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Apple sued for promoting iPhone as eBook reader

An overseas communications firm is suing Apple for promoting its iPhone handset as a touchscreen digital book reader, a concept it claims to have patented over seven years ago.

In a 7-page complaint filed with a Virginia district court Monday, Berne, Switzerland-based MONEC Holding Ltd accuses the iPhone maker of patent infringement, unfair trade practices, monopolization, and tortious interference for allegedly treading on its January 2002 patent No. 6,335,678 titled “Electronic device, preferably an electronic book.”

A self-described “leading innovator for mobile, globally usable communication solutions,” MONEC claims to be in the business of “developing and marketing equipment for the transmission of data to mobile electronics communication systems, managing and utilizing patents in this area and awarding licenses.”


Brace yourselves – IE8 reported to be released, (Thu, Mar 19th)



The day some of you have been waiting for looks like it has arrived. IE8 is reported to be released at midday, eastern standard daylight savings time. Downloadable from the ie8 pages at Microsoft and their download pages (the button is already there, but links to the beta ATM). 

Lots of changes in the product, including security changes. No doubt those of you who have users with local admin rights will be able to tell us a few minutes after it has been released how it behaves on your network. Those of you holding on to IE 5 and IE 6 (you know who you are), maybe this is the one to use?
Happy downloading
Mark H