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Recent news that Microsoft and Barnes & Noble agreed to partner on the Nook e-reader line rather than keep fighting over intellectual property suggests the prospect of more settlement and fewer IP suits in the industry. However, the deal further obscures the blurry IP and patent landscape currently impacting both enterprise IT and consumer technology.
It is good to see settlement — something I’ve been calling for, while also warning against patent and IP aggression. However, this settlment comes from the one conflict in this ongoing war that was actually shedding some light on the matter, rather than further complicating it.
See the full article at TechNewsWorld.
Microsoft’s Android revenue. Tizen formation. And more.
# LiMo Foundation and The Linux Foundation announced the formation of Tizen to develop a Linux-based device software platform.
# Karmasphere raised $6m in a series B round[Read more...]
Red Hat revenue up 28% in Q2. Funding for NoSQL vendors. And more.
# Red Hat reported net income of $40m in the second quarter on revenue up 28% to $281.3m.[Read more...]
Harmony disharmony. Microsoft’s Android revenue. And more.
# The Harmony Project released version 1.0 of its templates for standard contributor license agreements prompting comment and criticism from Dave Neary, Stephen Walli, Richard Fontana and Bradley M Kuhn.
# Microsoft reportedly demanded $15 for each Android smartphone handset made by Samsung, while the company[Read more...]
For a few years, I've tried to recap here some events I've found notable over the past year and offering some guesses on what might be ahead of us. I'm somewhat late on these things this year, due to being busy with other stuff, but I didn't want to break the tradition, no matter how silly my wrong guesses might seem later. And again, others have covered generals, so I'll try to focus on specifics, in particular as they relate to what I do. For a look at what we achieved for Habbo, see my recap post on the Sulake blog.
This time last year Oracle still had not successfully completed the Sun acquisition due to some EC silliness, but that finally happened over the 2010. It seems to be[Read more...]
Microsoft sues Motorola. Oracle says no to LibreOffice. Time to fork Java? And more.
# Microsoft is suing Motorola over alleged Android patent infringements.
# Oracle confirmed to SJVN that it will not be working with the Document Foundation on LibreOffice.
# Sean Michael Kerner reported that Red Hat has settled an alleged patent infringement case with IP firm Acacia Research.
# Greg Luck asked if it[Read more...]
Recent non-Oracle/EC/MySQL news.
For the latest on Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL via Sun, see Everything you always wanted to know about MySQL but were afraid to ask
# Novell reshuffled its Linux business into Security, Management and Operating Platforms business unit.
# HP partnered with Red Hat, Novell and Microsoft to target Sun migrations.
# The US DoJ[Read more...]
Symbian’s future in the balance? All Go for Chrome OS. And more.
For the latest on Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL via Sun, see Everything you always wanted to know about MySQL but were afraid to ask[Read more...]
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