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  1. Design a Phone Tailored Perfectly for You with Phone Bloks

    If everyone can build their own ideal cell phone, what will they argue about on the Internet?

    Phone Bloks will solve the problem of smartphones that offer no user upgradeability and quickly become outdated and useless. With interchangeable parts, you can build the phone of your dreams and upgrade it one piece at a time to make it last forever. It's one phone to rule them all.

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  2. FTC Finds No Evidence to Suggest Bias in Google Search Results, Concludes Investigation

    The United States Federal Trade Commission today officially concluded their antitrust investigation of search engine giant Google with a series of decisions ranging from interesting to potentially fascinating. Perhaps most importantly, Google must stop attempting to exclude competitors from using patents important to key technologies. In other words, they can't use the patents they've acquired from their Motorola acquisition like a giant cudgel. We say most importantly because it's the only major change being made. When it comes to the actual allegations of search bias, though, that's a horse of a different color.

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  3. U.S. Court Overrules German Sales Ban of Xbox 360 and Windows 7

    Just when you start thinking the U.S. government doesn't have universal power of every other nation, they go and do something crazy. A federal judge has ruled that Motorola will not be allowed to ban the sale of Microsoft products, the Xbox 360 and anything with Windows 7, in Germany, despite the fact that a German court granted it back in May.

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  4. Google Completes Motorola Mobility Acquisition

    This morning, Google CEO Larry Page announced that the search giant had completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility. According to the blog post, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha will be stepping down to be replaced by Googler Dennis Woodside and that trading of Motorola Mobility stock will cease immediately. The deal, which was originally announced back in August, is reported to have cost google a cool $12.5 billion. That's some serious scratch to buy a failing phone-maker.

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  5. German Court Grants Motorola Injunction Against Windows 7, Xbox

    There's some potentially bad news for Microsoft in Germany; the Mannheim Regional Court has awarded Motorola an injunction that could effectively block all sales of Windows 7 and the Xbox 360 in Germany. The whole case revolves around a pair of patents that Motorola Mobility holds, concerning "adaptive motion compensation" and "adaptive compression of digital video data." The court found that Microsoft's Media Player, Internet Explorer, and Xbox 360 all infringe on the patents held by Motorola, and the resulting injunction blocks the distribution of the infringing products and allows Motorola -- in theory -- to order the destruction of all physical copies of Windows 7 and any Xbox 360s currently for sale in the country. Whether or not the injunction will actually be enforced, however, is another point of contention entirely.

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  6. Motorola Wins Injunction Against Apple in German Courts, Could Halt Sales

    Opening a new chapter in the series of lawsuits between Apple and just about everyone else in the consumer electronics industry, the German courts have awarded Motorola Mobility with an injunction that could prevent Apple from selling products within the country. This is a surprising turn for Apple's fortunes, as the company had won a similar injunction against Samsung in August. As is the case with most legal proceedings, the situation is far more complicated than it first appears.

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  7. Patent Troll Claims To Hold Patent For Wi-Fi, Sues People Left and Right

    Alleged patent troll Innovatio IP Ventures, LLC has decided that one of its (presumably many) patent portfolios is for Wi-Fi in general. As such, it has begun to sue companies left and right as patent trolls are wont to do. So far, the suits have largely been against restaurants, coffee shops, and department stores including Caribou CoffeeCosí and Panera Bread. In an attempt to freshen up the patent trolling process, it seems that Innovatio is asking for comparatively tiny settlements of between $2000 and $5000 to make the option of going to court seem extra expensive.

    At this point you're probably thinking "wait a minute, but I use Wi-Fi." Rest assured, Innovatio has no intentions of going after your wallet you...yet. In an interview, Matthew McAndrews, lead litigator for Innovatio lawsuits said "Innovatio has made a strategic and business judgment at this stage that it doesn’t intend to pursue [lawsuits on the basis of] residential use of WiFi." He also made a point of mentioning that "This is not a seat-of-the-pants, fly-by-night shakedown." The lawyer doth protest too much, methinks.

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  8. Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion

    After giving us a quick statistics lesson regarding Android's numbers (more than 150 million Android devices activated worldwide with over 550,000 devices activated every day) over on the Official Google Blog, Google CEO Larry Page announced that Google has agreed to acquire Motorola for a cool $12.5 billion. Motorola's "total commitment to Android in mobile devices" is one of the first reasons offered as to why Google decided pursue the acquisition, and they aim to create "amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers everywhere."

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  9. All Phone Chargers Will Be Created Equal (Soon)

    In a resounding case of "it's about freaking time," 2011 will be the year that chargers for almost all mobile phones start adopting a new standard based on the microUSB connector. The process began in 2009, when 14 prominent mobile manufacturers (including Apple, LG, Motorola, and Research in Motion, maker of Blackberry phones) realized that it might be nice to A) not have to throw away perfectly good chargers after a phone upgrade and B) be able to lend said chargers to others when their phones are dead. Finally.

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  10. Is This the R2-D2 DROID 2 You’ve Been Looking For?

    Earlier this week, Verizon confirmed that the Motorola DROID 2 would be hitting stores today, but that a special R2-D2 edition of the phone would be available come September. Courtesy of Pocket-Lint, this is our first glimpse at what that phone will look like. We're pretty sure it's legit because it looks just like the background image on the newly unveiled preorder site.

    Anyway: This looks pretty cool; great placement of the camera lens. The R2-D2 DROID 2 will be an online-only offer, available for a limited time in September; hit the preorder site for more details.

    (via Pocket-Lint)

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  11. Verizon’s DROID 2 is Official: $199.99, Presale Starts Tomorrow

    Not that we didn't see this coming, but Verizon has officially confirmed the Motorola DROID 2. The Android 2.2-equipped smartphone will be available for presale on August 11th, will be in stores on August 12th, and will cost $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

    But if we know our readership, you may still want to wait a month: The DROID 2's limited R2-D2 edition "will feature exclusive Star Wars content and external hardware designed to look like the trusty Droid from the film saga" and will be available online in September.

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  12. Verizon’s Droid X Teaser is Very… Robotic

    The Droid X:'s like Lost, Terminator, and that one bit in A Clockwork Orange when Alex first volunteers for the Ludovico treatment, all in fifteen seconds. At least, that's what the teaser uploaded by Verizon Wireless on its YouTube channel--part of a longer advertisement (its script leaked by DroidLife a week ago)--seems to suggest. It is inevitable that we will all turn into droids! The video also confirms the new Droid handset will debut in July. More details are likely to emerge at the Verizon and Motorola press conference on Wednesday. Hit the jump and let the teaser carry you until then.

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  13. Leaked Droid 2 Benchmarked Against Original Droid in Video

    Android blog Android and Me managed to get ahold of a Droid 2 before its likely unveiling later this week, and they've shot the following video benchmarking the performance of a Droid 2 to an Droid 1 in the video below. While you'll be forgiven for not seeing much of a difference between the two -- Android and Me's Taylor Wimberly writes that "Both phones are the same physical size, shape, and weight. They even use the same exact battery" -- performance is another matter.

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  14. Will the Droid X Actually Have a 720p Screen, or Did Verizon Wireless Make a Mistake? (Update: Yup, Mistake)

    The tech world is hyperventilating today over Google's and Verizon Wireless' big reveal of an official website for the Motorola Droid X, which isn't at some viral hole-in-the-wall URL, but is located on Verizon Wireless' website. Motorola, Google, Verizon Wireless, and Adobe haven't yet put out an official press statement announcing the phone's launch or detailing its specs, so the smartphone is still shrouded in mystery; it is expected to be revealed at a press-only event on June 23rd.

    As pumped as Android fans are about the Droid X, which has all the makings of the next flagship Android phone, there's one detail on the website which seems too good to be true to some: If you roll over the picture of the Droid X on the site, you'll see the above display, which promises a 720p screen. Update: This must have been a mistake. The screen has been changed. This isn't just an HD screen; it would, by some metrics, make the Droid X a stronger phone for viewing visual content than the iPhone 4, with the so-called "retina display" that Steve Jobs somewhat dubiously claimed made it sharper than the human eye could perceive.

    Is this a game changer, or will the Droid X deliver less than it seems?

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