Tech wrap: Apple sues Samsung over “slavish” copies
Apple sued rival Samsung Electronics claiming that Samsung’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablet “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad, according to court papers. The lawsuit, filed on Friday, alleges Samsung copied the look, product design and product user interface of Apple’s products. Samsung violated Apple’s patents and trademarks, the suit alleges.
Twitter is in talks to buy TweetDeck for around $50 million, The Wall Street Journal reported. TweetDeck is an add-on program that helps Twitter users view and manage their tweets and messages on other services such as those offered by Facebook and Foursquare. Twitter has allowed advertisers’ “promoted tweets”, that show up when users perform searches on Twitter, to appear on TweetDeck as part of a revenue-sharing agreement, The WSJ wrote.
Texas Instruments’s quarterly earnings missed Wall Street expectations by a penny as expenses rose after two of its Japanese factories were damaged in the country’s largest-ever earthquake. The company, which plans to buy analog chip maker National Semiconductor Corp for $6.5 billion, said one of its factories will “soon” resume full production, and added that it expects a strong second half.
Match.com said it will begin checking users against the national sex offender registry, days after a class action lawsuit was filed by a woman allegedly sexually assaulted by a man she met on the dating site.
There’s an app for:
- Taking a virtual walk up the aisle of Westminster Abbey ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding: The Abbey 3D app gives Android, iPhone and iPad users access to the historic royal church, flashing up “hotspots” of information and their significance on the day of the wedding and show a cross-section bird’s-eye view of the abbey showing the layout of the church.
- Watching Flash videos on iOS devices: iSWiFTER bypasses Apple’s objections to the popular streaming video format, running the Flash content at its own data center and then sending video to the user’s iPad, which has to be connected to a Wi-Fi connection.