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Motorola’s hopes of implementing a German-won sales injunction against the Xbox 360, Windows 7 and various other items have yet once more been dashed– a Federal judge has taken Microsoft’s side. Judge James L. Robart granted a movement proclaiming that Motorola Flexibility isn’t really entitled to injunctive relief, successfully blocking bans based on the firm’s H. 264 streaming and (formerly dropped) WiFi patent complaints. The court had actually been sitting on the movement for almost a year, but for Microsoft, the last word is worth the delay: Motorola “has not shown it has suffered an irreversible injury or that treatments readily available at law are insufficient to recompense for its injury,” the court said, keeping in mind that Microsoft “will certainly pay royalties under any sort of license agreement from the time of violation within the statute of constraints.” Generally, Motorola will certainly make back all the scratch it’s whining it lost anyhow, so no harm, no foul. Simply a big legal headache.Com mentsVia: FOSS Patents,
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As the 2012 presidential election draws near, both Facebook and Google are ramping up their lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. As Reuters reports, Google spent $ 3.9 million on federal lobbying during the second quarter of this year, marking a 90 percent increase over its spending in Q2 2011. Facebook, meanwhile, increased its spending by 200 percent over the year, administering $ 960,000 last quarter, contrasted to the $ 320,000 it spent throughout the exact same duration last year.
Google’s expenditures were mainly faithful to lobbying officials at the FCC, the Department of Commerce, and the FTC, which has taken Google to task over current privacy problems. According to public records discharged Friday, the company concentrated its efforts on issues such as “openness …
Apple has removed all its laptop computer and desktop computer systems from the EPEAT ecological rating system, consisting of older MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models. According to iFixit, that just recently tore down a MacBook Pro and its retina screen, that’s most likely related to a design direction favoring smaller, lighter notebooks and longer battery life. Doing so needed them to glue the cells to the aluminum shell, making it impossible to recycle the instance and some other parts– iFixit could not pull the batteries out without spilling the (extremely dangerous) battery digestive tracts all over. Cupertino’s choice suggests that lots of federal agencies may not be able to get those products, since 95 percent of its electronics acquiring must adapt to the EPEAT requirement. On top of that, many enlightening institutions that need the accreditation would also require to choose out of Mac acquisitions, and also sizable companies like HSBC and Ford. Presently, iPhones and iPads are exempt from that certification, however thinking about recent advertisements from Apple particularly promoting its conformance to EPEAT, the company may have some ‘splaining to do.
[Picture credit: iFixit]
Google’s international privacy issues were lightened a little yesterday when the Swiss Federal Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision that Google Street View images must be completely anonymous. The ruling recognized that the lower court’s order was unrealistic, and said that “it must be accepted that up to a maximum of one percent of the images uploaded are insufficiently anonymized.” Google had previously stated that its software could blur 98-99 percent of images automatically.
While the court won’t require Google to maintain complete anonymity across the board, it also ruled that the search giant must make it easier for people to have their images manually blurred and, in certain sensitive areas, must ensure complete…
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President Obama has issued a directive to urge major government agencies to focus on the “growing mobile revolution.” In a note issued by The White House this week, Obama says “it is time for the Federal Government to do more” to assist American people using Government services on smartphones or tablets. “American people have been forced to navigate a labyrinth of information across different Government programs in order to find the services they need,” says Obama, while highlighting the trend of people paying bills and buying tickets on mobile devices.
A new strategy, entitled “Digtital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People,” was issued this week with a 12-month roadmap for agencies to…
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Renowned federal judge Richard A. Posner issued an order in Apple’s US patent case against Motorola that would make any litigator cringe and duck for cover. In responding to Apple’s motion challenging portions of the court’s recent March 29 claim construction order, Judge Posner laid into Apple’s counsel right out of the gate, characterizing the motion as “troubling.” It only got worse for Apple from there. After summarily dismissing Apple’s arguments, the judge explained exactly what it was about Apple’s motion that had set him off:
Apple presumably spent a nontrivial amount of time drafting its order, and now I have done the same in responding to it. Yet it seems that Apple brought about this expenditure of scarce resources without…
When it was first mooted that LightSquared’s LTE technology might interfere with GPS equipment, the firm was quick to deny it. Since then, the company has tried to mitigate the issue, but the nine agencies making up the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Executive Committee (PNT ExComm) all agreed that the problems are real and any attempts at mitigation are futile. This comes only days after Sprint reneged on a resource sharing deal, issuing a further blow to the company’s plans for a terrestrial network. LightSquared’s reaction is naturally not a happy one, claiming that the testing process is not only flawed, but that the agencies have a bias in favor of the GPS industry. By our reasoning, this only leaves the stage of depression before final acceptance of the grief-ridden situation.
Federal President of Germany awards Novaled founders German Future Prize
Novaled AG is a world leader in the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) field and specializes in high efficiency long lifetime OLED structures and is an expert in organic electronics. The company is known for its Novaled PIN OLED(R) technology, …
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German lighting breakthrough receives prestigious award
Glowing walls and roll-up displays may lie in our future, thanks to organic light-emitting diodes. And for bringing this future closer, a team from Dresden has won the German Future Prize. For Karl Leo, a German physicist, the future of lighting is …
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Research and Markets: OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) Panels: a 2011-2015 …
By Benzinga Staff The authors provide a background knowledge of OLED panels, including concepts, classification, applications, manufacturing process, technical parameters, raw materials required etc. Latest statistics for 26 Chinese and international …
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We’re well versed in the art of the gadget KIRF ’round these parts, but counterfeiting’s a problem faced by the fashion world, too. Chanel filed suit in federal court to stop hundreds of websites from selling KIRFs of its gear, and the judge recently ordered the seizure and transfer of those domain names to GoDaddy to hold in trust until the case is resolved. It was also decreed that they be stricken from the indices of search engines and social media — including, but not limited to Bing, Google, Facebook, and Twitter. So it seems the federal courts have obtained the ability to order that legal remedy (the de-indexing) be given by companies not party to a lawsuit (Google, et al), though we know of no law granting it such powers. Of course, we can’t know for sure until one of the accused copycat sites decides to lawyer up and fight back. Until then, fashion KIRFs beware: the feds can apparently wipe every trace of you from the internet.
Sure, it’s been just a few months since the National Security Agency asked for a $ 900 million supercomputing complex – you know, to help out with all that internet wiretapping. But concern about deficit spending will mean shuttering 800 other federal data centers in the US, or 40 percent of total government capacity. The closures are part of a larger push toward greater efficiency and consolidation, with an estimated savings of $ 3 billion a year; moving services to the cloud will mean more savings in licensing fees and infrastructure. Single-digit savings might sound like chump change when you realize the federal information technology budget runs around $ 80 billion a year, but hey, it’s a start, right?