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Apple has asked a bankruptcy court judge for permission to sue Eastman Kodak over alleged patent infringement.
The iPhone maker filed its request with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York. Apple says that it plans to file a complaint against Kodak with the International Trade Commission (ITC), as well as a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Manhattan, for allegedly violating patents it holds related to printers, digital picture frames, and digital cameras.
As Bloomberg, which first reported on the request, points out, Apple isn't required to ask the bankruptcy court for permission to sue Kodak. … Read more
Digital Equipment founder Ken Olsen was one of the smartest people ever to grace the tech landscape. Yet seemingly every recollection of his legacy makes sure to cite his dumbest quote.
"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home," Olsen told a meeting of the World Future Society in Boston in 1977.
Though Olsen would later claim that the quote was misinterpreted, it's since acquired the status of punch line, an eternal shorthand summation for corporate cluelessness.
What a shame. Long after it became clear to everyone that the PC was … Read more
Kodak continues to innovate in its printing division despite an announcement today that the company is shuttering the camera division.
I just finished reviewing its $200 Office Hero 6.1 All-in-One, a midprice imaging device that can print, scan, fax, and copy, and as long as you don't mind waiting a few extra seconds for your prints, this competent multifunctional printer deserves your attention.… Read more
Can a smartphone sense depression? If that's true, then Jeff's Galaxy Nexus is about to blow up.
On today's show, we'll review a new virtual therapist app out of Northwestern University that tracks a user's location, social context, and activities to determine mood-affecting triggers.
This story and more fun on today's 404 podcast!… Read more
Eastman Kodak stunned the world today, announcing that it has put an end to its camera business.
By the end of June, Kodak expects to phase out its digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames, the company announced today. The company plans to focus heavily on its current brand licensing and on attracting companies that might need some of its patents. Kodak will still offer its online Kodak Gallery service and retail-based photo printing. Its inkjet printers will also remain on store shelves.
"For some time, Kodak's strategy has been to improve margins in the capture … Read more
The image sensor group that beleaguered photography company Eastman Kodak sold last November has been named Truesense Imaging.
Platinum Equity, which bought the Kodak image-sensor group shortly before Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection, announced the new name yesterday.
Getting a name is a cosmetic detail, but it's an important one for a former business group trying to set up shop as a business. The company sells image sensors for industrial and professional applications such as high-end medium-format cameras and video equipment with high frame rates.
"As an independent company, we now have a great opportunity to expand our … Read more
First, an important point: The fact that Eastman Kodak has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy is no reason to begin talking about this iconic American company in the past tense.
Kodak isn't going out of business. In fact, the whole point of chapter 11 is to help an ailing business avoid death and move forward. I'm still hoping that Kodak will find a way to be viable--even successful--for years to come.
But will it restore the unique place it held in America's collective consciousness? No, of course not. In 1976, it had 90 percent of the film … Read more
The Internet flexed its power with this week's SOPA/PIPA blackouts, but make no mistake: this battle isn't over yet, and will only intensify--it might get a lot more sneaky, in fact. But this week? The Internet wins. Will students lose out with Apple's new plan to revamp the textbook industry? Or just the students (and schools) who can't can't afford iPads?
In the midst of filing for bankruptcy, Kodak is keeping the patent courts busy with yet another lawsuit.
The company yesterday launched a suit against Samsung, alleging violations of five patents related to digital imaging.
Filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, the suit (PDF) claims that Samsung infringed on patents connected to such technologies as the ability to send an image from a digital camera, the ability to e-mail images, and the ability to send images over a cellular or Wi-Fi network.
The five specific patents in question are:U.S. Patent No. … Read more