Daily Archives: 27 October, 2010
BEIJING, China – US high-tech giant Apple has been accused in China of copyright infringement, with a computer screen maker saying it owns the rights to the iPad name in the country, a report said Wednesday.
Proview Technology Co., Ltd., which is based in the southern city of Shenzhen, registered the iPad trademark in January 2000 and still owns the rights to its use in China, the Beijing News said, citing government archives.
Apple started selling its sleek iPad tablet computer in China last month, after months of grey-market action among avid buyers unwilling to wait for the official launch.
Li Su, a shareholder of Proview Technology, has demanded the California-based Apple “immediately stop its rights infringement activities” and hold fresh negotiations with the Chinese firm, according to the report.
Li threatened that the company would otherwise ask authorities to “seize relevant Apple products”, it added.
(Reuters) – Oracle Corp Chief Executive Larry Ellison said he can prove that Hewlett-Packard Co’s incoming CEO oversaw a scheme to steal Oracle’s software by rival SAP AG.
SAP has admitted in court documents that it stole Oracle’s software. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Monday to determine how much SAP should pay Oracle to settle the case, with Oracle seeking some $2 billion in damages and SAP saying that tens of millions of dollars would be reasonable.
The matter is complicated by boardroom moves that have unfolded over the past few months: HP sacked Mark Hurd as its CEO and Oracle hired him as one of its presidents. Then HP hired SAP’s former CEO, Leo Apotheker, to replace Hurd and named former Oracle COO Ray Lane as its chairman.
Ellison said in a statement that Oracle intends to subpoena Apotheker, but it could not do so because the executive has been living outside the jurisdiction of the San Francisco area court that will try the case.
Users of the social networking site Netlog can stream updates from their friends using the Yahoo! app of the same name – but that’s about all the app does, which really doesn’t seem like much.
If you don’t have a Netlog account, you can sign up for one at Netlog.com. The social networking site combines all sorts of services – friends, blogs, photos, videos, a news feed – and gathers new friends and users into your feed by searching through your email contacts on various services.
For now, anyway, Google TV won’t tell anybody about your tendency to flip back and forth between infomercials unless you agree to share.
There is a catch for Google TV customers of companies like Dish Network, which has a special partnership with Google that unlocks additional features. Users will have to agree to share data about their viewing habits collected by Dish Network with Google to take advantage of those enhancements, such as the ability to search your Dish Network DVR from inside Google TV. Google also said that other television providers “typically do collect user data relating to channels tuned and content viewed through their services,” but that’s done separately from Google TV.
Google also said it has disabled the part of Google Chrome on the Google TV software that allows users to share their location. It also reserved the right to allow users to share their location in the future but promised to provide options to disable that feature should Google decide to push it live.
Apple has announced that it has expanded its online stores with a new portal for customers based in China. The company is offering free shipping on everything in the store, as the products are already manufactured by local suppliers. Products include Mac computers, iPods, iPads and the iPhone 4, which was recently made available at Apple’s brick-and-mortar stores.