The office tower in Marina Del Rey which is home to the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (occupies several floors) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (occupies part of one floor). Photographed on April 21, 2007 by user Coolcaesar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Google and Microsoft Fight in Court, Friends in Congress | Businessweek
Even as they battle in courts over smartphone and video technology, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US) and Google Inc. (GOOG:US) have discovered a common foe: patent owners who try to sue their customers or go after an entire industry.
Both companies are seeking to curb the litigation practices of firms that buy patents with the sole purpose of demanding royalties from as many end-users as they can, even if it means suing a pizza parlor or non-profit. Anger has united a cross section of retailers, finance companies, public-transit operators and hotels, and even caught the attention of President Barack Obama, who last month announced corrective measures. [Read the full article]
Bill Gates on education, patents, Microsoft Bob, and disease | cnet
Bill Gates is accustomed to binary thinking. He spent decades turning ones and zeroes into Microsoft software used by billions of people. While he is still chairman of board, he has devoted the majority of his time to the Gates Foundation since 2008, seeking solutions to some of the most vexing problems in the world. He still thinks in binary form, looking at the troubled world through the lens of rich and poor countries, working with the rich to improve the lives of the poor.
Speaking at Microsoft’s Faculty Summit on Monday, Gates took questions from an audience of researchers about the work of his foundation and other topics. Following are some of nuggets from the event and the full video. [Read the full article]
Take it easy on those price cuts, Microsoft. You’re starting to look desperate | Digital Trends
Microsoft isn’t immune to misfortune, or a failed product (see: Zune). The company’s been in the news a lot lately as it launched a big update to Windows 8 at its annual Build conference a few weeks ago. But it hasn’t just been Windows 8.1 talk we’ve been hearing; a slew of news has popped up – all revolving around the promotional sales and price cuts on some of Microsoft’s Windows 8 products.
With this week’s news of Microsoft paying resellers a bonus fee to sell Windows 8 products and a $150 price cut on the Surface RT tablet, it’s beginning to look like Microsoft’s getting desperate. But, looks can be deceiving. Is Microsoft sinking, or is it just treading water until it comes out on top? [Read the full article]
Motorola X smartphone: Key features revealed | IT Pro
Details of the Motorola X smartphone have been leaked in a promotional video from Canadian network provider Rogers Wireless.
The YouTube video details three key software features of the Motorola X and also confirms the release date. The original video and has since been made private. However, it has been mirrored on a number of channels and is still available to view below. [Read the full article]
Google’s chances to obtain dotless ‘http://search’ domain shrink| Computerworld
IDG News Service – Google’s chances of obtaining the “http://search” domain name are shrinking after several committees affiliated with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently warned that dotless domain names could be harmful to the Internet.
Over the weekend, the Internet Engineering Task Force’s (IETF) issued the latest advisory about dotless domains, saying, among other things, that application protocols may have trouble processing them. Earlier in the week, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) issued its own warning about dotless domain names. [Read the full article]
IBM, Accenture at war over health payroll bungle | Syndey Morning Herald
The two IT firms at the centre of the health payroll inquiry have taken to public submissions to continue their battle against each other.
Accenture and IBM have each tendered last ditch submissions to Commissioner Richard Chesterman who is finalising his report into the bungled Queensland Health payroll system, which left thousands of workers overpaid, underpaid or not paid at all when it was rolled out in March 2010. [Read the full article]
Samsung’s Ativ Book 9 Lite: A budget 13-inch Windows 8 touch-screen laptop (hands-on) | cnet
The most interesting part is the custom CPU, which Samsung simply calls its Quad Core Processor. It’s actually a white-label version of AMD’s latest quad-core CPU, as detailed here, which launched in May 2013. These chips include AMD’s excellent Radeon integrated graphics as well.
While this move seems to be a budget-motivated one, the Book 9 Lite’s $799 price puts it in the same ballpark as several laptops with similar RAM, SSD, and touch-screen specs, but with Intel’s mainstream Core i5 CPU. Some of those, including systems from Toshiba and Acer, aren’t quite as thin or upscale-looking as the Book 9 Lite, but they’re close. [Read the full article]
Samsung Tops Rankings in 2013 J.D. Power High–Definition Television Satisfaction Report | Herald Online
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. — Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-recognized innovator in consumer electronics, received an industry-leading customer satisfaction ranking in the annual J.D. Power 2013 High-Definition Television (HDTV) Satisfaction Report. The study, which split its segment distinction in terms of size, recognized Samsung as the highest in customer satisfaction with HDTVs 50 inches and above. The accolades highlight Samsung’s long-standing global TV leadership reputation, an industry position it has held globally for more than seven years. [Read the full article]
Dell Buyout Battle: Icahn Attacks Board’s Scare Tactics–And ‘Abysmal Record’ | Forbes
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, with his trademark brashness, this morning worked to debunk objections to his leveraged recapitalization proposal for Dell , the latest volley by Icahn against the PC maker’s board. [Read the full article]
Dell vs. Icahn: Ethics, Humanity and Patriotism Matter | Tech News World
Patriots would view the destruction of a major U.S. company as anti-American, and to them, weakening the U.S. technology industry would be tantamount to treason. They’d have to hate the U.S. a great deal to be willing to pass up a sure-thing offer from Michael Dell that would protect the company, in favor of a gamble with Icahn that would certainly destroy it. [Read the full article]
Samsung Semiconductor Breaks New Ground for Semiconductor Manufacturing Facility | xBit
Samsung Semiconductor, the world’s third largest contract maker of chips, has kicked off construction of its new facility in San Jose, California. The new fab will be used for manufacturing of leading-edge chips as well as for research and development of new semiconductor manufacturing technologies.
“Although we have had a really great 30 years in Silicon Valley here, it is not enough. I truly believe this new campus will provide the world’s best convenience and comfort for our employees. In two years, I would like to invite all of you here when we finish the buildings,” said Charlie Bae, the president of Samsung Semiconductor Inc. (SSI), reports Silicon Valley Business Journal. [Read the full article]
Apple Investigates China iPhone Death Allegations | WSJ
Apple Inc. said Monday that it is investigating a case in which the family of a 23-year-old woman alleges that she was electrocuted by her iPhone.
Though details about the case remain sketchy, it has caught the imagination of social media users in China, who have been spreading word about the case and warning not to use devices while they are charging. [Read the full article]
Apple-Samsung phone battle to hit appeals court in August | PCWorld
A court’s decision not to prevent multiple Samsung handsets from being sold in the U.S. despite their being found to infringe Apple patents will go before an appeal’s court in early August.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., said Monday it will hear 15 minutes of oral arguments in the case from Samsung and Apple attorneys on August 9. [Read the full article]
Apple And Antitrust: More Proof That The Federal Government Is Anti-Consumer | Forbes
Last week, Federal District Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple Inc. was guilty of collusion and of fixing the price of e-books.
The gist of the case is this: At the time Apple entered the e-book market, Amazon held a 90% share of the market and sold e-books for $9.99. After Apple entered the e-book market, Amazon’s market share fell, as did prices of e-books. If you are perplexed in trying to understand how Apple fell afoul of the antitrust brigades for lowering prices to consumers, the key point to grasp is that the federal government is not the friend and defender of the consumer, as popular mythology would have it. The Apple case is not an aberration. Uncle Sam has been a chronic thorn in the consumer’s side, intervening to raise consumer prices in a variety of ways. [Read the full article]
Netflix Should Read Amazon’s Script | WSJ
It turns out ’13 has been lucky for Netflix. The stock has surged 178% so far, the best performance in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index.
But to keep the odds in its favor, the video-streaming and DVD-rental company will need to be more like an Amazon.com than an HBO. [Read the full article]
Jay-Z App, Amazon Extension Slammed On Privacy | InformationWeek
Surveillance warning: Jay-Z’s new Android app, and a Chrome browser extension built by Amazon, have separately been accused of collecting extreme amounts of information on the people who install and use them.
On the Jay-Z front, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a privacy rights group, Friday demanded that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigate Samsung, which published a mobile app prior to the release of Jay-Z’s new album “Magna Carta … Holy Grail.” [Read the full article]
Free trade wars: Sony’s FTA edge turns LG, Samsung, Videocon into pout potatoes | The Economic Times
KOLKATA: Consumer electronics majors LG, Samsung and Videocon have ganged up to put pressure on the government to stop ace rival Sony from importing flat-panel television sets from Thailand and Asean countries under free trade agreements arguing such imports do not fulfill ‘nil’ or concessional duty norms.
LG, Samsung and Videocon, under the aegis of apex industry body Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA), have written and made representation to the ministries of commerce, finance, communications and IT, saying Japanese companies like Sony and Toshiba do not fulfill the value addition norms specified under the free trade agreements (FTAs) and yet enjoy nil or concessional duty, creating an uncompetitive business environment for domestic manufacturers. [Read the full article]