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Nokia Claims Apple Does "Legal Alchemy" To Mask IP Theft 294

CWmike writes "Nokia asked a federal judge last week to toss out Apple's antitrust claims, saying the iPhone maker indulged in 'legal alchemy' when it tried to divert attention from its infringement of Nokia's intellectual property. The filing was the latest salvo in a battle that began in October 2009 when handset maker Nokia sued Apple, saying the iPhone infringed on 10 of its patents, and that Apple was trying 'to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation.' Apple countered in December with a lawsuit of its own that not only claimed Nokia infringed 13 of its patents, but that Nokia also violated antitrust law by legally attacking Apple after it declined to pay what it called 'exorbitant royalties' and refused to give Nokia access to iPhone patents. 'These non-patent counterclaims are designed to divert attention away from free-riding off of Nokia's intellectual property, a practice Apple evidently believes should only be of paramount concern when it is the alleged victim,' Nokia charged in the motion. Apple is on a legal roll, having also recently sued the maker of Google's Nexus One, HTC, for patent infringement."

Submission + - Verizon opening network to any CDMA? (nytimes.com)

diabeticjoshua writes: "Verizon Wireless has stunned the wireless world by announcing that by sometime next year it will open its network to "any apps, any device."

There is a lot of fine print, but the essence appears to be that Verizon will offer two flavors of service: its traditional bundle, which typically includes a subsidy for phone purchase and various other features, and "bring your own" device service, which will be open to any device that meets "minimum technical standards.""


Submission + - Verizon to open network to all devices 1

slimjim8094 writes: It appears that Verizon will open its network to all devices, similar to the way Google is pushing for with the 700MHz spectrum. There is "a lot of fine print", but essentially there will be two service levels — the regular, current model with subsidies and the like, and a free-for-all model for any device meeting "minimum technical standards". No word yet on what those will be.

Original press release: http://news.vzw.com/news/2007/11/pr2007-11-27.html

Submission + - Verizon Wireless to open up their network?

An anonymous reader writes: Wow, it sounds like hell itself must be freezing over today. Verizon Wireless has just announced plans to open up their network to third party apps and devices. Obviously this must be their reaction to Google's wireless ambitions, as pointed out in the news article, and one can only hope that the specs a third party device must meet to be permitted activation on VZW's network won't be too onerous, or the fees too high.

Submission + - Whole body scan in under a minute

Smivs writes: A new scanner has been unveiled which can produce 3D body images of unprecedented clarity while reducing radiation by as much as 80%. The new 256-slice CT machine takes large numbers of X-ray pictures, and combines them using computer technology to produce the final detailed images. It also generates images in a fraction of the time of other scanners: a full body scan takes less than a minute. "This scanner allows radiologists to produce high quality images and is also designed to reduce patients' exposure to X-rays," Steve Rusckowski, chief executive of Philips Medical Systems, said. "It is so powerful it can capture an image of the entire heart in just two beats."

Submission + - Google wants increase in H1-B Visas

Gaurav writes: "Google has joined the list of companies requesting congress to increase the number of H1-B visas. The Googleplex despatched Laszlo Bock, its VP of People Operations (HR manager), to a congressional hearing on Wednesday to plead for more H1-B visas. Details including the video and transcript are at the official Google Blog"

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