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Microsoft lands patent to steer walking directions away from bad neighborhoods

Microsoft lands patent to steer walking directions away from bad neighborhoods

Way back in 2007 Microsoft filed for patent on a technology to help produce walking directions for people that are traveling in unfamiliar areas. The patent app is titled "pedestrian route production" and outlines a way to automatically adjust the walking directions given based n certain parameters like crime rate. The system uses more data than others to predict a "safe" route.

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Huawei in Microsoft Android patent talks amid smartphone push

Huawei in Microsoft Android patent talks amid smartphone push

Huawei looks likely to be the next Android OEM to agree to Microsoft patent licensing, following Samsung, HTC and others in paying the Windows creator. Huawei's CMO described the negotiations as "in progress" the BBC reports, as the company chases "very aggressive targets" for the next five years. "Over the next three years we are aiming to be in the top five smartphone makers" Victor Xu said, "and in the top three in the next five years."

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Microsoft collars Compal for patent fees, criticizes Google

Microsoft collars Compal for patent fees, criticizes Google

Compal is the latest Android user to sign a patent licensing deal with Microsoft, following Samsung and Quanta in agreeing to pay the software giant for its Android and Chrome devices. The news, Microsoft says, means that more than half of the world's ODMs (Original Design Manufacturing) producing Android and Chrome hardware are paying them for the privilege of doing so. Meanwhile, Microsoft also takes the opportunity to criticize rivals that aren't as forthcoming in protecting manufacturers who use their software.

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Google Responds to Microsoft’s Gotcha Moment in Patent War Situation [UPDATE: Microsoft Responds Again]

Google Responds to Microsoft’s Gotcha Moment in Patent War Situation [UPDATE: Microsoft Responds Again]

Just yesterday there was a rather interesting announcement made by mister David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Google which noted how Microsoft and Apple had joined forces to purchase patents then used to stop the progress of Android via amounts of cash required to be payed per Android-toting device manufactured. This original announcement was responded to by Microsoft who then noted that they'd offered to have Google join in on their bids for the patent collection they're now using, now Google has responded back. Sort of like a high school message board, wouldn't you say?

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Microsoft: We invited Google to join patent bid

Microsoft: We invited Google to join patent bid

Microsoft has struck back at Google's accusations that the company has - with Apple and Oracle - waged a "hostile, organized campaign" against the search giant, including joining forces to buy up patents and keep them out of Google's grasp. "Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really?" Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith tweeted rhetorically. "We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no." That drew out Microsoft corporate communications lead Frank X. Shaw, who offered Google chief legal officer David Drummond some "free advice" by posting an email exchanged between legal execs at both firms.

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Microsoft and Apple Waging Unjust Patent War on Android Says Google

Microsoft and Apple Waging Unjust Patent War on Android Says Google

There comes a time in every great invention's life where it has to defend itself against those who would falsely claim to have created it come hunting. Thus is the word coming out of the Google offices today via David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Google. He speaks harshly of both Apple and Microsoft in the following manner: "a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents." Is there any salt to Drummond's claims? He continues to drum up some rather scary factoids in his release today, not all of them simple conjecture.

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Microsoft targets Samsung in Android patent shakedown

Microsoft targets Samsung in Android patent shakedown

Yesterday I mentioned that Microsoft had signed Wistron up for an Android patent agreement. Wistron was the latest firm to agree to pay Microsoft for patents it holds that relate to devices running the Android operating system. So far, the largest rumored licensing fee paid to Microsoft for the patented tech is HTC's $5 per device. That is nothing compared to what Microsoft is reportedly looking to shake loose from Samsung's pockets.

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Apple and Microsoft join forces to beat Google in Nortel patent bid

Apple and Microsoft join forces to beat Google in Nortel patent bid

A consortium including Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM and Sony has beaten Google and Intel to a cache of potentially vital Nortel patents, after the company's intellectual riches went up for auction. The consortium paid $4.5bn in cash for over 6,000 patents and patent applications spanning a broad range of wireless, telecoms and online technologies, including 4G, search, social networking and VoIP systems.

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Microsoft Grabs Android Patent with OEM General Dynamics Itronix for Future Wins

Microsoft Grabs Android Patent with OEM General Dynamics Itronix for Future Wins

As you may recall from back in May 2011, a story broke on the fact that HTC, one of the biggest manufacturers behind the wave of Android devices that has been sweeping the world since the inception of Google's mobile OS, is paying Microsoft $5 for every single Android device the company sells. Keeping that in mind, note that Microsoft is now agreeing on a patent licensing deal with another OEM by the name of General Dynamics Itronix. Is this the first block to fall in a wall of signings with groups like Microsoft that collapses the concept of a Free and Open Android?

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