Apple-Led Patent Corp Sues Google, Samsung, Others
Rockstar, a patent consortium jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson, and Sony, has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Google, Samsung, Huawei, and HTC. Rockstar alleges that the companies are violating its patents. Google, in particular, stands accused of infringing on seven different patents that pertain to internet search terms and advertising. Specific details about Samsung, HTC, and Huawei's infringements weren't immediately specified. Rockstar is seeking damages from Google, which it says is violating the patents willfully. Rockstar is a group of companies that together purchased thousands of patents from bankrupt Nortel. The firms spent a total of $4.5 billion on the patents. Google and others attempted to buy the same patents won by Rockstar. "Despite losing in its attempt to acquire the patents-in-suit at auction, Google has infringed and continues to infringe," read a portion of the lawsuit.
Microsoft Redesigns Mobile Outlook App for Android and iOS
Microsoft has released an overhauled build of its Outlook mobile email application for both the Android and iOS platforms. The update targets several specific functions of the app to smooth over performance.
Google Play Music Searches Reveal Playable Results
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Lightroom for Android and iOS Earns More Photo-Tweaking Powers
Adobe today updated its Lightroom Mobile application for Android and iOS devices. Adobe says it overhauled the Android version from the ground up to give it a more native Android feel.
Google Settles with Rockstar Over Patents
Google disclosed this week that it has settled a lawsuit filed against it by Rockstar regarding mobile device patents. Rockstar is a patent-holding consortium led by Apple.
Apple's Patent Consortium to Sell 4,000 Patents for $900M
Rockstar Consortium, a patent-holding company headed by Apple, has agreed to sell more than 4,000 mobile patents for about $900 million. Apple and partners Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony paid $4.5 billion for more than 6,000 patents from Nortel four years ago in order to help protect against litigation.
Pretty Serious Accusation.
I believe Google's withdrawal from the bid for Nortel, has placed Google in a position where a counter-sue is forbidden in this case. This certainly does not help Google and almost seems imminent that Google will need to pay up if found guilty.
However, if memory serves correctly, the consortium of Apple, Microsoft and the others (now known as Rockstar), felll under extreme review that this group could unfairly be used as an anti-competitive, anti-trust advantage. This leads to my next thought.
While I'm not sure what legalities will transpire, consumers most definitely have the most to lose if this lawsuit prevails. Google makes money off advertising and a high percentage of consum...
what a waste
first Google attack