U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler urged consumer advocates and wireless industry representatives to address how wireless carriers might be allowed to “reasonably manage” their Internet networks. The issue is at the heart of a debate over whether the FCC should undo exemptions applied to mobile carriers as it rewrites Internet traffic regulations, after an appeals court rejected its 2010 rules in January.
A federal appeals court threw out a jury order requiring Apple to pay VirnetX Holding Corp $368.2 million in damages for infringing four patents concerning technology for providing security over the Internet. Apple had appealed a November 2012 jury finding that it infringed VirnetX’s patents for virtual private network, or VPN, technology through the FaceTime feature on its iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad products, as well as on its Mac computers.
The ride-hailing start-up company Uber won a major victory in Germany after a local court overturned a ruling that had barred the company from operating its popular car-sharing service. The court’s decision follows vocal opposition to Uber from taxi associations across Europe, which accuse the company of breaking local laws.
Apple Inc. faces questions by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen over privacy protections for users of the company’s watch, which includes features such as health tracking, unveiled as part of its lineup of new products. Jepsen said he asked Apple’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook for a meeting with representatives of the Cupertino, California-based company.
CBS suffered a defeat in a Marshall, Texas courtroom when a jury came back from deliberations and awarded $1.3 million to Personal Audio LLC over the TV network’s violation of the plaintiff’s patent on podcasting. The result happened after 18 months of litigation for the patent-holding company, which has endured bad press for conducting a wide legal campaign against those in the media and tech industry who digitally syndicate audio shows.