This week in pictures: The SOPA saga
Also: Barnes & Noble fights back against Microsoft patent claims; Buffett bets big on IBM; Google serves up Android 4.0 source code; Amazon ships Kindle Fire; and Nintendo builds life-size Mario Karts
The SOPA saga
SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) goes several steps too far in fighting piracy. But the head of NetCoalition, expected to give the industry's side of the story during the hearing Wednesday, was denied a chance to speak.
On Thursday, new media giants Google, Facebook, Zynga, and more put a full page ad in the New York Times to lobby against SOPA. A newspaper ad to protect the Web? Interesting.
Barnes & Noble pummels Microsoft patents with prior art
Barnes & Noble has fired another broadside against Microsoft in its defense of accusations that the retail bookseller violates Microsoft patents in its Nook eReader device. According to legal observer site Groklaw, Barnes & Noble has filed a supplemental notice of prior art that contains a 43-page list of examples Barnes & Noble believes counters Microsoft's claim that Nook violates five of Microsoft's patents.
Why Warren Buffett is betting big on IBM (and not Google, Microsoft or HP)
Warren Buffett always avoided tech investments, finding the long-term business models anywhere from speculative to dubious. Until this year. In an interview Monday on CNBC, Buffett revealed that his investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has purchased $10.7 billion in shares of IBM since March, giving the company a 5.4% stake in Big Blue. So what made the legendary billionaire investor lay down a huge bet on Big Blue? It all started when he read IBM's annual report this year -- something Buffett says he has done every year for the past 50 years. This time, though, he had an epiphany.
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Google serves up Android 4.0 source code
Android 4.0.1 source code is now freely available to any developer that wants to see it, under the terms of the Apache Software License, marking an end to closed Android platforms. Read more.
The Kindle Fire has shipped! Here's what the pundits think
Amazon snuck the Kindle Fire out a day early and the embargo on reviews expired. So what does the tech press think of it? They love it, they hate it, they think it's OK. Read more.
Need money? Sell your IP address. Microsoft just spent $7.5 million buying some.
IP addresses are running out, and scarcity means one thing: prices go up. How far up? Pretty far, since Microsoft just shelled out $7.5 million to buy a block of 666,624 IPv4 addresses. These came from the bankruptcy sale of Nortel networks as part of their liquidation. About 80 companies were contacted, an auction was held, more or less, and Microsoft ponied up the biggest pile of money. Read more.
Nintendo creates life-size Mario Karts
As part of its promotion for the new Mario Kart 7 game for the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo teamed up with West Coast Customs to create two life-size models of the go-carts - one for Mario and one for Luigi. Watch the video.