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Best of the Tech Blogs: Motorola Files Lawsuit Against Apple


Plus, David O' Sacks, CEO of Yammer, predicts the end of Silicon Valley.

Link: Motorola's New Patent Lawsuit Against Apple: The Details
"On Friday, Google's (GOOG) Motorola Mobility filed a new lawsuit against Apple (AAPL) with the US International Trade Commission ('ITC') in Washington, seeking to ban the imports of virtually every Apple product into the US. At the time, the details of the filing weren't public yet, but the ITC has now posted the full complaint online and we can finally get a better idea of the patents Apple allegedly violated. According to the complaint, Motorola argues that Apple infringed upon seven Motorola patents…"

New York Times: Dealbook
Link: After Microsoft Deal, Yammer Chief Issues Gloomy Forecast for Silicon Valley's Start-Ups
"David O. Sacks, the chief executive of Yammer, who recently sold his business to Microsoft (MSFT) for $1.2 billion, is suddenly bearish on start-ups.

"On Saturday, Mr. Sacks lobbed a controversial letter on Facebook (FB): 'I think Silicon Valley as we know it may be coming to an end. In order to create a successful new company, you have to find an idea that (1) has escaped the attention of the major Internet companies, which are better run than ever before; (2) is capable of being launched and proven out for ~$5M, the typical seed plus series A investment; and (3) is protectable from the onslaught of those big companies once they figure out what you're onto. How many ideas like that are left?'"

Link: Windows Phone Could Surpass BlackBerry's US Market Share This Year
"Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Phone platform will likely overtake Research In Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry market share in the US by the end of this year, according to new data from StatCounter.

"The data, which was first posted by WMPoweruser, projects that in November the Windows Phone will reach a 1.5% install base in the US, while BlackBerry's market share will slip just under that. That means by the end of this year, Android and iOS will practically have the market to themselves."

Link: HTC Invests $35m in Social, Cloud Enterprise Apps Firm
"HTC will invest $35.4 million in a US software firm to boost the phone maker's range of applications for mobile enterprise customers.

"The Taiwanese phone maker will acquire a 17.1% of Magnet Systems Inc., but scrimped on any further details.

"HTC simply said: 'The investment will bring social, mobile, and cloud capabilities to HTC's portfolio of service offerings to its mobile enterprise customers.'

"Silicon Valley-based Magnet Systems builds platforms of next-generation enterprise applications. It combines the cloud, mobile technology and social enterprise services while cutting out much of the overheads that feature in traditional middleware, the firm says."

Wall Street Journal
Link: Best Buy Names Former Carlson Chief Joly as New CEO
"Best Buy Co. (BBY) Monday said it has chosen a new chief executive to lead the company as it struggles with falling sales and manages a public back-and-forth with founder Richard Schulze, who proposed to take the retailer private earlier this month.

"The new CEO, Hubert Joly, was chief executive of hospitality and restaurant giant Carlson-which includes businesses such as Radisson and T.G.I. Friday's-before he stepped down Sunday for the Best Buy job. Carlson announced that the board had selected its chief financial officer, Trudy Rautio to take his place."

Link: Apple, Samsung, CEOs to Negotiate Once More, But Don't Expect a Miracle.
"Almost everything is wrapped up in the epic Apple v. Samsung patent trial except for the jury's job. Both sides officially finished making their case on Friday, and with the exception of some jury instruction, the next step is for the jury to start weighing a decision. But wait, there's one more thing: The chiefs of Apple and Samsung are going to try to talk out their differences via phone one last time on Monday, reports Bloomberg. It's a last-ditch effort, and one that's very likely going to be fruitless."
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