Apple Sued for Sampling Jamie xx Song in iPhone Commercial

Apple has been slapped with a lawsuit over its use of a Jamie xx song in an iPhone commercial.

Artist Jerome Lawson filed its lawsuit against Apple on Tuesday in the Los Angeles Superior Court, accusing the iPhone maker and its ad firm Media Arts Lab of illegally violating his “right of publicity.” Oddly, Lawson isn’t part of Jamie xx, but instead serves as the lead singer of The Persuasions.

The lawsuit, which was earlier reported on by The Hollywood Reporter, is nebulous, to say the least.

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used the Jamie xx song “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” in a 2015 ad promoting its iPhone 6. That song used The Persuasions’ 1971 song “Good Times” for part of its recording. Lawson’s lawsuit doesn’t cite Jamie xx as a defendant and doesn’t even say Apple violated a copyright by using the song in

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Qualcomm Is No Longer Afraid to Name Apple as Legal Battle Expands

Once upon a time, it was difficult, impossible even, for Wall Street analysts to get Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf to speak the name of one of his two largest customers: Apple.

That changed-in a big way-this week, after Apple filed suit against Qualcomm in the United States and China and aided regulators at the Federal Trade Commission and the Korea Fair Trade Commission in moving against the chipmaker with their own legal actions.

All four cases go to the very heart of Qualcomm’s lucrative business model of charging patent licensing royalties based on the value of the 1.5 billion smartphones sold a year. Analysts say the company is able to charge five to 10 times what other mobile patent holders like Nokia


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collect, generating immense profits. As a result, the royalty unit reported pretax income of $6.5 billion in Qualcomm’s last fiscal year,

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Facing Big Lawsuits, Qualcomm’s Revenue Misses Estimates

Qualcomm reported a lower-than-expected 3.9% rise in quarterly revenue, at a time when the chipmaker is facing multiple legal challenges over its alleged “anticompetitive” tactics.

The company’s shares were down nearly 3% at $55.20 in aftermarket trading on Wednesday.

Qualcomm also forecast current-quarter adjusted profit of $1.15-$1.25 per share and revenue of $5.5 billion-$6.3 billion.

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Analysts on average were expecting a profit of $1.20 per share and revenue of $5.90 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Apple


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have sued Qualcomm


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accusing the chipmaker of resorting to “anticompetitive” tactics to maintain a monopoly over key semiconductors in mobile phones.

Apple also filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm in Beijing on Wednesday, alleging that the chip supplier abused its clout in the chip industry and is seeking 1 billion yuan

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Man Who Hacked Jennifer Lawrence to Serve Nine Months in Jail

A Chicago man has been sentenced to jail for his involvement in so-called “Celebgate” hacking.

Edward Majerczyk will serve nine months in jail and pay $5,700 in restitution for hacking the iCloud and Gmail accounts owned by dozens of celebrities, including Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, according to the Guardian, which earlier reported on the sentence. In a plea deal Majerczyk, 29, said he used phishing attacks to target his victims and steal their passwords. Upon doing so, he illegally obtained access to their accounts and leaked the celebrities’ emails and private photos.

Phishing scams are a common method for hackers to obtain access to an unsuspecting victim’s data. The hackers create fake emails that claim to come from a company. Often, those emails warn of a hack or other security concern and request victims input their passwords to safeguard themselves. In reality, those victims are sending their

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Apple Takes Its Battle With Qualcomm to China

Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm in Beijing, alleging that the chip supplier abused its clout in the chip industry and seeking 1 billion yuan ($145.32 million) in damages, Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court said in a statement on Wednesday.

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also filed a second lawsuit against Qualcomm


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, which accused it of failing to live up to promises made to license “standard essential patents” broadly and inexpensively.

Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung Electronics


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for “modem” chips that connect phones to wireless networks. The two companies together accounted for 40 percent of Qualcomm’s $23.5 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year.

The lawsuits follow a decision by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to file a complaint on Jan. 17 in which it accused Qualcomm of using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly of a key semiconductor used in

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Apple and Fitbit Dominated Holiday Sales of Wearables

With the holiday shopping season of 2016 now in the books, it looks like the wearable revolution has still yet to arrive. Only 15.6% of U.S. consumers owned a smartwatch or fitness band at the end of 2016, up from 12.2% early in the year, according to surveys by market tracker Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

The future looks hazy, as well. Among people who don’t already own a smart wearable, just 8% plan to buy one in 2017, Kantar reported on Wednesday. For those who replied that they were not interested, 46% cited excessive cost, 33% a lack of useful functionality and 30% said they did to want to wear a watch.

The data is consistent with earlier reports that wearables have not caught the attention of gadget lovers to the degree that smartphones and tablets did in years past. Fitbit has disappointed investors over its slowing sales

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Are Apple’s iPhone 6 Battery Problems Grounds for a Recall?

As many iPhone 6 owners have discovered, something is wrong with the battery. A bug or a defect causes the phone to crash dramatically: the power might plunge from 50% or 30% to 1% percent and other times the iPhone just shuts down altogether.

When I wrote about the issue in December, Apple pointed to a battery replacement program that covers a “small number” of iPhone 6s devices manufactured in late 2015. Apple also acknowledged a “small number” of other iPhones may likewise be affected.

After the story came out, I heard from dozens of readers who said they too are experiencing serious battery issues. Many also complained how Apple


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is giving them the runaround. This prompted me to take a deeper look and come to a conclusion: the iPhone battery issue is endemic, and there’s a strong a legal and public relations case for Apple to expand its

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Apple Sounds Hopeful About Its Expansion Talks With India

Apple said on Wednesday it appreciates the open and constructive dialogue that it held with Indian officials, around the expansion of its local operations in the country.

Cupertino, California-based Apple, is keen to assemble its signature iPhones in India, one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets where it still has only a tiny market share.

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has demanded a series of tax and sourcing concessions from India, before it begins to assemble iPhones in the country, Reuters reported last week. Sources familiar with the matter had told Reuters that Apple executives were supposed to meet with officials from the industry, information technology and finance departments on Wednesday to discuss their demands.

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“We’ve been working hard to develop our operations in India,” Apple said in a brief statement. “We appreciate the constructive and open dialogue we’ve had with government about further expanding

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Apple Is Adding This Feature to Find Lost AirPods

Owners of Apple’s AirPods earphones will have another method to help track the wireless earbuds should they become lost.

The tech giant announced on Tuesday that the beta version of its upcoming iOS 10.3 software will include an update to the Find My iPhone app, specifically targeting the new accessories.

Like previous iterations of Find My iPhone, the app locates an owner’s mobile devices on a map, which will now also include where the AirPod earpieces were most recently located. Users can also make the app trigger a specially designed sound be emitted from one or both pieces of the AirPods. The app relies on the Bluetooth wireless signals emitted by the AirPods, which can be received by an iPhone or iPad signed in to the owner’s iCloud account.

The hot-selling $159 AirPods have gotten positive reviews, but many have fretted about how easy it is to drop or

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Target to Launch Mobile Payment Service in Stores This Year

Target said on Tuesday it plans to launch its own mobile payment service this year in stores, which would allow customers to pay for goods using an app on their mobile phones.

The retailer did not specify the time of launch and a spokesman declined to give additional details. The Minneapolis-based company has about 1,800 stores, all in the United States.

Reuters first reported Target was building its own mobile payment service in December 2015. The retailer’s entry would create a powerful new competitor in a small, crowded market, challenging Apple’s Apple Pay, Alphabet’s Android Pay and Samsung Electronics’ Samsung Pay.

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Target’s decision to introduce its mobile payment service follows rival Wal-Mart Stores which launched Wal-Mart Pay in December 2015.

Some Big Changes Could Be Coming to Apple Watch

Apple has secured a patent that could bring major changes to the company’s Apple Watch wearable.

The patent, called “Module functional band links for wearable devices,” describes a technology in which a wearable’s watchband links could come with several “electronic components,” including additional batteries and sensors that can track a person’s health. Perhaps more interestingly, the band links could feature touch displays and even cameras, allowing the wearable’s watchband to enhance the device’s functionality.

Like other companies, Apple


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is always filing patents on new technologies. And while it’s possible its patented technologies could come to a future device, it’s also possible they won’t. It’s impossible to say in which pile this latest patent might land.

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Regardless, the patent, which was earlier discovered by Apple-tracking site AppleInsider, suggests Apple is at least considering a major innovation to its Apple Watch.

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The ITC Will Look Into Nokia’s Complaint Against Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday it will investigate a complaint by Nokia Technologies alleging that Apple


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has imported smartphones, tablet computers, and other electronics that infringe upon its patents.

The USITC said in a statement it had not yet made any decision on the merits of the case by the Finland-based Nokia


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unit, which is seeking a cease and desist order and a limited exclusion order in the case.

Apple Downgraded on Over-Hyped ‘iPhone 8’

Apple’s next iPhone won’t have the kind of impact on the company’s business some hope it might, one analyst told investors in a research note on Tuesday.

Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz on Tuesday downgraded Apple’s stock to equal weight from its previous overweight rating. Moskowitz, who also lowered Apple’s price target from $119 a share to $117, said that Apple’s next high-end handset, which he calls the iPhone 8, will be unable to overcome existing challenges in the smartphone maker’s business.

“Maturation of the device-centric consumer electronics adoption wave could weigh on both Apple and the smartphone market,” Moskowitz told investors. “We also are concerned the China smartphone market could sputter for another year, which had been a major growth engine for Apple.”

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Moskowitz added that the iPhone 8 won’t be able to buck a trend that’s seeing customers “increasingly” choose

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Amazon Alexa Can Now Track Your Phone to the End of the Earth

If you’re an absent-minded smartphone owner, here’s a good reason to get an Amazon Echo. TrackR just updated an app that promises to find your misplaced (or stolen) phone no matter what (or where).

The new app runs on Alexa, the voice-controled virtual assistant that runs on Amazon Echo.

TrackR’s first release, as shown in a widely televised Echo ad, lets you ask Alexa to ring your phone. And, your phone will ring, no matter where it is, even if it is silent mode. (The commercial implies this will work even if your gorgeous Golden Lab eats the device in question.)

The updated version of the app, or “Skill” in Amazon


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speak, goes further. The new edition of TrackR will provide Alexa (and you) with the last-known location of your phone whether it’s right next to you, in your office 10 miles away, or, conceivably, thousands of

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Why Qualcomm’s Super Profitable Royalty Business Is Suddenly Under Siege

For every basic iPhone 7 it sells for $649, Apple pays about $15 to Qualcomm in royalties for using the mobile chip maker’s patented wireless technology, according to analysts. Apple pays slightly more in royalties for the higher-end $749 and even more on $849 iPhones, based on their higher prices.

According to its lawsuit against Qualcomm last week and from other recent regulatory cases, Apple may even pay the same royalty rates–or more–for iPhones that don’t use Qualcomm chips. After a five-year exclusivity agreement with Qualcomm expired last year, Apple began using competing wireless modem chips from Intel in about half of its newest iPhones. But Qualcomm seeks royalties under the assumption that any wireless modem chip is relying on many of its related patents.

The somewhat convoluted Qualcomm licensing scheme, in practice, used calculations and discounts related to the cost of making the iPhone along with payments to and

Web of Apple and qualcomm royalty paymets

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Apple Lawsuit Could Undermine Qualcomm’s Royalty Business, Analyst Says

The biggest risk to Qualcomm from Apple’s lawsuit filed last week isn’t the potential $1 billion in damages, but a threat to the dominant mobile chip maker’s entire patent royalty licensing business model, according to a leading Wall Street analyst.

In a report entitled “The march to war,” Bernstein Research analyst Stacy Rasgon says Apple is seeking to undermine Qualcomm’s ability to reap a percentage of the sales price for every smartphone sold-including as much as 4% of every iPhone sold. Apple, which brought Intel


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on as a second supplier for mobile chips for the iPhone 7, may ultimately be moving to end its chip purchases from Qualcomm, Rasgon wrote.

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“While the $1 (billion) is what captured most of the headlines, in our opinion it is a sideshow,” Rasgon wrote in a report on Monday. “Rather, AAPL is attempting a

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Apple Lawsuit Could Undermine Qualcomm’s Royalty Business, Analyst Says

The biggest risk to Qualcomm from Apple’s lawsuit filed last week isn’t the potential $1 billion in damages, but a threat to the dominant mobile chip maker’s entire patent royalty licensing business model, according to a leading Wall Street analyst.

In a report entitled “The march to war,” Bernstein Research analyst Stacy Rasgon says Apple is seeking to undermine Qualcomm’s ability to reap a percentage of the sales price for every smartphone sold-including as much as 4% of every iPhone sold. Apple, which brought Intel


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on as a second supplier for mobile chips for the iPhone 7, may ultimately be moving to end its chip purchases from Qualcomm, Rasgon wrote.

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“While the $1 (billion) is what captured most of the headlines, in our opinion it is a sideshow,” Rasgon wrote in a report on Monday. “Rather, AAPL is attempting a

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Apple Lawsuit Could Undermine Qualcomm’s Royalty Business, Analyst Says

The biggest risk to Qualcomm from Apple’s lawsuit filed last week isn’t the potential $1 billion in damages, but a threat to the dominant mobile chip maker’s entire patent royalty licensing business model, according to a leading Wall Street analyst.

In a report entitled “The march to war,” Bernstein Research analyst Stacy Rasgon says Apple is seeking to undermine Qualcomm’s ability to reap a percentage of the sales price for every smartphone sold-including as much as 4% of every iPhone sold. Apple, which brought Intel


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on as a second supplier for mobile chips for the iPhone 7, may ultimately be moving to end its chip purchases from Qualcomm, Rasgon wrote.

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“While the $1 (billion) is what captured most of the headlines, in our opinion it is a sideshow,” Rasgon wrote in a report on Monday. “Rather, AAPL is attempting a

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Apple Says Qualcomm Overcharged For Chips and It’s Suing for $1 Billion

Apple


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filed a $1 billion lawsuit against supplier
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on Friday, days after the U.S. government accused the chip maker of resorting to anticompetitive tactics to maintain a monopoly over key semiconductors in mobile phones.

Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung Electronics for “modem” chips that connect phones to wireless networks. The two companies together accounted for 40% of Qualcomm‘s $23.5 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year.

In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Apple accused Qualcomm of overcharging for chips and refusing to pay some $1 billion in promised rebates. Apple said in its complaint that Qualcomm withheld the rebates because of Apple’s discussions with South Korea’s antitrust regulator, the Korea Fair Trade Commission.

“If that were not enough, Qualcomm then attempted to extort Apple into changing its responses

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Apple Criticized Amid Mixed iPhone Sales Reports

Another week down and Apple has once again dealt with some blows from critics–and market researchers.

Over the last week, two reports surfaced suggesting the iPhone had a strong end to 2016, but couldn’t quite keep Android alternatives down. Meanwhile, questions abound over the iPhone 7’s popularity and whether customers are waiting until later this year to see what Apple has up its sleeve.

This is Fortune’s weekly roundup of the biggest Apple news this week. To see last week’s roundup, click here.

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also found itself the subject of criticism this week, after a former engineer said Apple CEO Tim Cook has changed the company’s culture for the worse.

But Apple also fought back this week, launching a lawsuit against Qualcomm


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and issuing a “wishlist” to India before it commits to producing products in the country. Like every other week, the past seven days in the Apple

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