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Google grabs IBM patents including “Computer phone”

Google grabs IBM patents including “Computer phone”

This week its become apparent that Google is continuing to work with IBM to build up their patent portfolio so that they can avoid as many 2011-esque litigations as possible through the new year. As SEO by the Sea notes, IBM worked with Google this past September and July to move patents from one portfolio to the other, while this past week (the last one in 2011) showed Google acquiring another 188 granted patents and 29 published pending patent applications from IBM. Patents in this deal contain such names as blade servers, data caching, server load balancing, instant messaging applications, video conferencing, and a whole lot more.

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IBM sold PC business to China for government favor admits CEO

IBM sold PC business to China for government favor admits CEO

IBM's sale of its PC business to Lenovo in 2004 was an attempt to curry favor with the Chinese government, the CEO behind the deal has revealed, in the hope that ministerial approval would add up to increased enterprise adoption of IBM's remaining businesses. Samuel J. Palmisano, who stepped down as IBM CEO this weekend, oped for Lenovo rather than Dell and others in order to aid the Chinese "national goal" of global expansion for its corporations, the NYTimes reports.

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Microsoft, Google, and Intel continue to beat Apple in brand value

Microsoft, Google, and Intel continue to beat Apple in brand value

You would think with all the buzz and cult following that Apple generates it's brand value would be leading in the rankings, but that's not the case. According to consulting firm Interbrand's recently released top 100 Global Brands list, Apple is actually ranked number 8, behind Microsoft, Google, and Intel. And this is an improvement from its previous year's ranking.

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Apple licensed iOS patent to Nokia but Samsung deal collapsed

Apple licensed iOS patent to Nokia but Samsung deal collapsed

Assumptions that Apple uses its patent portfolio to strongarm rivals into costly, time-wasting revisions of hardware and software, rather than as a way to milk them of cash, may have to be reconsidered with the news that the Cupertino company has licensed out at least one of its UI elements. In fact, Apple apparently licensed an iOS "scrollback" feature to both Nokia and IBM, according to heavily-redacted legal documentation shared with The Verge, and indeed even offered a similar deal to Samsung back in November 2010.

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IBM names new Chief Executive, Virginia Rometty

IBM names new Chief Executive, Virginia Rometty

This week it was announced that Samuel J Palmisano will be switching roles from Chief Executive to chairman while Virginia M Rometty will take over the Chief Executive, all of this taking place at IBM. Analysts say that Rometty's lead rival for the taking over of the roll at IBM was Steven A Mills, another senior vice president inside the company who has led the group's profitable and ever expanding software division. Meanwhile Rometty will now be one of the highest-profile female executives in corporate America.

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Google grabs 1,023 patents from IBM

Google grabs 1,023 patents from IBM

Google has snapped up a new patent haul, buying over a thousand from IBM in what's believed to be another attempt to shore up Android's defenses against Apple and others. The 1,023 transferred patents were detailed by the US Patent and Trademark Office, with Google subsequently confirming the deal had taken place. It's not the first such transaction we've seen; back in July, Google bought a different 1,030 patents from IBM.

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IBM builds 120-petabyte storage array!

IBM builds 120-petabyte storage array!

IBM is staffed with some geeks with big aspirations for sure. The gang at IBM has whipped up a little storage array for an unnamed customer that will use it for some unnamed task. The storage array happens to be the largest in all the land at 120 petabytes. That is 120 million gigabytes. Apparently, the storage array is being designed for a new supercomputer installation IBM is working on.

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Apple is Safe with Tim Cook

Apple is Safe with Tim Cook

Wednesday afternoon Apple's long-time CEO and founder Steve Jobs sent a letter out to the company's Board of Directors and the greater Apple Community announcing his resignation as CEO of Apple. His letter requests and the board has agreed that now former Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook would become the new Apple CEO while Jobs himself would become Chairman of the Board, director, and, as he put it, "Apple employee." As we find confidence in the fact that Jobs will continue to be a large member of the Apple family, we of course look to Tim Cook to fill the role that Jobs has defined for several decades. Is Tim Cook up to the task?

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