Chipmaker Qualcomm was dealt another blow in its
But Qualcomm says it's not giving up. The company still maintains that Broadcom's patents are not valid. Qualcomm also said it isthat will provide a work-around to the patents.
And it said it's still working on an appeal and stay request with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Last month, the appeals court said it didn't have jurisdiction in the case.
The ban would be particularly tough for all the major cell phone operators, which during the past several years have spent billions of dollars deploying their 3G networks. Public safety officials have also said that a ban on these new cell phones would hamper efforts to enhance 911 capabilities.
Another telephony player hit hard by patent problems is Net phone provider Vonage, which has been mired in a nasty patent battle with Verizon Communications and appears to be teetering on disaster as it
Vonage's legal troubles have no doubt scared off customers. During the quarter, Vonage added only 57,000 new customers. This is down dramatically from the 166,000 new customers it added in the first quarter.
What's more, Vonage, which had aggressively marketed its service by splashing banner ads all over the Internet and flooding television airwaves with commercials, has pared back its advertising budget to reduce costs. For the second quarter the company spent just $68 million on marketing, down from $91 million in the first quarter.
While many CNET News.com readers complained about Vonage's voice quality and customer service, a few readers praised the Internet phone service.
"Vonage has done a lot to spread the word about VoIP, offers some solid service and deserves a chance to grow," . "I never invested in Vonage and am only a customer, but would miss the service if it were forced to close."
Apple's summer harvest
Apple introduced two new iMacs and unveiled updated software for home Mac users. The are the latest editions of Apple's all-in-one iMac design. They are made from aluminum and glass, and come with a new keyboard. Both the new keyboard and the iMac itself are thinner than the previous edition. Click here for a full review of the new 20-inch iMac.
Apple will be releasing a completely new version of the iMovie application with the new iLife suite. The new iMovie allows you to drag and drop movie clips from your library of videos into a new movie template. You can pick how long each individual clip will run, set transitions between scenes and upload those videos to your iTunes, the new .Mac Video Gallery or to YouTube right from the menu selections.
The Mac Mini has received an update as well. The previous models came with Intel Core Duo chips.
In love with Linux
As open-source aficionados gathered at LinuxWorld in San Francisco, to discuss everything from security and licensing to Windows interoperability, one thing was clear: Linux is gaining more ground in the OS wars.
Though ThinkPads have been certified to run Linux in the past, this is the first time Lenovo will support the hardware and operating system directly. Novell will be responsible for providing operating system updates to Lenovo's customers. ThinkPads with Suse Linux will be available to Lenovo's commercial customers and individuals.
Novell also joined IBM in
Meanwhile, Dell sees Linux as the, according to Kevin Kettler, the company's chief technical officer. Despite its recent growth, Linux is lagging in terms of the worldwide combined paid-server operating system environments by Microsoft and others. Combining the use of Linux with virtualization is not such an odd pairing. Rather, the two "play to one another very strongly," Kettler said, particularly when it comes to the re-emerging trend of virtualization.
Pairing Linux and virtualization to manage and consolidate enterprise data centers is something Dell is using back at home base. Three thousand of Dell's own servers run Linux, including its so-called mission-critical applications, such as the company's internal employee, supply chain and financial-management systems.
Google, which proudly proclaims that many of its engineers' workstations run Linux, has, an organization created to help take the pressure of patent litigation off Linux developers. Google's membership in the group means that it will, like other OIN members, agree to cross-license open source-related patents to other OIN members free of charge. The idea is that member companies can then freely collaborate on open-source projects and bear less of a burden when it comes to dealing with intellectual-property issues.
Also of note
President Bush signed into law the America Competes Act, which