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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 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...

LG Joins Microsoft’s Open Source Protection Club

Microsoft and South Korea's LG Electronics have announced a patent cross-licensing deal, similar to one Microsoft recently signed with Novell, that allows LG to use Microsoft technology in its products while giving Microsoft access to LG's intellectual property. The deal means LG can use Linux in it...

MySQL Goes After Enterprise Database Business

Open source database developer MySQL has launched an attack on the enterprise database business. The company on Tuesday revealed a new enterprise subscription pricing strategy that lets organizations deploy an unlimited number of MySQL databases in their environment and still get enterprise-class le...

IBM Makes Speech Code Open Source

IBM today announced it is contributing proprietary voice-recognition software to two different open-source software groups. The Apache Software Foundation will receive Reusable Dialog Components (RDCs), used for handling simple words for dates, times and locations. In addition, IBM is proposing a pr...

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