FTC to Probe Motorola's Patent Licensing Practices
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has sent civil investigative demands to a number of companies inquiring about Google's Motorola unit. Reuters, citing sources familiar with the FTC's plans, reports that the government agency is investigating whether or not Motorola is living up to agreements it made when its patents were adopted as industry standards. Motorola has come under fire recently for allegedly not adhering to the fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing practices that are expected of standards essential patents. The patents in question concern Wi-Fi and video technology. In a statement emailed to Reuters, Google said, "We take our commitments to license on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms very seriously."
Review: Motorola Moto E5 Play
Motorola is selling its able-bodied, entry-level Moto E5 Play from Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and Verizon Prepaid. If you're in the market for a solid, low-cost phone, the Moto E5 Play plays well thanks to its simple hardware, easy software, and capable performance.
Google's Project Fi to Sell the LG V35 ThinQ, G7 ThinQ, and Moto G6
Google is expanding the selection of phones available from its Project Fi MVNO. The company today said it will soon offer the LG V35 ThinQ, LG G7 ThinQ, and the Motorola Moto G6.
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft sued Motorola for failing to pay it patent-licensing fees for technology found in Motorola's Android smartphones.
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
FTC Investigating Facebook's Privacy Practices
The Federal Trade Commission today said it is examining Facebook's privacy policies and practices. The inquiry comes as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of millions of Facebook users shared by an app to an analysis firm that use it create profiles of U.S.