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ITC to investigate Apple over Ericsson LTE patent claims

03/31, 12:34pm

Apple, Ericsson at loggerheads over fair rate for standards-essential patents

The US International Trade Commission has announced a formal investigation into a complaint filed by Ericsson -- along with a handful of court cases -- following a lawsuit by Apple over what the iPhone maker says is a dispute about a fair rate for some standards-essential and LTE patents. The battle began earlier this year, when Apple complained to a court about "excessive" rates Ericsson wanted to charge for previously-licensed LTE technology.

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Uber announces 'greater investment' in screening, safety standards

12/17, 9:36pm

Review still under way, sparked by rape allegations and regulatory resistance

In response to the concerns of customers, legal troubles and bans in multiple markets around the world, rideshare/taxi service Uber has begun a study into ways to better screen drivers and improve overall safety. Phillip Cardenas, Uber's head of global safety, outlined the company's plans in a recent blog post today. Cardenas comes from Airbnb where he spearheaded the creation of that company's safety program.

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Apple wins right to appeal Wisconsin FRAND dismissal case

05/03, 9:00pm

Motorola blocked from having appeal dismissed outright

In the ever-more-complicated legal wrangles between Apple and Google (through its subsidiary Motorola), Apple has won the right to proceed with an attempt to appeal a case between Apple and Motorola in which the iPhone maker was suing Motorola for failing to adhere to FRAND guidelines, while Motorola was suing Apple for alleged infringement of standards-essential patents (SEPs) it holds. Rather than rule on the merits of each company's argument, US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb surprisingly dismissed both complaints outright.

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Wi-Fi Alliance sets Miracast cross-device streaming standard

09/19, 9:39am

Direct competitor to Apple Airplay

A new industry standard for video streaming is set to directly compete with Apple's AirPlay for dominance of the TV. Industry standards group the Wi-Fi Alliance has started a certification program for the Miracast standard, which will allow compatible devices to display video, images and applications instantly, regardless of brand.

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IEEE: new 802.11 standards for faster, improved Wi-Fi

05/07, 7:00pm

IEEE revises 802.11 Wi-Fi stanards

The IEEE has published expanded standards for increased speeds and simpler communications in Wi-Fi. The revision, called IEEE 802.11-2012, increases the scope of the existing networking standards to include more supported devices and improve cellular network hand-offs. This is the fourth revision of the standard since the original publication in 1997.

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