- A court in China has rejected an attempt by Apple to wrest the iPad trademark from a Chinese technology company, effectively robbing the Cupertino giant from using the term for its devices in that country:
In the lawsuit over the use of the iPad name, the Intermediate People's Court in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen rejected Apple's complaint against Proview Technology (Shenzhen). Proview, it said, lawfully registered the iPad trademark as long ago as 2000 for products in a number of countries including China, the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper reported, citing court documents.
Proview is reportedly seeking the equivalent of $1.5 billion in compensation from Apple for its use of the term.
- "Sharp Corp., Samsung Electronics Co., and six other makers of liquid crystal display panels used in computers and televisions agreed to pay $388 million to settle price-fixing claims by direct purchasers of the products." Karen Gullo has the details.
- "We heard just yesterday that the European Commission was investigating possible ebook price fixing by Apple and five major book publishers, and now the US Department of Justice has confirmed that it's investigating the situation," reports Nilay Patel.
- According to Timothy B. Lee, "The House of Representatives on Tuesday easily passed legislation that updates video privacy laws to make it easier for online rental services such as Netflix to share information about customers' viewing habits with user consent."
- "Neil Smit, president of Comcast Cable, is now taking over the CEO role of the company’s cable operations." Ryan Lawler has the story.
- Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created such classic videogames as Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, will be stepping down from his post at Nintendo "to work on smaller, more personal projects."
- Don Reisinger reports that customers and employees of California's Lucky Supermarket chain "who used the self-checkout kiosks in more than 20 of its 234 stores might have fallen victim to tampered credit card readers."
- "A political scandal is brewing in Korea over alleged denial of service attacks against the National Election Commission (NEC) website," according to John Leyden.
- According to Veracode's State of Software Security Report, "eight out of 10 applications fail to meet acceptable levels of security, marking a significant decline from past reports."
- In Australia, "[an] analysis of USB memory sticks lost on trains in Sydney revealed that two thirds of them were infected with one or more strains of malware and none was secured with an encryption solution."
- Your headline for the week is "Acer CEO: We're Going to Stop Selling Cheap, Unprofitable Crap."