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Microsoft, Motorola Face Off In Patent Court Case

Microsoft Corp. and Motorola Mobility will argue in a Seattle court this week over how crucial technology should be shared, a case that could help put the brakes on rampant patent warfare. The long-running lawsuit, the largest of seven overlapping suits the two companies have filed against one another, focuses on how much a patent holder can charge for technology considered part of an industry standard. Companies that agreed to include a patent in an essential standard are obligated to license it at “fair and reasonable” terms and are considered in breach of contract if they don’t. The trial stems from a lawsuit Microsoft filed in November 2010, claiming that Motorola breached its contract to provide, at reasonable rates, use of its patented technologies that have become part of industry standards in online-video viewing and wireless usage.

Petraeus Sex And Security Scandal

The FBI uncovered evidence of an affair between CIA Director David Petraeus  and his biographer Paula Broadwell after she allegedly sent harassing emails to another woman, Jill Kelly, who Broadwell seems to have thought was too close to Petraeus. The FBI investigation found only a personal drama and no security issues connected to the affair, and no charges are expected, reports CBS News correspondent Bob Orr. Petraeus was scheduled to testify before Congress on Thursday about the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Cosulate. Now his Deputy Mike Morell is to fill that role, but lawmakers made it clear over the weekend that they will still likely want to hear from Petraeus on the matter. Petraeus is said to be focused now on his family, but the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has said the timing of the resignation suggests a coverup, and several members of the House and Senate have told CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson they’re confident Gen. Petraeus will be called to testify about Benghazi in the not-too-distant future.

Feds Joining Search For Cause of Indy Blast

With no hint of a problem in advance, in particular no tell-tale smell of a gas leak, authorities and residents in a southern Indianapolis neighborhood are trying to make sense of an enormous blast that obliterated two homes and made dozens more uninhabitable. Fire officials expressed amazement that only two people died in the late Saturday explosion so powerful that the devastation spread for blocks from its epicenter. Hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate their Richmond Hill homes, some never to return. Windows and doors were blown in. The blast rocked several houses entirely from their foundations and was so loud it awoke people three miles away. A fire burned for hours, engulfing dozens of homes.Early Monday, Indianapolis public safety director Troy Riggs said forensic investigators were talking with utility companies and others as they tried to determine the cause.

US Supreme Court To Consider Challenge To 1965 Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear another case challenging the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a key measure of the Civil Rights Movement that has been used to defend the rights of minority voters as recently as the last election cycle, reports The Daily Texan. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case Shelby County v. Holder, an Alabama case that claims states and municipalities with special restrictions under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act have made sufficient progress and should no longer be required to comply with these restrictions. Section 5 requires states and municipalities that have a history of discrimination to have any changes to their voting laws approved by the U.S. Justice Department or certain federal courts, but has been using the same formula to determine which areas should receive these restrictions since 1965.

Voice Of Elmo Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ After Underage Sex Charges

Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo on “Sesame Street,” is taking a leave of absence from the show in the wake of charges that he had sex with an underage boy, the website TMZ is reporting. The Baltimore-born Clash has vehemently denied the charges, according to TMZ. The 23-year-old accuser says the two began a sexual relationship seven years ago, when he was 16 and Clash, 45. Clash has acknowledged he had a relationship with the young man, TMZ reported, but insisted it didn’t begin until after he had become an adult.


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