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Microsoft to cough up $521 million
Eolas Technologies is the proud owner of $521 million in cash, four years after the company took Microsoft to court for infringing on a software patent for plug-ins and applets in software.
The jury sided with Eolas, which initiated the suit back in 1999.
Microsoft was undone by internal documents that described the technology, although it didnt mention the company directly.
One quarter of the money will go towards the University of California which played a part in the development of the technology, while the rest will go to Eolas.
Eolas, if youre wondering, has just one employee on the payroll, a former UofC researcher by the name of Mike Doyle. The company also has 100 shareholders.
According to Doyle, the money will fund future research at Eolas.
Microsoft is appealing the decision.
Applets and plug-ins allow Web users to view video, play streaming audio, play games, view live news and stock quotes, and more within an Internet browser, without opening or running any additional software.
Back in May, Microsoft agreed to pay $750 million to AOL Time-Warner to settle a lawsuit by Netscape.
PC World offers Windows tips
Did you know that when you hold the Shift key when you hit the close box icon on any folder, you can close any folder in the hierarchy of your folder browsing? Did you know that you can put shortcuts into files to help you find your place?
This months PC World (www.pcworld.com) features more than 50 tips and shortcuts for working in Windows that could save you time and headaches. My favourite is an Active Desktop feature that allows you to put all of your desktop icons in a desktop folder with the click of a button. The feature to view sound and video files in Web view is also pretty handy.
Ticketmaster pushing spam?
Ticketmaster customers are complaining that the number of spam e-mails they have received increased after ordering tickets online through the ticket service.
The fact that the spam e-mails were personalized, including full names, regional information and more suggested to members of an online discussion group that it wasnt a coincidence.
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