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Google Wants to Fight One on One

 

NEW YORK – Google won the right to appeal the granting of class action status to thousands of authors who are suing the company for its ambitious plan to build the library of digital books world’s largest.

In a brief order, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York granted Google permission to challenge a ruling dated May 31, U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin, allowing authors to sue as a group rather than individually.

Billions of dollars are at stake in a trial that is seven. Google has already scanned more than 20 million books, and the Authors Guild, a group representing authors, said that the company Internet search engines should pay $750 for each book copied.

It is unclear when the Second Circuit will hear the appeal. A more desertification would make it difficult for authors to get more rewards from Google, both at trial and in an agreement.

Chin had said it would be unfair to force Authors Guild members to file individual lawsuits, as it would have mixed results and legal costs much higher,” given the broad and indiscriminate nature of the unauthorized copying of Google.”

But Google fired back in court arguing that many members, perhaps most benefited economically, and ad hoc decisions were necessary to show whether it was getting a “fair use” of the work of the applicants.

Google began to build the library after Mountain View, California-based company, agreed in 2004 with several major libraries to digitize current jobs and already out of print.

 

 

Apple Estimates the Damage from Samsung

 

 

An expert witness Apple Inc. said Friday that consumers would be willing to pay $100 for three patented features of the smart phones that are in the center of the lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

John Hauser, a marketing professor at MIT, said he consulted to clients via the Internet on how much they would pay for some of the technologies included in the application, as the touch scroll and the recognition of multiple contact zones, which Apple says Samsung stole.

However, Samsung Hauser sank with questions about whether his study actually relates to the decision making of clients in the real world.

In addition, the director of Apple’s patent portfolio, Boris Teksler described the licensing strategy of the company saying that you can have “one hand” the number of times it has allowed other companies to use their design patents. Teksler no mention of these firms.

Apple and Samsung have not given way in a patent dispute that emulates the struggle for supremacy between rival industry , which together control more than half the sales of smartphones in the world.

The U.S. company accused Samsung of copying the design and some features of the iPad and iPhone, and calls to ban sales of South Korea in the country and compensation for damages.

Samsung, which attempts to spread in the U.S., says Apple violated some of its key patents for wireless technology.

At the end of the second week of the trial ended in federal court in San Jose, California, most of the testimony focused on technical patents.

However, at day’s end Hauser said that consumers would pay tablets $90 for the same patented features which would have paid $100 smartphones.

This information could be relevant when calculating damage for Apple, which seeks to $2.5 million from Samsung.

The South Korean company lawyer, William Price, Hauser asked why the jurors did not say how much customers pay for additional features such as computer memory in different models of tablets. That compares to the prices Apple charges in the real world, Price said.

Although Hauser said he was confident in its methodology, eventually acknowledged that their results do not necessarily correspond to what consumers actually pay for such technology in the real world.

“This is related to that, but it is not, not,” said Hauser.

Teksler left the stage after Hauser ended. While Apple is open to license patents on certain categories of said Teksler, they are very resistant to give other companies access to technology that has made central to his “unique user experience.”

All Apple patent suit against Samsung fall into that special category Teksler said.

After Samsung launched its Galaxy S phone in the summer of 2010, Teksler said the former chief executive of Apple’s current chief Tim Cook, Samsung contacted personally to complain.

Apple is one of the largest customers of the parts manufactured for Samsung smartphones and tablets.

“We were very surprised,” said Teksler. “They were a partner you trusted,” he added.

 

 

Apple Shows 126 Evidences Against Samsung

 

 

Susan Kare, the designer who created much of the appearance of the original Macintosh, took the witness stand Tuesday in the multimillion-dollar lawsuit Apple filed against Samsung for patent infringement.

Kare slide A was shown to attach (test no. 44 of the plaintiff), a comparison between a full screen of iPhone icons and a screen similar to Samsung Galaxy S1, along with instructions on how Samsung designers could use the Apple working to improve theirs. (Examples: “use highly intuitive icons” and “change the long names for the simple.”)

If the slide was not enough to convince the jury that Samsung deliberately copied the look and “brand image” of Apple (a legal term for the appearance of a product patentable), Apple had many more tests in the hole. There were 126 slides in total showing Samsung doing the same thing for almost every aspect of the iPhone user interface, from the graph on the main screen to the way a map can be manipulated to show more menu options in the Maps application.

These slides were part of the report, “Relative Evaluation Report” that Samsung created in March 2010, following the launch of Galaxy S phone and before the debut of the SII and SIII Galaxy teams.

Samsung fought hard to keep the report out of the hands of the jury. On Tuesday, Apple managed to introduce as evidence in an English translation (along with the original Korean) marked as Exhibit No. 44 of the applicant.

AllThingsD has published a Scripd version of the document admitted by the court.

 

 

Sharp Struggles to Survive

 

TOKYO – Sharp may be limited to one option for survival: to abandon its consumer business and commit as a manufacturer of components for Taiwanese partner Hon Hai Precision Industries, which like Japan, is a supplier of Apple.

With serious liquidity problems , the pioneer of LCD televisions depends on the support of banks such as Mizuho Financial Group and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.

A source of one of the leading banks told Reuters that, in exchange for their help, these lenders may insist on closer ties with Hon Hai and sale of business other than LCD. All to raise cash.

Faced with a reduced earnings outlook and cut its credit rating, investors have begun to question the viability of the company founded 100 years ago.

Sharp insists that Hon Hai proceed with a deal in which lose money by taking a stake in the company.

Battered by foreign competition and declining demand for its televisions, as well as too few buyers for their LCD screens, the company’s shares have lost almost Nippon three quarters of its value since early this year.

The cost of insuring its debt against a default has grown since February.

A stake in Sharp would give Hon Hai, which on Monday saw its shares rise, some control over another part of the Apple supply chain.

Sharp offers screens for the iPhone and iPad U.S. company, also part of their devices mounted on the soles of the firm Hon Hai.

So, the future of TV assembly plants in Japan Sharp, Poland, Mexico, Malaysia and China may be uncertain, with the thousands of jobs they offer.

Sharp was the first Japanese company that produced television sets in droves.

 

 

The Battle of Apple and Samsung Continues

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Two high-tech titans face off in federal court on Monday in a trial that will be closely followed and is part of their fight for control of the super smartphones and tablets in the U.S..

Apple Inc. filed a civil lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. last year, considering that the smart phones and tablets of the largest manufacturer in the world are illegal imitations of its popular iPhone and iPad products. The company based in the Californian town of Cupertino demand $2.5 million in damages, a figure that would exceed by far the largest failure to date issued patent violation.

Samsung accuses Apple of stealing their patent and that part of the technology at issue-like rounded rectangular design of smart phones and tablets, have been industry standards for years.

The U.S. trial is the latest confrontation between the two companies for the design of their products. A similar case began last week and both companies have litigated in the courts in Britain and Germany. The case is one of 50 lawsuits between different telecommunications companies seeking to improve their position in the growing market of smartphones and tablets is $219 million.

In the U.S., the Federal Court Judge, Lucy Koh, in the Californian town of San Jose, ordered last month that the U.S. market Samsung withdrew its 10.1 tablet Galaxy until the end of the trial, although the judge barred lawyers from Apple to inform the jury of the ban.

“It’s a very emphatic statement of the judge and shows what he thinks about some of the arguments of Apple,” said Bryan Love, Professor of Law at Santa Clara University and specializes in patents. Love said that although the case will be decided by ten jurors, the judge has the authority to overrule its decision if you think you missed.

“In a way much of the case are not Apple’s claims for damages, but if Samsung can sell their products,” said Professor Mark A. Lemley, Faculty of Law at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology.

Lemley also said a ruling in favor of Apple could indicate to consumers that the products with the Android operating system, such as Samsung, are in legal limbo.

A ruling in favor of Samsung , especially if their demands contends that the other party to pay multimillion amounts for certain transmission technology that controls could expensive Apple products.

 

 

 

Toy Company Sues Lady Gaga

 

NEW YORK – A toy company sued to Lady Gaga more than $10 million, claiming the pop star improperly withdrew from an agreement to create a doll made ​​in her likeness to interpret parts of her songs.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York, MGA Entertainment said they paid $1 million advance to the company in charge of related goods and spent a fortune to meet deadlines to send the Gaga dolls recently.

But, the toymaker says the plan is out of control earlier this year when the company selling the goods of Lady Gaga, Bravado International, abruptly withdrew from the agreement allowing the dolls will use the singer’s music and tried to delay the sale of the wrist until next year.

A representative of Lady Gaga said the lawsuit had a “malignant”.

 

Investors See Slower Growth in Apple

 

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Apple will face an unusual phenomenon when reporting their results on Tuesday: low expectations.

Few expect that the most valuable technology company in the world (that exceeds the expectations of Wall Street regularly) delivers extraordinary results once again.

The main reason is that consumers are waiting for the new iPhone.

Apple could still surprise the market observers, but many Wall Street analysts and investors remember how the comments on the launch of the iPhone last year led Apple fail to comply with quarterly expectations in the fall for the first time in years.

It is expected that the iPhone 5 hits stores in October (just in time for the holiday season) with a larger screen and thinner and improved search functions.

Its pre-launch has been delayed by the slowing economy in Europe and China, Apple’s main markets outside North America, and the expectations on Wall Street to the “darling” of the market appear more moderate than many can remember in quite time.

“Apple is no longer the company that always exceeded expectations. I hope to exceed the estimates, but do not know if that will happen,” said the manager of Granite Investment Advisors, Tim Lesko, which owns Apple shares.

Bernstein Research analyst Tony Sacconaghi, is a reasonable choice that Apple defaults on its expectations for revenue. These are their reasons:

“The macroeconomic weakness in China and Europe, a lull in the cycle of a product like the iPhone, the introduction of the new iPhone later in China, and the later arrival of the new line of Mac laptops.”

Any setback in demand for the popular smartphone could have a major impact on both revenue and profits, as almost 50% of Apple’s revenues come from exactly such a device, which is 5 years old.

The results also will be reported at a time when Samsung and other manufacturers that use the Android software from rival Google, are eroding the market share of Apple.

Apple is expected to report a profit for its third fiscal quarter of 10.35 cents per share on total revenues of 37.200 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.

 

 

DreamWorks Buys “Casper”

 

GLENDALE, California – DreamWorks Animation SKG buy Classic Media, which owns movies and TV shows like “Casper the friendly ghost,”, “Lassie”, “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” and “The Lone Ranger”.

The movie studios will pay $155 million in cash to the owner of Classic Media, Boomerang Media Holdings.

Boomerang was founded by private financial firm GTCR and by Eric Ellenbogen and John Engelman, who founded Classic Media in 2000.

“Classic Media brings a long and varied collection of characters and brand assets that complements extremely well with the business of DreamWorks Animation franchise,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation.

Classic Media has about 80 employees and is headquartered in New York. It had operating profit of 19.2 million and revenue of 82.2 million in the fiscal year ended February 29.

Classic Media owns 450 movies and 6,100 TV episodes, including “Frosty the Snowman”, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.

The company also has an archive of comic books and publishing rights to “Golden Books” series of children’s books.

Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation is based in the Californian city of Glendale and has f ranquicias as “Shrek” and “Madagascar”.

 

Can Batman Save the Box Office?

 

One of the most anticipated movies of the summer, “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises”, became entangled in the shooting of Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people were killed this morning in an inaugural performance.

The next installment of the superhero hopes to raise more than his predecessor during the first three days of release. The Dark Knight turnover of 158.4 million dollars, including 18.5 million in midnight features.

Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros., said the studio plans to issue early Friday box office results of the nearly 3,700 U.S. theaters began showing the film at midnight. The film was distributed in a total of 4,404 theaters across America.

Warner Bros, producer of The Dark Knight Rises, said they are “deeply sorry” for the slaughter that occurred in Colorado. “We extend our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims in this tragic moment,” they said in a statement.

The film industry is in mourning. The premiere of Batman for Friday night was suspended in Paris, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, said he shared “the shock and sadness of all members of the film community at the news of this terrible event.”

Cinemark Holdings, which owns the theater chain where the shooting occurred, said he was deeply saddened by the tragedy. “Cinemark is working closely with the Aurora Police Department and local authorities,” the company said.

The National Association of Theatre Owners said that “the safety of customers is and will remain a priority.”

James Holmes, 24 years old, who was identified as the attacker is in custody.

 

 

Yahoo Reported Revenues of $1.081 Million

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo on Tuesday reported stable net income and a slight decline in profits in the second quarter, a day after announcing the appointment as CEO of a former Google executive who is seeking to revive its fortune.

Yahoo reported its results on the first day of its new chief executive, Marissa Mayer, Google executive, who was a long time and became the third leader in 12 months.

The company’s net income, excluding fees paid to partner websites, was of $1.081 million in the three months that ended June 30, which compares with $1.076 million in the comparable period of 2011.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I / B / E / S estimated net income of $1.096 billion.

Yahoo’s net profit in the second quarter was $226.6 million, or 18 cents per share, slightly less than $237 million or 18 cents per share for the same period last year.

Excluding certain items, Yahoo said it earned 27 cents per share, up from 22 cents per share analysts expected.

Mayer faces a major challenge in the quest to revitalize a weakened Internet pioneer who has seen stagnant income growth because consumers spend more time on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Yahoo said its revenue from Internet advertising rose 2% over the previous year to 535 million, while its search revenue fell 1% to 461 million.

The hiring of Mayer as chief executive ends a difficult year in Yahoo. In May, Scott Thompson resigned as CEO after less than six months in office due to controversy about his academic background.

Thompson had replaced the direct and sometimes aggressive Carol Bartz, who was fired in September because he failed to revitalize the company.

Yahoo shares rose 10 cents to 15.70 dollars in after-hours trading on Tuesday.

 

 

Microsoft Launches New Office 365

 

Microsoft announced a new version of Office 365, which includes the ability to use touch screen, a stylus or under the traditional keyboard and mouse.

“We are taking strong steps to this release. This completely new Office will increase productivity and flexibility that is needed by both our consumers and our business partners. It is a cloud service that will relate to Windows 8,” said Ballmer, during the presentation in San Francisco.

The new Office, which includes word processing, spreadsheet and e-mail, will respond well to commands made by touching a screen, and the orders to be sent with keyboard or mouse.

Microsoft said the new Office was originally developed as a service, which means it is designed to work easily in a variety of devices connected to the Internet.

Programs may file documents on the Internet using Microsoft’s SkyDrive service and have memory configurations, including the last condition it was in a text out of it.

“This is the most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done,” said Ballmer.

Users can choose between three options: Home Premium, Small Business Premium and ProPlus, which even contain minutes of Skype voice service.

The addition of tactile controls allow the expansion of the Office to market the tablet type computers. While Apple dominates with its iPad tablet market, Microsoft has plans to compete with its own device called Surface.

The costs of these programs will be revealed later this year and a demonstration test and can be downloaded.