The Switchboard: Apple demands 3 times the patent fees that Microsoft charges

March 13, 2014

David Paul Morris / Bloomberg

Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

Apple’s ludicrous demand in next trial: Samsung must pay $40 per smartphone. " If Samsung had to pay Apple's desired royalty rate on just 10 percent of those phones, that would be a $1.28 billion annual payment," reports Ars Technica. "Microsoft patent licenses to Android phone makers have reportedly been in the $7.50 to $15 per phone range, with lower estimates hanging around $5 per phone."

N.S.A. nominee promotes cyberwar units. "All of the major combat commands in the United States military will soon have dedicated forces to conduct cyberattacks alongside their air, naval and ground capabilities, Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, President Obama’s nominee to run the National Security Agency, told the Senate on Tuesday," according to the New York Times.

FISA court reverses order to destroy NSA phone data. "The court modified its stand after a District Court in California on Monday ordered the government to retain phone records it collects in bulk from telecommunications carriers," reports Computerworld, "as the metadata could be required as evidence in two civil lawsuits that challenge the NSA's phone records program under section 215 of the Patriot Act."

NSA has been hijacking the botnets of other hackers. "The NSA doesn’t just hack foreign computers," according to Wired. "It also piggybacks on the work of professional for-profit hackers, taking over entire networks of already-hacked machines and using them for their own purposes."

CBS chief says network could go all-Internet if Aereo wins. "CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said Tuesday that his company's namesake broadcast network could go 'over the top,' or be delivered via the Internet, if Aereo's model of streaming over-the-air programming is ruled legal," CNet reports.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecom, broadband and digital politics. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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