STLR Link Roundup – February 6, 2013

Apple v. Samsung The intellectual property battle between Apple and Samsung continues. On January 29, the US federal court has refused Apple’s request to increase the $1 billion in damages. The court ruled that Samsung did not “willfully” violate Apple’s patents and refused to triple the damages that were owed by Samsung. Furthermore, the court has refused to impose a sales ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which had been banned in June of 2012 and Continue Reading →

There’s No App For That: Smartphone Data Privacy and Law Enforcement Searches

Smartphones have become repositories for vast amounts of personal information.  As their functionality grows, users store more and more of their details in their smartphone, from friends’ phone numbers, diary entries, photos, and messages, to shopping lists, bank details, and travel plans.  At the same time, phone manufacturers and app designers silently gather data on users’ movements, browsing habits and passwords.  The resulting bounty of data is extremely convenient for users, but also makes smartphones Continue Reading →