Judge Puts the Kibosh on Apple's Android Data Grab
The judge overseeing Apple's lawsuit against Motorola over Android patents has blocked Apple's attempt to score information about how Google developed the Android platform. "The motion is vague and overbroad and Motorola's objections are persuasive," wrote U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner. "If Apple desires a further court order compelling production of data within the scope of the March 5 order, it will have to narrow its request to a manageable and particularized set of documents." The two companies are locked in battle regarding smartphone patents, with back-to-back trials scheduled to commence in early June. Posner originally ruled that Apple could access some of the data, but decided Apple's subsequent request reached too far.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Apple Denied Injunction Bid Against Samsung
Apple lost in its attempt to ban the sale of select Samsung devices today, as U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's request.
Court Says Lost Message Suit Against Apple Can Proceed
Apple must face a lawsuit in federal court over vanishing text messages. U.S.