Apple and Intel sue to stop ’serial nuisance suits’

Apple and Intel have together filed a lawsuit against Fortress Investment Group, an organization owned by Softbank, claiming that its repeated patent litigation violates US antitrust laws.

”Apple has suffered economic harm in the form of litigation costs and diversion of resources away from innovation to respond to these entities’ serial nuisance suits,” Apple said in the complaint seen by Reuters.

Reportedly, Apple is claiming that Fortress and related firms such as Uniloc USA and Uniloc Luxembourg, have filed at least 25 lawsuits.

”[Uniloc USA and Uniloc Luxembourg] have have disclosed that they believe they are entitled to damages of between $1.41 and $2.75 per Apple product, for total damages in the range of $375 to $732 million,” said Apple.

Källa: Apple and Intel sue to stop ’serial nuisance suits’

Apple cancels planned festival premiere of its TV+ movie ’The Banker’

Just a day before The Banker was supposed to premiere at the American Film Institute’s festival in Los Angeles, Apple yanked the movie while it looks into ”some concerns surrounding the film.” Based on a true story about two black men in the 1960s who built up a real estate and banking empire by using a white man as the face of the enterprise, it stars actors like Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nia Long and Nicholas Hoult.

Apple:

We purchased The Banker earlier this year as we were moved by the film’s entertaining and educational story about social change and financial literacy. Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention. We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps. In light of this, we are no longer premiering The Banker at AFI Fest.

Källa: Apple cancels planned festival premiere of its TV+ movie ’The Banker’

Apple donates iPhones to nonprofit to teach students photography

Apple has announced a partnership with 100cameras, a nonprofit that helps students learn the tools of photography and how to use it as a form of self-expression. In a press release today, the company says that it has equipped students at DRW College Prep in Chicago with the iPhone 11 to allow them to tell their stories about growing up in the city.

Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of iPhone Worldwide Product Marketing, talked about how each student’s unique perspective, paired with the new iPhone, created inspiring photos:

”It was amazing to collaborate with 100cameras and the talented and creative students at DRW…the iPhone 11 camera with all its intuitive capabilities right there in your hand is such a powerful storytelling tool. To see the photos the students captured of the ways they see the world around them was truly inspiring.”

Källa: Apple donates iPhones to nonprofit to teach students photography

The Likely Reason Disney+ Accounts Are Getting ’Hacked’

The reports came just a few days after Disney+ launched: Thousands of the streaming service accounts were already up for sale on various hacking forums, at bargain prices. As of Wednesday, new victims were still taking to Twitter and other venues to express their frustration that their accounts had been taken over. What’s happening almost certainly isn’t a hack in the way you’d normally think of it. Instead, it appears to be a classic—and regrettable—case of what’s known as credential stuffing.

As ZDNet first reported, compromised Disney+ accounts could be found on the dark web for as much as $11 a pop, or as little as, well, free. (Disney+ itself costs $7 per month, or less for a full-year plan.)

Källa: The Likely Reason Disney+ Accounts Are Getting ’Hacked’

1.19 billion confidential medical images available on the internet – Help Net Security

1.19 billion confidential medical images are now freely available on the internet, according to the Greenbone’s research in to the security of PACS servers.

That’s a 60% increase from the finding between July and September 2019, and includes details of patient names, reason for examination, date of birth, and ID cards in some cases.

Amongst the 786 million medical images identified in the US, which had the largest increase in new data sets discovered, Social Security Numbers were included on some of the images, as well as some sets which listed details pertaining to military personnel IDs from the Department of Defense.

Källa: 1.19 billion confidential medical images available on the internet – Help Net Security

Apple Tells Congress It Hasn’t Been Profiting From Repairs in Response to Antitrust Probe

As part of an antitrust probe, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Apple in September with questions about its policies for the App Store, product repairs, and more. Apple has since responded, and while many of the responses are predictable, the letter reveals a few noteworthy details.

For example, when asked to identify the total revenue that it has derived from repair services since 2009, Apple said ”the costs of providing repair services has exceeded the revenue generated by repairs” in each year over that period.

Apple also said it has invested ”billions of dollars” in Apple Maps since the app was released in 2012. Apple is currently in the process of revamping its Maps app with much more detailed mapping data, with the improvements now available in 27 states fully and another six states partially.

Källa: Apple Tells Congress It Hasn’t Been Profiting From Repairs in Response to Antitrust Probe