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1:58pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Planet Money

Episode 412: How To Fix The Patent Mess

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 6:47 am

Innovation?
Lee Jae-Won Reuters/Landov
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Two big patent cases this summer in the smartphone industry:

1. A jury finds that Samsung violated Apple's patents, and orders Samsung to pay Apple $1 billion.

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11:41am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Google, Publishers Reach Deal On Book Scanning

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:54 am

Google and a group of book publishers have settled a seven-year-old dispute that would allow the search giant to continue in its quest to digitize all the world's books.

This is only a step in that direction because Google still has an outstanding lawsuit with authors.

The New York Times explains:

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1:35am

Wed October 3, 2012
All Tech Considered

Calif. Greenlights Self-Driving Cars, But Legal Kinks Linger

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 3:56 pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown (front left) rides in a driverless car to a bill signing at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 25.
Eric Risberg AP

3:59pm

Wed September 26, 2012
The Two-Way

What If Google Were Run By Replacement Engineers?

A spoof site launched by Erik Johnson pretends to offer Google's search engine — if it were run by replacements.
Replacement Google

Frustration over the NFL's not-ready-for-primetime replacement referees has inspired web designer Erik Johnson to present Google as if its search engine had replacement engineers at the controls. The result is a web page that looks a lot like the standard Google Search page — with a note that it is sponsored by the NFL.

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1:23am

Mon September 24, 2012
All Tech Considered

Employee Shopping: 'Acqui-Hire' Is The New Normal In Silicon Valley

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 7:08 am

A Google logo is seen through windows of Moscone Center in San Francisco during Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in June. Google is one of several major tech companies known for the "acqui-hire."
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Tech companies like Google, Facebook and Zynga are on a shopping spree. They're buying small startups with innovative products and apps. But, many times, the tech giants don't care about what the small companies were producing. They just want the engineers.

There's a new name for these deals: the "acqui-hire," and it could mean the end to your favorite app.

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