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Google Docs versus Microsoft Word: Attorneys blame 'technical incompatibilities' for late filing
In a high-profile election-related lawsuit in a U.S. District Court, the plaintiffs' legal team filed a motion begging for an extension, blaming “numerous technical incompatibilities" between Google Docs and Microsoft Word. They made three rookie mistakes.
Rockstar deal could mark end to long patent war between Google, Microsoft, Apple, and others
A long-simmering patent dispute involving Google and some of its key rivals could finally be over. Today's deal transfers the former Nortel patents to a syndicate of 30 members and comes on the heels of a settlement in a patent infringement lawsuit last month.
What do Google execs know about Google+ privacy that you don't?
Google's hot new social service has one useful but hard-to-find privacy feature that is disabled by default. How do I know? Simple: I looked at the Google+ profiles of top Google execs and engineers. Here's how you can have the same privacy settings they use.
First legal shots fired at Google's VP8 codec
Google wants to make its VP8 video codec a patent-free standard. The competition just threw down the first big challenge to that strategy. MPEG-LA, lhe group that manages the licensing of patents for the H.264 codec, is forming a patent pool for VP8. What does this mean?
Good Microsoft versus Bad Microsoft on privacy
More than two years ago, two rival divisions within Microsoft slugged it out over an innovative feature in IE8. The IE development team, representing Good Microsoft, had written an awesome privacy protection platform. The online advertising division, representing Bad Microsoft, objected. Guess who won?