China Bans iPhone Sales as Court Sides with Qualcomm in Dispute With Apple

A Chinese court has barred Apple from selling multiple iPhone models in the world’s most populated country, finding the tech giant infringed on two patents held by Qualcomm, the chip company announced on Monday.
The preliminary injunction, issued…

A Chinese court has barred Apple from selling multiple iPhone models in the world’s most populated country, finding the tech giant infringed on two patents held by Qualcomm, the chip company announced on Monday.

The preliminary injunction, issued on Nov. 30, doesn’t impact Apple’s latest iPhones — the XR, XS and XS — but does prevent the company from selling any model between the iPhone 6s and X. Qualcomm said in its statement the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court found Apple violated two nonstandard essential patents — one dealing with picture editing software and another with swiping through apps.

“We deeply value our relationships with customers, rarely resorting to the courts for assistance, but we also have an abiding belief in the need to protect intellectual property rights,” Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel for Qualcomm, said in a statement. “Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us. These Court orders are further confirmation of the strength of Qualcomm’s vast patent portfolio.”

Apple did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

It’s unclear when the court order will go into effect. Several iPhone models hit by the injunction, including the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8 and 8 Plus, were still able to be purchased on Apple’s website in China on Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The court order adds another chapter to the years-long feud between Apple and Qualcomm. The San Diego-based chip company has filed more than 10 patent lawsuits against Apple in China in recent years.

The order, while not impacting Apple’s latest series of its trademark product, is still a blow to the tech giant. Apple and its shareholders have already suffered a month from hell heading into Monday, with company shares down 25 percent since reporting underwhelming Q4 iPhone sales at the beginning of November. Apple shares were down 1.4 percent in early trading on Monday.

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Richard Gere to Star in and Executive Produce Apple Adaptation of Israeli Drama ‘Nevelot’

Richard Gere is set to star in an adaptation of the Israeli drama “Nevelot,” which is near a series order at Apple.

Written by Howard Gordon and executive produced by Warren Leight, the untitled drama follows two elderly Vietnam vets and best friends who find their monotonous lives upended when a woman they both loved 50 years ago is killed by a car. Their lifelong regrets and secrets collide with their resentment of today’s self-absorbed millennials, and an act of self-defense snowballs into a tragic series of events.

Gere is attached to star and executive produce the eight-episode series alongside Gordon, Leight, original series creator Dror Sabo, Lee Yardeni, Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Rachel Kaplan, Peter Traugott, Yoram Mokady and Mirit Toovi.

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Based on the novel from Yoram Kaniuk, the original 2012 series was created by Dror Sabo with Daphna Levin and Lee Yardeni and produced for the Israeli cable network HOT.

The new adaptation hails from Fox 21 Television Studios, Keshet Studios and Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Productions.

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Richard Gere is set to star in an adaptation of the Israeli drama “Nevelot,” which is near a series order at Apple.

Written by Howard Gordon and executive produced by Warren Leight, the untitled drama follows two elderly Vietnam vets and best friends who find their monotonous lives upended when a woman they both loved 50 years ago is killed by a car. Their lifelong regrets and secrets collide with their resentment of today’s self-absorbed millennials, and an act of self-defense snowballs into a tragic series of events.

Gere is attached to star and executive produce the eight-episode series alongside Gordon, Leight, original series creator Dror Sabo, Lee Yardeni, Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Rachel Kaplan, Peter Traugott, Yoram Mokady and Mirit Toovi.

Based on the novel from Yoram Kaniuk, the original 2012 series was created by Dror Sabo with Daphna Levin and Lee Yardeni and produced for the Israeli cable network HOT.

The new adaptation hails from Fox 21 Television Studios, Keshet Studios and Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Productions.

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Toby Kebbell to Star on M Night Shyamalan’s Thriller Series at Apple

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“Planet of the Apes” star Toby Kebbell has been cast in a leading role on M. Night Shyamalan’s untitled psychological thriller series at Apple, an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap.

Kebbell will play Sean Turner, a professional chef and father who is married to Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose), with further plot details for the project currently under wraps.

His casting on the Tony Basgallop-created show follows that of Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”), Rupert Grint (“Harry Potter”), and Nell Tiger Free (“Game of Thrones”).

Grint will take on the role of Dorothy’s younger brother and Free will play Leanne, a nanny.

Created by Basgallop, who will write and executive-produce, the psychological thriller will also be executive-produced by Shyamalan. He is also set to direct the first episode.

Blinding Edge Pictures will produce the series, with Ashwin Rajan also executive producing, as well as the Escape Artists team of Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, Steve Tisch and co-executive producer Taylor Latham.

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories’: Edward Burns Joins Apple Anthology Series

Edward Burns has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” an Apple reboot of the Academy Award winner’s ’80s anthology series, an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap.

The “Saving Private Ryan” actor will star in and executive produce an episode of the upcoming show, playing Bill Kaminski, a government agent. Mark Mylod (“Game of Thrones”) will direct the episode. Austin Stowell (“Bridge of Spies,” “Whiplash”) and Kerry Bishé (“Halt and Catch Fire,” “Scrubs”) will also star.

This marks the first casting news for the anthology series — produced by Universal Television and Amblin Television — which has begun production in Atlanta.

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Amblin’s Darryl Frank (“The Americans”) and Justin Falvey (“The Americans”), David A. Goodman (“The Orville,” “Family Guy”), Chris Long (“The Americans”), and showrunners Edward Kitsis (“Lost,” “Once Upon A Time”) and Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Once Upon A Time”) are executive producing.

Kitsis and Horowitz’ addition to the project in May came on the heels of original showrunner Bryan Fuller and his executive producing partner Hart Hanson’s exits in February.

Fuller and Hanson left citing creative differences, though the split was said to be amicable, an insider told TheWrap at the time.

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According to the logline, Apple’s reboot of the 1985-1987 NBC series created by Spielberg, will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers.

The anthology series received a 10-episode straight-to-series order at Apple last year as part of a deal between Spielberg’s Amblin Television, Apple and Universal TV.

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This marks the first casting news for the anthology series — produced by Universal Television and Amblin Television — which has begun production in Atlanta.

Amblin’s Darryl Frank (“The Americans”) and Justin Falvey (“The Americans”), David A. Goodman (“The Orville,” “Family Guy”), Chris Long (“The Americans”), and showrunners Edward Kitsis (“Lost,” “Once Upon A Time”) and Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Once Upon A Time”) are executive producing.

Kitsis and Horowitz’ addition to the project in May came on the heels of original showrunner Bryan Fuller and his executive producing partner Hart Hanson’s exits in February.

Fuller and Hanson left citing creative differences, though the split was said to be amicable, an insider told TheWrap at the time.

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Inspired by Durant’s youth basketball experiences, “Swagger” explores the world of AAU basketball in the nation’s capital, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption.

The project is written, directed and executive produced by Reggie Rock Bythewood, who serves as showrunner.

Other executive producers include Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo (“Empire”), Durant, and Rich Kleiman.

James Seidman is the Imagine executive on the project; Sarah Flynn will do the same for Thirty Five Ventures.

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Tim Cook Tells White Supremacists They ‘Have No Home’ on Apple Platforms

Apple CEO Tim Cook has a clear message for white supremacists looking to spew their hate on his platforms: Take a hike.

Receiving the first “Courage Against Hate” award from the Anti-Defamation League, Cook took what could be deemed as an unveiled swipe at Facebook and other tech companies currently under fire for being too slow to eradicate hate speech and misinformation on their platforms.

“At Apple, we believe technology needs to have a clear point of view,” Cook said in an acceptance speech. “This is no time to get tied up in knots. We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division or violence: You have no place on our platforms. You have no home here.”

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Cook went on to say: “From the earliest days of iTunes to Apple Music today we have always prohibited music with a history of white supremacy. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. And as we showed this year, we won’t give a platform to violent conspiracy theorists. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do.”

In August, Apple yanked several podcasts from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off of iTunes. Facebook, YouTube and Spotify soon followed suit. Twitter, which resisted the move at first, eventually joined the ban.

“We believe the future should belong to those who use technology to build a better, more inclusive and more hopeful world,” Cook said. “I believe the most sacred thing that each of us is given is our judgment, our morality, our own innate desire to separate right from wrong. Choosing to set that responsibility aside in a moment of trial is a sin.”

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Last year, Cook blasted President Trump’s response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in an email to employees and pledged to donate $2 million to organizations battling hate groups.

“What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country,” the email said, according to BuzzFeed, which obtained a copy. “Hate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path. Its scars last generations. History has taught us this time and time again, both in the United States and countries around the world.”

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Receiving the first “Courage Against Hate” award from the Anti-Defamation League, Cook took what could be deemed as an unveiled swipe at Facebook and other tech companies currently under fire for being too slow to eradicate hate speech and misinformation on their platforms.

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Cook went on to say: “From the earliest days of iTunes to Apple Music today we have always prohibited music with a history of white supremacy. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. And as we showed this year, we won’t give a platform to violent conspiracy theorists. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do.”

In August, Apple yanked several podcasts from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off of iTunes. Facebook, YouTube and Spotify soon followed suit. Twitter, which resisted the move at first, eventually joined the ban.

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Microsoft Bumps Apple as Most Valuable Company in the World

Microsoft, for the first time in nearly a decade, is worth more than Apple, closing Friday’s trading session with a market cap of $851 billion and pushing the Seattle-based tech giant past its longtime rival as the world’s most valuable public company in the process.

The two companies had been trading blows throughout the week, so to speak, with Microsoft leaping Apple multiple times during intraday trading. Friday marked the first time since 2010 Microsoft closed the day as the more valuable company. Plenty has changed in those eight years. At the time, Microsoft was still selling Zune, its wannabe-iPod MP3 player, the iPhone 4 hadn’t been released yet and Steve Jobs was still the head honcho at Apple.

Microsoft closed Friday up 0.6 percent to nearly $111 per share, putting it within striking distance of passing its 52-week high. Apple, on the other hand, closed at $178.58 per share, giving the company a market cap of $847.5 billion. Apple shares have dropped about 20 percent in the last month, after the company reported underwhelming Q4 iPhone sales.

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Microsoft, for the first time in nearly a decade, is worth more than Apple, closing Friday’s trading session with a market cap of $851 billion and pushing the Seattle-based tech giant past its longtime rival as the world’s most valuable public company in the process.

The two companies had been trading blows throughout the week, so to speak, with Microsoft leaping Apple multiple times during intraday trading. Friday marked the first time since 2010 Microsoft closed the day as the more valuable company. Plenty has changed in those eight years. At the time, Microsoft was still selling Zune, its wannabe-iPod MP3 player, the iPhone 4 hadn’t been released yet and Steve Jobs was still the head honcho at Apple.

Microsoft closed Friday up 0.6 percent to nearly $111 per share, putting it within striking distance of passing its 52-week high. Apple, on the other hand, closed at $178.58 per share, giving the company a market cap of $847.5 billion. Apple shares have dropped about 20 percent in the last month, after the company reported underwhelming Q4 iPhone sales.

Microsoft’s fortunes have drastically changed since CEO Satya Nadella took over four years ago. The company’s stock price has tripled, as Microsoft scrapped various smartphone bets and focused on software and its cloud storage business. Microsoft, with 13 percent of the market, is now second to Amazon when it comes to cloud services. Microsoft also won a $480 million contract from the Army earlier this week to create augmented reality training tools.

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Rupert Grint has joined the cast of the untitled thriller series from M. Night Shyamalan at Apple.
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Rupert Grint has joined the cast of the untitled thriller series from M. Night Shyamalan at Apple.

The “Harry Potter” alum will appear on the series as the younger brother of “Six Feet Under” star Lauren Ambrose, who was cast in August alongside “Game of Thrones” alum Nell Tiger Free.

The majority of the show’s plot and character details are being kept under wraps, but Apple has shared that Ambrose’s character will be a mother named Dorothy, and Free will play Leanne, a nanny.

Created by Tony Basgallop, who will write and executive produce,” the psychological thriller will also be executive produced by Shyamalan. He is also set to direct the first episode.

Blinding Edge Pictures will produce the series, with Ashwin Rajan also executive producing, as well as the Escape Artists team of Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, Steve Tisch and co-executive producer Taylor Latham.

Grint most recently appeared in the BBC miniseries adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “The ABC Murders.” He also stars in the Sony Crackle drama “Snatch” about a group of up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon into the high-stakes world of organized crime.

Deadline first reported the news of Grint’s casting.

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