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  • Microsoft sues US Customs and Border Protection for not enforcing ITC exclusion order against Motorola

    Microsoft sues US Customs and Border Protection for not enforcing ITC exclusion order against Motorola

    Thought the ITC battle between Microsoft and Motorola over Microsoft’s email-based meeting patents was over? Think again. Despite winning an exclusion order (read: an import ban) on all MMI handsets infringing its patent, Microsoft has filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Customs Deputy Commissioner Thomas Winkowski, the Department of Homeland Security and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for failing to enforce the order. The complaint alleges that the defendants failed to do their jobs and allowed infringing devices to continue to be imported based upon claims and arguments Moto successfully made to US Customs — and Microsoft was neither privy to these discussions, nor given the opportunity to respond to Motorola’s claims. Essentially, Microsoft argues that Customs and Border Protection has both shirked its duties and made rulings in direct conflict with the ITC’s decision and order.

    As such, Microsoft wants the court to rule that the CBP exceeded its legal authority, set aside the unlawful rulings set forth by CBP and compel it to enforce the ITC’s exclusion order. In addition to the complaint, Microsoft also filed for a Preliminary Injunction asking that the original ITC import ban be enforced immediately. We’ve yet to hear how the government will respond to these allegations, but we’ll keep you posted as things develop.

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    Via: Bloomberg

    Source: Complaint, Preliminary Injunction request

  • AT&T to buy Leap Wireless for $1.19 billion

    AT&T to buy Leap Wireless for $15 per share

    AT&T dropped an interesting bit of news this afternoon: it’s going to purchase Leap Wireless in its entirety for $15 per share, which translates to roughly $1.19 billion in cash. For many, Leap is best known by its consumer-facing brand, Cricket, a prepaid wireless provider that holds nearly 5 million subscribers. In exchange, AT&T will acquire Leap’s customers, retail stores and network licenses, which span 35 states across the PCS and AWS bands. Leap’s stock closed at $7.98 today, but shot past $16 in after hours trading. The transaction must still be approved by Leap shareholders, and then both the FCC and Department of Justice. As it stands, 29.8% of Leap’s outstanding shares are in favor of the transaction, and ever optimistic AT&T expects to wind up the deal within six to nine months. Better luck this time?

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  • Audible for Android gets design overhaul, improved library management and more
    Audible for Android gets design overhaul, improved library management and more

    Amazon knows that although a number people prefer (or need, in some cases ) audio over visuals to absorb published works, it’s still very important to provide a pleasant experience on the design front. In light of this, the Audible Android app has now been updated with a completely redesigned user interface, bringing along an enhanced navigating experience and an easier, more simplified way to manage your library. Audible listeners will also see a new “chapter-level” progress bar within the player, while other under-the-hood tweaks were made to improve the general performance and stability of the application. You don’t have to wait to download version 1.5, as it’s available as we speak from the Google Play store.

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    Via: Android Police

    Source: Google Play

  • Editor's Letter: The mobile megapixel wars go thermonuclear

    In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.

    DNP Editor's Letter The mobile megapixel wars go thermonuclear

    Nokia has been teasing a zoomable Windows Phone smartphone for what seems like ages now, and finally it has been revealed. It’s the Nokia Lumia 1020, stepping up another 100 over the 920 thanks to the addition of a 41-megapixel, backside-illuminated sensor sitting behind a six-element Zeiss lens. Video capture is 1080p and the cameraphone intriguingly offers full manual control, but it’s basically a Lumia 920 beyond that, with a 4.5-inch, 1,280 x 768 display and a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.

    So, naturally, the draw is that camera, and while we’ve seen some promising early results from stills and videos, we’re obviously going to have to spend more time with the thing to see if it’s worth the considerable dent it will make in your pocket. Admittedly, it’s far more pocketable than Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom, but it remains to be seen whether megapixels can really sell phones. We’ll find out on July 26th, when the phone will be available at AT&T for $300.

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