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Ten Events That Shook Up Tech in 2011

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How well were you able to keep up with the fast-moving world of technology during? Here’s my list of events made 2011 fascinating,and will continue to have ramifications as we flip the calendar into 2012. R.I.P. Steve Jobs The death of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, though expected, sent shockwaves around the world. Millions paid tribute to his genius and vision while wondering if Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook could carry Jobs’ brightly burning torch. Walter Isaacson’s massive biography of Jobs… continue…

HTC Says Patent Ruling Is A Victory Over Apple

Android Lands on Planet Apple
The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled in favor of Apple in a patent case against HTC, banning the Taiwan-based handset maker from importing certain devices. Is HTC discouraged? Apparently not. The company says the ruling’s actually a win. This decision is a win for HTC and we are gratified that the commission affirmed the judge’s determination on the ’721 and ’983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ’263 patent and partially on the ’647 patent. U.S. Patent No.… continue…

Apple Wins Limited Ruling Against Google/HTC

Apple’s won an import ban on HTC Android phones that use a patented mark-up of data types, which allows different apps to use the same information set. The ban, which is set to begin on April 19, 2012, doesn’t impact any HTC products that don’t offer that feature, in ways related to this particular patent. Is it a serious blow to Android? Eh. Notes FOSS Patents: If Google can implement this popular feature, which users of modern-day smartphones really expect,… continue…

Galaxy Nexus Smartphone Meant to Feint Patents

Google Galaxy Nexus
Not a long time ago, a patent fairytale started, with Apple’s iOS on one side and Google’s Android on the other. Nobody knows who the winner will be, but few argue anymore that the patent system is broken. In Germany and Australia, Apple won one skirmish. As as result, Samsung can’t sell its Galaxy Tab — the court agreed with Apple the device copies many aspects of the iPad. The battle continues every day but now, with the Galaxy Nexus… continue…

Samsung Uses iOS Maps in Galaxy Player 50 Promotion. Oops.

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While Samsung defends itself against Apple’s accusations of patent infringement, it seems to be playing fast and loose with copyright. To promote its Galaxy Player 50, the Korean company apparently used a screenshot from blog of Laura Scott — which she posted way back in 2008. You can’t make this stuff up. The screenshot was incorporated in the chassis of the Galaxy Player 50, with almost no modification other than covering the iPhone’s status bar with Android’s. The resulting image was used… continue…

Samsung: We Want The iPhone 4S Banned

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Just barely a day after Apple announced its much-anticipated iPhone 4S, Samsung said it wanted to bar the device from sales in France and Italy. The Korean electronics giant said that the device infringed two of its patents related to WCDMA standards for 3G mobile phones. The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.… continue…

Samsung Will Pay Microsoft Royalties on Android Devices

Samsung Android & Windows Phone 7 device
Samsung has entered an agreement with Microsoft to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies. The agreement also dictates that Samsung pay Microsoft an undisclosed licensing fee for every Android mobile phone and tablet it sells. Given the popularity of the platform, the additional cost will probably not hinder the Korean electronics giant from making more Android devices going forward. However — as the companies also agreed to work together in the development and marketing of Windows Phone — Samsung… continue…

Google, Apple and the Eternal Patent War

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The patent wars just won’t end. In a recent effort to increase its patent database, Google acquired 1,023 patents from IBM. This move was made on Aug. 17, but was just made public a week or so ago, in the middle of the fight between Samsung and Apple and after Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion. Before being bought by Google, Motorola was sued by Apple, which claimed that Droid phones have significant similarities with the iPhone. Then Apple saw an… continue…

Samsung Forced To Pull Galaxy Tab 7.7 From IFA 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Blocked
The summer is coming to an end, but not so the patent wars. The latest skirmish: Samsung’s been forced by a German court to remove Galaxy Tab 7.7 from IFA 2011. When Galaxy Tab 7.7 was announced last week, Samsung said that the device wouldn’t be released in the U.S., though it wouldn’t give further details. However, Apple and Samsung will be in a California court on Oct. 18, and it’s possible Samsung could change its mind after that and… continue…