The Circuit: Assange can be extradited, Apple succession proposal fails, Disney buys kids' social network
LEADING THE DAY: A court in the United Kingdom has ruled that WikiLeaks editorJulian Assange can be extradited to Sweden, where he faces charges of rape and sexual molestation. The judge in the case said that he agreed that Assange was accused of an extraditable offense and that Assange's trial process in Sweden would be fair. Protesters gathered outside the courthouse advocating for the release of Assange and U.S. Army soldier Bradley Manning, who is accused of handing State Department documents to WikiLeaks.
Apple votes down succession propposal: In a shareholder vote yesterday, Apple ruled against revealing more information about its succession plans for who will eventually replace chief executive Steve Jobs. As The Washington Post reported, the proposal was put forth by the Laborers' International Union of North America. Jobs, who turns 56 today, went on indefinite medical leave in January.
Disney buys social network for kids: Disney has purchased Togetherville, a social network for children ages 10 and under. According to TechCrunch, the terms of the deal are not being disclosed yet. The social network is aimed at younger children and allows parents to monitor their child's activity on the site, control who can be online friends with their kids' and connect with other parents. A report from PaidContent suspects that this is part of Disney's plan to target mothers and their children using social media, a plan the company revealed at its last investors conference.
10 percent of Windows Phone 7 users affected by update woes: Microsoft revealed that 10 percent of Windows Phone 7 users experienced problems after downloading a software patch on Feb. 21. On the Microsoft Blog, the company said 90 percent of users downloaded the patch without a hitch and "of the 10 percent who did experience a problem, nearly half failed for two basic reasons -- a bad Internet connection or insufficient computer storage space." Microsoft said it has identified a problem with Samsung handsets, which have reportedly been rendered completely useless by the update, and has currently suspended all updates to Samsung phones.
ChaCha sues HTC over phone name: ChaCha, the question and answer service, has sued handset maker HTC over the name of one of their "Facebook phones," the HTC ChaCha. The HTC Chacha was announced last week as one of the company's two phones with deep Facebook integration. According to TechCrunch, the ChaCha service holds the rights to the ChaCha name in the U.S. and Europe and filed a suit in the Indiana Southern District Court last Tuesday. ChaCha has aggressively marketed its services to the mobile market, which could create quite a bit of confusion for consumers. Motorola faces a similar suit filed by the Xoom Corp. over Motorola's XOOM tablet, which landed in stores today.
| February 24, 2011; 8:19 AM ET
Categories: Apple, Kids Online, Microsoft, Mobile, Social media, intellectual property
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