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Dish, EchoStar Settle TiVo Patent Fight For $500 Million

Dish and EchoStar are paying TiVo half a billion dollars to settle a long-running patent fight over DVR technology. The two satellite TV companies will pay TiVo $300 million up front, and the remainder over 6 years, to settle suits that started in 2004. The settlement follows an April 20 legal victory for TiVo.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus