All posts on August, 2015


ITC reverses course, rules Microsoft’s phones don’t infringe on patents

Microsoft has prevailed over InterDigital in a years-old patent infringement action that was originally brought against Nokia in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). 

On Friday, the commission ruled that Nokia phones don’t infringe on patents held by InterDigital relating to 3G cellular data standards, overturning a previous decision from earlier this year. It’s good news for Microsoft, since the ITC has the power to block imports of products that it determines are infringing patents. 

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Read more 0 Comments

Officials question FCC’s broadband subsidy plan

Elected officials in several cities and states aren’t completely on board with a U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposal to allow low-income people to purchase broadband service through a program subsidizing voice service.

State and local officials from New York, Maryland, Texas and Oregon are among those objecting to parts of the FCC’s proposal to allow recipients of the agency’s controversial Lifeline program to use a monthly subsidy for broadband instead of mobile or fixed telephone services.

While many of the politicians voiced support for the FCC’s goal of subsidizing broadband for poor people, some questioned whether the agency’s current plan would force some families to choose between voice and broadband service. The FCC proposal, from May, would continue the Lifeline program’s $9.25 monthly subsidy, allowing recipients to choose whether to use it for broadband or voice service.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Read more 0 Comments

Clinic notes should be re-engineered to meet needs of physicians

When physicians prepare for patient visits, one of their first steps is to review clinic notes or health records that recap their patients’ medical history. Since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, approximately 78 percent of office-based physicians have adopted electronic health records (EHR). However, previous research found only 38 percent of physicians were highly satisfied with the system, and many believe the way a patient’s health information is displayed in EHRs reduces the efficiency and productivity of patient care. Now, in a new study, researchers say it is time to redesign EHR documentation tools to better meet the needs of physicians in order to deliver the best care to patients.

Read more 0 Comments

IDG Contributor Network: The right way to tackle Amazon

There’s little question that Amazon has dominated e-commerce for much of its existence. But as it quietly boosts its physical presence in communities, it’s not really getting into the bricks-and-mortar business. All that it’s doing is perfecting its online operations, ever mindful that the final stage of e-commerce is getting the product to the shopper, a stage that can run into quite a few obstacles.

It’s those kinds of obstacles — age-restricted products such as alcohol, neighbors or opportunity thieves stealing packages from outside the front door, temperature-sensitive merchandise, etc. — that Amazon is focusing on. Have seen no plans at all for a true shopping cart warehouse effort from Amazon, other than a wacky friction-less warehouse scenario described in a patent from January.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Read more 0 Comments