Judge Orders Apple and Amazon to Resolve 'Appstore' Spat
The judge overseeing a lawsuit between Apple and Amazon has ordered that the two companies meet to discuss a resolution before the matter goes to trial. Apple alleges that Amazon's use of the term "Amazon Appstore" leads to consumer confusion with its own App Store for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The Amazon Appstore provides applications for Android devices. The judge has already dismissed one of Apple's complaints against Amazon, but five more remain. Both Apple and Amazon must send executives with the authority to resolve the issue to a meeting scheduled to take place March 21.If the matter goes unresolved, the full trial kicks off August 19.
Amazon Makes Mobile Wallet App Available
Amazon recently released a mobile wallet application for Android-based smartphones. The app, which Amazon has labeled a beta, lets people store gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards, which can be scanned or typed directly into the app.
Amazon Adds Alexa AI to iPhone Shopping App
Amazon today made Alexa, its artificial intelligence, available to a much wider selection of devices by adding Alexa to its iOS mobile shopping application. Now any iPhone with the Amazon app aboard has access to Alexa, allowing people to search for and buy goods simply by asking Alexa for it.
Amazon Must Repay Customers for In-App Purchases
Amazon will have to reimburse customers whose children ran up large bills making in-app purchases, says a federal judge. The FTC sued Amazon in 2014 following consumer complaints about the ease with which children were able to spend money in apps.
Amazon Refuses to Settle with FTC Over In-App Charges
Amazon has made clear to the Federal Trade Commission that it will not settle with the government over claims it didn't adequately prevent customers from making in-app purchases. Consumers complained that children were able to easily make unwanted in-app purchases from Amazon's Appstore.
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