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Wait a second, you Vonage users.  Although the legal news of late has not been kind to Vonage, they may be able to avoid financial ruin yet.  Today they announced a settlement with Sprint Nextel over their patent lawsuit, though certainly not without cost.Monday's settlement resolves all claims in the dispute, the companies said. Sprint agreed to license Vonage its portfolio of more than 100 patents on connecting calls between a regular telephone network and a packet-switched network such as the Internet. The $80 million Vonage agreed to pay consists of $35 million for past use of the patents, $40 million for a fully paid future license, and $5 million in prepayment for services.Vonage's... Read more...
Not only is Google a young, vibrant company, apparently so are its employees, and they tend to look askance at their elders.A tech industry legend who claims Google fired him because he was too old to fit into the company "culture" has just won another shot at making his case in court.A California state appeals court in San Jose on Thursday threw out a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Internet pioneer Brian Reid. He's best known for helping to create the first firewall, the pioneering AltaVista Internet search engine and the alt.* hierarchy of newsgroups in Usenet.Reid, who was 54 when he filed his lawsuit in 2004, came to Google as its director of operations and director... Read more...
The first RIAA court case against an accused "music downloader" begins today.  Jammie Thomas will become the first of 26,000 people who have been sued by the RIAA to have their case reach trial.  The rest of those sued have settled out of court.The Brainerd, Minn., resident is accused of illegally sharing 1,702 songs for free on a file-sharing network. Her trial offers the first chance for both sides in the debate over online music sharing to show a jury its version of the facts. Thomas is accused of violating the song owners' copyrights. Her lawyer says the record companies haven't even proved she shared the songs.Thomas was initially offered a $3,000 settlement.  Now she would... Read more...
Ho-hum, it’s been nearly two weeks since the last Apple iPhone battery lawsuit. How time flies when lawyers are preparing briefs.  Here we go with the third iPhone battery lawsuit. Interestingly, one of the attorneys representing the latest plaintiffs is Oakland-based lawyer H. Tim Hoffman, who also represents Sydney Leung, who filed the second lawsuit against Apple and AT&T nearly two weeks ago. On Wednesday, attorneys for plaintiffs Zoltan Stiener and Ynez Stiener filed a class action complaint against Apple and AT&T in federal court in Oakland, Calif.The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, fraud, and violations of California law. It charges the two companies with... Read more...
Apple and AT&T have been sued for a second time over the controversial battery replacement plan for the iPhone.  You may recall that last month Jose Trujillo of Melrose Park, Ill. sued the companies for $75,000 in damages over the battery.  Monday a second lawsuit was filed, this time in California, alleging that Apple and AT&T deliberately withheld information pertaining to battery replacement until after the device launched. "The issue is whether or not Apple properly disclosed the problems with battery life," Max Folkenflik, a managing partner at New York-based Folkenflik and McGerity, told ABCNEWS.com. Folkenflik is one law firm representing the California-based plaintiff... Read more...
Second Life is fairly unique amongst a crowd of Dwarf & Goblin infested online worlds, as it doesn’t focus on gold coins, levels or even experience points.  Residents of Second Life go about a wide array of tasks, almost all of which could be easily done in the real world.  There are still limits to what people can or should do, but scripting tools allow tech savvy users to expand those possibilities to include things like sexual acts.So what happens when real life software piracy intrudes on the world of Second Life?  Especially when it involves the piracy of above mods.We’re finding the answer to that now as 46-year-old Ken Alderman’s company, Eros LLC, is suffering a decline in sales.... Read more...
Way back in April, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Microsoft, alleging that Microsoft used deceptive marketing practices when it allowed computer and other hardware makers to use the term "Windows Vista Capable" on their items, when in fact the hardware was unusable with Vista.  The suit really centers around personal computers labeled as "Windows Vista Capable" before the operating system released in January. A judge has ruled that the lawsuit can proceed and set a court date for October. Seattle District Court Judge Marsha Pechman on Tuesday rejected Microsoft's request for a dismissal of the case. Microsoft had argued that the plaintiffs, Dianne Kelley and Kenneth Hansen, lacked... Read more...
Microsoft Office costs a ransom. Google Apps is so "Beta" you might as well program it yourself. A useful, inexpensive web-based productivity suite is perhaps the most intensely desired vaporware in the history of ones and zeros. Well, Adventnet thinks they've got the answer, and they call their online/offline compatible suite Zoho. Slate magazine took a look: While they don't replicate every function of their Microsoftian counterparts, Zoho's programs are highly evolved by online standards. Zoho Writer, for instance, handles basic graphics and lists with aplomb, incorporates tools for Web-page design and blogging, and offers multiple... Read more...
Nintendo's new console has been a blast for the lucky few folks who were able to get their hands on one of them, however the new technology isn't without a few teething problems. The strap that is supposed to secure the controller to your wrist has been having some problems, and of course, someone has decided to try and sue Nintendo over it. The suit claims that Nintendo's inability to provide a controller free of defects is against their own product warranty. "On December 6th, Green Welling LLP, of San Francisco, California along with Siebken & Siegele of Austin, Texas and Short, Cressman & Burgess of Seattle, Washington, filed... Read more...
As you can imagine we get a ton of email here at HH and of course way more than our fair share of spam, viruses and junkmail.  We've been looking around for a long time for a package that does a good job of clearing out the crapola that comes in and let's the good mail through.  We think we've found a winner with Declude.  Got an Imail or SmarterMail server you need to setup a better defense for?  Declude is powerful stuff that gets the job done nicely and we've burned it in ourselves here on the HotHardware web box... "Boundary Layer Check The first layer of defense is provided by your Email server. This includes your ability to prevent dictionary... Read more...
Intel Announces Collaboration to Launch Web 2.0 Business Internet Suite SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7, 2006 - Intel Corporation today announced at the Web 2.0 Conference today that it is collaborating with several software companies on the launch of SuiteTwo, a business Internet suite. The integrated suite, a family of interconnected services combined to improve productivity and enable high-engagement marketing, is comprised of business Web 2.0 capabilities from leading software companies, including Six Apart, Socialtext, NewsGator, SimpleFeed and SpikeSource. Intel Capital, Intel's venture capital organization, pioneered the assembly of this suite. Intel's Software and Solutions Group plans to make... Read more...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Patent holding company NTP Inc. said on Monday it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Palm Inc., maker of the Treo mobile phone, in a U.S. court, sending Palm shares down more than 7 percent. The suit alleges that Palm's products and services infringed NTP's patents and seeks recovery of monetary damages resulting from Palm's direct and indirect infringement, the intellectual property firm said in a statement. Specifically, NTP said it is targeting services and systems primarily used or adapted for use in e-mail systems with radio frequency communications to mobile processors and related services. A Palm spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.... Read more...
You might dismiss this headline as pure tech geekedness but you'd be missing out.  This is the real deal and may some day allow people with disabilities to do things they never have before.  An exoskeleton that can be worn by a human is a new type of robot under development at Tsukuba University. It's called Hybrid Assistive Limb, HAL for short, and anyone who wears it has potential to lift up to 10-times the weight they normally could. "It depends on his original power, because this robot suit is controlled by the assist ratio," says Yoshiyuki Sankai of Tsukuba University. "Usually we set it at 50% or 60% or 70%. If he is a very weak person we set the assist ratio at 90%,... Read more...
The RIAA has launched a fresh wave of 8000 lawsuits against alleged file-sharers world wide. This brings the total to more than 18,000 in the US and another 13,000 world wide.  In this most recent wave 17 countries were affected, including Brazil, Poland, and Mexico which had previously avoided lawsuits.  The music industry claims they loose billions of dollars annually to music piracy and is determined to set an example by filing civil and criminal suits to stomp it out. To date approximately 2300 people have settled these suits in amounts averaging $3,000. LONDON (Reuters) - The music industry has launched a fresh wave... Read more...
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