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US DoJ clears Google's Motorola acquisition, with reservationsview story

http://www.itwire.com – The Department of Justice's antitrust division has cleared Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility along with the acquisition by Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion of a number of Nortel patents, and the acquisition by Apple of certain Novell patents , but has expressed concerns about the "ambiguity" of Google's policies around standard essential patents. (IT news)

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EC gives the nod to Google's acquisition of Motorolaview story

http://www.itwire.com – The European Commission has approved Google's planned $US12.5b acquisition of Motorola Mobility saying it would "not significantly modify the market situation in respect of operating systems and patents for [smartphones and tablets]." (IT news)

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Why Android might just kill GNU/Linux. Quickly.view story

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com – I write this article exactly 24 hours after receiving my Galaxy Tab 10.1. It's something I've been wanting for a long time. I had to wait for the dispute between Apple and Samsung to settle (Samsung actually lost on millions of dollars worth of sales thanks to software patents, but that's another story). After all that, I came to the realisation that we are in front of a forking path. (General)

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Motorola scores initial victory in Apple patent battleview story

http://www.itwire.com – Motorola Mobility has scored an initial victory over Apple in an intellectual property dispute in which Apple alleged that Motorola had violated three of its patents relating to smartphones. (IT news)

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IBM sets new US patent recordview story

http://www.itwire.com – IBM was granted a record number of US patents during 2011. (IT news)

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Google stopped submitting patents to the USPTO: why?view story

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com – Software patent wars have always existed: companies fought them (or paid up), sometimes quietly, sometimes making a big fuss. However, something has changed over the last year or so: people started getting directly affected by software patents (ask anybody wanting a Samsung Galaxy Tab in Australia for Christmas 2011...). (General)

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FOSS dev's campaign against software patents moves aheadview story

http://www.itwire.com – When it comes to software patents, Melbourne developer Ben Sturmfels is sure of one thing: his campaign to end them in their entirety will succeed in the long run. (IT news)

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Google paying $US12.5b for Motorola patents, and getting a phone business for free!view story

http://www.itwire.com – According to Frost and Sullivan the price Google is paying for Motorola Mobility was simply based on the price per patent, using a previous significant patent portfolio sale as a benchmark and took no account of the value of the mobile phone business. Far-fetched? Maybe but F&S has a remarkable 'coincidence' to support this. (IT news)

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Why Do Microsoft Employees Serve Microsoft Even After Leaving? It’s Part of the Contract.view story

http://techrights.org – Summary: Microsoft moles (or “Micromoles”) can finally be explained more properly, using hard evidence which is a typical Microsoft employment contract IN LIGHT of Microsoft’s lawsuit against its own manager (Miszewski) [1, 2, 3, 4] we get a rare chance to look at Microsoft employment contracts: itting in court this week for a hearing in Microsoft’s lawsuit against a fo (General)

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Microsoft is Polluting the Codec and Mobile Space With Software Patentsview story

http://techrights.org – Summary: Together with new partners like Nokia, Microsoft is trying to ensure that Internet video and the smartphones market are as toxic as possible for Linux A FEW days ago we wrote about Microsoft banning open source licences. (General)