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In a somewhat ironic twist, Microsoft seems to profit much more from Android royalty deals than it ever has with its own mobile platform. During the second quarter... of 2012 alone, Microsoft earned a staggering $800 million from Android royalties. Adding to the Android royalty dollars, Sharp has just agreed to a pay an undisclosed sum to Microsoft in order to licen...

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It’s no surprise that Microsoft is earning royalties from each Android device sold; at least from manufacturers it has licensing agreements with. What’s quite concerning is how Microsoft... earns significantly more from Android than its own home-grown mobile operating system, Windows Phone.

$792 million in three months is no chump change, even for a company that has reported earni...

kodakonline

WSJ reported yesterday that Kodak’s upcoming patent auction already has 2 bidders: Google and Apple, and each has bids between $150 million and $250 million... so far. Kodak, however, is expecting up to $2.6 billion for its 1,100 digital patents to pay off its creditors.

This may be wishful thinking for Kodak, but who knows how fast the bids will esca...

microsoft peace

Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has managed the unthinkable — they got virtually all Android manufacturers to pay them, Microsoft, for using Google’s free and open source... software. But this is not a strange tactic coming from Microsoft, considering they’ve tried the same strategy with Linux vendors in the past, either directly or through proxies, like SCO.

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microsoft outlook

With the imminent release of the Windows 8 OS, Microsoft is doing a major overhaul on its services. Next up on the chopping block is its Windows Live (or Hotmail) web-based e-mail client. In... a move designed to distance itself from the Hotmail name, Microsoft announced today a public preview of the new Outlook e-mail client, which is not just a re-design of Hotmail, but a service built c...

kodak

The patent arms race is reaching a feeding-frenzy stage. Over the past months, we’ve witnessed a series of high profile legal spats between the technology companies... that make our beloved gadgets. A quick recap of the most visible battles includes the Oracle vs Google trial, the Samsung vs Apple global conflagration, the Microsoft vs Motorola case that caused the ban...

microsoft-vs-motorola

Apple might have been in the spotlight with its ongoing legal fights against Android, especially now that it has actually started winning, but Microsoft is clearly the most effective patent... “fighter”. The Windows creators scored what looked like an unimportant US win against Motorola a few weeks back, and now added a much more significant victory in a German court.

The Mannhe...

Motorola Microsoft

While our attention has been concentrated on Apple’s numerous battles against everything and anything Android, a different patent war saw some interesting results last month.

Microsoft... managed to hit hard on Motorola after a two-year legal brawl that for some reason didn’t get much media attention. As a result, Moto was forced to stop imports of several of its Android-powered smartph...

skype-beware-of-fakes

A couple of weeks ago Trend Micro spotted a fake version of Skype for offer. Now Microsoft, who own Skype, has published some more details about this malware dressed up as a legitimate app.

How... the malware works is like this: once an unsuspecting user installs the app, it sends SMS messages to premium rate numbers without the users’ consent. This costs the user money which goes straight into the malw...