Archive for October 14, 2007

BEA Systems confirmed that its Board of Directors has received an unsolicited proposal from Oracle to acquire BEA Systems for $17.00 per share in cash for a total of $6.7 billion.

Consistent with its fiduciary duties, and in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, the Board has reviewed the proposal and the substance of recent management conversations with Oracle, and concluded that the proposal significantly under-values BEA Systems.

In a letter sent to Oracle, BEA Systems indicated that Board cannot consider any process which is long in duration, open-ended in nature, or would divulge competitively sensitive information which could materially harm BEAs business and shareholders’ interests since Oracle is a direct competitor of BEA Systems.

Novell Inc. and Red Hat Inc. were both sued for patent infringement by Technology Licensing Corporation and IP Innovation.

The plaintiffs alleged Red Hat and Novell have infringed its patents in Red Hat Linux system, the Novell SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) and the Novell SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server).

Specifically, at question is U.S. Patent No. 5,072,412 for a User Interface with Multiple Workspaces for Sharing Display System Objects issued Dec. 10, 1991 along with two other similar patents. They sought damages and a permanent injunction prohibiting any further infringement.

Apple, AT&T Sued for iBricking

Posted: October 14, 2007 in Tech

Lawyers filed a suit against Apple and AT&T and is asking for $1.2 billion in damages because the iPhone is specifically locked to only allow one service provider.

According to the suit, the iPhone works fine when an AT&T SIM card is in it, but if it is replaced by a SIM card from another wireless carrier, it will not work.

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin picked up a Boeing 757, a jet that is normally use by airlines for coast-to-coast flights, as an addition to their fleet.

Page and Brin reportedly already own a Boeing 767-200 as well as two Gulfstream V jets.

Water Powered Mobile Phone

Posted: October 14, 2007 in Tech

Samsung Electro-Mechanics unveiled a cell phone powered by water.  The company uses a fuel cell and hydrogen which can power up small electronics like cell phones for up to ten hours.

“When the handset is turned on, metal and water in the phone react to produce hydrogen gas,’ explained Oh Yong-soo, vice president of Samsung Electro-Mechanics’ research center. ‘The gas is then supplied to the fuel cell where it reacts with oxygen in the air to generate power.’ Other fuel cells need methanol to produce hydrogen, while Samsung’s needs only water.”

Samsung says the devise will initially use hydrogen cartridges that have to be changed every few days. Eventually the company plans to have a model where users can pour water directly into the phone and chat to their hearts content. But users may have to wait awhile though, the next level of water powered cell phone technology isn’t expected until 2010.