January 31st, 2013, 12:05 AM

USPTO Grants Apple Trademark Over Stores

Apple has been granted a trademark by the United States Patent and Trade Office for the interior design of its stores according to a filing. According to USPTO documents, the trademark Apple has been granted includes “a clear glass storefront surrounded by a paneled facade consisting of large, rectangular horizontal panels over the top of [...]

January 17th, 2013, 5:42 PM

Ontario Court Says No to Request for Megaupload Servers

Almost a year after the Megaupload raid, a court in Ontario has refused a request by U.S authorities to hand over 32 servers located in the province. Attorneys for Megaupload argued that the servers contained information that was irrelevant to the case. Ira Rothken, lead attorney for the company, asked the court to deny the [...]

January 4th, 2013, 1:02 PM

Google FTC Hearings Leave Microsoft Red Faced

It was Microsoft, not Google, that left the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust hearings into Google’s allegedly anti-competitive behaviour in its search and mobile businesses red faced. The hearings, which wrapped up Thursday, left Google with a mild reprimand — but not off scott free — and orders to change some of its business practices. The [...]

January 2nd, 2013, 12:20 AM

Content Gatekeepers Reportedly Delay Intel TV Project

Intel’s plan to unbundle the cable experience and offer pay-per-channel IPTV has been reportedly delayed because of difficulties in reaching agreements with content providers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Sources that spoke to the Journal say that the current pace of negotiations have delayed the launch to mid-2013, or as late as the fourth [...]

December 31st, 2012, 2:42 PM

Do ‘Big Tent’ Tech Expos Have a Future?

In a little over a week the International Consumer Electronics Show will open in Las Vegas, with all the spectacle and extravaganza one would expect from the city. An expo occupying 1.7 million square feet of space with an expected draw somewhere in the 140,000 range should be impossible to ignore, as the name ‘CES’ [...]

December 20th, 2012, 3:13 PM

Steven Sinofsky Takes up Position at Harvard Business School

Just over a month after being unceremoniously ousted from his position at Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky has taken up a new job: teaching at Harvard. Saying that this was a “#sabbatical” (a one year period of leave from an organization), the former Windows head tweeted Wednesday night that he would be returning to Harvard in the [...]

December 20th, 2012, 2:50 PM

Facebook Testing Scheme to Charge Stalkers for Priority Messages

The ‘Other’ box for Facebook messages is a famously ill-reviewed feature, one which has spawned countless “Dude that girl from the bar six months ago messaged me that night, and I never saw it!” stories. Any message that ends up in the Other box is likely to be ignored, assuming the recipient even knows the [...]

December 20th, 2012, 11:47 AM

‘Pinch to Zoom’ Patent Facing Review by USPTO

Officials at the US Patent and Trade Office declared Wednesday that another strategic Apple patent should not have been awarded to the company. This is the third Apple patent post-Apple v. Samsung to be tentatively rejected by the USPTO following an “ex parte” request for re-examination. In a letter to Apple and Samsung dated December [...]

December 18th, 2012, 2:08 PM

Instagram to Sell User Images in Facebook’s Latest Privacy Gamble

The latest in a string of privacy-related controversies for Facebook comes from its newest acquisition, Instagram. Facebook has announced that all public photos submitted to the photo sharing app can be sold to advertisers without specific consent or notification. The service already angered more than a few customers by blocking direct photo embedding in Twitter [...]

December 13th, 2012, 3:35 PM

Dial R for Rumour: An Intel-NVIDIA Deal in the Works?

Will Intel acquire NVIDIA and place Jen-Hsun Huang at the head of the company? That’s a rumour posted today by Bright Side of News. Theo Valich, the well connected editor-in-chief of Bright Side of News, reported today that he learned of a “coffee table” discussion between Intel and NVIDIA about an acquisition deal that would [...]