Intellectual Ventures sues HP, Dell and others over patents

Dell, HP, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and others have been sued by Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue-based company run by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, as part of a broader patent dispute with two makers of common types of memory used in computers and gadgets. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in federal court in Seattle, targets Hynix… Read More


Nerd Notes: App for Atlantis, better title for Jobs bio, and some pi in the face for Google

Google reportedly decided to have some fun with the bidding for Nortel’s coveted patent portfolio last week — throwing out offers such as $3.14159 billion (a.k.a. pi) and other nerdy numbers. But Microsoft and Apple appear to have gotten the last laugh, leading a consortium that actually won the bidding. Or was it Google’s weird way… Read More


Practical Nerd: A plea for independence from bad accessory support

Editor’s Note: “Practical Nerd” columnist Frank Catalano spent three hours this Independence Day weekend struggling under the oppression of one technology company’s failed accessory support. The only positive result: This open letter to Léo Apotheker, president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard. In August 2009, I purchased an HP Mini 1151NR through Verizon Wireless. This was a… Read More


WebOS planned for every HP PC, alongside Windows

Hewlett-Packard, continuing to raise questions about Microsoft’s long-term dominance in PC operating systems, plans to ship its webOS operating system on every one of its PCs — alongside Windows — starting next year. That nugget is included in a new Bloomberg BusinessWeek story about HP.  The company, the world’s largest PC maker, had previously said… Read More