STLR Link Roundup – February 10, 2012

The Federal Circuit refused to privilege a Google email detailing alternatives to using Java in Android and Chrome.  The email, sent from an engineer to Google’s VP of Android and senior counsel, concluded that no better alternative existed, but suggested it stress the viability of Objective C in licensing discussions with Oracle.  The court held that because the email seemed more closely related to business negotiations than legal issues like infringement, sufficient doubt existed to deny protection under the attorney client privilege.

Apple has announced that it will unveil its next version of the iPad this March. This new version is expected to have the same size and shape as the iPad2, but feature hardware upgrades like a faster processor and improved screen.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that internet service providers (ISPs) are not bound by the country’s broadcast regulations.  The court was unconvinced that ISPs should be considered broadcasters because they deliver content, stressing that “ISPs provide Internet access to end users” and, in doing so, “they take no part in the selection, origination, or packaging of content.”

Microsoft revealed new details about its efforts to offer Windows on ARM processors. While Windows on Arm (WOA) will share code and common features with Windows 8, Microsoft has partnered with PC manufacturers to specifically tailor WOA to ARM capabilities and form-factors.  WOA will support Metro-style apps and feature full desktop versions of Microsoft office products.

A bug in Citi’s iPad app caused customers to pay some bills twice over July to December last year.  The bank has since fixed this bug and reimbursed customers for the bogus payments, as well as lost interest.  Citi did not say how many customers were affected by this bug, but stressed that this bug affected less than 2 percent of iPad transactions.


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