Buffalo Might Be Back in the Cheap Router Business With Patent Victory

As the happy owner of a cheapass Buffalo WHR-G125 router running DD-WRT, »10/08/08 8:20pm10/08/08 8:20pm the ridiculous BS patent lawsuit that in the US was deeply aggravating. Great news for Buffalo and reasonable people everywhere, CSIRO's patent claims have been ruled invalid, and Buffalo is getting a new trial, so we'll be able to buy Buffalo's…

Afternoon News: FBI Billboards, Radiohead Webcast, and Patents, Patents, Patents

• The FBI wants to install 150 digital billboards in 20 US cities in the next few weeks to show fugitives, missing people and gadget bloggers. [Network World]
Oft-discussed Radiohead will have a live webcast concert at midnight on January 1. It's almost cool to stay home on New Year's Eve now. [Pitchfork]
• Google… »12/27/07 4:00pm12/27/07 4:00pm

Apple and AT&T Sued Over Visual Voicemail Patents, Will Probably Lose

Klausner Technologies, a patent holding firm founded by the inventor of the PDA, is suing Apple and AT&T for $360 million for infringing on its patents with visual voicemail. Its patents cover selectively retrieving messages from a menu displaying the caller's name, number, etc. Yes, they have on patent on that entire… »12/03/07 5:40pm12/03/07 5:40pm

Obama Would Make Chief Technology Officer a Cabinet-Level Position

In preparation for his visit to Google headquarters today, presidential candidate Barack Obama released a nine-page statement outlining his plan to improve technology (if elected). His first order of business would be to appoint a Chief Technology Officer, a new government official who makes sure Obama's ideas are put… »11/14/07 4:15pm11/14/07 4:15pm

Wi-LAN Sues Everyone and Their Mom (Really) Over Dubious Wi-Fi Patents

Another day, another Wi-Fi patent entanglement. Today the troll plaintiff suing practically the entire industry is Wi-LAN, whose two patents—"related to Wi-Fi and power consumption in DSL products"—are apparently violated by anyone making or selling anything from routers to notebooks. The suit, launched in the capital… »11/01/07 5:00pm11/01/07 5:00pm

Buffalo Banned from Selling 802.11a and 802.11g Gear in the US

Australia-based Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has won a patent infringement suit against Buffalo in a US district court, enjoining sales on all 802.11a, g and n products made by Buffalo as of Oct. 1 (full list here). CSIRO is apparently suing the entire wireless LAN industry, so Buffalo… »10/30/07 6:39pm10/30/07 6:39pm