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Google Loses Bedrock Suit, All Linux May Infringe

blair1q writes “CNet reports that Google has lost the lawsuit brought by Bedrock, for infringing on Patent 5,893,120, ‘Methods and apparatus for information storage and retrieval using a hashing technique with external chaining and on-the-fly removal of expired data,’ and has exposed the Linux kernel, in which the infringing code reportedly appears, to liability for patent-license fees. Red Hat also participated in the suit, arguing that the patent (more…)

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  • A Reader notes, Steven Levy’s latest book, ‘In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives,’ lifts the lid on the secretive world of Google, revealing how the founders fell out with Apple’s Steve Jobs and what happened in the search engine’s exit from China. Levy claims that when Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were on the hunt for a chief executive they wanted Steve Jobs to take the job. Obviously, he didn’t, and later the (more…)

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  • Google Asks Users To Complain Against Facebook

    dkd903 writes “A kind of war has been going on recently between Facebook and Google over a contact export issue. First, Google blocked Facebook access to the Gmail contacts API. To this, Facebook responded back with a new method to get Gmail contacts of a user (the download contacts option). And now Google has slapped back again at Facebook and asks users indirectly to file a data protectionism complaint against Facebook. When a Facebook user clicks (more…)

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  • dwightk writes “According to a lawsuit brought by Skyhook Wireless, Google allegedly forced Motorola, among other Android handset makers, to use Google’s own location services instead of alternatives like Skyhook’s. Quoting the lawsuit: ‘In complete disregard of its common-law and statutory obligations, and in direct opposition to its public messaging encouraging open innovation, Google wielded its control over the Android operating system … to (more…)

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  • Google Confirms Chrome GPU Acceleration

    An anonymous reader writes “Google is already experimenting with GPU acceleration in its latest Chrome developer builds. Chrome 7 can separate different layers of a webpage into CPU and GPU processes and combine those layers using the GPU as long as the browser is now launched with certain switches. Chromium 7 has also a new Labs feature that reveals that Google is thinking about moving tabs from the top of the browser to the left side. It seems that (more…)

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  • Google’s Eric Schmidt says that people’s private lives are so well documented now that the young will have to change their names when reaching adulthood to avoid their youthful indiscretions. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Schmidt says: “I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time.” A fresh start from the stupid things you did as a kid seems like a good (more…)

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  • Several readers noted Google’s announcement yesterday of Google Apps for Government: “The new version is a variant of Google Apps Premier edition, and includes the same core apps: Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sites, Groups, Video, and Postini. Pricing is the same as for Google Apps Premier: $50 per user per year. The certification says that Google Apps qualifies for is called a FISMA-Moderate rating, which means that it’s authorized for use with data that’s (more…)

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  • Zynga Investment May Herald Google Games

    A post at TechCrunch claims knowledge of large investments from Google into social game company Zynga, makers of FarmVille and Mafia Wars. The amount of money involved is not small — somewhere in the $100-200 million range — and could facilitate Google’s expansion into the games market. Quoting:
    “The investment was made by Google itself, not Google Ventures, say our sources, and it’s a highly strategic deal. Zynga will be the cornerstone (more…)

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  • According to a study by market research company Zogby International, people trust Google, Apple, and Microsoft more than the traditional media. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter scored lowest on the trust scale, but still soundly beat the media. From the article: “The traditional media received little sympathy from the public, with only eight percent of all adults and six percent of young adults saying they trusted them.”

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  • Google Describes Wi-Fi Sniffing In Pending Patent

    theodp writes “After mistakenly saying that it did not collect Wi-Fi payload data, Google had to reverse itself, saying, ‘it’s now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) Wi-Fi networks.’ OK, mistakes happen. But, as Seinfeld might ask, then what’s the deal with the pending Google patent that describes capturing wireless data packets by operating a device — which ‘may be placed (more…)

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