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

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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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Box.net Gets Huge Upgrade

If you’re like us, you make pretty good use of your Dropbox account and try to entice friends and acquaintances to sign up on your referral. Each referral tacks 250MB more on to your 2GB free account. Well, Box.net just made all of those schemes and plans irrelevant.

It’s an epic box-related throwdown as the rival cloud storage services aim to snag your business. While both offer a free cloud-based place to store your stuff, Box.net has lagged behind Dropbox in some ways. Most notably was its size. Box.net’s free 1GB of storage was decent but could quickly fill up and any growth you had to pay for. Dropbox gave you double that amount and let you expand for free.

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Well Box.net is no longer in the sizable shadow of Dropbox. Announced yesterday on their blog, Box.net has boosted all of its offerings. Free personal storage jumped a huge 4GB from its initial offering to give users a full 5GB of online server space. For free. For doing nothing but signing up or having an already existing account. While Dropbox tops out their free accounts at 8GB, you have to work to get there, signing up at least 24 friends and acquaintances on your say so.

Business too has seen a jump as their accounts were upgraded from picking up 15GB per paying user to getting 500 gigs right out of the gate for a three person account. While Dropbox gives everyone the ease of a drag and drop sync folder, Box.net has left that for business accounts only, and to be honest it’s not that important a feature.

Now if Box.net can only expand its range of integration into apps and other software, this fight could get a lot more interesting.

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