Patents

Vonage: the downward spiral continues

From the “more bad news for Vonage department,” the beleaguered VoIP provider has filed for a permanent stay Read more…

Apple goes touch crazy, preps touch mouse

First there was the touch-screen iPhone, then there were rumors of touch-screen Macs

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Vonage found guilty in Verizon patent case

VoIP fans, look alive: the nation’s most popular VoIP provider, Vonage, has been found guilty of infringing on three Verizon patents and has been ordered to pay $58 million in damages by a federal

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Google working on predictive search for the Gphone?

Earlier this week, Microsoft gave us a glimpse of what they think the future of search is: predictive Internet searches that use the data on your hard drive to determine what you’re looking for.

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Apple to use RFID to make WiFi networking easy?

Sure, many of us can probably set up a home wireless network in our sleep. But there are more than a few folks out there for whom wireless networking is as mysterious a process as setting that

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Apple patents underside laptop optical drive

When rumors of an ultra-portable, 12″ MacBook Pro emerged, I couldn’t help but be a little skeptical. Don’t get my wrong–I’d love nothing more than to be able to upgrade my 12″ PowerBook to the new hotness without having to sacrifice my existing machine’s portability. But let’s be realistic: a dual-layer DVD burner, Intel Core 2 Duo chipset and 2GB of RAM …

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SPOTLIGHT: Obvious tech patents

How obvious does an invention need to be to prevent it from being patented? An interesting question and one that’s currently in front of the Supreme Court. Some tech companies argue that current patent law fails to weed out patents for “obvious” inventions. If patent law sees a major overhaul, it could spell a big shake up for tech companies–especially those whose income comes from sitting on patents.

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Top developers of Linux critique GPLv3

Some top Linux developers are taking Linus Torvalds’ side against supporting the new General Public License 3. The GPL is written by the Free Software Foundation’s Richard Stallman and it applies to a huge range of open-source software, not just Linux. But the Linux programmers say that GPL 3 clauses related to rights management and patents are inferior to the current GPL 2 and could actually weaken, not strengthen, the open-source movement as a whole.

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SPOTLIGHT: Apple tries to patent software modes


Without describing any particular new product, Apple Computer has filed for a patent that changes functions based on what buttons you press. The non-newness of that concept is comical, although some pundits insist that Apple is finally planning a smartphone product. The evidence, as usual with Apple and handhelds, is paper-thin. Article