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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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Apple sues HTC over iPhone patents

Apple, increasingly facing tougher competition in the market for smartphones, sued the Taiwanese phonemaker HTC, accusing it of violating patents related to the iPhone.

HTC was the first company to manufacture a cellphone based on Google's Android operating system. It is also making the Nexus One phone, which Google is selling directly to consumers.

In a court filing, Apple said that a bevy of HTC-made cellphones -- including the Nexus One, T-Mobile's G-1 and the MyTouch 3G -- use patent-protected technologies owned by Apple without having a license for them. Apple said HTC has infringed on 20 of its patents, covering aspects of the iPhone's user interface and hardware.

Several of the patents relate to technology behind touch screens, including one that lets a device's screen detect more than one finger at a time.

-- Associated Press

Microsoft chief calls for scrutiny of Google

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer intends to keep the regulatory heat on Google as his company strives to lessen its rival's dominance of Internet search.

In an appearance Tuesday at a search engine conference, Ballmer said that Microsoft believes that Google has done a number of things to gain an unfair advantage in the Internet's lucrative search advertising market.

He didn't specify the alleged misconduct.


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