The government, which in July won an antitrust suit against Apple, initially asked for an injunction of 10 years, but the DOJ on Friday said it's willing to cut that length to five years. It noted that it's trying to limit the possibility that changes in the industry will cause the decree to "outlive its usefulness and unnecessarily harm Apple." At the same time, … Read more
Judge Denise Cote on Friday declined to temporarily suspend her ruling from last month that Apple broke antitrust laws by conspiring with e-book publishers, according to a report from the Associated Press.
What that likely means is that Apple will have to obey whatever sanctions are imposed on the company, even with an appeal pending. Cote wasn't expected to suspend her decision.
Apple and the Justice Department currently are presenting arguments in a New York court about steps the company has to take to … Read more
"Apple has been found to have orchestrated and facilitated a...price-fixing conspiracy -- amongst these very publisher defendants," Justice Department attorney Lawrence Buterman wrote in a letter dated Thursday but made available for viewing Friday. "Apple should not be rewarded with the same terms received by those that chose to settle to avoid the risks of litigation."
Apple and the Justice Department will … Read more
To say Apple's got a lot going on this Friday is, perhaps, putting it lightly.
The tech company is duking it out against Samsung in two separate legal arenas, both over possible sales bans on phones in the U.S. and potentially the future of patent law. Apple's also going up against the Department of Justice to argue over what happens to its e-books business since losing that case last month.
Here's a quick primer about what's going on with each of those on Friday, and why they're important.
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But the U.S. Department of Justice, which initially sued Apple and a handful of the nation's largest publishers early last year, said Apple and the publishers had two objectives when making their deals: raise e-book prices and restrain retail price competition to hurt Amazon.
Declaring that Apple violated antitrust laws and served as the ringleader in a conspiracy to change … Read more
Google has asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to lift a gag order, saying it has the constitutional right to clear its name by discussing government data requests.
The company filed a five-page motion before the court on Tuesday afternoon, arguing it has "a right under the First Amendment to publish" summary statistics about requests made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, sent an open letter last week to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller asking for "transparency" -- but was unable to reach an … Read more
NEW YORK -- Apple sells about a quarter of all e-books in the market, a high-level executive at the electronics giant said Monday.
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of software and services, estimated that Apple holds a 25 percent share of the market, about on par with Barnes & Noble. He noted the two companies often flip the ranking, with Barnes & Noble sometimes having a higher share than Apple.
"I believe it's close," Cue said in his testimony Monday during Apple's e-book pricing trial. "At different times, we go back and forth.&… Read more
Apple's e-book pricing trial has brought its fair share of funny moments and tense exchanges.
The Justice Department, which initially sued Apple and a handful of the nation's largest publishers slightly more than a year ago, contends Apple forced publishers to move to a model that artificially inflated the prices of digital books and hurt consumers. Apple has argued that it wasn't trying to change in the industry and that it was only trying to secure the best deal for itself.
With two weeks down and one week to go, most of the key witnesses have testified. … Read more
After the Justice Department presented an e-mail Wednesday that appeared to undermine Apple's e-book antitrust defense, the company submitted the actual e-mail as sent by then-CEO Steve Jobs to Eddy Cue, showing content and tone that differed from the draft version.
Apple, which is accused of conspiring with book publishers to fix e-book prices, has maintained that it was uninterested in the pricing models used by publishers in deals with other retailers. The Justice Department submitted a terse e-mail sent by Jobs to Cue, who oversees all of Apple's digital stores and its Web services, that it said … Read more
The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed Tuesday that it is considering requests from Google, Facebook, and Microsoft that would let them clear their names after allegations they opened their networks to government spies, although U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has not yet issued a decision on the matter.
In response to queries from CNET, the Justice Department said late this afternoon: "The department has received the letter from the chief legal officer at Google. We are in the process of reviewing their request."