12 January 2011

1. Patent Reform Will Return, But Congressional Staffers Say Comprehensive Bill May Not Be Ideal, National Journal, Josh Smith

Key Capitol Hill staffers say patent reform will come up in a big way in the 112th Congress, although what shape that reform takes remains to be seen.

2. Microsoft Fights Apple’s Attempt To Trademark ‘App Store’, PC Magazine, Sara Yin

Can an “app store” refer to any brand other than Apple? Microsoft thinks so.

3. Global CIO: Microsoft Launching Cloud Attack On Enterprise Stack, InformationWeek, Bob Evans

In a striking move with huge implications, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this week jettisoned long-time senior executive Bob Muglia from atop the company’s core enterprise-products business.

4. Google to eject H.264 video from Chrome browser, Washington Post, Rob Pegoraro

Finding a more open, mobile-friendly replacement for Flash video on the Web was never going to be easy. But it’s looking even more difficult after Google’s surprise announcement yesterday that it will yank support for the most widely used Flash replacement from its Chrome browser.

5. Formspring Springs Into Fresh Cash, New York Times, Jenna Wortham

Formspring, the fast-growing social network that lets people ask each other personal questions and then has others answer them, has hit another major milestone.

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