Fact Sheet: White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues | The White House
The White House Takes Aim at Patent Trolls | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Frustration with patent trolls, and momentum for reform, has been building for some time now. Today, the stakes got even higher when the White House announced that it was actively taking on the troll problem. This is big news, and not just because of the seven legislative proposals the White House recommends (more on those below). Even more important are the five executive actions the President intends to take with or without congressional help.
The news here is good.
Tech Firms Back Obama Patent Move | WSJ.com
The White House announced a set of executive actions and policy recommendations Tuesday aimed at preventing certain patent-holding firms, known as “patent trolls” to their detractors, from abusing the patent system.
The Obama administration’s actions are intended to target firms that have forced technology companies, financial institutions and others into costly litigation to protect their products. These patent-holding firms amass portfolios of patents and focus on pursuing licensing fees rather than using the patents to build new products.
Obama goes after patent trolls | The Loop
Obama Issues Orders to Stop ‘Patent Trolls’ | NYTimes.com
Apple, betrayed by its own law firm | Ars Technica
Court documents unsealed this week reveal who’s behind FlatWorld, and it’s anything but typical. FlatWorld is partly owned by the named inventor on the patents, a Philadelphia design professor named Slavko Milekic. But 35 percent of the company has been quietly controlled by an attorney at one of Apple’s own go-to law firms, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. E-mail logs show that the attorney, John McAleese, worked together with his wife and began planning a wide-ranging patent attack against Apple’s touch-screen products in January 2007—just days after the iPhone was revealed to the world.
Apple betrayed by its own lawyer | The Loop
That’s almost too crazy to believe.
One of the most bizarre patent troll stories I’ve ever seen.
Mozilla Unlocks the Power of the Web on Mobile with Firefox OS | The Mozilla Blog
ZTE Open opens up Firefox OS (hands-on) | CNET Reviews
Apple Updates iOS to 6.1 | Apple – Press Info
- LTE support for more carriers (a complete list of iPad and iPhone LTE carriers is available online).
- Purchase movie tickets through Fandango using Siri (USA only)
- iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
- New button to reset the Advertising Identifier
iOS 6.1 released | The Loop
Apple: iOS 6 already on 300 million devices | The Loop
I’m getting sick of making excuses | HD mini lite (Pro)
Every time I have to explain one of OS X’s bizarre, (sometimes arguably) buggy behaviors or windowing idiosyncrasies to my father in law, I dearly wish the iPad had been out when he was in the market.
Exhibit A: Open Mail, find a message with a zip attachment, and double-click it. Nothing happens? Oh something happened. Archive Utility opened to work its magic on the zip file, but you missed its appearance in the Dock if you blinked. Don’t see anything else? Of course you don’t, because Finder opened a new window to reveal the spoils of Archive Utility’s victory behind Mail and didn’t bother to tell you. No Dock bounce, no Finder brought to the foreground to show you the folder.
David Chartier Is Sick of Making Excuses for Mac OS X | Daring Fireball
Great example. iOS enforces a visual obviousness that makes computing better for nearly everyone. If you do something, the result will be shown to you, front and center.
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review | Ars Technica [John Siracusa]
About John Siracusa’s Mountain Lion Review | Daring Fireball
E-book and website reading options for Siracusa’s 13th comprehensive review of a major release of Mac OS X. I know I’m not alone in that I look forward to his OS X reviews as much as I do the actual new versions of OS X. An incredible amount of work, and a joy to read.
Mountain Lion | Daring Fireball [John Gruber]
Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion | The Loop [Jim Dalrymple]
OS X Mountain Lion Operating System Review | Macworld [Jason Snell]
OS X Mountain Lion: Quick, Familiar, Cheap, And Drenched In iOS Goodness | TechCrunch [MG Siegler]
Apple removes Safari for Windows references and download links following version 6 release | The Verge [Tom Warren]
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the Little Details | TidBITS [Jeff Carlson]