Apple involved in class action lawsuit alleging refurbished units were provided under AppleCare+

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2016, 08:29
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, Legal, News

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Well, this is kind of a mess.

On Thursday, Apple was hit with yet another class action lawsuit, the suit alleging that the company has been replacing damaged devices under AppleCare+ with refurbished units. This isn’t the first suit of its kind in this regard and similar suits have been filed in the past.

This lawsuit, filed today in California, accuses Apple of not holding true to the AppleCare+ contract, which states that devices replaced as part of the program are the “equivalent to new in performance and reliability.” The lawsuit was initiated by Vicky Maldonado and Joanne McRight.

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Spotify cites difficulties getting updated app approved by Apple, alleges competition-based motives (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 14:40
Category: App Store, Apple, Apple Music, Developer, iOS, Legal, News

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Apple may be playing its gatekeeper card a little too closely where Spotify is concerned.

The audio streaming provider said Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app.

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter stated that Apple had turned down the new version of the Spotify app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”

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Apple vows to appeal Chinese court’s “iPhone” trademark ruling

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Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 07:56
Category: iPhone, Legal, News

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It has to sting when a Chinese clothing company wins the exclusive right to the “IPHONE” name in court.

In a recent statement, Apple has declared that it will appeal a Chinese trademark ruling which saw the company lose exclusive rights to the iPhone name, allowing other Chinese companies to use the name for leather goods products. Obviously, the iPhone is Apple’s cash cow so the initial ruling was a big blow allowing legal dilution of its most-valuable brand.

Apple will take the appeal to the Supreme People’s Court, the highest court in the Chinese law system.

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Apple loses exclusive rights to “iPhone” trademark name in China

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Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 13:37
Category: iPhone, Legal, News

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Well, this is a bit awkward.

In a strange turn of events, Apple has lost exclusive rights to the “iPhone” name in China thanks to losing a trademark suit against a Chinese company which now holds the right to make and sell handbags and other leather products branded “IPHONE.”

The Beijing Municipal High People’s Court rejected Apple’s appeal of the trademark dispute against Xintong Tiandi Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. on Mar. 31, state media Legal Daily reported. The final judgement allows the Beijing company to brand leather products including handbags, purses, and cellphone and passport cases with the name “IPHONE.”

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FCC wireless auction begins, TV stations look to sell parts of spectrum to help build 5G networks

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Date: Friday, April 29th, 2016, 13:29
Category: Legal, News, wireless

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The groundwork for 5G communications in the United States has begun.

Or at least the carrier frequencies are beginning to be sold, thus allowing the infrastructure to be built.

Recently, television stations have volunteered to sell off their 126MHz “beach front” wireless spectrum to mobile carriers in an ongoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction, potentially bringing higher speeds and more reliable networks to customers.

The 126MHz spectrum represents the largest anticipated block for 5G networks according to comments made by the FCC on Friday. The FCC also stated that it is looking to auction off 10 blocks of 10MHz to mobile carriers and other interested bidders.

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FBI not submitting San Bernadino iPhone hack for peer review

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2016, 08:50
Category: Hack, iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The FBI is keeping the San Bernadino iPhone hack technique to itself for the time being.

A recent report has stated that the FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to break into the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties.

The FBI, which used a third party to unlock the iPhone, apparently didn’t acquire the rights to the technical details used in the hack, according to Amy Hess, the FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology. As a result, Hess said the agency doesn’t “have enough technical information about any vulnerability” that could be considered for release.

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Unlocked San Bernadino iPhone providing some leads in investigation

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016, 11:46
Category: iPhone, Legal, security

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In spite of all the controversy and kerfuffle surrounding the San Bernadino iPhone and the steps taken to unlock it, sources are indicating that the FBI is getting some useful information and leads from the device.

Investigators are now more confident that terrorist Syed Farook didn’t make contact with another plotter during an 18-minute gap that the FBI said was missing from their time line of the attackers’ whereabouts after the mass shooting, the officials said. The phone has helped investigators address lingering concern that the two may have help, perhaps from friends and family.

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FBI may have contacted “grey hat” hacker group along with Cellebrite to unlock San Bernadino iPhone 5c

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Date: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, 08:56
Category: Hacks, iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security, Software

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The plot continues to thicken.

A group of unnamed sources cited by the Washington Post contradict the widely-held belief that it was Israel-based mobile forensics company Cellebrite which helped the FBI hack into the locked San Bernardino iPhone. The report say that the agency was instead approached by a group of freelance hackers who revealed an iPhone passcode vulnerability to the FBI in return for a one-time fee.

The researchers, who typically keep a low profile, specialize in hunting for vulnerabilities in software and then in some cases selling them to the U.S. government. They were paid a one-time flat fee for the solution.

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Cellebrite says it’s “optimistic” it can unlock iPhone 6 units

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2016, 09:51
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security

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Cellebrite, the company that is believed to have been hired by the FBI and successfully unlocked the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c, says that it is “optimistic” that it will also be able to access a locked iPhone 6.

Earlier this year, Italian architect Leonardo Fabbretti met with the company last week to see whether it could help gain access to his dead son’s iPhone. Before his death from bone cancer, 13-year-old Dama Fabbretti had added his father’s thumbprint to allow him access – but the phone required the passcode after a restart, and his father didn’t know the code.

Apple had told him it was impossible to access the iPhone without the passcode, but Fabretti stated that Cellebrite has already made progress.

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FBI director Comey says purchased hack tool will only unlock iPhone 5c units running iOS 9

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Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2016, 08:07
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, security, Software

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The tool the FBI bought to crack the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c can only be used on an iPhone 5c running iOS 9.

According to FBI director James Comey, the tool will not work on the iPhone 5s or 6 series, a statement Comey offered during a speech late Wednesday at Kenyon College.

The government is considering whether it should disclose to Apple the flaw that aided the hack: “We just haven’t decided yet,” he said at the Ohio college’s Center for the Study of American Democracy.

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