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Microsoft announces licensing deals with Acer, Viewsonic over Android devices

Microsoft announces licensing deals with Acer, Viewsonic over Android devices

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Microsoft this morning announced it has reached licensing agreements with Acer and Viewsonic over the companies' Android devices. Terms of either agreement were not announced, but Viewsonic will pay royalties to Microsoft. No royalties were mentioned in Acer's deal, which could point to some sort of reciprocal licensing.Microsoft VP of IP and general counsel Horacio Gutierrez issued the...

Legal filing lends credence to claims of Google showing preferential treatment

Legal filing lends credence to claims of Google showing preferential treatment

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Carriers, manufacturers who play nice get 'non-contractual time to market advantage'Can't say this surprises us much. Think back to mid-May, when This is my Next's Nilay Patel did a bang-up job explaining that whole Google-Skyhook brouhaha and the alleged strong-arming of carriers and manufacturers to conform to Google's way of thinking (developing, really) when it comes to Android.Fast...

RIM sponsoring 50 meetups nationwide to woo Android devs to BlackBerry Playbook

RIM sponsoring 50 meetups nationwide to woo Android devs to BlackBerry Playbook

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What's all this, then? Research in Motion -- aka BlackBerry-maker RIM -- is sponsoring 50 meetups nationwide to help woo Android developers in to making their apps available on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The PlayBook, as you'll recall, has some sort of witchery that allows Android apps to run sandboxed within the QNX OS.Going to developers directly is a must for RIM in this case....