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Verizon Aims to Help Firms Get Up Close and Personal With Customers

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has released Visual Interactive Calling, a software development kit and platform in the Verizon network designed to enable banks, retailers, airlines, travel and hospitality companies, and other firms to communicate visually with their customers. "The sweet spot for this...

ANALYSIS

Google’s Great Big Ideas Camp

Google is hosting a conference in Sicily this week simply called the "Camp." This is a different kind of conference. It's not just about business. Attendees are from business, politics and entertainment -- they bring their families. I have been invited to attend many of these types of events over th...

TECH TREK

Brazil Shoots Down Snowden Asylum Speculation

Brazil reportedly does not plan to grant asylum to Edward Snowden. Snowden stoked the Brazil asylum speculation Tuesday when he offered, via an open letter, to help Brazil investigate the extent of spying on Brazilian citizens and President Dilma Rousseff. Snowden's temporary asylum in Russia, where...

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A Tale of 7 Patents: Rockstar v. Google

Patent warfare is a veritable fixture of the mobile world these days, sadly, and -- by virtue of Android -- that heaps a whole lot of mess within the boundaries of the blogosphere's Linux territories. We've seen plenty of skirmishes come and go already, of course, but the latest example -- in which ...

Google, Partners Caught in Patent Lawsuit Blizzard

A consortium of technology companies is suing Google and Android manufacturers in its first patent lawsuits after it outbid the search giant for thousands of patents previously owned by Nortel. Rockstar, owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Sony and EMC, has accused Google of infringing ...

TECH TREK

Google’s Schmidt Pitches Android to Chinese Devs

Fresh off his trip to North Korea -- and right behind Apple CEO Tim Cook's trip to China -- Google chairman Eric Schmidt joined a panel discussion at the "Geek Park" conference in Beijing. Schmidt reportedly reminded the developers in attendance that despite Apple's popularity in China -- the iPhone...

IBM Kicks Tires of RIM’s Enterprise Services Unit

IBM reportedly has expressed interest in acquiring the heart of Research In Motion's operations -- its enterprise services unit. This is not the first indication of a company's interest in acquiring part of the ailing BlackBerry maker, and RIM's executives have said they would consider "all options"...

EXPERT ADVICE

Technology Firms’ Latest Weapon of Choice

When AOL made a $1 billion deal to sell patents to Microsoft last April, its stock jumped up about 43 percent on the news. After all, AOL could use a $1 billion shot in the arm. Who couldn't? But what is behind this string of sales of patents? Why are patents so important to large tech firms like Mi...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

The Great Google Cookie Caper

Google's privacy practices came under fire again last week for undermining the privacy practices of someone else. Namely, Apple. Apple is one of the few browser makers that turns off by default a website's ability to push third-party cookies to a Web surfer. Cookies can perform a valuable service to...

Google and Moto: The Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios

Google's recent plan to buy Motorola Mobility has the potential for reshaping the entire Android landscape. If it wins regulatory approval for the purchase, Google may only have a short time span to connect its marketing strategy. When and if this happens, it could further fracture the open source A...

Google Dons Another Piece of Patent Armor

Google, until recently a piker in the patent-holding tech community, is rapidly beefing up its portfolio -- or arsenal, depending on how one views it -- of intellectual property. The company has acquired 1,023 patents from IBM. These patents are on top of the 1,030 Google acquired from IBM in July, ...

Google’s Motorola Marriage to Come With Big Patent Dowry

Google announced Monday it intends to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, pursuant to regulatory approval. That price is a premium of 63 percent over the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday. The deal was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The...

WEEKLY RECAP

Google and Microsoft Take It Outside

By just about any measure, the Android mobile platform is making a killing in the U.S. As of last March, comScore said over a third of U.S. smartphone subscribers use Android phones. Every major U.S. carrier supports Android phones, every major handset maker in the world not named "RIM," "Apple" or ...

Google Bites Back in Android Patent Battle

Google's chief legal officer went on the offensive Wednesday, posting a company blog entry that attacked Microsoft, Apple, Oracle and other tech companies for securing patents and undertaking legal activity that would block the development of the Android platform. The post, penned by David Drummond,...

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