The past two weeks were quite eventful. Especially regarding patents, where a surprisingly huge amount of critique over patents was done, after the Nortel patent portfolio is being bought by the Rockstar consortium (Apple, Microsoft, RIM, etc.). I would especially like to point you out to the two articles published by Forbes (see Software Patents)

As far as business and patents go, the biggest news item was probably Google planning to acquire Motorola Mobility (see Free Software Business).

In the Open Standards department, there is an interesting shift, as Skype (recently acquired by Microsoft) decides to use Google's VP8 open standard video codec for their video calls.

I would like to thank Natalia Evdokimova for her help with collecting these links.

Free Software Licensing

ArsTechnica: Study: Android is least open of open source mobile platforms

H-online: Swiss proprietary companies block government open source release

Computer World UK: Time to Adopt the Brazilian Model of Public Software?

Openlogic: LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice.org: Showdown for Best Open Source Office Suite

CourtHouseNews: Westinghouse Sanctioned in Case Over Open Source

Arstechnica: Creative Commons images and you: a quick guide for image users

Free Software Business

H-online: Solving Microsoft's hard problem

Google Blog: Supercharging Android: Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility

CNet: Google to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5B

Google Incvestor: Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility

Business Insider: BOMBSHELL: Google Buying Handset Maker Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Billion

GigaOM: Exclusive: Guess who else wanted to buy Motorola?

Software Patents

ArsTechnica: Google-Microsoft spat could be tiny step toward patent reform

Which?: Tech ‘patent wars’ are bad for consumers

ArsTechnica: Ask Ars: Is serious patent reform on the horizon?

Techcrunch: Samsung Considers InterDigital’s Patent Trove Along With Apple, Google

The Inquirer: Apple, Google and Samsung fight for 8,800 mobile patents

Forbes: Google Should Publicly Oppose Software Patents

Techdirt: The Story Of Patent Reform: How Lobbyists & Congress Works… And How The Public & Innovation Get Screwed

Phandroid: Motorola Confident in Patent Strength, Could Be Google’s Biggest Ally

NPR: The Tuesday Podcast: The Patent War

Groklaw: A Brief Explanation of Microsoft's Anti-Google Patent FUD

The Inquirer: Microsoft bats away Google criticism over Android patents

The Inquirer: Google Microsoft patent row turns into a squabble

Techcrunch: Google Threw A Punch, Microsoft Fires Back With A Missile

ArsTechnica: Google publicly accuses Apple, Microsoft, Oracle of patent bullying

ArsTechnica: Microsoft calls Google out over patent bullying accusations

The Economist: Patents against prosperity

Arstechnica: iOS devs put out a call to unite against Lodsys, other patent trolls

The Inquirer: Google buys 1,000 IBM patents

Groklaw: Google's New Patents

The Inquirer: Android is under attack from patent vultures

Arstechnica: Are software patents the "scaffolding of the tech industry"?

Techdirt: If You Have To License The Software You Claim Infringes On Your Patent, How Is Your Patent Valid?

Yahoo: Why Patents Need to Be Abolished, Now

BetaBeat: Patent Trolls Come in All Shapes and Sizes

PaidContent: Motorola Reminds World That The Best Patent Defense Can Be A Good Offense

Forbes: Software Is Just Math. Really.

Independent: Are there now so many patents in Silicon Valley that it's impossible to innovate?

Techdirt: Patent Holders Trying To Drag 3rd Parties Into Patent Disputes

Techcentral: Mark Shuttleworth on patents, tablets and the future of Ubuntu

Wired: Google Steps Up to Defend Android Developers From Patent Lawsuit

Glyn Moody’s blog: Patents: just do the maths

Groklaw: Oracle v. Google – The '720 Patent In Play In Reexam

Forbes: Turn The Tables On Patent Trolls

Opensource.com: Speaking of software patents

Open Standards

Government and Free Software Policies Homembit: The hackers and the Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation

ComputerWorldUK, Glyn Moody’s blog: When in Romania…

Gigaom: Skype goes VP8, embraces open video codec

The Inquirer: Skype decides to use VP8 for its video calling

Government and Free Software Policies

OSOR: BR: Government signs up to develop OpenOffice and LibreOffice

OSOR: EU-law on re-use of public sector data may include source code

OSOR: FR/TN: France and Tunisia to cooperate in Open Source Software

TechRights: European Produrement Rules Need Review for Built-in Bias

Open Knowledge Foundation Blog: Austria adopts CKAN and CC-BY as nation-wide defaults

Copyright and Other Legal Act Reforms

The Telegraph: An outdated law that puts a cap on creativity

ArsTechnica: Shock, awe: British government agrees that copyright has gone too far

Arstechnica: Apple stops Samsung, wins EU-wide injunction against Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Inquirer: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets banned in Europe

Other interesting links

Nieman Journalism Lab: Transparency, iteration, standards: Knight-Mozilla’s learning lab offers journalism lessons of open source

ArsTecnhica: Developers still divided on mobile app monetization, but love the cloud

The Inquirer: Google is facing nine European Commission complaints

The Inquirer: The PC is dead, claims IBM executive

DW-World.de: Facebook violates German law, Hamburg data protection official says

TechDirt: Huge Ruling: Court Says Proving Copyright Infringement Does Not Automatically Mean Irreperable Harm

the H Security: Google also passes on European data to US authorities

Dr.Drobb's: Encrypt Early, Encrypt Often!

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