Technology

  • October 31, 2008

    FCC Orders Time Warner To Carry Sports Network

    The federal communications watchdog has found that Time Warner Cable Inc. restrained the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network from being able to compete fairly by refusing to put the network’s regional sports programming on a basic cable tier in North Carolina.

  • October 31, 2008

    Arthur Chong Is Broadcom's New General Counsel

    Arthur Chong has been chosen as the new general counsel of California-based semiconductor giant Broadcom Corp., which reported 2007 revenue of $3.78 billion.

  • October 30, 2008

    Analogix Complaint Tossed In HDMI Antitrust Suit

    A federal judge threw out an antitrust complaint in which Analogix Semiconductor Inc. accused Silicon Image Inc. of muscling Analogix out of the market for high-definition multimedia interface solutions, but left the door open for Analogix to file an amended version.

  • October 30, 2008

    IBM Faces Patent Suit Over Supercomputer

    IBM Corp.'s “Blue Gene” supercomputer infringes three patents for parallel processors assigned to communications technology company Fifth Generation Computer Corp., a new lawsuit has alleged.

  • October 30, 2008

    DOJ Tells Verizon To Divest Before Buying Alltel

    The U.S. Department of Justice ordered Verizon Communications Corp. on Thursday to divest assets in 22 states before going forward with its $28 billion buyout of Alltel Corp. to create the country's largest cell phone provider.

  • October 30, 2008

    Business Method Patents Down But Not Out: Experts

    After months of speculation over the fate of business method patents, a federal appeals court has rejected a patent application covering a method for hedging risks in commodities trading for not meeting patent eligibility requirements. Is the Bilski decision the end for business method patents? Far from it, lawyers say.

  • October 30, 2008

    EU Conducting Antitrust Probe Of Polish Telecom Co.

    The European Commission has announced that it is investigating Telekomunikacja Polska SA, Poland's incumbent telecommunications company, for possible abuse of its dominant market position.

  • October 30, 2008

    Yahoo Begins Due Diligence On AOL Merger

    Facing increasing pressure over its proposed advertising deal with Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. has reportedly begun examining the possibility of a merger with AOL LLC.

  • October 30, 2008

    Jury Awards Ariba $4.9M In Online Auction Patent Suit

    A Texas jury has awarded Ariba Inc. $4.9 million after finding that Emptoris Inc. infringed two of the company's patents for electronic auction technology.

  • October 30, 2008

    Sony Wins Summary Judgment in Agere Patent Suit

    A judge has found that one of the patents asserted by chip maker Agere Systems Inc. in a suit against Sony Corp. was anticipated by an earlier patent and is invalid.

  • October 30, 2008

    DVD Vending Companies Tangle Over Kiosk Patents

    Competing DVD vending machine companies have taken their rivalry to court, with DVDPlay Inc. exchanging lawsuits with Redbox Automated Retail LLC, and launching another action against Coinstar E-Payment Services Inc. over automated kiosk technology.

  • October 29, 2008

    Worldspace Wins Interim Approval For Financing

    Global satellite radio company Worldspace Inc. has won interim approval for a $6.5 million debtor-in-possession financing deal with a group of its noteholders.

  • October 29, 2008

    Video Game Giants Sued Over Console Systems

    Japanese research and development company ADC Technology Inc. has unleashed a lawsuit against Microsoft Corp., Nintendo of America Inc. and Sony Corp. of America, alleging infringement of five patents related to video game communication systems.

  • October 29, 2008

    Blade Server Patent Holder Takes Shot At IBM, HP

    Patent holder Acceleron LLC has sued a slew of computer makers, including IBM Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co., accusing them of selling products that infringe a patent that lets computer blade servers operate with little or no downtime.

  • October 29, 2008

    Network Engineers Hit Apple With Overtime Suit

    Apple Inc. has been hit with a proposed class and collective action alleging that it failed to pay its network engineers and other network support staff members proper wages and overtime.

  • October 29, 2008

    Female HR Execs Sue Dell Over Sex Bias

    Female human resources executives at Dell Inc. filed a $500 million sex discrimination suit against the computer manufacturer on Wednesday, alleging that the company systematically discriminated against women in pay and promotion policies and targeted women in recent layoffs.

  • October 29, 2008

    Pioneer Scores $59.4M Verdict Against Samsung

    A federal jury has handed Pioneer Corp. a $59.4 million award for damages in its plasma TV patent infringement suit against Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. and two affiliates.

  • October 29, 2008

    Pressure Builds On DOJ Over Google-Yahoo Deal

    Saying Yahoo Inc. has tried to obscure facts on the deal rather than clarify them, a leading Republican lawmaker has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to take a close look at the potential antitrust issues of a proposed advertising partnership between Yahoo and Google Inc.

  • October 29, 2008

    Mosaid Settles DRAM Spat With Powerchip

    Mosaid Technologies Inc. and Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. have entered into a licensing deal that resolves their patent litigation over memory chip technology.

  • October 29, 2008

    Fiber Optics Titans Clash Over Cable Patents

    AFL Telecommunications LLC is suing rival fiber optics titan ADC Telecommunications Inc. for infringing three patents related to fiber-optic cables.