Apple and Qualcomm can’t agree on whether or not they’re talking


Qualcomm headquarters
The battle goes on.
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Qualcomm has blasted comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook as “misleading.”

During his recent CNBC interview, Cook said that there had been no recent settlement talks between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm, meanwhile, insists that there have been. But Apple disagrees with Qualcomm’s disagreement. What was it that we said about this case having more twists than a pretzel?

Possible class action suit takes aim at Apple’s falling share prices


Big pile of cash underneath an Apple logo.
Apple's stock has struggled over the past several months.
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Investing in the stock market invariably carries a degree of risk. But one New York-based legal firm isn’t happy with the way Apple conducted itself during the recent stock-plummeting revelations about the company’s missed earnings guidance.

The firm of Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC is investigating potential claims from shareholders that Apple might have violated federal securities laws.

Aw Snap! ‘Influencer’ sued for not wearing Spectacles on Instagram


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Luka Sabbat wearing Snap Spectacles. He is being sued for not wearing them in more Instagram posts.
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Life as a social media influencer has its share of heavy lifting.

But a 20-year-old actor and model is facing a $90,000 lawsuit because he allegedly failed at the seemingly easy job of wearing Snap Spectacles in a few posts on Instagram.

Apple sued over misleading iTunes season pass bundles


Apple's iTunes movie trailers go dark as streaming supplants downloads.
Apple is accused of misleading wording.
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Apple has been hit with a class action lawsuit for allegedly tricking iTunes customers into buying its TV season bundles by misleading them over how many episodes are contained.

iTunes sells shows by individual episodes, whole seasons, or season passes, which includes current and future episodes not yet available. The lawsuit takes aim at this last option, claiming that Apple sneakily counts promotional clips as episodes.

Ex-Apple engineer wants a piece of Find My iPhone


Darren Eastman worked on a number of key Apple features.
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The former Apple engineer who worked on Apple’s “Find my iPhone” feature is suing the company to get them to acknowledge his role as inventor, and to compensate him for unfair dismissal.

Engineer Darren Eastman wants his name to be added to five Apple patent applications. He also wants Apple shares he claims were taken from him unfairly, plus damages.

Android app maker upset at Apple over its use of ‘Memoji’ name


Another app maker is upset that Apple used the Memoji name.
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iOS 12’s Memojis — Animoji-style avatars which look like the user, rather than talking poop emojis or animals — are a cool feature that sets Apple apart from some of its Android rivals.

But according to a new lawsuit, the Memoji trademark actually came from an Android app with the same name.

Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing trade secrets to help out Intel


The Qualcomm vs. Apple battle rages on.
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Qualcomm claims that Apple stole its chip technology and gave it to Intel — and it says it’s got the proof.

According to the chipmaker, Apple stole “vast swaths” of confidential information and trade secrets, which it used to improve the performance of chips made by Qualcomm rival Intel. The claims are part of a new court filing by Qualcomm.

Qualcomm makes a tactical error in its battle with Apple


Apple's battle with Qualcomm has raged on for well over a year.
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Qualcomm has seemingly made a big tactical error in the pre-trial run-up to its infringement court case with Apple — and now it’s trying to get out of it.

According to a report of the events, Qualcomm failed to dispute Apple’s legal argument that certain patents in the case were either invalid or that it did not infringe on them as suggested. Now that we’re closer to the trial, Qualcomm’s lawyers have seemingly realized that this wasn’t the best idea. And the judge isn’t too impressed.

South Carolina man sues Apple over exploding iPhone 6


Plaintiff's iPhone allegedly exploded while in his pocket.
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An iPhone user from South Carolina is suing Apple because he alleges that his handset exploded in his pocket two years ago.

The incident occurred in fall 2016, when concerns about lithium-ion batteries exploding were being widely reported — largely due to Samsung’s disastrous Note 7. The iPhone explosion supposedly injured the plaintiff enough that he had to be airlifted to a burn center in nearby Georgia.

Apple must pay $145.1 million for infringing on patents


Apple has battled WiLan in court before.
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Apple has been ordered to pay out $145.1 million in damages for infringing on patents held by the Canadian patent licensing company WiLan.

A federal jury in San Diego, California ruled that the iPhone infringed on two WiLan patents. These “8,457,145” and “8,537,757” patents relate to wireless communications tech — specifically bandwidth request protocols in a wireless communication system and adaptive call admission control.