Apple, Samsung hearing: Judge Lucy Koh will hold a hearing on damages in the patent case between Apple and Samsung on Thursday in the Northern District of California court.
The hearing is set for 4:30 p.m., Eastern. Koh will consider a variety of issues, including final damage awards, whether there was jury misconduct in the first trial and whether or not to issue a sales injunction against Samsung.
In August, a jury ruled that Samsung owed Apple more than $1 billion in damages for infringing on software and design patents. Since that verdict, Samsung has said it believes that the jury foreman in the case did not adequately disclose past suits with which he was involved.
Media ownership: Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) added their voices to criticism of Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski’s proposal to change media ownership restrictions.
The senators held a joint press conference Thursday morning to talk about their concerns. They also sent Genachowski a letter, saying they believe the media ownership rules as they currently stand better promote diversity and localism in the American broadcast system.
Mobile privacy: The Senate Judiciary voted Thursday to hold over its consideration of a mobile location privacy bill proposed by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).
The bill, called the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011, would require app store providers such as Apple and Google to create consumer disclosure policies when apps track location information. Ahead of Thursday’s hearing, the Software & Information Industry Association said that the government should give app makers more time to come to an industry consensus before passing legislation.
“It is time for the industry to step up and make progress on setting its own rules of the road,” wrote SIIA public policy director David LeDuc. “If we don’t we have only ourselves to blame if state, national or international governments feel compelled to step in to protect the public.
T-Mobile USA to get the iPhone?: In a release Thursday, T-Mobile US A parent company Deutsche Telekom announced that the carrier will be getting Apple products in 2013. T-Mobile, the nation’s fourth-largest carrier, is the largest national wireless carrier not to have the iPhone — a glaring hole in the company’s smartphone lineup.
The announcement came in an off-hand way, as part of a larger release on Deutsche Telekom’s plan for the new year. “T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013,” the company said in the release.
Rumors had been circulating that the company would get Apple products soon, though there was skepticism that the company’s current network would be able to handle the additional load, particularly given the level of its 4G LTE network buildout. The statement indicates that the companies will work together moving forward to provide Apple products to customers.