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[News] The Patent Pirates from Philips Attack Free Software

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RESEND(Wrong Thread): IMAGE/MP3 licensing issue.

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| The short story is that we are in a protracted battle with some patent  
| trolls. Google for Sisvel.
| In order to get ourselves in a stronger position, we want to make sure  
| no copies/instances/whatever of patent-infested technologies like MP2  
| and MP3 exist on our servers.


Openmoko se topa con las patentes



Free from Philips, iRex launches A4 e-book reader

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| Philips spin-off iRex, maker of the Iliad electronic book, has gone up a size
| to produce an A4 version of its e-book reader, this one aimed at the
| document-reading business type, rather than the classic-consuming bookworm.


Philips could be in the firing line after Sisvel's Berlin patent raids

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| Electronics giant Philips is being threatened with legal action following
| raids at a major German trade fair sparked by Sisvel, the Italian licensing
| company. Sisvel. which administers patents related to MP3 technology on
| behalf of a number of companies including Philips, asked German customs
| authorities to take action against a group of exhibitors at the fair,
| claiming that products they had on show were infringing.


Taiwanese firm to sue over armed raid at IFA

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| A Taiwanese firm is taking legal action over damage to its reputation after
| an Italian patent troll representing Philips prompted the raid of a Berlin
| consumer electronics show last month.
| Teco was among 69 companies targeted by some 200 armed German custom officers
| during the IFA trade fair in Berlin. The raid was done at the request of
| Sisvel, which administers MP3 and DVD technology patents on behalf of
| Philips. Sisvel had complained that exhibitors at IFA may be infringing on
| patents owned by its client.


iRex iLiad e-Reader: Linux's Answer to the Kindle?

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| David Chisnall jumped on the E Ink bandwagon with a Linux-based iRex iLiad.
| After spending a while using the device, he has some interesting perspectives
| to share.
| A few weeks ago, I bought a new toy. A lot of my work involves reading—mainly
| research papers—and I justified the purchase to myself by saying it was to
| make this task easier. The new toy was an iRex iLiad, one of a new category
| of device that emerged when E Ink hit the commercial market.



Berlin Court condemns Sisvel's IFA seizures as "illegal"

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| Today Sisvel, Europe's very own "patent troll", was given a serious blow by a
| Berlin Court. Sisvel convinced German public prosecutors to provide some
| helping hands in pressing companies in the mp3 audio field to take licenses
| under patents, owned by Philips and other companies.


German Customs cracks down at IFA

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| German Customs officials have raided several stands at this years IFA trade
| show in Berlin, including Emtec's, MSI's, and Xoro's. The officials are
| acting on behalf of Sisvel, which has a stand in Hall 2.2 at this year's IFA.


OpenMoko CEO: Embrace fragmentation, diversity is a strength

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| During his presentation, Moss-Pultz looked back at the successes and
| challenges encountered by the OpenMoko community in the past year and talked
| about how the project's adaptability and commitment to freedom have
| contributed to its current status.
| Although the OpenMoko concept was initially met with enormous skepticism, it
| has achieved success and is now generating profit. The company's first
| handset, the Neo1973, was manufactured in limited quantity and sold out
| completely within the first three days after it launched. Demand for the
| product was unexpectedly high, and Moss-Pultz humorously remarked that it
| probably would have sold out faster if the servers had been able to better
| withstand the massive traffic.


Open source phone goes to college

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| OpenLab will encourage students to develop their own projects based on
| Openmoko software and hardware, says Openmoko. Working with National Tsing
| Hua University, Openmoko has developed a curriculum for OpenLab that is being
| released under a creative commons share-alike license.
| [...]
| Stated Jyuo-Min-Shyu, Dean, Tsing Hua College of Electronic Engineering and
| Computer Sciences, "The lab is great, and we have Neo FreeRunner phones right
| at our students' fingertips."


Open Linux phone gets datacasts

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| The Communications Research Center Canada (CRC) has created a prototype
| handset that can receive datacasting signals. Its Linux-based "Openmokast"
| phone is built atop OpenMoko's open-source Neo FreeRunner phone platform, and
| along with typical smartphone functions, supports reception of live digital
| radio, video, and data broadcasts.


I'm super excited to begin work on this project [porting DeviceScape to the

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| To the best of my knowledge this is the first (or one of the first) non-FIC
| commercial applications being ported/developed for the OpenMoko/FreeRunner
| stack.


First Openmoko Custom Phone Now Available and Wears a Debian Plaid Kilt

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| The Openmoko Neo Freerunner phone was released only a few weeks ago, and
| already, a customized version called the W.E. Phone is now available for
| purchase. So what's the difference between the naked-as-a-baby Neo and the
| Canadian-based W.E.? The latter comes with a full bundle of custom Google
| applications, on top of the core GNU/Linux OS base with dialing, SMS and
| contacts.


OpenMoko Neo Freerunner - Part 1

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| Openmoko, born as a Free Software project under  GPL and LGPL license, is
| dedicated to delivering an open software stack on mobile platforms. Openmoko
| shipped its first product, the Neo 1973, on July 9 2007; and then turned into
| a start-up company with one aim: create great mobile products using the
| Openmoko stack: Open. Mobile. Free.
| The first Openmoko product, the Neo 1973, sold exclusively through Openmoko
| Online Shop. It sold out in early February 2008.
| Openmoko started selling the Neo FreeRunner (GTA02), the second generation of
| Neo, on July 3, 2008. It is available through the Openmoko Online Shop or
| national distributers.
| I received my FreeRunner as part of the first batch of orders shipped on July
| 7th.  I've now been playing with it for 10 days and these are my impressions.
| [...]
| All said and done I really like the phone.  And, like the main devs, am
| hesitant to call it a "phone".  It is really a handheld Linux computer that
| happens to have GPS and a GSM phone built-in.

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