Webwire: Apple sued over Siri; Rare earths dispute reaches WTO
March 14, 2012
A US man is suing Apple, claiming the company has intentional misrepresented voice assistant Siri's capabilities in advertising about the iPhone 4S.
The US, EU and Japan have filed a joint complaint with the WTO over China's escalated export restrictions on rare earths.
A European Union document reveals that Motorola Mobility had initially demanded Apple license its full patent portfolio in exchange for a license to Motorola's standard-essential patents. Apple claims it was its refusal to agree to this demand that led Motorola to pursue legal action.
Free speech advocacy group Reporters Without Borders has added Bahrain and Belarus to its list of “enemies of the internet,” and India and Kazakhstan to its list of “countries under surveillance,” due to moves by the countries to restrict internet access and content.
A British parliamentary committee has called on the government to address EC concerns about “unacceptably high” roaming costs within the EU.
Social music streaming service Turntable.fm has now secured deals with all four major music labels – Universal Music, EMI, Warner Music and Sony.
Encyclopaedia Britannica will no longer publish printed editions, moving instead to an online-only subscription service. The books have been in continuous print since the first edition in 1768.
Australian operator Telstra will supply satellite phone, internet and broadcast services for a project by film director James Cameron to dive to the deepest part of any ocean in a custom-built submarine, and film the expedition.
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