The mobile patent wars

The Apple versus Samsung patent trial is now in the hands of the jury (heaven help them all) and tech reporters are waiting with bated breath for the outcome.

Sony slashes jobs to streamline smartphone supply chain

Sony's announced plans to cut 1,000 jobs from its handset division, Sony Mobile - one in seven of its workforce.

Foxconn audit fails to satisfy human rights campaigners

Working conditions at Apple's notorious Foxconn supplier have been greatly improved, says the Fair Labor Association - although some disagree.

Apple becomes world's largest-ever company

Apple's become the most valuable company of all time, after its shares rose 2.6 percent yesterday to reach $665.15.

Motorola files new patent claims against Apple

Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, has filed new patent claims against Apple. They include the assertion that Apple's voice assistant, Siri, is based on Motorola technology.

DoJ approves Verizon/Comcast deal - with changes

The Department of Justice has approved Verizon's planned $3.9 billion acquisition of spectrum from Comcast, subject to conditions designed to safeguard competition.

Judge asks Apple and Samsung to strike their own deal

If Lucy Koh pulls this one off, we'll have to ask her to sort out the Middle East.

SurfTheChannel owner gets four years in jail

The British owner of video-linking service SurfTheChannel has been sentenced to four years in prison following a private prosecution by copyright owners.

Apple reveals secret licensing deal with Microsoft

Apple quietly licensed certain design patents to Microsoft, it's been revealed as part of its patent case against Samsung.

Motorola cuts jobs in new focus on high-tech phones

Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, has warned its staff that about one-fifth of them face the chop.

Record fine for Google over Safari tracking cookies

Google's been hit with a whacking $22.5 million fine for violating a privacy settlement with the FTC and tracking the activity of Safari users.

Samsung execs fly out to probe child labor claims

Samsung is promising to investigate allegations of child labor at one of its Chinese suppliers.

Judge overturns massive patent penalty against RIM

A Californian judge has overturned a widely-criticized ruling that RIM infringed an Mformation patent.

EA and Zynga trade insults in copyright battle

Electronic Arts is suing Zynga, claiming that Zynga's The Ville violates its copyright.

Twitter bomb joke conviction finally overturned

The British man found guilty of sending a menacing tweet threatening to blow an airport sky-high has had his conviction quashed by the High Court.

Facebook shares hit new low

Facebook's shares have fallen sharply, after the company posted a $157 million loss for the first quarter after its flotation.

New lobbying group draws industry heavyweights

Some of the world's biggest tech companies have joined forces in a new lobbying group aimed at influencing internet regulation.

UK faces legal action over spyware sales to brutal regimes

Campaign group Privacy International has launched legal action against the British government for allowing the sale of surveillance technology to repressive regimes.

Apple results disappoint analysts

Despite selling 17 million iPads during the third quarter this year, Apple's missed analysts' estimates for the second time since 2003.

DoJ defends controversial e-book suit

The Department of Justice has hit out at opponents of its e-book price-fixing case against Apple, saying that they are serving their own self-interest.