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Microsoft owes Alcatel-Lucent $1.5 billion for violating MP3 patents, a jury found. Microsoft says it properly licensed the technology. ...

Apple and Cisco settled their dispute over the iPhone name, with both companies allowed to use the name, on which Cisco holds the copyright. Cisco says it wants to work on interoperability with the Apple iPhone and Cisco products. The companies say they'll "explore opportunities." ...

Cisco also agreed to acquire XML gateway provider Reactivity for $135 million in cash, filling a hole in its platform for managing applications within a data center. ...

Skype filed a petition asking the FCC to force wireless carriers to loosen their controls on what kinds of hardware and software can be connected to their networks. ...

Did we mention Cisco? It also warns that 77 of its routers are vulnerable to a new form of attack called drive-by pharming, in which hackers lace phony Web sites with malicious code that causes problems for broadband routers. The defense is to change the default password. ...

SAP has acquired Pilot Software, a maker of analytical tools. ...

GPS provider Garmin and the Mayo Clinic created an application that provides first-aid tips and also guides a person by GPS to the nearest emergency room.

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