This week, we have news about a lawsuit judgment against Apple and we’ll examine Microsoft’s forthcoming announcement about a smartphone operating system.
Big Changes at Full Tilt Poker
A new VIP program was unveiled at Full Tilt Poker in the form of “The Black Card,” which is awarded to players that average 500 Full Tilt Points (FTPs) over a 100-day period. The card unlocks access to a special store where new cash bonuses are available and also doubles the number of FTPs earned at tables. However, the site also announced that it would no longer be giving “dealt” rakeback and instead moving to a “weighted contributed” system, which has meant as much as 30% less rakeback for some players.
PokerStars to Stop Serving Real Money Players from Washington State
It was a sad day for players in Washington State, as a recent court ruling upholding its stance against online poker means that PokerStars will no longer be serving real money players from that state. At this point, there is very little hope for people there to enjoy the freedom of playing poker on their computer.
Microsoft Targets Motorola in Android Lawsuit
You didn’t think the boys at Microsoft would stand idly by as Google and Apple came out with amazing phone operating systems, right? Microsoft is rumored to be weeks away from announcing a new line of smartphones and has attacked Motorola over Android-related patents. Microsoft Vice President Horacio Gutierrez said, “Our action today merely seeks to ensure respect for our intellectual property rights infringed by Android devices; and judging by the recent actions by Apple and Oracle, we are not alone in this respect.” Microsoft not only filed the lawsuit, but also filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Steve Jobs Costs Apple a $10 Million Ad Deal?
According to BusinessInsider.com, Adidas pulled out of a $10 million ad campaign from iAds due to repeated rejections from Apple. Apparently, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was “being too much of a control freak” for Adidas’s liking. Apple has been reported to be taking a much more active involvement in iAd content, which has slowed the use of the new advertising medium.
iPads at Target in the USA
Target blasted newspapers ads announcing that all six models of the iPad are now available at their stores. This is a one up against Wal-Mart, which previously had dibs on the iPhone. There are 1,743 Target stores in the United States, meaning that the iPad is now widely available to anyone who wants to buy one. In addition to Target, it appears that the iPad is showing up over at Amazon.com, but availability is limited to the 32 GB and 64 GB Wi-Fi models.
Apple Hit with a $625 Million Patent Judgment
Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is challenging a verdict in a patent lawsuit with Mirror Worlds LLC. The company has been hit with a penalty of as much as $625 million for infringing on patents for Apple’s Cover Flow, Spotlight, and Time Machine technologies.
New Touch Screen iMac Coming?
A report from DigiTimes said that an executive at Sintek Photronics denied claims that the company has shipped samples of touch screen panels to Apple for testing a new version of the iMac. Rumors are going wild nonetheless that an Apple patent application (which shows an illustration of someone touching an iMac screen) means that the company is toying with the idea of making a touch screen edition of the iMac.