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December 24, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • No end in sight to mobile patent wars
    The intellectual property battles that plagued the mobile sector during 2012, culminating in the courtroom showdown between Apple and Samsung that resulted in a $1 billion award, will continue next year, according to analysts, who say more litigation is expected involving second-tier players and foreign firms, especially Chinese companies. Mark Newman, chief research officer at Informa Telecoms and Media's research division, says the effect of these patent disputes may trickle down to consumers, who could see higher device prices as a result. News Service (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Award-winning author Joshua Ferris shares his secrets of invisibility that inspires his writing success.
Emerging Tools 
  • Intel touts its "Clover Trail" SoC
    Intel says its dual-core Atom "Clover Trail" system-on-a-chip processor for tablet computers is superior to Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor, and at least one market analyst echoes that assessment. "The tablet performance is as good with Clover Trail as with ARM SoCs, if not better, and now the surprising thing is they are using less power," says Nathan Brookwood of Insight64. EE Times (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • GOP to Obama: Drop executive order and work with us on cybersecurity
    House Republicans are asking President Barack Obama to reconsider his plan to take a unilateral stance on cybersecurity and support a separate GOP initiative that relies on the voluntary participation of the private sector. Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Steve Scalise, R-La., joined 44 other lawmakers in sending a letter to Obama in support of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which they say is better suited than an executive order to encourage investments in security solutions. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Web startups get a dose of reality as "SoLoMo" hype abates
    Investors are coming to the conclusion that emerging social, local and mobile technologies that were once seen as the fuel for next-generation Web innovation aren't all they were cracked up to be, forcing some startup players to halt planned IPO plans and others to shut down altogether, observers note. The hype regarding Facebook, Zynga and Groupon has all but subsided, and experts say companies that once hoped to ride the wave will have to go back to the drawing board as they confront a market downturn, according to this article. The Wall Street Journal (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Companies warm to incubators
    Big companies are running incubator services in a bid to boost their R&D efforts, which is a great way to inject startup-style innovation into a company's operations, says PayPal Chief Operating Officer David Chang. "It's great to be on the cutting edge, but not have your foot fully in," Chang says. "The incubator, we hope, will keep us really sharp." Inc. online (free registration) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Clicked 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on ExecTech readers in the past week.

  • Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
Geeking Out 
  • Dueling firms to scan the skies for Santa
    People hoping to keep a watchful eye on Santa's progress tonight now have two options. NORAD has tracked St. Nick's progress since 1955, but it announced last week that it will no longer rely on Google Maps to plot his course and is switching to Microsoft's Bing instead. Google says it plans to track Santa on its own this year using a new algorithm. The search giant has launched its own website and an application that lets users track presents on an Android-powered smartphone. ABC News/Technology Review blog (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
For a while, there was a suspended disbelief about how hard it is to build a company. Now that's coming back to bite people."
--Brian O'Malley, a venture capitalist at Battery Ventures, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal
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