Legal technology finds its way into the headlines under unique and varied circumstances. Below are some interesting stories on legal technology news from the week.
1. The problem with nuking fruit: Apple denies liability in exploding iPhones
Apple has not taken too kindly to suggestions that it is to blame for exploding iPhones. In fact, it is shifting the blame on to...well, you. ""In all cases, the glass cracked due to an external force that was applied to the iPhone," a London-based spokesperson told reporters. This came after a young man reported that his girlfriend's iPhone exploded in her hands, resulting a piece of glass penetrating his eye. According to his statement to reporters, the iPhone had not been dropped or struck before the explosion.
- Apple: Exploding iPhones Not Our Fault (PC World)
2. Mickey "Marvel-ous" Mouse:
What do Spider-Man and the Hulk have in common with Goofy and Minnie Mouse...well it may be a matter of sharing an address. Walt Disney Co. finalized its purchase of Marvel early this week for a reported $4 billion. Launched in 1939, the comic book company rose to fame in the 1960's with the creation of the Fantastic Four. It had its ups and downs and filed for bankruptcy in 1996 before making a comeback through films featuring advanced computer graphic technology.
What does Disney have to gain? It has the potential to appeal to the super hero crowd who know each of Spiderman's adventures and reminisce on which of the Fantastic Four they would opt to be.
3. BMW goes Formula Green: the 155 mph plug-in hybrid
BMW is envisioning a unique sports cars that runs on all cylinders, the rechargeable kind. After pulling out of Formula 1 production to focus on developing clean, green cars, the car company has had its first inspired mental picture...Vision Efficientdynamics Concept. It promises to be a 2+2 four-door hybrid that will zoom by at up to 155 mph. And making time like that at over 60 mpg is enough to get more than the speed racing crowd excited.
Guided by dreams of sustainability, BMW's Vision will be making its to a racetrack near you in the coming future.
4. Isolating the Hack
Hackers don't find much solace amongst the tech-savvy public, especially when more than 40 million card numbers were swiped and the hacker was caught before executing plans to swipe another 130 million cards. Though hacker Albert Gonzalez agreed to plead guilty last week to charges of theft and conspiracy to steal, this week his attorney has come out publicly to set the record straight that his hacking-client didn't work alone. Claiming that his client couldn't work alone, he pointed to handful of others who were "co-conspirators" in the theft and conspiracy.
The Justice Department is still mulling over the claim, and likely taking the opportunity to change their passwords too.