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The Telecom Digest for December 28, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 332 : "text" Format
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High stakes fueling patent wars (Monty Solomon)
misc: spies, spies, everywhere there are spies... (danny burstein)

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Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 23:01:41 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: High stakes fueling patent wars Message-ID: <1cetDB.A._XF.Oue-OB@telecom> High stakes fueling patent wars No clear victor as firms fight it out in court By Hiawatha Bray Globe Staff / December 26, 2011 A patent lawsuit won last week by iPhone maker Apple Inc. represented a single victory in a global legal war, with giant corporations fighting for control of the technologies behind smartphones and computers, potentially resulting in less appealing devices or higher prices for consumers. Technology firms like Google Inc., Samsung Corp., Microsoft Corp., and especially Apple - which is one of the most active combatants - are embroiled in about 100 patent lawsuits in at least 10 countries. The stakes are high: potential domination of the multibillion-dollar market for smartphones, tablet computers, and the software that runs them. One successful lawsuit could generate millions in patent licensing fees for the victor, or it could force a rival firm to modify the way its devices work - even removing features users treasure. So far, no company has landed a knockout blow. But Apple, creator of the popular iPhone, has scored a number of victories over the makers of phones using Google's competing Android software. The result: a series of small, but significant limitations on the functions of Android phones. Last Monday, the US International Trade Commission said Taiwanese phone maker HTC violated an Apple patent covering a relatively minor feature: the ability of a user to add an e-mailed phone number to his list of contacts with one touch. The ruling applies only to phones made by HTC, but because the feature is built into many Android phones from other manufacturers, it could ultimately cause all of them to eliminate the feature. ... http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2011/12/26/high_stakes_fueling_patent_wars/
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2011 12:19:20 -0500 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: misc: spies, spies, everywhere there are spies... Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1112271215270.243@panix5.panix.com> Story about the Perkin-Elmer spymasters talking about their contribution to making the world safe for democracy... - while the KH spy satellite program was a kind-of open secret, the workers were only released from their secrecy oaths a few months ago. (modulo certain aspects, of course). So they're now blabbing to their bartenders: http://www.kfoxtv.com/ap/ap/aerospace/decades-later-a-cold-war-secret-is-revealed/nF7DM/ _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key dannyb@panix.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded] ***** Moderator's Note ***** Ice Station Zebra was published in 1963, so it was a very open secret to judge from that and other novels that described super- capable spy satellites. One of the central elements of Alistair MacLean's plot hinged on the inability of the Soviets to recover film canisters in mid-air the way the U.S. did, so neither the satellites nor the recovery method were all that "secret". The only real secret that the satellites revealed was that the Soviet Union's terrifying "Red Menace" war machine was, as almost every defector told them for nothing, "painted rust". The CIA chose to keep that secret very well, since it endangered the incredible profits that Bush 42 and his friends were making from armaments, from aircraft, and from incredibly expensive spy satellites. Bill Horne Moderator Moderator's Note Copyright (C) 2011 E. William Horne. All Rights Reserved.
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