Is it cloning or copyright infringement? The case between the two video game companies could set a legal precedent in the industry.
By Therese Poletti
Will social game copycats get some comeuppance?
A lawsuit filed on Friday by Electronic Arts (EA) against social game company Zynga (ZYGA) touches on a key issue in the development of lightweight social games: the outright mimicry of a concept of a game. At issue is whether Zynga went too far in its imitation of a popular EA game on Facebook, "The Sims Social," with its newest game called "The Ville."
If the case goes all the way to a trial, it could even set a legal precedent.
A court case is forcing Apple to divulge its closest secrets, including the origin story of the iPhone -- and abortive plans to build an Apple car.
Apple (AAPL) is "one of the world's most secretive companies," says Ian Sherr at The Wall Street Journal, and it's "finding there's a price tag in pushing its grievances against rival Samsung (SSNLF) in federal court: Disclosure." In its quest to prove that Samsung has stolen its designs for the iPhone and iPad, Apple's top officials have been forced to testify about their company's creative process and marketing campaigns, details of which have long been held close to the vest.
From an abandoned plan to build an Apple car to the Fight Club-like levels of security that surrounded the development of the iPhone, here are 5 secrets Apple revealed in its legal dispute with Samsung:
Some media outlets assume that Apple spurned Google. But it's not so clear cut.
By Marek Fuchs
Apple released a test version of its coming iOS 6 operating system for iPhones and iPads without Google's YouTube app, which has been there from the start and, at least according to some media accounts, left the spurned Google struggling to react. The five-year deal will expire without renewal.
Facebook has struggled to convince Wall Street that it can monetize mobile, but investors are more willing to bet that another recent tech IPO, Kayak Software, can succeed.
Facebook, the giant in social media, is still a midget in mobile. Though the social media giant has asked investors to have confidence that it will come through with a plan to make money from a fast-growing mobile user base – now 540 million users, up from 20 million three years ago – the change in the mix of users has been responsible for a dramatic slowdown in the rate of revenue growth over the past year. COO Sheryl Sandberg told investors last week that the company’s first foray into mobile advertising was bringing in just under $500,000 a day – not enough to prevent investors from hammering the stock. Facebook (FB) shares closed Wednesday at a new low of $20.86 a share, and have fallen 22 percent since reporting second-quarter earnings a week ago.
Mobile could well turn out to be the David that topples the social media Goliath. But another, albeit much smaller, tech IPO asking for a similar show of faith has gotten a vastly different reception. Shares of Kayak Software (KYAK), a travel comparison service, soared on their first day of trading, July 20. After pricing at $26, the stock opened above $30 and closed that first day north of $33. And Kayak remains in the green, up nearly 27% since its IPO.
Turns out, there’s mobile and then there’s mobile for travel.
The tech center in northern California is one of the nation's healthiest employment markets.
Even in the midst of a rocky economy, Silicon Valley is one of the nation's healthiest job markets, according to the latest employment data.
With the major U.S. indices boosted by Friday's better-than-expected jump in July payrolls, there was also good news for the country's technology epicenter in northern California.
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