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Microsoft

Submission + - $1.5 Billion settlement against Microsoft halted->

SnapShot writes: I'm so conflicted. Microsoft has apparently escaped a $1.5 Billion settlement. On the other hand, Alcatel-Lucent, who filed the claim, looks like they are pushing another frivolous patent claim and everyone who uses MP3 (including Apple) may benefit if this is thrown out. What side should I cheer for?
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Intel

Submission + - And The 45-nm Winner Isn't . . . Intel

An anonymous reader writes: If you've been following the quad-core wars, you know that Intel beaten AMD over the head with the news that it will be first to market with 45-nm processors. But both Intel, which will release its 45-nm Penryn later this year, and AMD, which won't have 45-nm until 2008 have been beaten to the 45-nm punch by Panasonic, which in June began making its 45-nm UniPhier video codec for high-def displays, and IBM, which has fielded 45-nm ASICs, or application-specific integrated circuits. Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and the IBM/Chartered Semiconductor/Samsung consortium called Common Platform are also readying 45-nm.
Google

Submission + - Google Joins the Open Invention Network->

apokryphos writes: "The Open Invention Network (OIN), the intellectual property company founded by IBM, Novell, Red Hat etc. to promote the Linux system, have released a press release announcing that Google have become its first end-user licensee. "Linux plays a vital role at Google, and we're strongly committed to supporting the Linux developer community," said Chris DiBona, Google open source programs manager.

"Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. This enables companies to continue to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in Linux — helping to fuel economic growth.""

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