226w ago - A US federal court has ordered Microsoft to pay over $290m (£175m) for wilfully infringing on a patent by Canadian firm i4i, and has filed an injunction to prevent the sale of Word.
The patent relates to the use of XML, a mark-up language that allows formatting of text and makes files readable across different programs.
To quote: XML is integral to Microsoft's flagship word processing software Word.
Texas district court judge Leonard Davis also filed an injunction preventing Microsoft from selling Word.
The row specifically relates to the use of Extensible Mark-up Language, or XML, documents.
I4i filed a patent in 1998 that outlined a means for "manipulating the architecture and the content of a document separately from each other" invoking XML as a means allowing users to format text documents.
XML is also used extensively among other word-processing programs such as OpenOffice.
Microsoft has 60 days to comply with the injunction but said in a statement that it will appeal the ruling.
"We are disappointed by the court's ruling," said Microsoft spokesperson Kevin Kutz.
"We believe the evidence clearly demonstrated that we do not infringe and that the i4i patent is invalid. We will appeal the verdict."
227w ago - According to Bloomberg, today Sony Corporation has reported a second straight quarterly loss as the stronger yen pushed the company further behind Samsung Electronics Company in television sales, and the global recession drove down demand for videogame machines.
The net loss was 37.1 billion yen ($390 million) in the quarter ended June 30, compared with profit of 35 billion yen a year earlier.
To quote: The result beat estimates after Chief Executive Officer Howard Stringer cut jobs and shut factories to revive a company that's lost its lead to Samsung in TVs, Nintendo Co. in game players and Apple Inc. in portable media players.
Pressure is building for Stringer to prove he can increase Sony's sales, not just reduce expenses, by slashing jobs and suppliers, according to investors such as Yasuhiko Hirakawa.
"Cost cutting and reshuffling of management may help mend unprofitable businesses but they won't make Sony competitive against Samsung and other rivals," said Hirakawa, a Tokyo-based fund manager at DIAM Co., which oversees $80 billion in assets.
"The brand is still highly regarded but that won't last forever."
229w ago - There's an underlying trend beneath this week's Japanese hardware sales rankings - every console that Dragon Quest IX cannot be played on sank like a stone made of lead.
Every console on which Dragon Quest IX can be played skyrocketed like a sky... rocket. Do you see the lesson presented here, gaming hardware manufacturers?
If you don't have Dragon Quest IX on your console, you should probably get up on that. Then again, you could just start painting your consoles red. That seems to work too.
To quote: The Squeenix-developed RPG - which is apparently perfect - sold an absolutely staggering 2,318,932 copies in its first two days on store shelves. After running the numbers, we've calculated that during those two steamy Akihabara nights, 13.2 copies of Dragon Quest IX were sold every second. (Seriously.)
We've also discerned that Square Enix will harvest a million buckets of money from the Japanese sale of this game alone - but it's nice to see Nintendo's catching a few pails of their own.