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Apple, HTC settle dispute: Apple and HTC have settled their long-running patent dispute, the companies announced Saturday, dropping all lawsuits and coming to an undisclosed licensing agreement.

Analysts speculate that the terms of the deal shake out to around $6 or $8 per phone, which comes to a total of $180 to 280 million in annual fees, said Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu.

HTC already has a licensing agreement with Microsoft for some technology, which is believed to be about $5 per smartphone.

The settlement may be a sign that Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, is taking a softer approach than did his predecessor, Steve Jobs, to the “thermonuclear war” mindset between Apple and manufacturers who run Google’s Android smartphone system.

Both companies framed the settlement as a victory for innovation.

“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said HTC chief executive Peter Chou in a statement.

“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,” Cook said in the same release. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.”

Tech agenda in Obama’s second term: Politico took a stab at determining how the White House’s technology agenda will change in the second term, suggesting that President Obama may be able to “double down” on tech policy initiatives such as cybersecurity and universal service.

The report also noted that many tech faces on Capital Hill have changed or are poised to change, such as Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on the Homeland Security committee, and Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) on the antitrust committee.

Microsoft, Motorola head to court: Microsoft and Motorola are going to court this week to argue over a patent dispute over streaming technology.

As the Wall Street Journal reported, the suit deals with a Microsoft complaint that Motorola unfairly changed the price on a licensing agreement between the companies for the use of streaming technology. The patent at issue is an industry standard patent, which must be licensed to competitors at a reasonable price.

YouTube prepares renewed investment in creators: YouTube, the Google video service that invested $100 million in original programming, is making a renewed funding push. As Advertising Age reported, the video service will give a second round of funding to 30 to 40 percent of its original partners, notifying content producers in the coming weeks.

Time spent on the site has grown around 60 percent in the past year to four hours per month, and the site averages about 4 billion hours of viewing time per month, the report said.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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