KLBJ Cyber Corner with Todd Jeffries
Posted 12/8/2012 8:27:00 AM

IN THE NEWS: JUDGE SEEMS TO LEAN TOWARD CUTTING APPLE AWARD FROM SAMSUNG
A federal judge is hinting that she wants Apple and Samsung to play nice - or at least play a little nicer toward each other. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh says seems to be leaning toward trimming the $1 billion award a jury said Samsung should pay Apple over patent violations. Koh says she will roll out a series of rulings that should resolve the many legal issues raised at an appeals hearing yesterday. Samsung wants a new trial - or a reduction of the verdict against it. Apple had come to court demanding that the award be increased. Koh seems to be trying to nudge the two high-tech giants toward legal middle ground, telling lawyers for both sides: "I think it's time for global peace."

IN THE NEWS: AIRLINE SUED OVER COLLECTION OF DATA THROUGH MOBILE APPS
The state of California is suing Delta Airlines over the way it uses its mobile app. And the case is one that might give pause to anyone who uses mobile apps to share personal information. The AG in California is suing Delta Airlines, claiming the company is breaking state law by not warning users that it's collecting sensitive information each time customers use the "Fly Delta" mobile app. California is the only state with a law that requires companies to tell users up front what personal information is being collected - and how it will be used. The lawsuit claims the site lacks privacy warnings, even though the airline collects customers' full names, telephone numbers, email and mailing addresses, as well as birth dates and credit card numbers. A Delta spokesman says company policy prevents him from commenting on pending litigation.

ON THE WEB: METALLICA BRINGS MUSIC TO SPOTIFY

It's a heavy metal group that has gone light - at least on the issue of streaming music. Metallica is finally allowing an online site to stream its music. The decision to let its music go out on Spotify is a major change in policy for the band, which is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Back in the day, Metallica was one of several acts who sued the free file-sharing site Napster. That suit eventually forced Napster to settle and move into a pay-for-use service. That model morphed into the kind of streaming service many people use now.
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  Spotify site: http://www.spotify.com

IN STORES: NUMBERS WITH NEMO

There is a generation of kids who loved the movie "Finding Nemo." So it doesn't seem like too fishy an idea that characters from the Disney Pixar film are now being used in an app to help youngsters with math skills. "Numbers With Nemo" is designed for Apple mobile products, like the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad. Kids learn to do things like tracing and counting numbers from 1-10. They can also record numbers in their own voice and play games that reinforce basic math skills like counting, matching objects and putting numbers in sequence. Players can also create and print their own Nemo scenes. The app is available through iTunes.
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  Numbers with Nemo site: http://bit.ly/UmXPSC
  iTunes site: http://www.itunes.com


Posted By: Todd Jeffries  

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