Judge Rejects Apple Bid for Injunction against Samsung

Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court, Northern District in San Jose (CA) rejected Apple’s latest bid for a permanent injunction against Samsung in another sign of the diminishing impact of the smartphone patent wars.

In her ruling, Judge Koh said Apple’s reputation as an innovator “has proved extremely robust” despite Samsung’s patent infringement. “Apple has not demonstrated that it will suffer irreparable harm to its reputation or goodwill as an innovator without an injunction,” Judge Koh wrote.

Oregon sues Oracle, claiming fraud over failed Obamacare website

The state of Oregon sued Oracle America and six of its top executives, accusing the software giant of fraud for failing to deliver a working website for the Affordable Care Act program.

The lawsuit, filed in Marion County Circuit Court, claims that fraud, lying and "a pattern of racketeering" by Oracle cost the state and its Cover Oregon program hundreds of millions of dollars.

Oregon paid Oracle about $240.3 million for a system that never worked, the suit said. The Oracle-built site for the Cover Oregon never worked and Oregonians were forced to submit paper applications in a hastily-organized process.

Google wins victory in row with German publishers

A German regulator handed Google a victory as it said it would not pursue a complaint brought against the company by a group of publishers for giving users access to their news articles.

Several publishers including Axel Springer SE and Burda had banded together in a group called VG Media to demand Google pay them for making their online articles available to the public.

"Sufficient suspicion is always necessary to initiate an abuse procedure. The complaint from VG Media did not establish this," said Andreas Mundt, president of Germany's Federal Cartel Office.

Cox not interested in T-Mobile or going public: president

Cox Communications is not interested in merging with wireless carrier T-Mobile US or rival cable providers, Cox President Pat Esser said, dispelling rumors recently swirling about the private company.

Asked whether Cox, the third-largest US cable and broadband company, was considering a merger with one of its smaller cable rivals, such as Charter Communications or perennial takeover target Cablevision Systems, Esser said family-owned Cox was not looking to become a publicly traded company.

Al Jazeera rejects allegations from Al Gore on Current TV deal

Al Jazeera rejected allegations from Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, the founders of Current TV, saying they were false and potentially misleading.

Al Jazeera acquired Current TV for an estimated $500 million in 2013. Gore and Hyatt filed a lawsuit against the company for fraud and material breaches of the acquisition.

Al Jazeera America said that Gore and Hyatt's assurances of contract compliance were inaccurate and that third parties contend that Current TV breached its contracts while the group ran the channel. The company said the Gore-Hyatt group promised to indemnify Al Jazeera if, after the sale, the company was sued for breach of any of these contracts while Gore and Hyatt ran the channel.

IBM Says Sale of Low-End Server Business Gets Regulator Approval

International Business Machines said that US regulators had approved the $2.3 billion sale of its low-end server business to Lenovo Group, as the company continues its shift to more profitable software and services like cloud computing and data analytics.

The approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States came despite CIFUS members’ concern that IBM servers used in the Pentagon’s networks could be accessed remotely by Chinese spies and compromised.

After China smartphone success, Lenovo plans leap forward overseas

China's Lenovo Group said first-quarter profit jumped 23 percent, beating estimates, as a surge in smartphone sales showed how quickly the world's biggest personal computer maker is transforming itself into a major player in mobile technology.

Apple prepares Healthkit rollout amid tangled regulatory web

Apple has been discussing how its "HealthKit" service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins as well as with Allscripts, a competitor to electronic health records provider Epic Systems, people familiar with the discussions said.

While the talks may not amount to anything concrete, they underscore how Apple is intent on making health data, such as blood pressure, pulse and weight, available for consumers and health providers to view in one place.

But some implementations with HealthKit may be a challenge due to a web of privacy and regulatory requirements and many decades-old IT systems, said Morgan Reed, executive director of ACT, a Washington-based organization that represents mobile app developers.

US can keep court orders, phone cos secret in NSA spy case

The US government need not turn over a secret surveillance court's orders or the names of phone companies helping it collect call records, because it might reveal methods needed to protect national security, a federal judge decided.

US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California, rejected the Electronic Frontier Foundation's argument that the US Department of Justice should turn over the materials, in the wake of unauthorized disclosures in 2013 by a former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden.

China smartphone maker Xiaomi apologizes for unauthorized data access

Xiaomi said it had upgraded its operating system to ensure users knew it was collecting data from their address books after a report by a computer security firm said the Chinese budget smartphone maker was taking personal data without permission.

The privately held company said it had fixed a loophole in its cloud messaging system that had triggered the unauthorized data transfer and that the operating system upgrade had already been launched.