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The software giant has signed a deal with ZTE, adding the Chinese Smartphone maker to its Android and Chrome patent licensing program.
Details of the agreement were not disclosed, but the deal means ZTE’s phones, tablets, computers and other devices can now run Android and Chrome OS without fear of being sued for breach of patent.
This is the second major deal Microsoft has signed with a large Asian company in the past week. Microsoft and Hon Hai, the parent company of electronics maker Foxconn, inked a similar deal April 16.
Under both agreements, Microsoft will collect a royalty for each and every Smartphone, tablet and other device manufactured by either company.
“The ZTE and Foxconn agreements show once more that technology companies around the world, including some of the world’s largest and fastest growing manufacturers anchored in China, recognize licensing is an effective way to share technology and build on each other’s work, accelerating the pace of innovation and delighting customers,” said Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s corporate vice-president and deputy general counsel, in a blog post.
Twenty other firms that make Android devices — including Samsung, LG, HTC, Acer and Barnes & Noble — have already signed agreements with Microsoft to avoid patent lawsuits.
Although Google is the creator of the Android platform, Microsoft holds the patents. Microsoft maintains that the codes Google uses for Android and Chrome copy its technology, violating its patents. Although Google has called these patents “bogus,” Google itself may have no choice other than to sign a patent agreement with Microsoft.
Google purchased Motorola Mobility in 2011 in an effort to bolster its intellectual property portfolio and give it a better chance against infringement claims. So far, it has not been successful. Motorola has already been found to infringe various Microsoft patents and it is unlikely other courts will rule in its favor either.
According to Gutierrez, respect for the intellectual property rights of other companies just makes good business sense. He said ongoing patent wars could be avoided completely if companies were willing to play fair.
“We have always been prepared to respect the rights of others just as we seek respect for our rights,” he said. “This is why we have paid others more than $4 billion over the last decade to secure intellectual property rights for the products we provide our customers.
“This balanced approach to intellectual property licensing explains why, while others continue to pursue litigation around the world as the primary means of addressing their differences, we have successfully entered into license agreements with nearly all companies on the list of the world’s largest Android Smartphone vendors and their manufacturers. In fact, 80 percent of Android Smartphones sold in the U.S. and a majority of those sold worldwide are covered under agreements with Microsoft.”
He added that while Microsoft has endeavored to come to terms with the few global companies who have yet to sign on the dotted line, they “have been unwilling to address these issues in a fair manner.”
“We’d prefer to consider these companies licensing partners and remain hopeful they can join the rest of the industry in the near future.”
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Google has beat out Apple to acquire personalized-news startup Wavii for more than $30 million, according to “a legitimate source.”
Tech Crunch, citing a source, is reporting Wavii’s 25-person team, including company founder Adrian Aoun, will leave Seattle to join Google’s Knowledge Graph division.
Apple, apparently, had hoped to purchase the company to bolster its Siri division, but it is thought Google outbid the iPhone maker.
Yahoo made a similar acquisition last month, shelling out nearly $30 million to nab the news-reading app Summly from British teenager Nick D’Aloisio.
Wavii, which has been in operation for three years, describes itself as the app that makes Facebook out of Google.
The app allows users to select what topics they will follow — they can even follow fellow Wavii users. They then receive status updates about items in their news feed — this includes stories, images, videos, related data, and “other rich content.”
Like Faebook, Wavii users can react to each post in their news feed while the @mention allows users to start a discussion with other users.
Wavii’s Dan Lewis describes how the app works in a blog post: “Using something called ‘big-data machine learning,’ our technology pulls in everything being created across the Web in real-time (e.g., articles, blogs, tweets, pictures), figures out what’s going on, and builds the feed items for all these topics you care about.
“The key to making this technology work is teaching the computer to recognize the things we care about when they’re being talked about, even when they are expressed in tens or sometimes even hundreds of different ways, all without making too many mistakes. Once the computer has this, it can easily build the feed items you’re used to.”
So far, neither Google nor Wavii have commented on the rumors.
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