Remains of the Day: Witness for the prosecution

Siri’s getting its day in court, Apple’s putting boots on the ground around the world, and the Biggest Little City in the World is getting its head in the cloud. The remainders for Wednesday, March 27, 2013 hear the train a comin’.

Shanghai firm drags Apple to court in ‘Siri’ patent right violation case (Shanghai Daily)

Say it ain’t so, Siri! Well, it was only a matter of time before Apple’s virtual assistant was hauled into court. Shanghai Zi Zhen Internet Technology Co. Ltd. alleges that Apple infringed upon its patents when creating the intelligent assistant—the firm says it’s been working on its own chat robot, Xiaoi, since 2003. Just wait until Siri cross-examines Xiaoi—then the sparks are gonna fly!

Apple Expands ‘Maps Ground Truth’ Hiring to Rest of the World (MacRumors)

We mentioned Apple’s Maps Ground Truth team last month, when the company was adding personnel in Australia; now the Ground Truth team may be coming to a country near you! Me, I’m waiting for the inevitable reality show about Ground Truthers forced to live together in a cramped apartment.

Exclusive: Apple’s initial iCloud facility in Reno already ready to go online (AppleInsider)

AppleInsider’s got pics of Apple’s latest data center, which is getting ready to come online just east of Reno, Nevada. At least we think it’s a data center—right now it looks like the kind of place where you might hide the bodies. Of the people you shot just to watch them die.

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