suit was filed in San Francisco and charges Instagram with breach of contract and other claims.
After being on the run for three weeks, John McAfee was arrested on Wednesday by Guatemalan police, who said they would seek to expel the antivirus founder to Belize. McAfee had been identified as "a person of interest" in the murder of Gregory Faull, an American expatriate who was shot to death in his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye. The two men and former neighbors had a history of arguing over various issues, including the time Fauli filed a complaint against McAfee for firing off guns and exhibiting "roguish behavior." The last known dispute they had was over dogs.
Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and every online store and brick-and-mortar retail shop was barred from selling Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple iPhone 5 devices. Do you turn to the Galaxy Note as well? That's barred too. In fact, you can't even buy a Jelly Bean device in this made-up scenario, because it infringes on Apple's patents. None of this has happened, mind you, but it could in a worst case scenario now that everything mentioned has been added to an ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Samsung.
Unlike in the US, Apple was handed a resounding defeat during its legal truffle with Samsung in the UK. Unfortunately for Apple however, the judge did a bit more than throw the case out. Judge Robin Jacob ordered the company to publically apologize to Samsung on the front page of its website, and gave them a tight timeline to comply. How did Apple respond? First they posted a halfhearted apology, then when the judge ordered them to try again, they used a bit of web trickery to hide the proper apology, regardless of browser type or resolution. The judge as you could imagine, was not impressed.