tuxgeek writes "In August, the leaders of Japan, China and Korea will hold a trilateral summit to discuss how they can pool their resources and expertise to develop and commercialize emerging green technologies. Who knows what world-beating products and processes will result from a successful collaboration? As it is, Japan has already sped ahead of the U.S. in hybrid car technology. China is emerging as a leader in electric cars, solar power and wind power. Korea is not yet known for anything environmentally friendly, but that is about to change. The Korean government is spending $31 billion to fund research into 27 green technologies, including non-silicon based solar cells, biomass fuels, and carbon collection, storage and processing...What is becoming clear is that the fossil-fuel-fed industrial era is ending, and that the leading power of that age, the U.S., might not be able to maintain its economic dominance. http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20090624/wl_time/08599190670400" Link to Original Source top
tuxgeek writes "This subject has appeared on Slashdot before. But today Red Hat is officially emailing out to the FOSS community for aid in seeking prior art for use in defense against the patent troll firm Acacia Technologies. The email in my inbox this morning:
I wanted to let everyone know of a new development in the lawsuit against Red Hat and Novell brought by IP Innovation, a subsidiary of the noted patent troll firm Acacia Technologies. We are inviting FOSS community members to submit prior art relevant to the patents, which may be used to help invalidate the patents.
On Friday we posted information regarding the three patents in suit on the Linux Defenders website in its Post Issue Peer to Patent area. The site was developed with Red Hat's assistance by the Open Invention Network and the Center for Patent Innovations at New York Law School, which is now being run by our old friend Mark Webbink. The site is here: http://www.post-issue.org/user-interface-with-multiple-workspaces-for-sharing-display-system-objects-3 The claims of the patents, which can be reached from the site, concern a user interface that has multiple workspaces. Red Hat has strong defenses in this lawsuit, but this will likely reinforce them. We also view this as an additional opportunity for creative collaboration with the community. —
Robert H. Tiller
Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, IP
Red Hat, Inc.
1801 Varsity Drive
Raleigh, N.C. 27606
(919) 754 4232
tuxgeek writes "And again, another patent lawsuit that may affect millions of iPod and iTunes users.
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc. was sued Wednesday over allegations its iTunes online music store and iPod music players are illegally using a patented method for distributing digital media over the Internet.
Atlanta-based ZapMedia Services Inc. sued Apple in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, accusing the Cupertino-based company of violating two ZapMedia patents.
The patents in question cover a way of sending music and other digital content from servers to multiple media players, a broad description that could also apply to a wide swath of other companies selling digital media and the devices to play it.
tuxgeek writes "In the continuing saga of Yahoo resisting a Microsoft buy out, Yahoo is now being sued by it's shareholders.
DOVER, Del. — Two Detroit pension funds have sued Yahoo Inc. and its board of directors, saying they breached their duties to shareholders in trying to thwart a takeover by Microsoft Corp.
The lawsuit was filed in Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday by lawyers representing Detroit's police and fire retirement system and general retirement system, as well as "all other similarly situated public shareholders."
Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo, whose shares closed unchanged at $28.42 on Friday, rejected Microsoft's $44.6 billion takeover bid as inadequate, but indicated that it might be willing to negotiate if the price was right. Yahoo is believed to want at least $40 per share, or about $56 billion.