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Samsung attacks Apple in court for destroying, tampering with evidence

by: Chris SmithAugust 7, 2012

With just a few days to go until the U.S. Apple vs Samsung patent case kicked off, Samsung was awarded yet another unfavorable verdict in the region, as a Magistrate Judge granted Apple an “adverse inference” motion against the Korean company, which means that the jury had to be informed that Samsung destroyed evidence that may have been favorable to Apple in the case.

Apple’s motion referred to Samsung’s email system which auto-deletes internal emails after a certain time in order to prevent unwanted leaks – we’ll note that the system doesn’t really work, since Samsung’s products are leaked more often than not. [...]

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iPhone-based “Crisis of Design” inside Samsung, company memo reveals

by: Chris SmithAugust 7, 2012

The U.S. Apple vs Samsung patent war marches forward, and after having seen the obvious similarities between some of the default app icons found on the iPhone app and some of Samsung’s Galaxy-branded devices, we’re going to show you an internal Samsung memo from February 2010, which reveals how JK Shin, Samsung’s head of mobile communications, was basically trying to address the disruption the iPhone was causing at the time in the mobile business.

Samsung tried to keep the memo out of court, but John Quinn, Samsung’s counsel, mentioned the “crisis of design” while questioning Samsung strategist Justin Denison. The “crisis of design” [...]

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Google, Apple start bidding for Kodak’s digital patents

by: LucianAugust 7, 2012

WSJ reported yesterday that Kodak’s upcoming patent auction already has 2 bidders: Google and Apple, and each has bids between $150 million and $250 million so far. Kodak, however, is expecting up to $2.6 billion for its 1,100 digital patents to pay off its creditors.

This may be wishful thinking for Kodak, but who knows how fast the bids will escalate with Apple in there. Apple doesn’t really care about the money they have to spend, so they will try to at least raise the cost for Google as much as possible provided Google does retain them eventually.

The two companies are not actually bidding by themselves, but are [...]

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Samsung allegedly copied iPhone app icons too, Apple says and it may be right

by: Chris SmithAugust 6, 2012

The U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial continues today with new testimonies and evidence submitted by each party to make it case. We’re going to share with you an interesting slideshow, as posted by CNET, that shows us a variety of images in which we can compare various app icons as found on the iPhone and/or iPad and on Samsung Android devices.

Apple says that Samsung has allegedly copied app icons design including the app icon for the Phone app, Music app, Contacts app, Phpto app, Notes app and Settings app.

And it will surely be interesting to see how Samusng will explain to the jury why its icons are so similar to Apple’s app icons. From [...]

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7-inch iPad Mini mentioned in internal Apple Galaxy Tab email [screenshot]

by: Chris SmithAugust 5, 2012

A couple a days ago we talked about two important testimonies in the U.S. Apple vs Samsung court, Phil Shiller’s and Scott Forstall’s. Both are important figures inside Apple, both Senior Vice Presidents – of Worldwide Marketing and iOS Software, respectively – so it’s certainly interesting to hear them speak about iPhone, iPad and Samsung while under oath.

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One of the interesting tidbits of Forstall’s testimony was a reference to an internal email sent by Eddy Cue, who’s also a Senior Vice President of Apple’s, dealing with Internet Services and Software, back in 2011 and referring to the iPad mini – although that product [...]

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Scott Forstall testimony: Apple hiring, iPhone Fight Club team, Samsung design and 7-inch iPad

by: Chris SmithAugust 3, 2012

The U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial continued its proceedings today with Judge Lucy Koh scolding the two parties for their “theatrics” and “sideshows” followed by Phil Shiller’s testimony. Once Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing answered all questions, the next witness to take the stand was called.

And we were looking to another important Apple executive for the iOS business, Scott Forstall, the company’s Senior Vice President of iOS Software. Just like Shiller before him, Forstall revealed quite a few interesting details on the inner workings at Apple, including plenty of patent infringement allegations, that happen to go both [...]

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Phil Shiller testimony: iPhone, iPad creation and customer surveys, Samsung copying skills and iPhone 5 design secrecy

by: Chris SmithAugust 3, 2012

The U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial continued today after Judge Lucy Koh ruled on certain motions and objections from both parties with the testimony of Apple’s Phil Shiller, the company’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

In what follows we’re going to look at what both Apple and Samsung asked Shiller, as reported by The Verge, as his responses are quite revealing for the trial.

Apple examination

Apple attorney Harold McElhinny started asking Shiller about the way the iPhone and iPad came to be. The executive offered various details on what it took to create the iPhone and the iPad, both great gambles for the company. He [...]

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Judge doesn’t punish Samsung for press leak in Apple patent case, warns against any other “theatrics or sideshows”

by: Chris SmithAugust 3, 2012

The U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial resumed its proceedings today, but before the two parties could go forward with the testimonies of Apple’s top executives Phil Shiller and Scott Forstall, Judge Lucy Koh had to rule on some of the motions filed by the two companies in the previous days.

One of them, filed by Apple, asked the Judge to punish Samsung by ending the lawsuit in Apple’s favor. Samsung’s counsel decided earlier this week to leak certain pieces of evidence that Judge Koh did not allow to be used in the trial to the media. This measure infuriated the Judge and prompted her to officially ask an explanation for what [...]

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iPhone, iPad sales numbers to be unveiled in court by Samsung, Apple doesn’t want that

by: Chris SmithAugust 3, 2012

It’s a new day today, which means we’re going to turn a new page in the U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial. The case, scheduled to go forward today with the testimonies of some Apple’s prominent figures including Phil Shiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Scott Forstall, Apple’s Senior Vice President of iOS Software, may reveal actual iPhone, iPad and iPod touch numbers.

Samsung wants to make public such numbers when cross examining Shiller – he has already testified for Apple a few days ago – but Apple would like the court to stop the Android device maker from sharing such data with the public:

According to [...]

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HTC forecasts another bad quarter, as China remains its last growing market

by: Bogdan PetrovanAugust 3, 2012

To get an idea of how the smartphone business is these days, consider that Samsung is one of the few manufacturers that had positive figures to show to shareholders in the second quarter of 2012. Sony yesterday announced losses, in spite of growing revenues in the mobile business, while LG slipped backed in the red, after the good performance from the first quarter of 2012. Even Apple somehow disappointed investors by missing estimates in Q2 and shipping fewer iPhone than expected.

HTC announced a puny $250 million in profit in the second quarter, a massive 57% lower than in the previous three months. Taiwanese execs blamed the lackluster performance of the company on [...]

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