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Steve Jobs Action Figure Yanked

jobsactionfigurePerhaps as you’ve been meandering about the Internets over the past few days, you have caught a glimpse of, believe it or not, a Steve Jobs action figure.  Well, about as soon as the figure made its appearance, it now seems to have made its disappearance.  M.I.C. gadget, the seller of the figurine, reportedly received a cease and desist letter from Apple.

In case you hadn’t seen it yet, the figure was an uncanny resemblance of the Apple CEO complete with black turtleneck, blue jeans, and an iPhone.  The iPhone even had the Apple logo on the back of it. 

The figure came complete with speech bubbles that you could fill out on your own, maybe with phrases like “one more thing” or “magical and revolutionary?” 

The company had sold out of its first round of figurines and was about to release another shipment.

But Apple has kindly asked M.I.C. gadget to cease the marketing and sale of the figure since Apple never gave out any type of permission for use of Apple’s copyrights and trademarks.

So unfortunately if you were hoping for a new bit of inspiration to add to your cubicle desktop, you’ll have to shelve those hopes for now.  But as TUAW points out, hopefully maybe once Apple sees the demand for this, maybe, just maybe, they’ll create a version of their own.

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iPhone 3G User Files Class Action Lawsuit Over iOS 4 Upgrade

Steve Jobs introduces iOS 4.1 update
(Image courtesy of AppleInsider)

iPhone 3G users are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore! Incensed over what they claim are “unsavory, dishonest and deceptive business practices” on Apple’s part by crippling their devices with the iOS 4 update.

AppleInsider is reporting on the sensational details of the latest class action lawsuit against Apple, which was filed on October 29 by the law firm of Cohelan Koury & Singer in a San Diego County state court on behalf of their plaintiff, Bianca Wofford. The suit claims that Apple touted the iOS 4 upgrade as a “significant advance and triumph” for the iPhone 3G, but instead what Wofford received was a handset that effectively became a “virtually useless ‘iBrick.’”

Of course, Wofford wasn’t alone — the iOS 4 update wasn’t kind to many iPhone 3G users. The lack of multitasking aside, the update caused the device to act more sluggishly than before, a problem that was mostly resolved with the iOS 4.1 update almost three months later.

The suit notes that the plaintiff’s iPhone 3G went from being 99 percent reliable to “about 20 percent functionality” as a result of the upgrade. The plaintiff also claims that iOS 4 “rendered the iPhone 3G devices virtually unusable, constantly slowed, crashed or frozen” and she appears particularly hostile about the length of time it took Apple to address the problems.

At the heart of the lawsuit appears to be the fact that Apple does not allow downgrades for its iOS devices — with no way to revert back to iOS 3.x when iOS 4 didn’t work out, iPhone 3G users were faced with either dealing with it or buying a newer iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4, which the lawsuit seems to consider part of Apple’s “unsavory, dishonest and deceptive business practices.”

According to a separate report from Wired, the suit requires approval from a judge before it is granted class action status, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can read the entire lawsuit in PDF form and judge for yourself.

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