Apple Inc. (AAPL): Sore Losers, or Was the ‘Fix’ In on the Eb-ook Case?

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been in lawsuits before, as we all know. The company has battled over patents, antitrust, trademarks and even collusion.  The company has won its share of battles, but it has also lost some. As with many companies and cases, some vicgories in court are prticularly sweet, and others have a sting that lasts until all appeals are exhausted.

From some reports, there is one case in particular that is sticking in Apple Inc.’s craw to the point of evoking anger.

And can that anger be shared by Apple Inc.’s own customers, who are dealing with the latest little email scam? Anger (and in some ways, fear) is the theme behind these these two news items that crossed our newswire here at NextiPhoneNews.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Fixin’ to spit fire

According to one report, there are top executives and members of the board of directors at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) who are just fit to e tied over the recent decision in a federal courtroom which determined that Apple Inc. had colluded with several major publishing houses to fix e-book prices, hiking them up to take away market share from Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). The U.S. Department of Justice prosecuted the case, and Apple Inc. is apparently still very upset about the decision even after filing an appeal back in November.

The anger is so prevalent, in fact, that the court-appointed compliance officer – directed to ensure that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) meets the conditions of the court decision, including how it goes about reaching distribution agreements with publishing houses for selling e-books on its iTunes Newsstand or iBookstore – sent a complain in December to the court saying that he has been stonewalled in his process of interviewing top executives and key board members about how e-book contracts are negotiated and executed.  There was an implication made that trying to interview these key people – which include CEO Ti Cook and senior vice president Eddy Cue, who was apparently the company’s point man for the e-book contracts – would be problematic until the anger blows over.

However, there seems to be no indication that will happen soon – maybe not until an appeal is heard and he decision overturned. In any event, Apple Inc. is none too happy and none too cooperative with the compliance officer, which Apple Inc. claims in its appeal is “flatly unconstitutional.”

Would a phishing trip make you angry?

Being “phished” in your e-mail or while browsing the web is certainly something that could make anyone angry, but where that anger is directed might depend on the individual – can it be directed at the company or individual doing the phishing for even trying to spam you in the first place, or might it be directed at yourself for actually falling for the scam?

Well, before you get mad at yourself, let us help warn you ahead of time. Researchers MX Lab have found the most recent phishing e-mail surrounding Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Apple IDs, which are almost as important to some people as their wallets or checkbooks. This latest scam looks like an email from a seemingly legitimate address, “client@apple.com” and it warns that a user’s AppleID and account will be deleted unless the user fills out an attached form and “validates” the information sought. This includes name, address, birthdate, a credit card number and the CVV number on the back of the card.

What makes it seem legit is once a victim … er, person, fills out the form and sends it, the user is then directed to a Apple login page – a real one.

Apple IDs generally do not expire, and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is never known for requesting personal information through e-mail, so recipients are advised to delete the e-mail as soon as it is received, if not sooner.

 


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