John Paczkowski

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Apple Says There’s $2.7 Billion at Stake in German Motorola Mobility Suit

If a German court should rule that Apple violates Motorola Mobility’s patent on synchronizing email accounts, the company says its stands to lose a lot of money — money that Motorola would then be on the hook for, should the injunction later be overturned.

During a court hearing on Friday, Apple asked that Motorola be required to post $2.7 billion in collateral if it should win the case, so that if Apple prevails on appeal, it could be made whole for any losses it suffered during the process.

A massive sum, and one that the judge presiding over the case seemed to find overly large. “I am not yet entirely sure that amount adequately mirrors the commercial value of this dispute,” he said. “The technology isn’t a standard and there are alternative ways to provide the same services.”

Apple, of course, disagrees. But whether it’s doing that strategically — to maximize Motorola’s liability in the event of an injunction situation — or because it feels that $2.7 billion sum is genuine (as best I can tell, it didn’t explain the calculation behind that number) is anyone’s guess. More details at FOSS Patents.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik