Top Startup and Tech News Today: 7 Things You Missed Today

Top Startup and Tech News Today: 7 Things You Missed Today

1. BlackBerry Messenger For iPhone and Android Delayed By Rogue Play App


BlackBerry, which was supposed to have launched its official BlackBerry Messenger app for the iPhone and Android, has postponed its launch after a rogue version of this app was released on Google Play. Andrew Bocking, head of BBM, said that the release of an “older” version of BBM for Android was posted onto file sharing sites, and then eventually Google Play. The early version “resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than normal for each active user and impacted the system in abnormal ways.” BlackBerry cannot release the application yet, as the release of the official versions makes it hard to block users of the unreleased version.


The rogue version of BlackBerry Messenger currently has over a million downloads. A Google spokesperson said that they “remove infringing apps as soon as [they] become aware of them.” The rogue BlackBerry Messenger app is expected to be taken off Google Play soon.


2. Samsung To Introduce ‘Curved Display Smartphone’ In October


At an event dedicated to showing off the Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3, Samsung executives announced that they planned to “introduce a curved display smartphone in October.” Other details such as price, exact release date, and operating system were not included. Although Samsung has released curved-screen phones before (Nexus S), this new phone will differ because it is not the glass itself that will be curved, but the screen.


Samsung has recently applied for a patent for a smartphone that is curved alone the vertical axis. It is possible that Samsung intends to make good on a concept it revealed last January. This potential device featured an OLED screen that curved around the side of the phone. Samsung executives declined to give more details.


3. HTC Could Face Sales Ban Following Loss To Nokia In Patent Case


On Monday afternoon, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that several HTC smartphones infringed Nokia-owned patents. The ITC found HTC guilty of infringing two Nokia-owned patents, but found HTC innocent of infringing a third. An injunction preventing HTC from importing several smartphone models could be issued as a result of this ruling. The models affected would be the HTC Amaze 4G, Inspire 4G, Flyer, Jetstream, Radar 4G, Rezound and Sensation 4G.


Nokia issued a statement, saying that “Nokia is pleased that the initial determination of the ITC confirmed that HTC has infringed two of our patents.”

4. Samsung, LG Display Businesses Declare Patent Truce


Everyone remembers the Apple-Samsung patent battle that resulted in millions of dollars being transferred from one tech giant to the other. But, that patent battle isn’t the only patent battle Samsung has been involved in. Samsung and LG have finally reached a settlement to resolve a dispute involving several of the companies’ LCD and OLED patents. The terms of the settlement have not been released, but this settlement will mark an end to the large legal fight.


5. Yahoo Working On ‘Not My Email’ Button to Address Recycled Address Woes


Last month, Yahoo started letting user claim unused account names, saying that it had tools in place to ensure that the new users wouldn’t receive emails trying to reach the previous owners of the account. Unfortunately, these measures have failed. However, reportedly, Yahoo will introduce a solution to this problem: the “not my email” button. This button will let users reject emails from their Yahoo inbox, training the system to recognize emails suspected of being “not my email” before they resurface.


6. ID Theft Ring Scammed Thousands Of Cell Phones From Verizon, AT&T, Apple, Best Buy


A Michigan operation allegedly used “credit mules” to scam thousands of free or subsidized phones from AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy, Radioshack, and Apple stores. During a four month investigation, Secret Service agents watched as individuals carrying iPhone boxes and shopping bags from cell phone stores left a store in Taylor, Michigan without their boxes and devices, but instead with wads of cash. The government alleges that the phones were being unlocked or hacked for sale in overseas markets. The credit mules sometimes scammed new, subsidized phones by using stolen identities to sign new two year cell phone service contracts with different carriers. Other times, they used “account takeovers,” by posing as an established customer who wanted to add a new line to their plan.


In April, the Secret Service seized more than $800,000 and 5,300 phones from the store. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan seeks to keep the haul. A spokeswoman from the U.S. Attorney said there are currently no criminal charges pending.


7. This Is The No.1 Reason Why Apple Is Replacing The iPhone 5 With The 5c


This year, Apple broke its tradition of keeping its most recent iPhone model on the market and selling the no-longer newest iPhone model at a discount. Instead of slowly selling out the iPhone 5, it began selling the iPhone 5C. Why? Because of money. It is suggested that building an iPhone 5C costs roughly $173 to $183. An iPhone 5 costs around $20 to $30 more to build. Apple could either keep on producing the more expensive model, and sell it on contract for $100 (as it previously did), or it could produce a cheaper model for less money, and sell it at the same price. With this logic, it’s no wonder that Apple isn’t worried about the 5C cutting into their margins.

Jessie Yen


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