Tech News Today 306
Recorded: August 15, 2011
Published: August 15, 2011
Tech News Today 306: Google Conquers Motorola
Bing beats Google at search success, ATT sues to stop its customers, Google bought itself a little something, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell ( )
- Darren Kitchen
- Nilay Patel
- Google to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5B
- Google’s Motorola Deal Will Spur Antitrust Regulators To Action
- Google Deal Said to Have $2.5 Billion Reverse Breakup Fee
- Guess who else wanted to buy Motorola? (Om Malik says MS was in the running)
- Reactions from mobile phone companies
- U.S. Carriers Silent on Motoroogle, but France Telecom Gives It a Thumbs Up
- Motorola Could Get Google Closer to Your Living Room — If the Cable Guys Play Along
- Google and Motorola: what are all those patents for?
- Google's Page explains Motorola acquisition
- Handy chart of mobile carrier patents
- Has Google wasted $12bn on a dud patent poker-chip?
- Google announced it intends to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5B, paying $40/share which is a 63% premium on the closing price on Friday
- Larry Page post calls this a way to "Supercharge" Android
- Once the deal closes, Motorola will be run as a separate business, but it sounds like Google will take formal possession (called an “assignation”) of Motorola’s 12.5k issued patents and 7500 patent applications.
- [TIMN says 12.5k patents, AllThingsD says 17k patents, both agree on 7500 patent applications]
- Bloomberg reports that Google Inc. agreed to pay Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. $2.5 billion if it fails to close the purchase of the mobile-phone maker, said a person with knowledge of the situation, a fee more than six times the typical amount. [AT&T will give TMobile $3B if their deal doesn't go through]
- Response by competitors:
- HP: no comment
- Samsung: "We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.”
- HTC: " We welcome the news of today’s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem"
- Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg: “I welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”
- LG: “We welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”
- Google Steps Up to Defend Android Developers From Patent Lawsuit
- Wired reports that Google has filed a request with the US PTO on Friday to reexamine two Lodys patents "that we believe should never have been issued." - Google senior vice president and general counsel Kent Walker
- Those two patents related to in-app purchasing
- Lodsys is currently suing 11 smartphone app developers for allegedly infringing the two patents, U.S. 7,222,078 and 7,620,565. Lodsys claims its patents cover the use of in-app payments technology, which allows users to carry out transactions within the context of an app itself.
- Google filed Inter Partes -- Ninety-five percent of “inter partes” reexamination requests filed since 1999 have been granted by the USPTO.
- BART anticipates more cyber attacks from 'Anonymous' hackers
- Anonymous hacks BART after wireless shutdown; protests planned for Monday
- BART was attempting to contact more than 2,400 customers Sunday afternoon to inform them that their personal information had been obtained and published by Anonymous
- Anon launched cyber attacks Sunday against BART and the Fullerton Police Department in retaliation for deadly confrontations between police and homeless men.
- Anonymous hack included the release of names, passwords, and other personal data stored for users of the marketing site MyBart.org.
- US Dept. of Homeland Security is assisting, FBI is investigating. " Called #OpBART - protests planned for 5 Pm Monday
- Yahoo, Bing Beat Google in Search Success Rate
- Experian Hitwise reports Google share of searches at 66 percent in July 2011
- Experian Hitwise released figures last Thursday on search engine usage
- 81.6% of Yahoo searches and 80.04% of Bing searches resulted in a click compared to only 67.56 percent of Google searches.
- July was the third straight month that Bing-powered searches increased. Google dropped 2% and Yahoo grew 4%
- AT&T Sues in Federal Court to Stop Merger-Blocking Arbitration Effort
- AT&T said late on Friday that it has filed eight federal suits aimed at thwarting a law firm’s attempt to block the deal via arbitration.
- The suits were filed in eight jurisdictions across the U.S. where the Bursor & Fisher law firm has filed arbitration case
- Is Apple falsifying evidence or just bad at photoshop er... Aperture. ? A German website called Webwereld was the first to report that on page 28 of Apple's filing against Samsung in the Community Design infringement case, the photo of the Tab is in 4:3 aspect ration making ti look identical to the iPad, even though the Tab is in 16:9 and therefore a bit thinner and longer. Fiendish I tell you, FIENDISH!
- EA wants you to use its Origin service so much that you're pretty much required to use Origin... if you ever want to play Battlefield 3. While this tactic has many a gamer in a tizz, EA is attempting to smooth things over by offering a free game if you pre-order Battlefield 3. Your choices are of Medal of Honor, Mass Effect 2, or Dead Space 2. All is forgiven, right?
- Ina Fried has a great headline for this bit of news: "TabCo Picks Wrong Day to Reveal Itself as Fusion Garage’s Latest Effort." Fusion Garage, makers of the JooJoo tablet, have shown off its 10-inch Android-based tablet called the Grid-10. Fusion Garage says its like no other product out there - the 16GB Wi-Fi version is around $500 and the 3G version is $599 which is kind of like every other tablet out there. The company is also showing off 4-inch smartphones. Good luck, guys.
- Intel is once again charging folks $50 to not break their legs. I mean to unlock features the chip they own already has. The Intel i3-2312M, i3-2102 or Pentium G622 can be upgraded with a $50 card. Enter the card's code online and you can get higher frequency and a larger cache. Don't pay the fee.... and well.... it would be a shame if something happened to your frunt side bus... I'm just saying.
- Verizon is testing a new low cost data plan in several locations including Maryland, Virginia and D.C. For $20 a month, you would get 300MB of data on either your smartphone or feature phone. This test is being marketed as a back-to-school promotion that will run from August 18th up till September 30th.
- RIM has announced its "BlackBerry Management Center," which allows a company to manage up to 100 devices... for free. Management Center can back up devices, as well as find or remote wipe a lost BlackBerry. The tool is designed for companies that use web-based email, but not services like Exchange.
- W3 Innovations, the parent company of iOS app developer Broken Thumbs, owes the FTC a little money. Games made by Broken Thumbs like "Emily's Dress Up" collected data from its users like names. There's a problem with that - the FTC says that data collection runs afoul of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The FTC sued W3 on Friday and the two settled on Monday to the tune of $50,000. W3 also agreed to delete the information that was collected.
- Amazon just introduced a new iOS app called the "Amazon Student" that gives users free two-day shipping for six months. The app also includes a bar code scanner in hopes that a student will go to a bookstore, scan a textbook's code and then buy it on Amazon. If that's not enough to get your .EDU friends on the student app, Amazon even promises "exclusive deals." Snazzy.
The "Ommmm" Calendar
- Mozilla's Firefox 6 isn't officially released until tomorrow, but if you want to be at the front of the pack, the code is actually available for download now, and has been since Saturday the 13th via their FTP server!
- August 21st is a big day for RIM on the carriers... the Torch 9810 is coming to AT&T, plus the BlackBerry Bold 9930 for $250 and Torch 9850 for $150 are both coming to Sprint, plus the Bold 9930 is also coming to Verizon!
- HTC has finally offered their Bootloader Unlock tool at htcdev.com for International HTC sensation users, those of you in the US will have to wait
- Steve Jobs' Biography now has a cover photo - one of those iconic Steve shots- and a publishing date of November 21st
I am glad to see game makers taking on Steam. Steam acts in very bad ways: They can deactivate games that you purchased at a retail outlet if they believe you have violated Steam’s, not the game publisher’s, terms of service. You don’t own the rights to a game through Steam. I wanted to give away my retail box of The Orange Box, and Steam threatened to deactivate my entire account. I look forward to playing Battlefield 3 on EA’s system. FREEDOM!
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- Edited by: Jason
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