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.
Samsung hasn't had much to celebrate lately in the legal arena, and the fact that a U.K. judge deemed the company's Galaxy Tab "not as cool" as Apple's iPad seems like it would only rub salt in the wound. However, it's for that very reason that Judge Colin Birss sided with Samsung, ruling that Apple's patent infringement claim, which has been successful in the U.S., is bogus.
You don't need a study to tell you that toddlers would rather eat ice cream than asparagus, but apparently one was needed to determine the level of Internet addiction among British children and teens in this day and age of ubiquitous online connections. The 'Digital Futures' project did just that and pinged 1,000 youngsters living in the U.K. between the ages of 8 and 16 about their feelings towards the Internet. Not surprisingly, they've grown quite fond of it.
A U.K. vendor has pulled a batch of Transformer Prime tablets off its virtual store shelves after discovering problems it rooted out via internal testing. Clove made the decision to cancel all pending orders and will not resume selling the tablet until Asus works out whatever glitch has the vendor bugged. In the meantime, Asus is scratching its wondering what the frack Clove is talking about.
Netflix over the weekend announced that its expanding to the U.K. and Ireland where it hopes to entice potential subscribers with a free one-month trial. It's a different ballgame overseas, and while Netflix dominates the streaming scene in the U.S., it will now face off against Lovefilm, a popular streaming service in the U.K. with over 2 million subscribers and owned by online giant Amazon.
Journalists are now allowed to fire off live text-based communications, such as mobile email, social media (including Twitter), and Internet enabled laptops in and from courts throughout England and Wales without asking for permission, a U.K. judge ruled. Prior to the ruling, reporters would have to issue a request, but that rule has now been removed.
Social networking is all fun and games until someone gets bent out of shape and hits back with lawsuit for libel. Courts in the United Kingdom processed more than twice as many online defamation cases in England and Wales from May 31, 2010 to May 31, 2011, as number of libel lawsuits rose from 7 to 16 during that one year period, according to U.K.'s BBC News.
In Britain, ripping music CDs to transfer songs onto portable media players or mobile phones is an act that runs afoul of the law. Lucky for U.K. residents, government officials are open to overhauling copyright law with an emphasis on common sense, two things that don't always go together. Britain's business secretary Vince Cable said new legislation will make it legal to copy CDs for personal use, which is one of 10 recommendations made in the Hargreaves Report, a six-month independent review into Intellectual Property (IP) led by Professor Ian Hargreavees.
For all the trouble hacking organization Lulz Security (LulzSec) has been causing all over cyberspace in recent months, we can't help but envision the stereotypical teen sitting in the basement of his mom's pad wreaking havoc before being called up to finish his chores. Maybe that isn't too far off. According to a statement by the the U.K.'s Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), a British teenager suspected of playing a major role in LulzSec's operations was arrested on Monday night.
It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride trying to determine when exactly Samsung would drop its Galaxy S II smartphone. Last week a representative from Samsung India tweeted that the Galaxy S II was being delayed at least until June, not just in India, but around the globe. A few days later, Samsung came out and said it would launch as planned. So when is it really coming? If you live in the U.K., you'll be able to nab the Galaxy S II starting May 1, 2011.