Week in review: Tech on the docket
Apple files iPhone patent suit, while RealDVD gets canned. Also: Feds look to expand Net monitoring.
The biggest news in the tech world this week could be read first on court dockets.
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Apple is suing phone maker HTC and has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging that the Taiwanese company is. The patents that Apple alleges HTC is infringing are related to the iPhone's graphical user interface and the iPhone's underlying hardware and software design.
The company is asking for a permanent injunction, which would prevent HTC from importing and selling infringing devices in the United States. Apple also said it is seeking damages, but it did not specify an amount.
In a long-running case, a judge issued a permanent injunction that bars RealNetworks from selling RealDVD, the DVD-copying software that Hollywood claimed in a lawsuit violated copyright law. Real and the Motion Picture Association of America reached a settlement, according to statements issued by both companies, thator any similar products and to pay $4.5 million to reimburse the studios for legal fees.
Homeland Security's top cybersecurity official tells CNET that the Einstein network defense system, which exchanges data with the NSA, could be extended to the private sector.
In a highly visual, hands-on display at RSA, the security firm shows tools and methods used for cybercrime and identity fraud.
The recent demise of Streamy reinforces that there's just no more room for a start-up that wants to get all your social-networking feeds in one place. Facebook's snuffed that market out.
The iPad maker is talking with major film studios about a streaming-media service that you could access from its tablet and other Net-connected devices.
It's easy to find millions of data points using search services like Google. It's harder to turn that data into knowledge and ideas without educational guidance.
Steve Ballmer needs a new project now that he's wrapped up the Yahoo search deal, but says he's not sure that buying Twitter is the best way to scratch that itch.
As the elder statesman of the Internet, Yahoo has seen a lot over the past 15 years. Amid talk that rivals have passed it by, CEO Carol Bartz is adamant that Yahoo's day will come again.
The study, funded by Microsoft, concludes that Microsoft's browser bests competitors in blocking socially engineered malware attacks.
After losing his voice following surgery, the film critic is using a new kind of text-to-speech software to communicate in a voice that sounds just like his.
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