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ITC Judge Says Microsoft Did Not Violate Google Patent

MicrosoftIn a preliminary decision issued by an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission last Friday, he reiterated that Microsoft corporation did not violate a patent owned by Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility when it made its popular Xbox. This issue was raised months ago and the decision was finally made clear by the ITC judge.

However, the final ITC decision in the case is still due in July. If you can still remember, the fight over the Xbox video game console is related to the larger smartphone patent war between Apple, Microsoft and the mobile phone makers who use Google’s Android software, including its subsidiary Motorola Mobility.

If you can still remember a few months ago, Motorola accused Microsoft of infringing five patents when it filed its complaint in 2010. However, four have been dropped on the case. But according to the ITC docket for the case, one patent remains untouched and that patent allows devices to communicate wirelessly over short distances.

“We are pleased with the administrative law judge’s finding that Microsoft did not violate Motorola’s patent and are confident that this determination will be affirmed by the commission,” said David Howard, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Microsoft, in an emailed statement. Google said it was disappointed.

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Kobe Bryant Learns How to Pass the Ball

Kobe Bryant learns to pass ballIn the previous games of the L.A. Lakers, you have probably seen how Kobe Bryant holds the ball most of the time, but during their latest game, it seems like the NBA superstar is now learning to pass the ball to his teammates.

Antawn Jamison says that Kobe Bryant now asked his teammates to yell at him when he sees “nothing but the basket”. Even though they were surprised on what Kobe just said, they were happy that he finally realized that they are many of them in the team.

Last Wednesday, in a short interview with ESPN’s Max and Marcellus Show, Lakers forward Antawn Jamison managed to cram about a lifetime’s worth of insight into the mind of one Kobe Bryant when it comes to locking in on the rim, and ignoring the nine other players that happen to share the court with the future Hall of Famer.

Jamison, who has played a major part in Los Angeles’ recent 19-8 run toward respectability, pulled no punches in both praising Kobe’s abilities as a team leader, and instincts as one of the more fearsome gunners in NBA history.

“Kobe will tell you,” he said. “He’s like, ‘Look, you guys as my teammates, yell at me. Let me know that you’re open because I’m so programmed’ and this guy has told me this, ‘I see nothing but the basket. You could be open, there could be three guys on me, but the only thing I see is that basket so you have to tell me, Look I was open. Or yell at me mid-play. That doesn’t affect me at all and I respect that.’”

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Congress Continues Review to Proposed Government Access to Private Emails

Government access to private emailsIssues about allowing the government to have an access to private emails have spread out a few months ago since a lot of people really reacted and objected on this. Just this Tuesday, as a House panel quizzed the Department of Justice and Google experts, a law which regulates authorities’ access t email really drew some good deal of attention in Congress and because of this also, the Senate began to take on a bill that updates the rules.

As a citizen of this country, are you in favour of the idea of allowing the government to see all the private messages being sent to you by other people? I bet most of you disagree on this but once the law is already implemented, then I guess we already have nothing to do with this.

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act or commonly known as ECPA, passed in pre-Web 1986, does not require the government investigators to have a search warrant when requesting access to old emails and messages stored online, providing less protection for them than, say, letters stored in a desk drawer or even messages saved on a computer’s hard drive.

Through this law, the investigators will then be allowed to access the technical information about emails with a subpoena, which has a lower legal threshold than a warrant because it does not involve a judge, thus making it easier to obtain. The subpoena can also give access to emails that are more than 180 days old and sometimes newer emails if they are opened.

“There is no principled basis to treat email less than 180 days old differently than email more than 180 days old,” Elana Tyrangiel, the action assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, told the a House judiciary panel on Tuesday.”These 180-days, opened-unopened distinctions haven’t kept pace with the way the technology is used today,” she added.

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LA Lakers Wins Over Sacramento Kings Without Kobe, 113-102

Lakers Wins Without Kobe BryantKobe Bryant is one of the highly commended players every time Los Angeles Lakers wins a game on NBA. But during their latest game with the Sacramento Kings, LA Lakers proved that they can still manage to win even without Kobe Bryant.

Because of his sprained ankle and add it to his apparent case of the flu, Kobe Bryant wasn’t able to show up from the locker room of his team. However, during that night, the Lakers didn’t seem to miss him much while they rolled to another win in what’s turning into an awfully interesting second half of this season’s NBA Playoffs. Antawn Jamison scored 27 points for their team and Metta World also added 22 points, leading for Lakers to beat the Sacramento Kings with scores 113-102 last Sunday night. Their Sunday’s winnings made make up their sixth victory in seven games.

Because Kobe was missing in action, the Lakers’ coach Mike D’Antoni used just seven of his players, and Jamison and fellow reserve Steve Blake took charge during the second half of the game as the Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter, keeping their one-game lead over Utah for eighth place in the Western Conference and mowing within a half-game of Houston for seventh.

”We’re just not making any excuses,” Jamison said. ”We just looked ourselves in the mirror and said, ‘It’s up to us to turn this thing around.’ And I think we’ve been doing that since the All-Star break. We’re finally playing the way we’re capable of playing.” Let’s see if they can still go far with Kobe not around.

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Technology: Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs Apple’s Home Turf

Samsung Galaxy S4This battle between Apple and Samsung surely won’t stop here because as the other company presents or launches a new model of their gadgets and phones with new features, the other company also brings out their own version of the gadget and brings it with same or better specs.

Recently, Samsung introduced their latest model of smartphone in the form of Samsung Galaxy S4 and it emerges to do battle on Apple’s Home Turf. Samsung electronics Co. launched its latest flagship phone, the one they call the Galaxy S4, as the South Korean titan challenges Apple Inc on its home turf.

The new smartphone is considered to be the first in the highly successful Galaxy S-series and it made its global debut on the United States soil just recently. This was unwrapped at Manhattan’s iconic Radio City Music Hall and the launching was held last Tuesday night. If you were able to witness the launching, you will clearly see how the industry watchers were dazzled by its features, setting a high bar for Apple to surpass. Try to see it for yourself.

Through this Galaxy S4, you will be able to stop and start videos depending on whether someone is looking at the screen. Aside from that, you can also flip between songs and photos by just the wave of a hand, and you can even record sound to run alongside snapped still pictures. However, other industry watchers said that the phone would not upturn an industry that lives and dies by innovation. See it for yourself.

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Apple’s Tim Cook Ordered to testify on E-Books Case

Tim CookTim Cook, Apple Inc’s Chief Executive Officer, was ordered to sit and testify in the e-books case being faced by the company a few months ago. The CEO of Apple Inc is being obliged to sit for a deposition in the U.S. Government’s Lawsuit against the company over the alleged price-fixing in the e-book market. This statement was ruled by the judge handling the case last Wednesday.

It was Judge Denise Cote of the United States in Manhattan who granted the request of the Justice Department to compel Cook to sit and testify for four in the lawsuit and this obligation of the company’s CEO caused an alarm.

The lawsuit was filed a few months ago, accusing Apple of conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. The government even made a debate regarding whether Cook most likely had relevant information about Apple’ entry into the e-books market. It was also said in the statement that Cook most likely had conversations related to e-books with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who dies in 2011.

Tim Cook must be prepared on this and he must definitely do good on all his court statement’s because the company’s reputation is already at stake.

In the meantime, in a teleconference, it was also cited there that the death of Steve Jobs is the main reason why this disposition was ordered. “Because of that loss, I think the government is entitled to take testimony from high-level executives within Apple about topics relevant to the government case,” as well as to counter Apple’s defense arguments, Cote said.

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