US: Apple and Qualcomm drop all antitrust suits in surprise settlement

US: Apple and Qualcomm drop all antitrust suits in surprise settlement

In press releases on Tuesday, April 16, Apple and Qualcomm announced they had agreed to settle all disputes worldwide. “Qualcomm and Apple today announced an agreement to dismiss all litigation between the two companies worldwide”. The companies—one the maker of iPhones, the other one of the largest providers of mobile chips—added that, effective 1 April, they […]

US: Jury selection begins in Apple and Qualcomm antitrust suit

US: Jury selection begins in Apple and Qualcomm antitrust suit

Jury selection began Monday, April 15, in a case between technology giants Apple and Qualcomm, with Apple seeking billions over what it claims are exorbitant and unfair fees Qualcomm allegedly charged for the use of Qualcomm chips in iPhones. The trial slated to begin this week in San Diego federal court is the latest in […]

US: Apple and Qualcomm’s global fight heads to court

US: Apple and Qualcomm’s global fight heads to court

Monday, April 15, Apple and Qualcomm will face off in San Diego federal court. About US$30 billion will be at stake in what could be one of the biggest US corporate lawsuits, reported the Financial Times. Tim Cook, the Apple chief executive, is expected to give testimony in a four-week trial in a federal court […]

Netherlands: Watchdog to Investigate Apple Store

Netherlands: Watchdog to Investigate Apple Store

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced on Thursday, April 11, that it will investigate whether Apple abuses its position in the App Store by, for example, giving preferential treatment to its own apps. The ACM suggested the investigation may be expanded to Google’s Play Store in future because of similar business practices […]

US: Apple Music subscriptions surpass Spotify

US: Apple Music subscriptions surpass Spotify

Apple Music has overtaken Spotify in the number of paid subscribers it has in the United States, according to reports. Apple Music had 28 million paid subscribers to Spotify’s 26 million, as of February 2019. Apple Music also has a growth rate of around 2.6% to 3%, compared to Spotify’s monthly rate of about 1.5% […]

US: Apple and Qualcomm each get a win in federal patent rulings

US: Apple and Qualcomm each get a win in federal patent rulings

On Tuesday a US administrative-law judge believes that Apple Inc. infringed a Qualcomm Inc. patent and that certain iPhone models should be banned from entering the US, but a final ruling from the International Trade Commission in a separate case went Apple’s way, reported the Wall Street Journal. Apple gained a win with a ruling […]

Japan: Regulator wants to tighten regulations on global IT giants

Japan: Regulator wants to tighten regulations on global IT giants

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Wednesday, March 20, quizzed a Google executive over the firm’s data protection and other procedural protocols as the government sets about clamping down on regulations for global IT companies operating here. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will also question Facebook on Friday, March 22, to […]

EU: EU antitrust watchdog considering Apple probe: Vestager

EU: EU antitrust watchdog considering Apple probe: Vestager

The European Union’s competition watchdog is considering opening a probe of Apple over allegations that it uses its app store to gain an advantage on its own services over rivals’, the authority’s chief said on Thursday. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, told German newspaper Tagesspiegel her watchdog would examine if there were parallels with Google, which […]

US: Jury finds Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents

US: Jury finds Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents

On Friday, March 15, Qualcomm won a legal victory against iPhone maker Apple, with a jury in federal court in San Diego finding that Apple owes Qualcomm about US$31 million for infringing three of its patents, reported the New York Times. Qualcomm last year sued Apple alleging it had violated patents related to helping mobile […]

US: Spotify and Apple trade responses

US: Spotify and Apple trade responses

On Wednesday, March 13, Spotify filed a complaint with the European Union, alleging that Apple uses unfair practices in the App Store. Specifically, Spotify is upset at the 30% that Apple charges developers for subscriptions, and it claims that it’s designed to give Apple Music an unfair advantage in the marketplace. Apple pushed back on […]

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