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Communications Archive

  • A Haven for Patent Pirates

    In one federal court in East Texas, plaintiffs have such an easy time winning patent-infringement lawsuits against big-tech companies that defendants often choose to settle rather than fight.

    4 comments

  • Faster, Farther Wi-Fi

    Newly approved Wi-Fi standards should give a boost to the wireless industry – and likely expand media in the home.

    2 comments

  • Mac's Faith-Based Initiative

    Thousands gathered for the frenetic glitzfest of Macworld – but this year’s show had a serious note: Apple finally wants to take on the PC.

    11 comments

  • The Patent Office's Fix

    Metatagging and social networks – ideas that originated in personal online media – may save the U.S. Patent Office.

    3 comments

  • Phone a Friend over Wi-Fi

    A new Wi-Fi phone from Vonage is fun – but it doesn’t make sense as a replacement for the cell phone.

    6 comments

  • The Future of Personal Media

    The coming year will see, among other things, more Web-based software applications, an explosion of personal videos online, and a change in the business of digital music.

  • Spy Kids

    The National Security Agency’s “CryptoKids” website uses cartoon characters to recruit future codemakers and codebreakers.

    1 comment

  • A New Media Year

    Columnist Eric Hellweg looks at the biggest stories of 2005 surrounding the convergence of media and technology.

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