The Federal Trade Commission has finalized its settlement with Google over the company's alleged misuse of the standards-essential patents it gained as part of its $12.5 billion acquisition of ... more 
The Federal Trade Commission has finalized its settlement with Google over the company's alleged misuse of the standards-essential patents it gained as part of its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2011. The final order requires Google to license those standards-essential patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory or FRAND terms, and prevents the company from using them as a weapon against rivals by seeking product injunctions and importation bans based on them. Microsoft has long been the leader when it comes to personal computing, but the advent of mobile marked a major paradigm shift that Microsoft still hasn't gotten a grasp on. Microsoft still dominates the PC market by a staggering margin; Windows currently powers 91.5% of all PCs currently in use, according to Net Applications' June data. But there's a huge problem: The PC market isn't where the growth or profits are anymore when it comes to connected devices. In a recent post on his blog titled "The irrelevance of Microsoft," mobile analyst Benedict Evans shared a few charts that help illustrate why Microsoft is facing such a huge conundrum right now. Verizon indirectly refuted AT&T's ad campaign that claims it's "America's most reliable network." Verizon touted its own $7 billion annual investment in its network, its testing, and its "rigorous scrutiny" of new devices. The company fired back, "Others have tried to claim reliability. But to us it's not a hollow claim. Or a slogan. Or a fancy ad campaign." less 
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Wed, Jul 24, 2013 2:35 PM EDT