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AT&T’s tantrum, Apple’s stumble, and Shazam’s BDD

AT&T takes back their tantrum (and let us never speak of it again) One worry in the massively complicated, “if you don’t pick the right side you’re a bad person and should feel bad” Net Neutrality debate is the idea that without any financial incentive (that is, without the ability to charge content creators extra […]


Wearable, Global, Neutral

Intel Takes on Wearables There was a time not too long ago that Intel was synonymous with computers. If you had a PC, it came with a reassuring “Intel Inside” sticker, and if you had a Mac you were secretly embarrassed if you still had the PPC version. Fast-forward a few years, and the slow […]


Apple Pay v. MCX

ApplePay v. MCX When Apple announced its ApplePay system for the iPhone 6, mobile apps were downloaded, consumers cheered, wallets were burned in protest (well, in spirit) and lone competing mobile-payment company MCX set about making sure ApplePay wouldn’t work in any of their consortium’s stores (no small names here, either – we’re talking WalMart, […]


Apple to refund $32.5m to parents

Apple to refund $32.5m to parents Apple settled recently with the FTC about refunding In-App purchases made by children on their parents’ accounts. Tim Cook said they settled because it was what they were planning to do anyway and he wanted to avoid a lengthy lawsuit. For background, in previous versions of iOS, there was […]


ongoing by Tim Bray · Surveillance and the Media

ongoing by Tim Bray · Surveillance and the Media Tim Bray weighs in on the whole NSA surveillance brouhaha. Of course these overwhelming and intrusive levels of surveillance are costing American companies – there are always hidden costs to government intervention. The internet as a whole – but US internet companies in particular – will […]


Apple Outsider » Thermonuclear War

Apple Outsider » Thermonuclear War Matt Drance on the lawsuit from Rockstar (a shell company owned by a consortium including Microsoft and Apple that won the Nortell patents bid) that attacks Google’s primary source of revenue: search based advertising. It’s a direct attack bit just on android, but in Google itself. While the gamesmanship of […]


Judge tosses Apple motion, allows patent troll Lodsys to continue rampage

Judge tosses Apple motion, allows patent troll Lodsys to continue rampage Short summary: true patent troll Lodsys (they make nothing and exist solely to sue) successfully keeps Apple from having the ability to defend its developers. Also, Apple is asserting its license of these patents already covers the developers who use their tech, but we’ll […]