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.
Google Launches Multi-Purpose File-Wrangling App
Google today released the final version of Files Go, its new file-management app for Android. The app serves multiple purposes: it includes a file browser, local file transfer tool, and a tool to help free up storage on your phone.
Appeals Court Exonerates Samsung in $120M Case
Samsung won a reversal of a $120 million patent-related fine thanks to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
Apple, AT&T Seek to Block RadioShack's Sale of Customer Data
Apple and AT&T have filed legal objections to RadioShack's planned sale of customer data. RadioShack sold products from both AT&T and Apple and originally agreed to keep customer data private.
Judge Tosses iMessage Lawsuit
Apple will not have to face a lawsuit over its iMessage service because the case was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh.