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Apple shuts off iCloud push service following Motorola suit

25 Feb 2012

Apple's iCloud and MobileMe notification features have become the latest casualties in the company's ongoing legal war with Motorola Mobility.

The company said that users in Germany will no longer be able to receive push notifications for new messages from both platforms. While users will receive new emails, automatic notification will no longer occur for mobile devices.

The move comes as Apple remains locked in a court battle with Motorola over alleged patent infringement on the iOS and Android platforms. Each company has accused the other of violating its patents.

Apple lost a case in December of last year and at one point faced the threat of an outright ban on its iPhone and iPad platforms in Germany. The company has since filed an appeal on the court's decision.

Patent law expert Florian Mueller noted that while the outage marks the first time Apple users have been impacted by the ruling, Android users have seen their services and products either hobbled or suspended a number of times at the hands of Apple.

In Germany, Apple has also targeted Samsung, accusing the firm of violating patents with it's tablet and handset lines. The case has threatened to cut off sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tablet line in Germany.

Mueller believes that even with this latest setback, Apple will likely continue its legal fight with Android device vendors.

"From a strategic point of view, it wouldn't make sense for Apple to back down at this stage and settle on Google's and Motorola's terms," Mueller wrote in a post to the FOSS Patents blog.

"The impact of this enforced injunction in Germany is visible, but it is clearly limited. It causes a minor inconvenience that won't result in any loss of sales or any appreciable reduction of customer satisfaction."


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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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