Webwire: Apple sued over Siri; Lombard probed over suicides

Webwire: Apple sued over Siri; Lombard probed over suicides

Staff writer  |   July 06, 2012
A Chinese software company is suing Apple for patent infringement, claiming that voice assistant Siri violates a 2006 voice recognition patent.
Former France Telecom CEO Didier Lombard is under investigation by a French magistrate for workplace harassment, in connection with the slew of suicides at the company between 2008 and 2009.
Apple has been granted a US patent for “peripheral treatment of head-mounted displays”, leading to speculation that the company is planning a competing product to Google Glass.
Huawei has suspended service support for Indian customer Videocon Group, after the operator missed its deadline to pay around $144 million worth of the 2G equipment contract.
Mobile operators are pressing RIM to cut the carrier fees which account for more than a third of the company's revenue, which is putting further pressure on the company's financial position.
Samsung has posted another record quarterly profit on the back of strong sales of its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. Operating profit for the June quarter grew 79% year-on-year to 6.7 trillion won ($5.9 billion).
More than 250,000 computers could lose internet connectivity from Monday, after the US FBI stops running the network once operated by the cybercriminals behind the DNSChanger malware. The FBI took over operation of the network in November last year, to keep infected machines online.
Reports claim Amazon has ordered the first batch of Kindle Fire 2 tablets, and plans to commercially launch the devices sometime this or next month.
Staff writer


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