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Microsoft has settled its latest patent spat with patent-licensing vendor VirnetX by paying $23 million covering disputed unified communications patents.
The mobile provider has agreed to refund its customers for unwanted third-party charges placed on phone bills to the total sum of approximately $90 million.
Microsoft is no longer legally required to remind Windows users in the European Union that they have a choice of browsers beyond IE, as has been the case for the past five years.
Apple has escaped a potential $1bn damages bill after a jury decided an iTunes update that kept rivals' music off its iPod was a genuine product improvement.
Google has been outspoken over the last few years in lambasting the growing number of "patent trolls" seeking and filing lawsuits left and right in the technology sector.
The GPL is still the world's most popular open-source license but it's declining in use, while permissive licenses are gaining more fans, and some developers are choosing to release code without any license at all.
President of Gree Electric Appliances Inc, the world's largest residential air-conditioner manufacturer, has slammed Xiaomi and another Chinese home appliance maker Midea Group as 'two swindlers together', after the latter two companies teamed up for a $200 million smart-home push.
The upcoming closure of Google News has reawakened the debate over the consequences of a law that experts have described as quite simply "nonsense".
After revisions to Spain's intellectual property law, Google has taken its ball and gone home.
Microsoft has fired the latest salvo in a case to keep US agents from having access to customer data stored overseas.
Chinese regulators will end Qualcomm's 'reverse patent licence' practice that allows the chip makers' clients to employ each other's patents free of charge, Chinese reports said this week, indicating that the patent wars between smartphone makers are likely to begin.
Apple's appeal to the Australian Federal Court to trademark the term 'App Store' has been dismissed, with Apple ordered to pay costs for both parties.
How Julia Reda, the Pirate Party member in the European Parliament, plans to take on copyright and other technology issues.
Mega IT outsourcing deals spanning multiple years are no longer a fad due to business concerns over vendor lockin and lack of transparency, but multi-sourcing models are also challenging to manage and require additional resources that companies may not have.
Microsoft and the Chinese government appear to have reached a deal over back taxes.
A quick run through of the newly released Amazon Cloud Drive - the online storage service, and the Amazon Cloud Player - the integrated music streaming service.
Prysmian Telecom Cables and Systems was awarded a contract of up to $300 million this week to supply fibre-optic cables for the National Broadband Network (NBN). NBN Co head Mike Quigley visited the company's Dee Why factory after the announcement.
(Sept. 2011) This gallery guide will walk you through the settings and features of your profile page.
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(Sept. 2011) This gallery guide will help you secure your Facebook account.
(Sept. 2011) This gallery guide is designed to help you secure your Facebook privacy settings.
A quick look over the proposed Privacy Icons to simplify the online privacy policies.
Everyone's talking about mobile. They want to access the internet while they're on the go, and they want it to be fast. Ericsson is one of a swathe of vendors conducting trials for the next generation of mobile technology — Long Term Evolution (LTE).
The Hewlett Packard LaserJet IIP popularized the desktop personal laser printer. TechRepublic cracks it open to see what made the IIP tick.
Artist turns old printed circuit boards into useful items--clocks, clip boards, picture frames, pencil holders and more.
Chipmaker Qualcomm offered a glimpse of what the future might hold for the next generation of smartphones.
One of Microsoft's early US patents had nothing to do with computers. Drawings show a reading stand and book holder that Microsoft patented in 1986.
Office 2010 Starter is a new option that replaces the old, time-bombed trial versions from earlier Office versions. This no-nonsense splash screen explains what’s available in the “reduced functionality” version and includes one of many Purchase buttons available throughout the program.
ANZ is currently trialling ePOS, an app that will allow merchant customers to take payments from their iPhones.
Google announced new features in a new beta version of its Chrome web browser, including instant language translation and a new privacy settings tab.
At a talk in front of students at UC Berkeley, Microsoft Chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates discusses the world issues he plans to work on during the next 20 years. He says his priorities are in developing vaccines for disease and improving health care for the poor.
At mediabistro.com's Freemium Summit in San Francisco, Box.net CEO Aaron Levie talks about the benefits of using freemium as a business model. He says, freemium strategies provide, faster traction, increased customer retention, and they force owners to deliver a better product to its users.
From the Google IPO, to the rise of social networking, it's been an important decade for tech innovation, CBSNews.com Executive Editor Charles Cooper talks to ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan about the five most important tech events of the decade and what they mean for the technology industry going forward.
Tired of wondering when your ride will arrive? ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das explains how the Eyestop could forever change that waiting game for the better. A mix of smooth steel, clear curved glass and technology, this artful creation from the minds at MIT Media Lab could make your ride a little easier by telling you how many minutes until you can board, the fastest route to your destination and more.
At the AlwaysOn Venture Summit in Half Moon Bay, Calif., J. Brian Hennessy, chief marketing officer of Mobius Technologies, explains how the company has found a way to turn industrial waste--things like old insulation and the foam from car seats--into resins and glues. These glues are strong enough to be used to manufacture OSB (oriented strand board), a building material used in everything from houses to furniture, and at very little extra cost to the manufacturing companies.
ZDNet senior editor Sam Diaz offers his views on the recent lawsuits filed by the movie industry against Real Networks for its new RealDVD software. The movie studios are suing Real Networks alleging the software violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Diaz says consumers should be able to enjoy the content they've purchased and the software is no different than Apple's iTunes, as it relates to copyright.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks with Senior Editor Sam Diaz about the brewing suit-countersuit situation between Apple and Psystar. In an effort to quash the sale of Psystar's cheap Mac OS-running computers and preserve its carefully crafted image and reputation, Apple sued the Miami-based company. Now Psystar has lobbed back a countersuit, claiming that tying Mac OS to Apple hardware is anti-competitive. Sam Diaz lays out how the legal battle may unfold.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks with Senior Editor Sam Diaz about the class action lawsuit against Facebook over their Beacon advertising program. They discuss the consequences of possible privacy violations, how Beacon changed to an "opt-in" program, and why CEO Mark Zuckerberg's admission of guilt may have been a bad move.