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Sony and Apple Face Patent Lawsuits Over PSN & iTunes Systems

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119w ago - This weekend a patent infringement claim lawsuit was filed against Sony and Apple over the technology used in their data vending systems for PlayStation Network (PSN) and the iTunes system.

To quote from the official Press Release: PALO ALTO, Calif. - The inventor of technology used in data vending systems such as the iTunes and Playstation Network systems has sued Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. (NYSE: APPL) and Foster City, Calif.-based Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (NYSE: SNE) for patent infringement.

Inventor Benjamin Grobler is represented by intellectual property attorneys Christopher Banys and Richard C. Lin from the Palo Alto, Calif., office of The Lanier Law Firm. The lawsuits filed March on 27, 2012, allege that Apple and Sony are infringing U.S. Patent No. 6,799,084.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the ‘084 patent to Mr. Grobler in 2004. The patent covers data vending systems that allow users to store and manage digital music, video, software and other items on a variety of electronic devices.

According to the lawsuit, Apple and Sony have infringed the patent by making and offering infringing data vending systems such as iTunes and the Playstation Network, and that the companies are inducing their customers’ infringement by...
 

Sony Announces PlayStation Official App v1.1 is Coming Soon

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159w ago - Update: The Sony PlayStation Official App version 1.1 for both Android and iPhone is now available!

Sony Portal Manager Emmanuel Orssaud has announced today that the PlayStation Official App v1.1 is coming soon from the iTunes and Android Market.

To quote: I'm pleased to announce that the next version (1.1) will include some of the most requested features.

This new version will be available for download in a few weeks from iTunes and Android Market. Let's take a look at the new features and improvements.

In the MyPSN section you'll be able to order your friend list based on their online status and search for friends.

You will now have the ability to compare trophy information with your friends in more detail, as shown in the screenshots below.

In the Blog section, you'll now be able to comment directly from the app and also rate the posts in portrait and landscape mode.

Share & Discuss

There is a new section in the app called Share & Discuss. In there you'll find all our official
PlayStation updates from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Please note that this new version will not support Android 1.6 anymore. Please upgrade your firmware before installing the new version of the PlayStation...
 

Sony 'iTunes' Online Entertainment Service Coming in Early 2010

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242w ago - Today Sony Executive Vice President Kazuo Hirai announced that an 'iTunes' style online entertainment service will be coming in early 2010.

Sony plans to launch the new online service to distribute movies, music, books and other content to the PS3, network-capable Bravia TVs, Blu-ray players, ebooks and others in a bid to add value to its hardware.

To quote: "Sony Computer Entertainment chairman Kaz Hirai has revealed the firm has pencllled in an early 2010 launch date for its new iTunes-rivalling online service.

"[A launch] earlier in the year would be preferable," Hirai told [Register or Login to view links] in an interview after the announcement."
 
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