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TuneCore: first iTunes Match royalties are "magic money" out of "thin air"

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Music distribution service TuneCore has described the royalties from iTunes Match as "magic money that Apple made exist out of thin air for copyright holders," signaling early support of the service from one part of the music industry. TuneCore CEO Jeff Price made the proclamation in a blog post...
TuneCore: first iTunes Match royalties are "magic money" out of "thin air"
Yahoo Sues Facebook in a Web Patent Shakedown

Reading Rainbow is back! Our in-depth video interview with LeVar Burton

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Reading Rainbow is making a big comeback, and it’s skipping your TV in favor of the other screen in your living room: your iPad. In an in-depth chat in VentureBeat, Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton came to chat about how the reincarnation came to be. As always, Burton was...
Reading Rainbow is back! Our in-depth video interview with LeVar Burton
Microsoft to Motorola: Pay us and we'll leave you alone

Is The EU's Proposed Reform Of Music Licensing Doomed From The Start?

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Music collection societies often figure in Techdirt thanks to their attempts to wring licensing payments from people on absurd grounds, like trying to make them pay for playing music to horses, or for singing old folk songs. But in Europe, there's another issue. Because each country has its own music...
Is The EU's Proposed Reform Of Music Licensing Doomed From The Start?

Game Developer Refuses Publishing Offer; Realizes It's Better To Stay Independent

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The world of video game publishing is being turned upside down. Much like other entertainment industries, more and more game developers are learning that publishers offer little additional value for the costs they come bundled with. This realization is following other recent events in which game developers, who could not...
Game Developer Refuses Publishing Offer; Realizes It's Better To Stay Independent

Amazon CEO Bezos in shareholder letter: Authors are our customers, too

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Amazon released its 2012 annual report (PDF) Friday, and as usual it is accompanied by a letter to shareholders (PDF) from CEO Jeff Bezos. The letter focuses on the things that Amazon does to “improve our services, adding benefits and features, before we have to.” A few tidbits: “Prime Instant Video...
Amazon CEO Bezos in shareholder letter: Authors are our customers, too

Microsoft secures Android patent agreements from two more vendors

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Two more Android vendors have agreed to pay Microsoft licensing fees in response to the company's claims that Google's free mobile OS contains Microsoft patented technology. The latest vendors to pay up are EINS SE, which sells Android tablets under the Cat brand in Germany, and Hoeft & Wessel,...
Microsoft secures Android patent agreements from two more vendors

Club Jameco borrows from Etsy and Kickstarter, lets DIYers design, sell and buy project kits

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Though electronics hobbyists may not have the same resources that the Maker Sheds of the world have to design, package and sell do-it-yourself kits, electronics component distributor Jameco plans to change that. With Club Jameco, enthusiasts can pitch their kit ideas to the electronic component wizards in Belmont, CA...
Club Jameco borrows from Etsy and Kickstarter, lets DIYers design, sell and buy project kits

With Motorola deal pending, Google and Microsoft make dueling patent pledges

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Google is seeking to reassure technology standards groups that it won’t misuse Motorola’s patent portfolio to extract unreasonable licensing fees for patents deemed “standard-essential” if its $12.5 billion acquisition of the mobile phone giant is approved by regulators. Microsoft — which is facing the prospect of paying Motorola as much...
With Motorola deal pending, Google and Microsoft make dueling patent pledges

This 24-Year-Old's Startup, Quirky, Just Nabbed Another $68 Million ... And Mary Meeker

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Quirky, the super-hot New York startup founded by 24-year-old Ben Kaufman, just raised another $68 million in Series C funding. That brings the total raised since it was founded in 2009 to $91.3 million. This round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with significant participation from new investor Kleiner Perkins Caufield...
This 24-Year-Old's Startup, Quirky, Just Nabbed Another $68 Million ... And Mary Meeker
Court shreds power of Motorola's standard-based patents

Google ends its 6-year feud with the Belgian press - and here's why it matters

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Editor’s note: This article by Liam Boogar originally appeared on France’s startup blog Rude Baguette, which covers the Internet and technology sector in Paris, combining breaking news with in-depth analysis. Google announced yesterday on its French blog the end of a six-year struggle with the francophone Belgian press, who argued that the “cached” versions of articles...
Google ends its 6-year feud with the Belgian press - and here's why it matters
Pandora backs bill to cut internet radio royalty rates

Google's Got Microsoft In A Headlock: Pay $4 Billion A Year Or Stop Selling Xbox (GOOG, MSFT)

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The game Google is playing in court against Microsoft is absolutely brilliant. Today a judge will hear a case between Motorola Mobility and Microsoft, reports Reuters. Microsoft says that Motorola Mobility wants to charge it $4 billion A YEAR in royalties for patents Motorola holds on WiFi and video technology....
Google's Got Microsoft In A Headlock: Pay $4 Billion A Year Or Stop Selling Xbox (GOOG, MSFT)

Nokia calls Google's EU antitrust complaint "frivolous" and a waste of time and resources

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I just reported on Google's EU antitrust complaint against Microsoft and Nokia, and subsequently saw that Nokia has meanwhile issued a statement. I'll now quote it, and comment on it, passage by passage:"Though we have not yet seen the complaint, Google's suggestion that Nokia and Microsoft are colluding on IPR...
Nokia calls Google's EU antitrust complaint "frivolous" and a waste of time and resources

Two vendors pay Microsoft for the right to sell cheap Android tablets

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Microsoft today announced patent licensing agreements with two small vendors in the business of selling cheap Android tablets. Aluratek sells $150 and $220 Android tablets on its website, while Android tablets from another vendor called Coby Electronics can be purchased for only $80. Microsoft is paid royalties on over 70 percent of...
Two vendors pay Microsoft for the right to sell cheap Android tablets

Microsoft’s adds Pegatron to patent-licensing portfolio

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Microsoft just revealed it signed a patent agreement with Pegatron that covers the Windows maker’s patent portfolio for a variety of Android and Chrome-based consumer electronics. The Redmond, Wash-headquartered Corporation now has coverage for eReaders, smartphones, and tablets running Google’s operating system. Both parties admitted Microsoft would receive royalties...
Microsoft’s adds Pegatron to patent-licensing portfolio

Feature Friday: Listen To This Blog

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A few days ago, I stared getting emails asking about avc.fm. Was this done with my approval? Did I know who was behind it? The answer was no and no so I tweeted this out and gave my approval.   AVC.fm, the unofficial blogcast of @AVC created by @VoiceBunny avc.fm...
Feature Friday: Listen To This Blog
Europe's plan for music licensing, and the artists that feel betrayed

Mobile Ad Wars: Augme Slaps Millennial Media With Patent Lawsuit Over Targeting Technologies

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After debuting on the New York Stock Exchange last week with a huge pop in stock value, mobile ad network Millennial Media is now facing potential legal trouble from another mobile ad player. The company is facing a patent lawsuit by mobile marketing service, Augme Technologies. We’ve embedded the lawsuit...
Mobile Ad Wars: Augme Slaps Millennial Media With Patent Lawsuit Over Targeting Technologies

Apple hoping to secure standardized royalties for 3G wireless patents

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Apple is attempting to stop the used of "standards essential" patents on 3G technology as legal bludgeons against smartphone competitors. To make its case, the company has gone directly to the standards body behind 3G wireless networking, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). In a letter to ETSI dated last...
Apple hoping to secure standardized royalties for 3G wireless patents

Apple Still Has a Giant Advantage in Digital Music, With 75 Percent of the Market

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There are a lot of places to spend money on digital music, but all of them are dwarfed by iTunes. If you spend any time at all thinking about the digital music business, you know that already. But it’s good to see it spelled out, courtesy of Asymco analyst Horace...
Apple Still Has a Giant Advantage in Digital Music, With 75 Percent of the Market

German court backs HTC over Nokia patent claims

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Bad news for Nokia if it had serious hopes of extracting licensing fees from Android manufacturer HTC: a German court has just booted out two of the patent claims it launched there in May last year. The patents in question cover the use of “intelligent network” services such as alternative...
German court backs HTC over Nokia patent claims

Windows 8 to require Media Center for DVD movie playback

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On its Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft revealed that its Windows 8 operating system won't play back DVD movies, unless the optional Media Center pack is purchased. The reason is the added royalties needed to pay for the specialized decoders and the cost of hardware to enable this. Microsoft also...
Windows 8 to require Media Center for DVD movie playback

This Man Is Building Microsoft's Next Multi-Billion-Dollar Business -- From Android Devices (MSFT)

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Patents have become such a big business for Microsoft that the company has outsourced its U.S. patent filing work to India, John Weresh, general manager of Microsoft's Patent Operations, told Business Insider. For good reason. Microsoft could be on track to turn patents into a multi-billion business perhaps as soon...
This Man Is Building Microsoft's Next Multi-Billion-Dollar Business -- From Android Devices (MSFT)

iTunes and Spotify boost UK songwriters' income

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Rise in royalty payments from digital services and international success help offset plunge in revenue from CD salesBritish tunesmiths cashed in on a surge in the use of digital services such as iTunes and Spotify in 2011, and the huge international popularity of artists such as Adele, as royalty payments...
iTunes and Spotify boost UK songwriters' income

Microsoft willing to settle with Google/Motorola, posts call for "A Solid Foundation for Patent Peace"

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Microsoft is no stranger to signing up Android vendors to licensing agreements. Most of the major Android device manufactures are already paying the company royalties and last year Microsoft is currently involved in various cases with Motorola in the U.S. and elsewhere. The latest from Microsoft’s intellectual property group...
Microsoft willing to settle with Google/Motorola, posts call for "A Solid Foundation for Patent Peace"

Google tells European Commission on 'open standards': do as I say, not as I do

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More than a year ago, I blogged a few times about the European Interoperability Framework 2.0, a set of IT procurement guidelines that was adopted in December 2010. The most controversial item, which delayed adoption by many months, was a passage that some stakeholders wanted to turn into a ringing...
Google tells European Commission on 'open standards': do as I say, not as I do

Microsoft wants to tell jury in patent contract case about Google's refusal to release $100M bond

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A week ago Microsoft formally requested the release of a $100 million bond it had posted about a year ago in connection with an anti-enforcement injunction against a patent injunction obtained by Motorola Mobility in Germany. Microsoft argues that the bond is no longer necessary because the United States District Court...
Microsoft wants to tell jury in patent contract case about Google's refusal to release $100M bond
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