A federal jury in Eastern Texas, the same district where Lodsys has filed all of its patent suits, has ruled against Apple in a case accusing the iPod maker of infringing on patents for downloadable playlists.
Bloomberg first reported Friday on the verdict requiring Apple to award $8 million in damages to the patent holder, Personal Audio, a nonpracticing entity--meaning it licenses patents but doesn't actually have any other business. The jury found Apple liable for infringing on the patents and upheld their validity, Bloomberg reported, citing Personal Audio's lawyer, Ron Schutz.
Personal Audio, a patent licensing company … Read more
Robots are getting their own film festival next week in New York City, an exciting collection of shorts featuring robots exploring everything from scientific research to romance.
Slated for July 16 and 17 at Three Legged Dog theater in lower Manhattan, the inaugural Robot Film Festival will feature dozens of short films as well as a filmmaking workshop, robot entertainers, and a red-carpet awards ceremony, The Botskers.
The festival opens with Spike Jonze's 2010 romantic short "I'm Here" (see trailer below) and includes a host of new productions.
If you like getting creeped out by bots, … Read more
As Twitter raises even more money, it's getting more serious about making money. The service is set to start showing ads in users' "timelines" within the next month, following through on plans it has talked about for more than a year.
Twitter is pushing a new ad product called "Promoted Tweets To Followers," set to launch by early August.
They will give marketers a chance to place their messages directly in front of users that follow particular brands, via ads that will show up when a user first logs on to Twitter.com.
TV makers are expected to ship more than 500 million sets with Internet connectivity by the end of 2015, according to a report from research firm DisplaySearch. This year alone, around 25 percent of all flat-panel sets will come with some form of Internet capability and this trend is expected to grow to 47 percent by 2015.
"The adoption of connected TV is not just taking place in developed regions," Paul Gray, DisplaySearch director of TV electronics research, in a statement. "Emerging markets often have good broadband services, and there is a thirst from consumers to get the best content available."
Propelling the market share of these Web-enabled TVs is the convenience of wireless networking through Wi-Fi and smart-TV functions. The latter is a generic description of panels with the following features, according to DisplaySearch: … Read more
Google Executive Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt sat down with reporters in Idaho this week and discussed some of the most buzz-worthy and pressing topics surrounding his company these days, including Google+, China, the FTC, and Facebook.
First, there's Google+, the Goog's effort at producing a major social-networking platform, which ties in with the growing competition with Facebook.
When speaking at his own company's press event on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was a bit more stinging with his words. Though he didn't cite Google specifically, it's not too difficult to figure out which … Read more
But it didn't go on for long in the case of David Einhorn's high-profile hedge fund, Greenlight Capital, which today dumped an investment it made earlier this year in Yahoo on high hopes of the value of the Internet giant's stake in China's Alibaba Group.
Facebook scams and viruses grow by the day, so it's no surprise scammers are taking advantage of the new video calling feature.
Sophos' Naked Security blog reports that the newest Facebook scam makes Video Chat look like an application called Video Call, as seen in the screenshot below. That, in turn, tricks users to be "easily convinced to approve the application to have more liberal permissions."
However, there are a few more noticeable problems with the permissions request if one actually takes the time to read. After all, why would an app that comes directly from Facebook … Read more
LivingSocial, one of the major players in the social-buying sector, has hired JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to oversee the company's upcoming initial public offering, The New York Times reported Friday.
According to the Times, LivingSocial managers have discussed in meetings with the bankers the possibility of raising $700 million to $1 billion in the stock sale. That would give the company a value of $10 billion to $15 billion.
If you're wondering what "social buying" is or if that sounds like a catchphrase left over from the previous bubble era, you're not alone. The company is one of Groupon's biggest competitors, another one of these deal-of-the-day services that offers discounts to users. LivingSocial is just one of the many tech start-ups preparing to test the public markets.
There's a lot of skepticism that many of the companies that have filed for IPOs or are considering them--including LinkedIn, Pandora, and Groupon--can justify their lofty valuations. Groupon has already filed for an IPO and the Times reports that the company's valuation may be as high as $30 billion.
What might add some credibility for the social-buying sector is that Googleand Facebook are competing there now.
Some of the other companies that have gone public or are reportedly considering one include HomeAway, Active Network, Skype and Trulia. … Read more
Good news for Google Apps users: your pleas to get access to Google+, the search titan's latest foray into social networking, have been heard.
In a public-facing note on the service yesterday, Google's president of enterprise, Dave Girouard, said that the company is working to make Google+ available to Google Apps users. Google Apps is Google's customizable version of the company's various productivity services including Gmail, Calendar, Talk, Docs and Groups.
"Sorry for the delay," Girouard wrote. "We need to do it right!"
No estimate was given for how long it will … Read more