Monthly Archives: September 2016

Apple loses patent retrial to VirnetX, owes $302.4 million

The Apple Inc. store is seen on the day of the new iPhone 7 smartphone launch in Los AngelesBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal jury in Texas on Friday night ordered Apple Inc to pay more than $302 million in damages for using VirnetX Holding Corp's patented internet security technology without permission in features including its FaceTime video conferencing application. The verdict came in a new trial in Tyler, Texas that had been ordered by the judge in the case, Robert Schroeder, who last August threw out VirnetX's $625.6 million win over Apple from a previous trial because he said jurors in that case may have been confused. VirnetX and Apple have been fighting over patents for years.

China paper says U.S., South Korea will ‘pay the price’ for planned missile system

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept testThe United States and South Korea are destined to "pay the price" for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defense system which will inevitably prompt a "counter attack", China's top newspaper said on Saturday. Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high this year, beginning with North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January, which was followed by a satellite launch, a string of tests of various missiles, and its fifth and largest nuclear test last month. In July, South Korea agreed with the United States to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to protect against any North Korean threats.

Sons of ‘El Chapo’ likely behind deadly ambush in Mexico

Forensic technicians stand at a crime scene next to the burnt wreckage of a military vehicle in CuliacanSons of jailed drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were likely behind an armed attack on a military convoy on Friday, which left five soldiers dead and 10 wounded, a senior security official said. The attack took place in the early morning on the edge of the city of Culiacan in northern Sinaloa state, along Mexico's Pacific coast, the home base of the Sinaloa Cartel, whose former leader Guzman was recaptured in January. The convoy was transporting a detainee, Julio Ortiz, when it was ambushed by armed men hurling grenades which caused two of the convoy's vehicles to burst into flames, said General Alfonso Duarte, the regional defense ministry commander in charge of Sinaloa.

Trump goes on offensive against former beauty queen, Clinton calls him ‘unhinged’

Trump holds a rally with supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump increased his attacks on a former beauty queen with a vague and unsubstantiated allegation about a sex tape in predawn Twitter posts on Friday, and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton denounced him as "unhinged." Trump's refusal to drop his invective against Alicia Machado, the Miss Universe from Venezuela whom he criticized for gaining weight after she won the crown in 1996, threatened to damage his already weak standing among women and Hispanics. With less than six weeks to go until the Nov. 8 election, Trump made reference – without giving evidence – to a sex tape involving Machado, who had publicly denounced him all week as a humiliating bully. "Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?" Trump said in his Twitter messages in the early hours of Friday.