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Apple’s got yet another iTrademarkInfringement case on its hands, China sends iPad corporate spies to the big house, and Facebook apparently plans to take on Apple at a modern day Battle of Thermopylae. The remainders for Thursday, June 16, 2011 are making their last stand right here.

Apple sued by publisher over iBooks trademark (AppleInsider)

First it was iCloud, now Apple’s being sued for trademark infringement on iBooks, which apparently was the name of a small independent book publisher (I only read books by defunct indie publishing house you’ve never heard of). Apple, of course, used to have a laptop called the iBook, but apparently that trademark was limited to the computer realm. This has inspired a new business plan for me, though: sticking the letter ‘i’ in front of a bunch of random words and then collecting a hefty payday when Apple inevitably releases a product with the same name. iDrawers, anybody?

China Orders Prison Terms in iPad Leak (Wall Street Journal)

Leak info on an unreleased iPad and go directly to jail—at least in China. The three Foxconn employees who were planning on sending info about the iPad 2 to Chinese case-makers several months before the device’s release have been sentenced to prison. Besides getting paid for their troubles, at least one of the employees was given discounts on the case-maker’s products—which I’m sure was totally worth the $4600 in fines and year of jail time she’ll now serve.

Project Spartan: Facebook’s Hush-Hush Plan To Take On Apple On Their Own Turf: iOS (TechCrunch)

Facebook planning to take on Apple via iOS? This is madness! THIS IS SPARTAN!

Sorry, somebody had to say it. So what is Spartan, besides a fine David Mamet movie circa 2004 (featuring a young Kristen Bell)? It’s reportedly a platform targeting Mobile Safari that will allow Facebook to deliver HTML5-based apps to iOS users. And here I’d been so happy to consider the lack of Facebook games as one of my iPhone’s best features.

Research in Motion Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results and Revises Full Year Guidance (RIM)

RIM’s first quarter financial results are out and the company sold a whopping 500,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in the two months since its release. (Just as a reminder, Apple sold 300,000 iPads in the first day of its availability. Not that I’m comparing. Okay, I’m comparing.) But the only thing worse than the fact that company is laying off a bunch of its employees is the fact that it can’t decide in its own press release whether it’s a “Playbook” or a “PlayBook.”

iCufflinks (Adafruit)

Cufflinks make the man—at least that’s what my gentleman’s gentleman told me. And for those who want to wear their computing affection on their sleeve, Adafruit is selling a pair of cufflinks that are designed to look like Mac power buttons. Brushed aluminum, the power icon will even pulse like your Mac’s sleep indicator, thanks to an embedded battery-powered LED. They can be yours for the charmingly power-of-two price of just $128, and they call them…iCufflinks. Gah! These guys totally took my iName business plan.

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