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Apple Suspends iCloud/MobileMe Push Email in Germany Due to Lawsuit

As noted by Engadget, Apple has informed customers that Push email service has been suspended for iCloud and MobileMe customers in Germany due to successful patent litigation by Motorola Mobility.
Affected customers will still receive iCloud and MobileMe email, but new messages will be downloaded to their devices when the Mail app is opened, or when their device periodically fetches new messages as configured in iOS Settings. Push email service on desktop computers, laptop computers, and the web is unaffected, as is service from other providers such as Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
Mail services are otherwise available for both iCloud and MobileMe, but mail must be fetched manually or at a certain interval of time.

Motorola won the injunction in early February, and was able to enforce it by posting a 100 million euro bond. Apple is appealing the decision and Motorola may be liable for some amount of damages if it is later overturned. Apple states in the support document that it believes Motorola's patent is invalid and is appealing the decision.

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33 months ago

Yeah, why don't just sue Google over their Google Sync Push Mail too?


Cause Google owns Motorola now?

arn
Rating: 18 Votes
33 months ago
Live by litigation, die by litigation.

Unfortunately, it can't go both ways. Apple can't sue everyone else, play industry victim to "copying" and "only enforcing the right to defend its own IP" and then not suffer the consequences when they violate someone else's IP. Apple isn't the only IP owner in the world.

This is why patents have forever been a MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) type weapon. You bring them out in defense of yourself, not in offense against competitors. Otherwise, you get the situation we're in now.

And don't get me wrong, Motorola, Google, Apple, Nokia, Kodak, RIM, Microsoft, name the corporation, I don't care whether they win or lose. In the end, the true loser is the consumer, us.
Rating: 16 Votes
33 months ago
happy IPR games dear Apple. You've started this, now we the end-users can "enjoy" the results. FY!
Rating: 15 Votes
33 months ago

Really? Seriously, I didn't know that.


Really : http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/kodak-wins-again-over-apple-rim-in-itc-patent-ruling/51776

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And there you discovered the entire "reason" for this lawsuit.

Google's thugs strike again.


The lawsuit was filed prior to the acquisition. And to call Google thugs after Apple's actions against Samsung and others these last years is quite ridiculous. They're all thugs, and the consumer is the victim.
Rating: 12 Votes
33 months ago

This is getting old. It's about time that Apple does something with that billions of dollars. Why did they let Google snug away with Motorola. Apple could see this coming for miles but still they're acting like a little school kid that wants to be right at everything you throw at him. This is crippling the iCloud service in a big way. No push email on iPhone with iCloud is a huge deal. I'm really starting to wonder why all tech companies are bashing on Apple this hard. Is it just because they know a big jar of honey is in Apple's faults or is it because of Apple's notoriously bad licensing habits. I bet it's a combination of both. Good times to be a lawyer firm working for Apple.


Probably because people are fed up of Apple thinking they can bully their way into getting what they want (read on before being a down-vote-fool). The Samsung cases and Kodak lawsuit are prime examples of why some people hate Apple, and you cant really blame them. Apple spent years putting the likes of IBM and Microsoft down for the exact same thing that they have now become.

Thats not to say its Apple's fault. They create a successful series of products and everyone tries to grab a bit of the pie. Apple's problem is that they wont deviate from it's strict "We will have everything, and only us. If anyone copies us we will destroy them!" thinking. They should really be thinking "Ok, someone has a similar product or idea to us. Lets see if we can make ours better to make theirs look inferior".

Whatever you think about Apple, Google, Samsung or Motorola, they are ALL as bad as each other. If they all stopped this crap and just got on at what they did best (compete to make excellent products) then they would rake in a hell of a lot more money and have happy consumers.
Rating: 11 Votes
33 months ago
stop this **** already
Rating: 11 Votes
33 months ago

And there you discovered the entire "reason" for this lawsuit.

Google's thugs strike again.


Yeah because Apple never bullies other companies :rolleyes:
Rating: 10 Votes
33 months ago
Apple should focus on innovating, and keep the good products coming.

I'd love to feel sorry for Apple, but frankly I lost all respect for them after reading http://www.macrumors.com/2012/02/15/apple-seeks-bankruptcy-courts-blessing-to-sue-kodak-over-patents/

Time for Apple to grow up, and stop trying to bully/beat people in the courtrooms. Do it with better products.

Before Apple entered the phone market, most damn handsets looked similar for gods sake, now they are suing each other over BS.

The IP system is broken, the only people benefiting from all this crap are the lawyers.
Rating: 10 Votes
33 months ago

I live in Germany, and I am signed up to iCloud, but I have not been contacted in any way by Apple to let me know about this, which is a bit annoying. If I were to rely on iCloud for business, I'd be genuinely pissed.


They probably emailed it to you, but it didn't get pushed to your phone. :)
Rating: 8 Votes
33 months ago

Boycot @motorola products, once an innovator now patent troll http://bit.ly/A0FE0c


The only one allowed to defend their IP is Apple?
Rating: 8 Votes

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