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Barnes & Noble Sued by Microsoft for Android

posted Friday Mar 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Barnes & Noble Sued by Microsoft for Android

While Amazon continues to see great successes and launches new ideas, Barnes & Noble seem to be having some problems. Their Nook device, similar to Amazon's Kindle, minus the sales numbers and easy-to-read screen, has gotten them into trouble with Microsoft. The tech giant has filed suit against the bookstore for patent infringement in the Android-based Nook eReader.

The patents range from the way the apps show download progress to the way webpages are loaded. This isn't the first time Microsoft has sued an Android backer for features of the Google-developed operating system. In October, they took on Motorola for equally generic reasons. Neither time has Google been named directly, but this time the brand (Barnes & Noble) and the manufacturers (Inventec and Foxconn) are all named as defendants.

Hit the break to find out how the companies arrived at a lawsuit solution.

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Netflix, Hulu and More Plan for Original Online Content

posted Friday Mar 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Netflix, Hulu and More Plan for Original Online Content

As the lines between Internet television and cable or satellite continue to blur, companies like Netflix, Hulu, AOL and Yahoo have begun to position themselves to replace traditional television. Similar to the early days of cable networks, these content providers have filled their "air time" with a back catalog of existing content while gaining momentum to allow them to produce original content themselves. Some of the big players have now gotten to that point.

Last Friday, Netflix announced the beginning of production on a new drama based on the book House of Cards. The series will star Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, with Fight Club director David Fincher as Executive Producer. Clearly Netflix is not holding back here and is really going for this.

Netflix isn't the only company starting high-profile custom content, however. To find out who else is joining the boat, hit the break.

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Thanks to Wysips LCDs Are Not Completely Useless Outside

posted Wednesday Mar 23, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Thanks to Wysips LCDs Are Not Completely Useless Outside

The awesome guys at Laptop Magazine proved once again that they are the pulse of mobile tech by breaking the news that LCDs have a new, totally amazing capability at CTA Wireless this year. I know what you're thinking and no, you still won't be able to see what's happening on the screen in direct sunlight but you will know that your phone is powered on thanks to Wysips. The French company has challenged traditional AC/USB charging methods with their new film that captures solar energy from any light source.

For some technical information and an awesome first hand look at the future, courtesy of Mark Spoonauer, hit the break.

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Amazon Android App Store Is Not on Google's Wishlist

posted Monday Mar 21, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Amazon Android App Store Is Not on Google's Wishlist

It was only about 1.5 months ago that Google finally rolled out their web-based Android Marketplace and Amazon has been quick on the draw as they are scheduled to open up their Android App Store on March 22nd. This isn't exactly a surprise as we first found out Amazon had this in the works last september but a nosy Android enthusiast did get a peek at the new app store and what he saw was interesting.

Take a look at the premature Amazon Android app store webpage and find out why this could be bad news for Google by hitting the break.

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Breaking: AT&T Buys T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 Billion

posted Sunday Mar 20, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Breaking: AT&T Buys T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 Billion

In the midst of the 3G/4G advertisement confusion of T-Mobile lying about their network and AT&T following suit, this news just added to the craziness surrounding the two companies. AT&T has purchased T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion, $25b in cash and $14b in stocks and bonds. This gives DT a stake in AT&T of 8% after the dust will inevitably clear.

This has happened because, as we have talked about on our show in the past, a foreign company cannot own more than 10% of a US-based company that owns or operates wireless spectrum. The FCC gave T-Mobile and DT a deadline to meet and they decided to sell off the T-Mobile USA brand today.

The acquisition will give 130 million customers nationwide to this new beast of a network, once it goes through the routine regulation board approvals and government checks. AT&T says it will take about 12 months to move through the entire ordeal and once completed, will become the only GSM carrier in the States.

Does this mean T-Mobile will get the iPhone? For more on this breaking news, including a press release, video from the chairman of AT&T, PDF factsheets, and how this affects you, click the break.

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Kojima Opens 'Together Japan' to Help Earthquake Victims

posted Sunday Mar 20, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Kojima Opens 'Together Japan' to Help Earthquake Victims

To say the magnitude 8.9 earthquake in northeastern Japan has done more damage and claimed more lives than Godzilla ever could, would be an understatement. I am glad that everyone I know there and their families are safe but for many that will not be the case. Hideo Kojima, founder of the Metal Gear video game franchise has taken up the cause by starting a special website called "Together Japan" which contains illustrations, staff messages, and Twitter icons that offer comfort and support for the victims and their families. Kojima Productions will also donate 100 million yen and be initiating an employee donation fund soon that will be for victims as well.

Others are joining in on the cause as well, hit the break to find out who.

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