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Ex-Microsoft manager charged with insider trading on Barnes & Noble deal and Microsoft earnings reports

Two Seattle-area men, including a former senior manager in Microsoft’s treasury group, were charged this afternoon with 35 counts of insider trading. Federal authorities allege that they made more than $390,000 through stock trades that were timed to capitalize on major Microsoft news announcements, including its investment in Barnes & Noble and Microsoft earnings reports. Microsoft… Read More

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Amazon wins key ruling in fight with IBM over $600M CIA cloud computing deal

Amazon today won a key court ruling over IBM in its bid to secure a $600 million contract to provide cloud-computing services to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The online docket from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims indicates that Judge Thomas Wheeler ruled in Amazon’s favor on its objections to the Government Accountability Office’s decision… Read More

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Contour’s court-appointed receiver sets auction, says brand may still survive

A company working on behalf of the court-appointed receiver for action-camera maker Contour Inc. said today that it’s accepting solicitations from potential buyers of Contour’s assets, tentatively setting an auction for early October but saying that the Contour brand could still survive. The announcement was made by D.A. Davidson & Co., which has been tapped… Read More

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Lead juror in Microsoft vs. Motorola was genetics pioneer Mary-Claire King

Mary-Claire King, the famed scientist who discovered the link between the BRCA1 gene and many forms of breast and ovarian cancer, is portrayed by Helen Hunt in “Decoding Annie Parker,” scheduled for theatrical release this fall. Thankfully for movie-goers, the film doesn’t include the mind-numbing details of the past week of King’s life. By pure happenstance,… Read More

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Microsoft wins jury verdict vs. Motorola; $14M in damages is half of what Microsoft sought

Updated with Google comment. A federal jury in Seattle ruled in Microsoft’s favor this afternoon in a patent dispute with Motorola Solutions — finding unanimously that Motorola breached its contractual obligations when it offered to license key tech patents to Microsoft for significantly more than what the court determined to be fair and reasonable terms…. Read More

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Microsoft vs. Motorola: Jury seated, patent trial set to start

A jury of seven women and one man will hear opening statements in federal court in Seattle this afternoon in a high-profile patent suit between Microsoft and Motorola —a key case in a broader set of disputes between Microsoft and Google, the smartphone maker’s parent company. After seating the jury and dismissing them for lunch,… Read More

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Microsoft to rename SkyDrive to settle trademark dispute

In a major change for one of Microsoft’s key online services, the company will rename its SkyDrive cloud storage service as a result of a trademark settlement announced this morning with British Sky Broadcasting, after losing a court case in the European Union. Microsoft isn’t commenting beyond an official announcement (below), but the change appears… Read More

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Report: Amazon.com files federal complaint to preserve $600 million CIA contract

Amazon.com has filed a federal complaint over a $600 million contract to provide cloud computing services to the Central Intelligence Agency, a contract that competing bidder IBM disputes. A spokeswoman for Amazon.com said that the CIA, which initially pushed for Amazon Web Services, made the right decision initially. “We believe that the CIA selected [Amazon Web… Read More

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Microsoft appeals to AG Holder, cites Constitutional right to address spying controversy

Microsoft today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him or President Obama to personally intervene to allow the company “to share publicly more complete information about how we handle national security requests for customer information.” The company also disputed a report by the Guardian last week that said Microsoft gave the NSA the… Read More

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Board battle: Flipboard accuses Flowboard of trademark infringement

Flipboard and Flowboard are two companies with names that start with “F,” and end with “board,” but the comparisons pretty much stop there. But Flipboard, the San Francisco-based popular digital social magazine, is accusing Flowboard of trademark infringement. Treemo Labs-owned Flowboard, the Seattle-based startup that makes an iPad storytelling app, certainly does not agree and is… Read More

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Legal puzzle: Amazon and former employee set for trial in unusual patent dispute

The clear acrylic trophy is shaped like a puzzle piece, with the Amazon logo and the inscription, “In recognition of your innovative thinking and contribution to our technology. Congratulations on being an Amazon inventor!” It bears the signature of “Jeff” — a.k.a. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — and is given to employees to commemorate a patent filing…. Read More

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Sprint launches legal attack, says Dish attempted to ‘fool’ Clearwire shareholders in ‘bad faith’ bid

Well, nearly everyone saw this coming. Sprint has turned to the courts to try to stop Dish Network’s purchase of Clearwire, the Bellevue-broadband wireless company that’s highly coveted for its wireless spectrum. In a lawsuit filed today against Dish and Clearwire, Sprint argues in the 45-page document that Dish’s proposed buyout violates Delaware Corporate Law and… Read More