Where in the World Should You Register Your Patent?

Patents can be one of the most lucrative pieces of intellectual property a company can own, particularly for any business in the technology sector. However, they are also one of the most costly and expensive forms of intellectual property available. For complicated patents, the application process can run upwards of $10,000, filing fees can be […]

Viacom, DirecTV Mend Fences – but at What Cost?

DirecTV subscribers will soon be able to get their MTV, as well as their daily fix of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, plus Nickelodeon and the 14 channels owned by Viacom, under a new agreement the two companies announced on Friday. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, it appears that Viacom will […]

3D Printing: A New Dimension for Manufacturing

Some of us have never heard of 3D printing. The fact is, this type of “printing” will revolutionize manufacturing and change where, how fast, and at what cost products will be produced. Let’s imagine for a moment a manufacturer’s utopia — being able to produce a tailor-made product at an unbelievably low cost and being […]

Google Gets It Right in Q2

The quarter ending June 30, 2012, was a solid three-month period for Google, despite the global economic turmoil and despite the costs associated with the Motorola acquisition, which closed in May. The company reported a 35 percent year-on-year increase in revenue to reach $12.2 billion. Net income reached $2.79 billion, compared with $2.51 billion in […]

Marissa Explains It All

Given its lousy financial performance, periodic bouts of layoffs, questionable patent litigation strategy and security lapses, Yahoo appears to be adrift, listing, off course, capsizing. Name any unfavorable nautical condition, and it probably applies to Yahoo. A large part of the blame for that lies with the people in charge of hiring the captain. Yahoo’s […]

Facial Recognition Faces Congressional Scrutiny

A senate committee met on Wednesday to discuss the promise and pitfalls of facial recognition technology. Led by its chair, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, the committee questioned privacy advocates as well as representatives of the FBI, the FTC and Facebook, about how the technology is being used and what privacy issues it raises. The discussion […]

EC Adds Android to Growing List of Google Grievances

The European Commission’s antitrust allegations against Google could force the company to make changes to its Android phones. Google has proposed changes to its search engines results to avoid fines, but EC competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia has apparently now included changes to Android as part of any agreement. The EC’s initial complaints about Google revolved […]

Twitter May Face Sisyphean Challenge in Protected Speech Battle

Twitter indicated Thursday that it will appeal a decision by New York County Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. that the microblogging site must hand over a user’s posts. The case stems from an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney regarding the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011 — in particular, one that occurred in […]

US Stocks Slide as Crisis in Europe Deepens

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks fell early Friday, pushed down as problems in debt-riddled Europe came to a fore. The decline broke three days of gains, the first such streak in more than a month. Though tech stocks did well — Google rose 3 percent after announcing higher earnings — it wasn’t enough to make […]

Spain’s Woes Deepen as Region Seeks Financial Aid

MADRID — Spain’s economic woes deepened Friday after a heavily indebted region asked the central government for help to pay creditors, prompting investors to dump Spanish stocks and government bonds. Just as European ministers approved a rescue of Spain’s troubled banks, the region of Valencia revealed it would become the first to tap a new […]

DirecTV Customers: SpongeBob is Back

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — DirectTV subscribers who want their MTV, Sponge Bob SquarePants or comedian Jon Stewart are getting their wish. Viacom Inc. and the satellite TV service provider said Friday that they have settled a dispute that had cut off access to 17 Viacom channels for DirectTV subscribers. Terms of the deal were […]