According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple Inc. has filed a lawsuit against HTC Corp., the manufacturers of smart phones that use Google’s Android system. Apple Inc., claims the phone HTC made for Google violates numerous iPhone patents. “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement. “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”
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Yahoo and Twitter announced a deal today that would give Yahoo users more integrated access to the microblogging platform. According to Twitter, the new arrangement means “people will be able to find relevant tweets in Yahoo Search as well as other popular products and properties… Yahoo! will also be able to build unique Twitter clients into their properties making it easier for folks to tweet wherever they feel comfortable within the Yahoo! network.” Twitter results are already part of Google and Bing searches. The financial aspects of the deal have not been disclosed, according to the New York Times.
Comic Con International is in danger of leaving its home in San Diego after its contract with the convention center there is up in 2012, according to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune. But because the four-day geek fest brings in millions of dollars to the local economy, San Diego officials around the show are doing all they can to try to keep Comic Con from moving to Anaheim, Calif., which as put in a rival bid to host. The show regularly attracts 126,000 attendees.
Celebrities took to the Internet to post their reactions to Tiger Woods’ speech this morning. Some highlights:
“I’ll be holding a press conference later today to express my regret at not having sex with many, many beautiful women.” — Michael Ian Black
“Regarding Tiger Woods, I had an addiction and went through rehab[.] Making amends is part of recovery. Cynical or not it’s what the process is. … Unless you have had an addiction or created dismal failure of trust, one cannot judge the sincerity of a person making amends. … As an adduct I understand taking the steps towards recovery[.] Cynical or not, making amends IS THE PROCESS.” — Marlee Matlin
” “How close should I put the chairs?” “How close can you get them?” #conversationbeforetigerwoodspressconference ” — Seth Meyers
“Today is the birthday of Copernicus. The first man to prove the world does not revolve round Tiger Woods. Happy Birthday Copey.” — Craig Ferguson
“If Tiger’s wife is a ride or die chick she will be right there with him at the Press Conference! Marriage is supposed to be for life… Of course I know what Tiger did is WRONG!! I’m just suggesting he and his wife try working it out. She knew he was Pimpin!LOL .. Just got off the phone with my grandfather who has been married for 50 years and he agrees with me! SO THERE! LOL” — Nick Cannon
“very honorable words from tiger woods. good for him……” — Mandy Moore
“Re:Tiger Woods. If u want to rehab your image, shouldn’t you wear a tie? Just sayin'” — Joy Behar
Sony is launching the first reality show that will be available exclusively to PlayStation 3 and PSP owners. Variety reports that The Tester will feature contestants competing for the opportunity to become a video-game tester. Shows will last about 20 minutes, and the first of eight weekly episodes will become available on the PlayStation Network beginning Feb. 18.
A source at Hulu confirmed to EW that the site has “no current plans” to create a non-Flash version of the site to work on Apple’s upcoming iPad. The recently announced tablet computer, like iPhones and iPod Touches, does not support Flash, the Adobe platform needed to use the popular streaming video site. “We’d have to consider the investments necessary and the return on a possible expanding user base. To date, there have been no definitive decisions on this yet,” the source said.
Netflix’s instant streaming library will soon be available through Nintendo Wiis, according to a joint statement released today from the two companies. Wii owners will need a special disc to access the library, and the popular console will not be able to stream HD content. The functionality is expected to roll out this spring. Instant Netflix is already available through Xbox 360, PS3, some TiVos, and several Internet-enabled televisions and Blu-ray players.
Disney announced that this year it’ll be releasing its iconic movies—beginning with A Christmas Carol and followed by Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3—in a 3D Blu-ray version, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Yesterday, Sony also announced that its first 3D Blu-ray title will be Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Televisions quipped with 3D have made the stir this week at the Consume Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Polaroid announced that Lady Gaga will become a “creative director and inventor of specialty products” for the company. “The Haus of Gaga has been developing prototypes in the vein of fashion /technology /photography innovation,” Gaga said in a statement to People. “I am so excited to extend myself behind the scenes as a designer and to – as my father puts it – finally, have a real job.” Gaga is expected to make an appearance at CES today.
In an unusual distribution plan, Sundance Film Festival selection Bass Ackwards will be available nationwide on multiple platforms one day after the festival closes. New Video and Zipline Entertainment will release the film via digital retailers, cable VOD and DVD on demand on Feb. 1, followed by a larger DVD release in spring 2010. Actor Linas Phillips stars in and directs the story of a man travelling cross-country after ending an affair with a married woman. Mark Duplass (The Puffy Chair) is one of the film’s executive producers.
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