Liz Gannes

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Kik and BlackBerry Settle Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Mobile messaging startup Kik Interactive said Monday that the three-year-old patent infringement case in which it was defending itself against BlackBerry was formally settled September 4. At the time of the lawsuit, Kik had just launched, after founder Ted Livingston had tried to pitch a similar idea while working at BlackBerry (then RIM). BlackBerry’s own Messenger product just finally went multi-platform when it launched on Android and iOS last month.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work