Ed Bott

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Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications. He has served as editor of the U.S. edition of PC Computing and managing editor of PC World; both publications had monthly paid circulation in excess of 1 million during his tenure. He is the author of more than 25 books on Microsoft Windows and Office, including Windows 7 Inside Out (2009) and Office 2013 Inside Out (2013).

Ed Bott is a freelance technical journalist and book author. All work that Ed does is on a contractual basis.Since 1994, Ed has written more than 25 books about Microsoft Windows and Office. Along with various co-authors, Ed is completely responsible for the content of the books he writes. As a key part of his contractual relationship with publishers, he gives them permission to print and distribute the content he writes and to pay him a royalty based on the actual sales of those books. Ed's books have been distributed under several imprints: Que Publishing (a division of Pearson Education); Microsoft Press (with production and distribution by O'Reilly), and Fair Trade Digital Exchange, where he was briefly a partner. On occasion, Ed accepts consulting assignments. In recent years, he has worked as an expert witness in cases where his experience and knowledge of Microsoft and Microsoft Windows have been useful. In each such case, his compensation is on an hourly basis, and he is hired as a witness, not an advocate. Ed sometimes receive fees and/or travel expenses for live speeches and webinars from companies and organizations. Acceptance of these fees does not constitute an endorsement of the company's products. Ed does not own stock or have any other financial interest in Microsoft or any other software company. He owns 500 shares of stock in EMC Corporation, which was purchased before the company's acquisition of VMware. In addition, he owns 350 shares of stock in Intel Corporation, purchased more than seven years ago. All stocks are held in retirement accounts for long-term growth. Ed does not accept gifts from companies he covers. All hardware products he writes about are purchased with his own funds or are review units covered under formal loan agreements and are returned after the review is complete.

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Google's coalition speaks with one voice

Google's coalition speaks with one voice

This morning, Google announced its plans to acquire Motorola Mobility. It also published statements of support from four key mobile partners who are also Motorola competitors. It's remarkable how much those statements sound alike. See for yourself.

August 15, 2011 by in Google

Latest filings in Oracle patent case spell trouble for Google

Latest filings in Oracle patent case spell trouble for Google

Newly released documents from Oracle's copyright and patent lawsuit against Google contain sections that Google's lawyers fought unsuccessfully to keep confidential. The details support Oracle's claim that Google copied Java code, and one slide is certain to make Android OEMs nervous.

September 7, 2011 by in Google

Paul Allen is no patent troll

Paul Allen is no patent troll

Paul Allen's company Interval Licensing is suing Google, Apple, and other very big names in technology for patent infringement. Paul Allen is no patent troll. This isn't a tiny company harassing a few big ones in hope of shaking loose some easy settlement cash. These patents were filed when the commercial web was still in its infancy. Here's some some historical context.

August 27, 2010 by in Google