Motorola vs Microsoft



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$4 billion
That's how much Motorola Mobility wants from Microsoft in annual patent royalties for technology that's critical to the Xbox video-gaming system. Microsoft says the demand is "over-reaching," and a federal judge in Seattle will decide whether Motorola broke its promise to license the patents on fair terms. The case is part of a broader dispute in which Motorola wants to block sales of the Xbox. Microsoft, meanwhile, is seeking a ban on U.S. imports of Motorola phones that run Google's Android operating system. Google is buying Motorola for $12.5 billion.

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"We have to invent futuristic technology to look into the past."
IBM researcher Ronald Luijten, on a European project to develop supercomputers that can analyze data from what will be the world's largest radio telescope. IBM and the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy plan to build "exascale" computers that consume little power as they study huge amounts of faint radio waves from deep space, produced by the Big Bang 13 billion years ago. The signals from the origin of the universe will be collected by the Square Kilometer Array telescope when it's completed in 2024. Story on D2.

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The challenges and opportunities of handling "big data" - the overwhelming amount of information available online - will be the topic of discussion at Data 2.0, held today at San Francisco's Mission Bay Conference Center. Speakers and panelists include executives from Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, Microsoft, and others. The conference also features a startup competition where young companies pitch their business plans.
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