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Apple ordered to pay $625 million in FaceTime patent lawsuit

VirnetX has been a thorn in Apple’s side (and a good chunk of the tech industry) for the better part of this decade. It first sued Apple in 2010 over the alleged use of virtual private network (VPN) patents in FaceTime video chats, and has been succe…

Studio sues makers of 'NBA 2K16' for using player tattoos

Sports video games attempt to offer an experience that’s as lifelike as possible, which includes details like players’ tattoos. NBA 2K16 is a title that does just that, and the pursuit of accuracy may land it in legal trouble. Take-Two, the parent co…

Lyft will pay $12.25 million to settle drivers' lawsuit in CA

One company is done battling a gig economy-related lawsuit, at least in California. Lyft has agreed to grant its drivers more workplace protection and to pay $12.5 million to settle a proposed class action lawsuit. The California drivers who f…

Consumer Reports backs Fitbit accuracy despite lawsuit

Given that there’s a lawsuit over the accuracy of Fitbit trackers’ heart rate monitors, you might be wondering how trustworthy those wearables really are. Should you buy a chest strap if you need to track your BPM? Not necessarily, if you ask Consume…

Google paid Apple $1 billion to be the default search on iOS

$1 billion. That’s how much Google paid Apple in 2014 to be the default search app on the iPhone, according to court transcripts obtained by Bloomberg. As you might imagine, neither company is too happy about their business deal being made public, an…

Android earned Google $22 billion in profit, says Oracle

Who’d have thought that we’d learn just how profitable Android is from Oracle’s lawyer during a court proceeding against Google? According to Bloomberg, Oracle Atty. Annette Hurst has revealed that Google’s mobile platform generated $31 billion in re…

Oculus founder must face lawsuit over use of confidential info

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey isn’t going to escape that lawsuit over the alleged misuse of confidential data. A judge has ruled that Luckey has to face the core claim, which accuses him of breaching a contract with his former employer (Total Recall T…

Apple wins a US sales ban on ancient Samsung smartphones

Many will tell you that patent lawsuits are useless as competitive weapons, in part because the years-long legal process makes any product bans pointless — by the time you get a ban, the offending gear is off store shelves. And Apple is lear…

The lawsuit that can change how you watch Major League Baseball (update)

Major League Baseball is in court today to defend its practice of region-locking game broadcasts, Bloomberg Business reports. The MLB’s broadcast deals force some fans to purchase bloated TV and internet packages like DirecTV’s Extra Innings or MLB.T…

Supreme Court will hear Microsoft's appeal in Xbox 360 case

Proving that the console wars are never truly over, today the Supreme Court of the United States announced (PDF) it would hear an argument relating to Microsoft’s Xbox 360. At issue is whether or not Microsoft will have to face a class-action lawsuit…

Woman sues Twitter for allowing ISIS activity on the website

It’s pretty well-known that ISIS and its supporters have been using social media to encourage acts of violence, and Twitter seems to be one of their preferred platforms. Now, a woman whose husband was killed when a gunman attacked a police training c…

California fines Uber $7.6 million for not reporting driver data

Uber was hit with a $7.6 million fine on Thursday after the California Public Utilities Commission found that the company failed to provide proper data on its drivers in 2014. Uber plans to pay the fine to avoid a suspension of its operating l…

Uber might owe you money for charging airport fees

If you’ve taken an Uber ride to a Californian airport and got hit with a surprise fee, you might be owed some cash. Uber has agreed to pay a settlemement in a class action lawsuit that accuses it of charging an “airport fee toll” years before it was…

San Francisco's biggest Taxi company to file for bankruptcy

If the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s word isn’t enough, take it directly from taxi companies: ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are taking business from traditional cab drivers. According to a report from the San Francisco Examin…

Wearable maker claims Apple and Fitbit stole its tech

There’s a longstanding legal tradition in tech: a small company gets patents on a nice idea, finds only modest success selling the idea and finally sues the living daylights out of its bigger rivals. And unfortunately, that’s carrying on in the wear…

Yahoo faces class action lawsuit over text spamming

Yahoo probably isn’t the first company you’d think of as a text spammer, but the courts might soon beg to differ. A judge has ruled that the internet pioneer has to face a class action lawsuit for sending Sprint customers automatic “welcome” message…

Biometric Sensor Company Valencell Accuses Apple of Stealing Technology for Apple Watch

Biometric sensor company Valencell today filed a lawsuit against Apple (via AppleInsider), accusing the Cupertino-based company of patent infringement, deceptive trade practices, and breach of contract, all related to dealings Apple had with Valencell …

US government sues VW for clean air act violations

The US government has just announced that it has filed suit against Volkswagen (as well as its luxury brands Audi and Porsche) for alleged violating the clean air act. This response is the first official response from the govenment since it wa…

Intel, Warner sue over device that strips 4K copy protection

The media industry was more than a little alarmed when 4K bootlegs of Amazon and Netflix streams showed up this November. Weren’t these feeds supposed to be relatively safe from pirates? It’s no surprise, then, that they’re doing something about it…

'Star Trek' owners sue to stop a crowdfunded fan film

If there’s one thing that CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures are good at, it’s showing how much contempt they have for Star Trek fans. The co-owners of the sci-fi property have shoved a proud middle finger at the creators of a fan-made film, demandin…

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