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The Courts

Submission + - China & asian OEMs sued for copyright infringe (pcmag.com)

A.A writes: Solid Oak Software filed a $2.2 billion copyright infringement lawsuit, possibly the largest ever filed, against the Chinese government and some major asian OEMs like Sony, Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, Asus and BenQ. The case concerns a code allegedly misappropriated and used by the OEMs in the "Green Dam" case. The defendants are accused of "misappropriation of trade secrets; unfair competition; copyright infringement; and civil conspiracy."
Television

Submission + - Sony, IMAX, Discovery to launch 3D TV Network (pcmag.com)

adeelarshad82 writes: In a surprising endorsement for 3D display technology, Sony Corp. of America, Discovery Communications and IMAX Corp. have announced plans to form a U.S. television network entirely devoted to 3D programming. The three parties have signed a letter of intent to form the unnamed venture, which is scheduled to launch in 2012. The new network is designed as a sort of carrot to lure buyers to purchase 3D-enabled TVs.
Mars

Submission + - Mars images reveal evidence of ancient lakes (spacefellowship.com)

Matt_dk writes: Spectacular satellite images suggest that Mars was warm enough to sustain lakes three billion years ago, a period that was previously thought to be too cold and arid to sustain water on the surface, according to research published today in the journal Geology. Earlier research had suggested that Mars had a warm and wet early history but that between 4 billion and 3.8 billion years ago, before the Hesperian Epoch, the planet lost most of its atmosphere and became cold and dry. In the new study, the researchers analysed detailed images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is currently circling the red planet, and concluded that there were later episodes where Mars experienced warm and wet periods.
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Microsoft finally open sources Windows 7 tool

Jan writes: Microsoft has open sourced the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (WUDT) by releasing it under the GPLv2 license. The code is now available on CodePlex, Microsoft's Open Source software project hosting repository, over at wudt.codeplex.com. The actual installer for the tool is now again available for download at the Microsoft Store (2.59MB).

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/12/microsoft-finally-open-sources-windows-7-tool.ars

Microsoft previously took responsiblity for the violation: http://news.slashdot.org/story/09/11/13/2311232/Microsoft-Takes-Responsibility-For-GPL-Violation

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