Apple seeks injunction on eight devices #thecircuit

Apple, Samsung: Apple won its case with a jury in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, and is filing to ban the sales of eight Samsung smartphones. An injunction hearing has been set for Sept. 20, and the outcome of that hearing could potentially be more damaging to Samsung than the $1 billion that jurors awarded to Apple in damages.

Apple is asking for a ban on all versions of the Galaxy S2, as well as the Galaxy S Showcase, the Droid Charge and the Galaxy Prevail, according to a court filing posted by The Verge.

On Monday, Samsung also asked that the preliminary injunction against its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet be lifted, as there was no finding that the tablet’s design infringed on Apple’s design patents. The tablet was, however, found to violate software feature patents.

German consumer group asks Facebook for cease and desist: A German consumer group has sent Facebook a cease and desist order, claiming that the social network does not comply with the country’s privacy laws, the Associated Press reported.

The group, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations, accused Facebook of not giving users the chance to explicitly consent to having their information shared with third-party developers. They said the network has until Sept. 4 to comply with their request, or they will sue. Facebook declined to comment on the report.

The complaint appears to be unrelated to an investigation German officials recently said they will revisit regarding the company’s facial recognition technology. Facebook said at that time that it believes its photo tag suggest feature is “fully compliant with EU data protection laws.”

Digital music: Pandora and Spotify are making a lot of money, but they aren’t getting to keep it. According to a report from The New York Times, the digital music services say they end up paying most of their revenue away in licensing fees and to record companies in royalty fees.

According to the report, Spotify reported that 97 percent of its $236 million in revenue goes to “cost of sales,” which includes licensing and distribution costs.

Groups lobby for Internet freedom on party platforms: Joining the call to get Internet freedom into the party platforms of both major parties, 26 organizations released a letter urging Democrats and Republicans to make Internet openness a plank at their upcoming conventions.

Signatories include the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla Corp. and the Cheezeburger network. Many of these groups were leaders in the fight against a pair of anti-piracy bills that failed this year.

FAA to consider electronic devices: The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that it will look into the technological standards that govern portable electronic devices during “any phase of flight,” meaning that it will take a second look at the regulation that electronic devices must be turned off during take-off and landing.

“With so many different types of devices available, we recognize that this is an issue of consumer interest,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a statement. “Safety is our highest priority, and we must set appropriate standards as we help the industry consider when passengers can use the latest technologies safely during a flight.”

The FAA has established an industry working group to study electronics usage, but will not consider the use of “cellphones for voice communications during flight,” the release said.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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