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Google Could Use Your TV Viewing As A Ranking Signal

Google Could Use Your TV Viewing As A Ranking Signal

By Chris Crum September 16, 2014

It seems almost crazy to think that Google could deliver your search results based on what you’re watching on TV at any point in time, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility, and the company was even granted …

Microsoft & Dell Agree to Cross-License Patents Microsoft & Dell Agree to Cross-License Patents

As the traditional computing industry continues to sink under a wave of new mobile technology, traditional computer hardware and software companies are struggling to find a place in the rapidly shifting landscape. This new reality was highlighted this week as …

Google Granted The Panda Patent? Google Granted The Panda Patent?

Google has been granted what could be its patent for the controversial Panda update. It was filed on September 28, 2012, a year and a half after the update first launched, and awarded this week on March 25th. It may …

U.S. Closes Samsung Patent Abuse Investigation U.S. Closes Samsung Patent Abuse Investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today officially closed its investigation into Samsung’s possible abuse of patents. The decision was made following the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) decision to overturn previously awarded bans on Apple products in the U.S. As …

Twitter Bought 900 Patents From IBM Twitter Bought 900 Patents From IBM

Twitter has acquired over 900 patents from IBM. The deal, which includes a cross-license agreement, was made last month, but the two companies have now formally announced it. IBM has received more patents in the U.S. than any other company …

Google Ordered To Pay AdWords Royalties Google Ordered To Pay AdWords Royalties
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A court has ruled that Google must pay 1.36% of its U.S. AdWords earnings from 2012 to 2016 to holding company (or patent troll, if you prefer) Vringo, which bought some old Lycos patents in 2011, which Google is said …

Google and Samsung to Share Patents Google and Samsung to Share Patents
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The years-long legal fight between Apple and Samsung is continuing to rage in courts around the world. Other high-profile patent lawsuits have come and gone in recent years, creating an uneasy climate in which tech companies are now engaging in …

House Passes Innovation Act To Stop Patent Trolls House Passes Innovation Act To Stop Patent Trolls
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I think that we can all agree that patent trolls are just about the worst. Even if you have no stake in the tech sector, frivolous litigation aiming to make a quick buck off of somebody else’s innovation hurts consumers …

Google Patents Microphone "Tattoo" For Your Neck Google Patents Microphone "Tattoo" For Your Neck
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What’s up with Google and hi-tech tattoos? Earlier this year, Motorola showed off a new concept for wearable computing that involved the user getting an electronic tattoo. Now Google has filed a patent for a similar technology that may one …

BlackBerry Patent Portfolio Could Draw Interest BlackBerry Patent Portfolio Could Draw Interest

Back in August, following another dismal quarterly report, BlackBerry announced that it was exploring “strategic alternatives” – including the possible sale of the company. Earlier this week that possibility became a reality, with a consortium led by FairFax Financial offering …

Google Patents Adds Patents From More Countries Google Patents Adds Patents From More Countries
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Google announced today that it has expanded Google Patents to include documents from agencies in China, Germany, Canada and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Obviously, this greatly increases the coverage breadth of Google’s patent search engine. “Many of these …

You're Going To See Cheaper 3D Printers In 2014 You're Going To See Cheaper 3D Printers In 2014

3D printers are expensive. There have been some valiant efforts to bring down prices, but the professional grade SLS desktop 3D printers still cost a couple thousand dollars. That all may change next year. Quartz reports that most of the …

ITC Bans Older iPhone Models From Entering The U.S. ITC Bans Older iPhone Models From Entering The U.S.
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Were you thinking about picking up an iPhone 4 on the cheap at AT&T? You might want to do so now as new shipments might not be making it here anytime soon. The Hill reports that the ITC ruled that …

Xbox One Might Give You Achievements For Watching TV
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The Xbox One announcement was all about one thing – TV. It’s clear that Microsoft is positioning its next console as more than just a game machine, but it might be bringing some game elements to television broadcasts. Gamesindustry.biz reports …

Google Declares War On Patent Trolls Google Declares War On Patent Trolls
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Last week, Google announced the “Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge,” saying that it pledges not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Today, Google took to its Public Policy Blog to declare, …

Google Makes 'Open Patent Non-Assertion' Pledge Google Makes 'Open Patent Non-Assertion' Pledge

Google announced the ‘Open Patent Non-Assertion’ Pledge today, saying that it pledges not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. “We’ve begun by identifying 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing …

Twitter Finally Patents the Concept of Twitter Twitter Finally Patents the Concept of Twitter

Twitter – the actual concept of Twitter – is now patented. U.S. Patent 8,401,009 just went through, with Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone listed as inventors. It’s a vague and overarching concept of a “device independent message distribution platform,” first …