Samsung claimed a victory in its epic intellectual property fight against Apple on Friday when the federal judge presiding over the case slashed by 40 percent the amount of money it must pay in damages.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh cut from $1.05 billion to $600 million the damages Samsung must pay in Apple v. Samsung, ruling that the damages awarded for a handful of products in the case must be recalculated in a new trial.
[via Gadget Lab]
Each year the Super Bowl means two things: the ultimate face-off of the two best professional football teams of the season, and the ultimate chance for car companies, movie studios, tech companies, and snack entities to spend money to make money.
This year the Super Bowl face-off was between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, and the going rate for one of the prime commercial spots during football’s biggest night was between $3.7 million and $3.8 million, according to Advertising Age. While the massive flood of corporate sponsorship and over-the-top commercials might seem like capitalism gone wild, it’s also become an art unto itself, with each Volkswagen ad being just as primed for water-cooler conversation as each massive kickoff return.
Think of it this way: Do you know who won the Super Bowl in 1984? Maybe, maybe not. (It was the Los Angeles Raiders, but we had to Google it.) But have you ever heard of the “1984″ Apple commercial that introduced the Macintosh? Chances are that bit of pop culture awareness has long outlived the outcome of Super Bowl XVIII, or at least it has for culture wonks.
Apple officially trademarked its store design last week, an endeavor the company has been pursuing since May 2010.
After being rejected twice by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which claimed the store design was not “inherently distinctive,” Apple submitted additional materials and drawings, and gained the trademark on its mall-centric, rectangular store layouts.
A Kickstarter developer claims Apple dropped the hammer on its multi-device charging station because of a new, and so far unannounced, licensing rule for the Apple Lightning connection cable. According to the developer, Apple will not allow Lightning connectors alongside other types of connectors, including its own 30-pin iPod/iPhone connector, in third-party chargers.
More @ Gadget Lab.
Let’s talk about Steve Jobs. I know, I know. It’s been a year since his death. What is there possibly left to say about him, and why are so many people still saying it?
There will be scores of stories about Steve Jobs published today. That may seem tiresome and overwhelming, if not totally unnecessary. Perhaps you are sick of hearing about him or never really liked Apple products and don’t get what all the fuss is about. Or maybe you just think that for all this genius, he was a horrible human being. Me too. I feel you. But we’re both living in his shadow and will for the rest of our days. So settle in, because all of us are going to be talking about Steve Jobs for decades to come.
Jobs has joined the pantheon of greats who advanced science and industry and society itself — a modern-day Tesla but appreciated in his own lifetime. He’s our Thomas Edison or Henry Ford, one of those rarefied individuals who had not only a vision but the will and force of personality to execute it through America’s greatest cultural triumph: the public corporation.
More @ Gadget Lab.
Business iPad users beware. Your halcyon days of loading whatever the heck you want onto your tablet may be coming to an end.
Apple is set to introduce a couple of new features that will give corporate IT new ways to lock down the iOS 6 operating system, which powers the iPad and the iPhone, according to Zenprise, a mobile device management company that was briefed on the features by Apple.
More @ Wired Enterprise.
Samsung owes Apple more than $1 billion in damages for violating Apple hardware and software patents, a California jury ruled on Friday.
The jury found that Samsung infringed upon Apple patents having to do with physical design and user interfaces, often willfully, and that several of the South Korean company’s products diluted Apple’s trade dress, especially as it related to various iPhone models.
More @ Gadget Lab.