“Apple went on the offensive Wednesday with its own witnesses in the class-action antitrust trial in federal court in Oakland, California,” Mark Berniker reports for CNBC.
“Apple brought its first witness: John Kelly, a former University of California at Santa Barbara computer science professor, who has his own technology consulting firm,” Berniker reports. “Kelly was very well-versed in the innards of the Apple iTunes software iterations, and spoke directly to the jury about how Apple had to innovate its software code to keep up with music pirates and sophisticated hackers.”
“By changing the iTunes software, the plaintiffs claim Apple effectively blocked consumers from playing music on their iPods that they may have downloaded from competitive music software providers, like RealNetworks’s Harmony,” Berniker reports. “Sources within Apple’s legal team told CNBC it will call several more witnesses, and expect to rest by Tuesday. Federal Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers is expected to rule on a still-to-be-filed motion that would make an iPod-using ice dancer the sole named plaintiff for the class action.”
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