Apple’s award of $1.05 billion in damages from Samsung was reduced by more than 40 percent by Judge Lucy Koh today, according to a tweet from The Recorder reporter Vanessa Blum. Koh has reportedly ordered a new damages trial on the $440 million removed from the award. Apple was initially awarded the $1.05 billion in August after a jury found Samsung violated Apple patents. [via Apple Insider]
Apple has offered a refund to the family of Danny Kitchen, a British boy who spent £1,700 (about $2,550) of his parents’ money on in-app purchases in an iPad game within 15 minutes. The family believed the boy was downloading “a free game,” and entered a password for the download, which was followed by a collection of huge in-app purchases. Apple recently settled a class action lawsuit regarding freemium apps aimed at children, offering refunds for claims that minors made in-app purchases without parental knowledge or permission. [via BBC]
David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital has withdrawn its lawsuit against Apple over a proxy proposal. The proposal, which aimed to change Apple’s ability to issue preferred stock, was withdrawn from a vote at Apple’s recent shareholder meeting after it was blocked by a court ruling. Despite the lawsuit’s success, Apple CEO Tim Cook referred to it as a “silly sideshow,” and the company suggested that it was based on a misunderstanding regarding Apple’s position on preferred stock. [via AllThingsD]
A lawsuit alleges that Apple collected data from millions of mobile devices without permission, but Apple argued at a Thursday hearing that plaintiffs have failed to prove their claims. The customers have accused Apple of collecting geographical data through apps on mobile devices, even after the users chose not to share the data. The plaintiffs’ attorneys asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to designate the suit as a class action, but Apple is seeking to stop the action, claiming that it hasn’t been proven that users actually had information collected by free apps without consent, and therefore can’t show they’ve suffered harm. [via Bloomberg]
China Mobile used the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona to unveil multi-mode, multi-band TD-LTE terminal devices, which may enable iPhones to become compatible with the world’s largest mobile carrier. The carrier plants to set up TD-LTE trial networks in more than 100 Chinese cities this year, according to a report. There has long been speculation that Apple will make its phone available for China Mobile subscribers; Apple CEO Tim Cook met with China Mobile Chairman Xi Gouhua in January. China Mobile’s TD-LTE terminals support TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA and GSM across a wide variety of radio bands. [via DigiTimes]
David Bowie’s first album in 10 years is streaming for free exclusively on iTunes until its March 12 release. Also available for pre-order, The Next Day is Bowie’s first album since 2003’s Reality, and features 14 tracks and 3 bonus tracks. A handful of artists have exclusively used iTunes to stream a new album before release — Jack White’s Blunderbuss got the same treatment last April. The album cover, interestingly enough, is the same album cover used for Bowie’s classic Heroes album, with the old album title crossed out and the new title plastered over Bowie’s face in a big white square.