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Software patents 'a bit of a mess' says Martin Goetz, the first man to get one

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Amazon 1-Click 'should never have been awarded' and Apple's pinch-and-zoom 'questionable' says man who changed software industry in 1968The man who was awarded the first software patent says that he thinks the field is now "a big mess" - but that he "hopes it will get straightened out in time"....
Software patents 'a bit of a mess' says Martin Goetz, the first man to get one

Oracle-Google row goes to court

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Why a copyright clash could shake-up the wider software industry...
Oracle-Google row goes to court
1984 New York Times Article Says The Whole 'Windows' Fad Is Over (MSFT)

Steam Starts Selling Windows Apps Just Before Windows Store Launch

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As anticipated in August, digital game seller Steam is now offering Windows softwares. It acts like a traditional App Store. After the reviewing process, apps are available to purchase in a centralized store. Users can choose where to install their apps in the latest Steam beta. However, like Amazon’s Appstore...
Steam Starts Selling Windows Apps Just Before Windows Store Launch

Is IBM still making nice?

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IBM Software chief Steve Mills says that while Big Blue is doing more with application software, he'll be careful not to rough up his allies. Image: IBM In a software industry defined by big egos and ruthless tactics, IBM built its empire on smart alliances. Rather than try to write...
Is IBM still making nice?

Google's take on API copyrightability is unique and a departure from established industry practice

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While waiting for an apparently hung jury to reach unanimity or render a partial verdict if that's what Judge Alsup decides, I'd like to address the misinformation that some people -- mostly because they're uninformed and misguided -- are spreading these days about "industry practice" in connection with the copyrightability...
Google's take on API copyrightability is unique and a departure from established industry practice

Does marketing automation encourage bad behavior in marketers?

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Sept. 9 - 10, 2013San Francisco, CAEarly Bird Tickets on Sale This is a guest post by Katie Hollar, marketing manager at software research site Capterra. Many companies are adopting marketing automation each day. But they aren’t necessarily changing their marketing habits as a result. So, is this new technology just...
Does marketing automation encourage bad behavior in marketers?

A Broken System: Einstein Wouldn't Have Been 'Qualified' To Teach High School Physics

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We've argued for years that many professions that require certain forms of "licensing" are often more about restricting supply. That's not say those who set up the licensing effort didn't have the best of intentions, but the end effect often doesn't actually do much to benefit the public. I'm reminded...
A Broken System: Einstein Wouldn't Have Been 'Qualified' To Teach High School Physics

What Is Novell Worth? $2 Billion, Apparently

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Elliott Associates, L.P., a hedge fund with a significant position in shares of Novell, after the close of trading in U.S. stock markets today placed an unsolicited offer to buy the open source-focused software company for close to $2 billion. The offer places a high valuation on Novell, and is...
What Is Novell Worth? $2 Billion, Apparently

TOUR: After Hours At Yammer, The Hot S.F. Startup That Just Scored $85 Million

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Being social -- both online and offline -- is in Yammer's DNA. After all, it's basically a social network for corporations.  We visited Yammer's headquarters in San Francisco during happy hour last Friday.  We got there just in time for their Street Fighter tournament.Yammer just announced raising a round of $85 million....
TOUR: After Hours At Yammer, The Hot S.F. Startup That Just Scored $85 Million

The Wheel of Karma, Microsoft Division

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Thirteen years ago, I put in a six-month stint as a member of a Microsoft design team. (For history buffs: we were working on features that became part of Word XP.) I agreed with Microsoft that I wouldn't tell any tales, name any names, or discuss any secret aspects of...
The Wheel of Karma, Microsoft Division

Tim Cook makes clear-cut distinction between standard-essential patents and other patents

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Tim Cook was the guest star at the opening session of the D10 conference yesterday. AllThingsD, which organizes D10, published this video of the part of the discussion that covered the ongoing wireless patent disputes.The first question was whether the patent wars are a problem for innovation. Tim Cook reiterated...
Tim Cook makes clear-cut distinction between standard-essential patents and other patents
Eloqua may become Oracle's Autonomy, its achilles' heel
Red Hat: The Software Industry's Choice Is 'Open Or Die'

How this design geek’s toilet analogy fell flat in a 2003 pitch to Bill Gates

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Jenny Lam and Hillel Cooperman of Jackson Fish Market. (Photo by Red Box Pictures) We love hearing old stories about how Bill Gates operated at Microsoft, in part because the software titan has reshaped his image so much in the past few years. Today, many perceive Gates as a leading...
How this design geek’s toilet analogy fell flat in a 2003 pitch to Bill Gates

RUMOR! World's-Leading Software Industry "CryBabies" Prepping Lawsuit Against Free Market Economics: http://bit.ly/cnm5Ph

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RUMOR! World's-Leading Software Industry "CryBabies" Prepping Lawsuit Against Free Market Economics: http://bit.ly/cnm5Ph
Valve says it's 'jumping in' to computer hardware business

VCs Put $6.5B In 890 Companies In Q3 2012; Total Dollars And Deal Volume Both Down

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Venture capitalists invested $6.5 billion in 890 deals in the third quarter of 2012, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association (based on data provided by Thomson Reuters). For the quarter, investments were down 11 percent in terms of dollars and five percent...
VCs Put $6.5B In 890 Companies In Q3 2012; Total Dollars And Deal Volume Both Down

Here's How Long It Takes To Assemble One Of Facebook's Custom Built Servers (FB)

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Of all the things that Facebook does, its Open Compute Project is among the most interesting. It is designing new servers, storage, even whole data centers and giving those designs away for free as an open source project -- and its enlisted a bunch of IT industry heavyweights to help....
Here's How Long It Takes To Assemble One Of Facebook's Custom Built Servers (FB)

Oracle v. Google can't MAKE APIs copyrightable -- they HAVE BEEN for more than 20 years

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The Oracle v. Google jury is now working on its verdict on Phase One of the trial, copyright liability. It has gone home for today, Tuesday, and will resume its work tomorrow, Wednesday.The judge instructed the jury that, for the purposes of its deliberations, the structure, sequence and organization of...
Oracle v. Google can't MAKE APIs copyrightable -- they HAVE BEEN for more than 20 years

JUDGE: Dear Oracle, You're Not Getting A Dime From Google Over Android (ORCL, GOOG)

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This is good news for the software industry. The judge ruled that Google didn't violate copyright law when it developed Android. So, Google doesn't owe Oracle ANY money—much less the billions that Oracle was at one time suing for. Even though the jury found that Google was guilty of copyright...
JUDGE: Dear Oracle, You're Not Getting A Dime From Google Over Android (ORCL, GOOG)

This CEO Chose A Tiny Startup Over High-Paying Executive Jobs

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Causata, a 30-person big data startup, has landed a big fish as its new CEO: Paul Wahl. Wahl is the former CEO of SAP America and former COO of Siebel Systems. A 30-year veteran in the software industry, he was fending off recruiters for big companies and enjoying semi...
This CEO Chose A Tiny Startup Over High-Paying Executive Jobs

Nobel Prize Winning Economist Eric Maskin: In Highly Innovative Industries, It May Be Better To Scrap Patents

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We've talked in the past about how Nobel Prize winning economist Eric Maskin has done research questioning the value of patents in software and in other industries. So it's not surprising -- though still fantastic -- that he's responded to the recent NY Times piece by Charles Duhigg and Steve...
Nobel Prize Winning Economist Eric Maskin: In Highly Innovative Industries, It May Be Better To Scrap Patents

5 reasons why cloud computing and start-ups disrupt the enterprise software markets

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This sponsored post in produced by Bob Rizika, CEO of ProfitBricks USA. While software has been “eating the world” for years in the consumer world, now start-up software is infiltrating even the largest of enterprises at an ever increasing rate. Today’s enterprise-grade datacenter infrastructure makes it easier than ever for startups...
5 reasons why cloud computing and start-ups disrupt the enterprise software markets

Oracle Pulls Ads After National Advertising Group Says It Made False Claims Against IBM

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Oracle is stopping a marketing campaign attacking IBM in wake of a national advertising board‘s recomendation that the company made false claims when comparing its Exadata technology to competing IBM products. It’s the second time in four months the National Advertising Division (NAD)  has taken action against Oracle for making false...
Oracle Pulls Ads After National Advertising Group Says It Made False Claims Against IBM

Quitting Top IBM Salespeople Say They Are Leaving In Droves (IBM)

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Getting a job at IBM used to be the epitome of making it in the tech world. But since we first published a story about how IBM is screwing salespeople out of their commissions, the letters from other salespeople who have recently quit keep pouring in. They say IBM is...
Quitting Top IBM Salespeople Say They Are Leaving In Droves (IBM)
Tech Law: Java Judge Orders Google and Oracle to Reveal Paid Bloggers
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Google donates patents to protect cloud software from lawsuits

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Google has announced a “patent pledge” that it hopes will shield cloud software and big data developers from the type of litigation that has engulfed the mobile phone industry. The pledge, which is like a non-aggression pact, covers ten patents related to Google’s MapReduce technology. The pledge, which Google announced on...
Google donates patents to protect cloud software from lawsuits
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