Intellectual Ventures is coming back for seconds in another lawsuit against Google-owned Motorola Mobility. The controversial Bellevue, Wash.-based company that’s made headlines for accumulating a massive trove of software and design patents, sued Motorola Mobility in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Microsoft announced that it’s now willing to pay up to $100,000 for information about security bugs that can be used to bypass the defenses of Windows, starting with the upcoming preview version of Windows 8.1 to be released later this month. For researchers who also detail new defensive techniques for preventing similar bugs from being exploited in the future, Microsoft will pitch in an extra $50,000 “Defense Bonus” per submission.
Ten government privacy and data protection officials from seven countries have asked Google to address privacy concerns related to its wearable computing device, Glass. The letter was sent to Larry Page, Google’s chief executive, by 10 commissioners from Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Israel and Switzerland.
Increased cyber espionage by China and recent leaks by a contractor working at the National Security Agency have put a sharp focus on cyber security for aerospace and defense companies showing off their wares at this year’s Paris Airshow. “We, like others, are constantly being bombarded by people who are trying to get into our systems,” said Mark DeYoung, chief executive of U.S. rocket engine and ammunition maker Alliant Techsystems (ATK).
Mississippi’s attorney general says he still considers Google’s responses to allegations that it’s not doing enough to prevent illegal online sales of drugs without prescriptions and says he’s sending out subpoenas for company documents to further his investigation. Attorney General Jim Hood urged fellow attorneys general from other states to do the same at a meeting in Boston, even as Google made its fullest response to date to the allegations.