snydeq writes: A federal jury in Delaware has found Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents held by MobileMedia, a patent-holding company formed by Sony, Nokia and MPEG LA, InfoWorld reports. The jury found that the iPhone directly infringed U.S. patent 6,070,068, which was issued to Sony and covers a method for controlling the connecting state of a call, U.S. patent 6,253,075, which covers call rejection, and U.S. patent 6,427,078, which covers a data processing device. MobileMedia has garnered the unflattering descriptor "patent troll" from some observers. The company, which was formed in 2010, holds some 300 patents in all.
snydeq writes: "Days after announcing its proposed development environment for consumer electronics, Sony has apparently pulled the brakes on SNAP — a curious decision that 'has all the makings of a real developer whodunit,' Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes. Was Sony's GnuStep-based plan to borrow Apple's tools and use them on its own platform too much for Apple to handle? Or perhaps Adobe proffered a Flash-related partnership as a better way for Sony to go. 'And what about Google? Sony has already invested in Google's Android OS as a platform for consumer electronic devices, including televisions.' But the most likely culprit may be Sony in conflict with itself. 'With so many irons in the fire, Sony's senior management could have decided it was time to streamline the company's developer efforts and concentrate on fewer technologies.'"
snydeq writes: "More than half a million Sony laptops sold this year contain a BIOS heat management bug that could cause the laptops to overheat, according to the company. Sony has recorded 39 cases of overheating among Vaio F and C series laptops that have been on sale since January, and is asking users to either update the software themselves or return their laptops so it can apply the update. The fault affects 535,000 computers although Sony is asking a total of 646,000 owners to update their machines. The additional 111,000 machines are susceptible to several less serious problems that have also been found in the software."