LXer: Microsoft & Friends Define ‘Commitment to Openness’view story

http://www.linuxquestions.org – Published at LXer: The legal papers were filed by Rockstar Consortium, a patent troll owned by Microsoft, Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony. They hold 6,000 plus patents purchased in an auction for $4.5 billion from bankrupt Canadian telecom Nortel. Google had been bidding against Rockstar for the same patents, but dropped out after placing a $4.4 billion bid that didn’t hold up. (HowTos)

Apple Swipe Keyboard Patent Shows Cupertino Knows Typing On iOS Is “Tedious”view story

http://techcrunch.com – Apple’s iPhone needs a much smarter keyboard. I’ve said it before, but here’s evidence Cupertino itself realises that hen-pecking individual letters is a “tedious task”. (IT news)

Wait, When Did Software Become So Boring?view story

http://techcrunch.com – Maybe I’m just jaded and cranky. But as I wandered through Startup Alley at TC Disrupt this week, and even as I watched many of the Battlefield contestants, I found myself fighting eye-glazing ennui. Apps and services that help you connect and collaborate with others. Tools that help you build or use apps and services that help you connect and collaborate with others. Sigh. Been there. (IT news)

Apple Exploring Earbud Tech That Can Compensate For Specific Fit In Each User's Earview story

http://techcrunch.com – The USPTO is big on Apple patents this morning, with a new application published around earbud technology spotted by AppleInsider. Apple’s own earbud designs have been mostly underwhelming, even if the last change for the stock set that comes with iPhones and iPods was an improvement. (IT news)

The FSF is hiring: Seeking a full-time outreach and communication coordinatorview story

http://www.fsf.org – The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Boston-based 501(c)(3) charity with a worldwide mission to protect freedoms critical to the computer-using public, seeks a motivated and organized tech-friendly Boston-based individual to be its full-time outreach and communication coordinator. This newly created position, reporting to the executive director, will work closely with our campaigns, licensing, an (Software)

Perforce: Linux, Open Source Commitment Highview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – Should companies that produce mostly proprietary software invest in Linux development? In one sense, that seems as illogical as the artisanal-organic bread guy from the local farmers’ market buying shares in Wonder Bread. (IT news)

Apple Rejects Samsung Request To See iOS 6 Source Code In Korea Patent Battleview story

http://techcrunch.com – Apple and Samsung are at legal loggerheads in at least 10 countries around the world. In one court case, in Korea’s Seoul Central District Court, where Samsung has brought a patent infringement case against Apple’s mobile operating system, Samsung is putting pressure on Apple to show it the iOS 6 source code, according to The Korea Times. (IT news)

Rumor: Dijit And Miso Are Close To Merging, As Social TV Consolidation Continuesview story

http://techcrunch.com – Rumor Friday-Before-A-Holiday-Weekend®? (IT news)

Nadia Heninger Is Watching Youview story

http://techcrunch.com – It’s been a bad week for online security. An “extremely critical” Ruby on Rails security hole; a Yahoo! Mail XSS exploit; and yet another Java 0-day vulnerability. (IT news)

IBM files most patents – for 20th year in a rowview story

http://www.itwire.com – Written by: Graeme Philipson | Published in: RegulationThe US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued 253,155 utility patents in 2012, the highest annual number on record and an increase of approximately 13% over 2011. (IT news)