Il tribunale cinese dà ragione ad Apple: il design di iPhone 6 non è copiato

Il tribunale di Pechino ha ribaltato la sentenza del bizzarro processo che vede Apple accusata di aver violato un brevetto del produttore locale Shenzen Bali: l’estetica di iPhone 6 e iPhone 6 Plus non è stata copiata da quella dello smartphone cinese 100c e gli ex top gamma di Cupertino non rischiano più il ban delle vendite nella metropoli cinese.

La scorsa estate ci regalò la notizia, a tratti comica, di una condanna nei confronti di Apple emessa dal Beijing Intellectual Property Office, l’ente della capitale cinese che si occupa della gestione delle proprietà intellettuali. Nella sentenza, venivano giudicati iPhone 6 e iPhone 6 Plus troppo simili allo smartphone cinese 100c prodotto dalla società cinese Shenzen Baili (sotto il confronto fotografico).

Le evidenti differenze estetiche tra i due prodotti sarebbero bastate per rigettare subito l’accusa di plagio. Eppure la sentenza, immediatamente contestata in appello dagli avvocati di Cupertino, bastò per paventare il rischio di un blocco delle vendite dei due ex-top gamma nella capitale cinese.

La Intellectual Property Court di Pechino lo scorso venerdì ha sentenziato in favore di Apple, “annullando la decisione presa dall’ufficio brevetti”, trovata “priva di basi legali”. I particolari estetici di iPhone 6 “cambiano completamente l’effetto dell’intero prodotto […] e i due telefoni sono facilmente distinguibili agli occhi dei consumatori”.

Nel frattempo, Shenzen Baili è fallita. Quando andò all’attacco di Apple nel dicembre 2014, era una delle tante firme cinesi pronte a sfruttare il boom del mercato degli smartphone economici, con il vantaggio di avere alle spalle il gigante dell’Internet cinese Baidu. Nel mentre che i regolatori cinesi raggiungevano una decisione, la società si dirigeva verso il fallimento, spinta da un mercato ultra-competitivo, da malfunzionamenti dei sui prodotti e da errori manageriali. Ora sembra svanita che anche la speranza ultima di racimolare qualche yuan facendo ricorso agli avvocati.

(aggiornamento del 26 marzo 2017, ore 10:40)

Autore: Apple HDblog

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Turkish Hackers Threaten To Wipe Millions Of iPhones; Demand Ransom From Apple

Apple can’t seem to catch a break lately.  Yesterday we noted the latest WikiLeaks release which exposed yet another CIA spying scandal, this time revolving around efforts to bug “factory fresh” iPhones before they even reach the hands of consumers (see “Wikileaks Releases “NightSkies 1.2”: Proof CIA Bugs “Factory Fresh” iPhones“).

Also included in this release is the manual for the CIA’s “NightSkies 1.2” a “beacon/loader/implant tool” for the Apple iPhone. Noteworthy is that NightSkies had reached 1.2 by 2008, and is expressly designed to be physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones. i.e the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets since at least 2008.

While CIA assets are sometimes used to physically infect systems in the custody of a target it is likely that many CIA physical access attacks have infected the targeted organization’s supply chain including by interdicting mail orders and other shipments (opening, infecting, and resending) leaving the United States or otherwise.

Today, courtesy of CIO, we learn that a group of hackers referring to themselves as the “Turkish Crime Family”, has been in direct contact with Apple and is demanding a $150,000 ransom by April 7th or they will proceed to wipe as many as 600 million apple devices for which they allegedly have passwords.

The group said via email that it has had a database of about 519 million iCloud credentials for some time, but did not attempt to sell it until now. The interest for such accounts on the black market has been low due to security measures Apple has put in place in recent years, it said.

Since announcing its plan to wipe devices associated with iCloud accounts, the group claimed that other hackers have stepped forward and shared additional account credentials with them, putting the current number it holds at over 627 million.

According to the hackers, over 220 million of these credentials have been verified to work and provide access to iCloud accounts that don’t have security measures like two-factor authentication turned on.

Of course, if credible, with an ask of just $150k, this is the most modest group of hackers we’ve ever come across.

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News website Motherboard reported seeing alleged emails between the hackers and Apple in which a member of the company’s security team said that the company does not plan to reward cybercriminals for breaking the law and that the communications have been archived and sent to the authorities.

Meanwhile, the hackers apparently told CIO the ransom demand was intended to “spread awareness” for their ‘boys’ who got caught up in the Yahoo hacking scandal and likely face severe sentences. 

“We are doing this because we can and mainly to spread awareness for Karim Baratov and Kerem Albayrak, which both are being detained for the Yahoo hack and one of them is most probably facing heavy sentencing in America,” a representative for the group said via email. “Kerem Albayrak on the other hand is being accused of listing the database for sale online.”

The representative said that the group’s members are originally from Istanbul, Turkey, but that they now “rep” Green Lanes, an area in North London.

Karim Baratov, a Canadian national, was indicted last week for allegedly hacking into email accounts at various email providers at the request of two officers from the Russian Federal Security Service, the FSB. The same indictment accuses the two FSB officers and a Russian hacker for breaking into Yahoo’s infrastructure and gaining access to over 500 million Yahoo accounts.

As a concluding note, and not to suggest in any way that we’re experts on the subject matter, we would tend to question the underlying ‘value’ of a password database that could be rendered instantly useless by a forced password update from Apple…just a thought on negotiating tactics for future reference.

Author: zerohedge.com

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Vendite tra privati online, gli italiani sono i migliori quando si tratta di guadagnarci

Gli italiani più bravi nel guadagnare dalle vendite online di oggetti che non usano più, ma opportunità usata di meno rispetto a Spagnoli e Francesi. I venditori italiani a ricavare più denaro dalle vendite online sono i 35-44enni.

L’articolo originale e completo lo trovi su Macitynet.it: Vendite tra privati online, gli italiani sono i migliori quando si tratta di guadagnarci

Autore: Macitynet.it

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