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[News] [Rival] Dana Blankenhorn on Microsoft's "Protection Racket"

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Dana Blankenhorn on Microsoft's "Protection Racket"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 02 Dec 2009 11:10:15 +0000
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Will racket ware shift the client-server balance?

,----[ Quote ]
| This is racket as in protection racket. You 
| got a lot of nice data in there, shame if 
| something should happen to it. And youâre 
| always under threat, from viruses, from 
| trojans, from programs that want to capture 
| your PC and use it to shoot spam at people or 
| click on ads, and just from general clutter, 
| what I call desktop dust bunnies.
| A whole industry has risen to fight this 
| menace. You canât get away with just an anti-
| viral. You need a program that fights spyware 
| and one that cleans your registry, too.


Anti-spammers urged to gang up

,----[ Quote ]
| In a comparative test, almost 200,000 sample 
| emails were sent to 14 different anti-spam 
| products that were required to filter out 
| spam messages from legitimate smails (ham). 
| The test found that no legitimate mail was 
| blocked by more than four products.



Is Intellectual Ventures revving up its lawsuit machine? Will we know when it does?

,----[ Quote ]
| Today's Recorder has a story revealing that patent-holding giant Intellectual Ventures
| appears to be connected to a patent lawsuit recently filed in Chicago against Kodak and
| CDW Corp. Picture Frame Innovations, LLC v. Eastman Kodak Company et al., 09-cv-04888,
| N.D. Illinois. Intellectual Ventures was founded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold
| (pictured at right).
| The Recorder reports that patent number 7,107,605, covering a digital picture frame, was
| originally filed by a small software company, but ended up being asserted by a small
| patent-holding company, Ez4media.


The real patent threat: Not Microsoft

,----[ Quote ]
| Hence, while the open-source world is up in arms about Microsoft's TomTom
| patent suit, it should be far more worried about news that Intellectual
| Ventures has grabbed another 500 patents through a deal with Telcordia
| Technologies, as TechFlash reports. Intellectual Ventures, arguably the
| world's largest patent troll, is set up to do nothing more than license its
| intellectual property, which it has done to the tune of hundreds of millions
| of dollars.

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