Microsoft wins German ban on Motorola Android devices over FAT storage

Does this  Microsoft patent make my Android smartphone look fat? That’s the question Motorola Mobility is asking today after yet another German court ruled its mobile phones were infringing patents owned by the software giant. The decision by the Mannheim Regional Court bans sales of Motorola phones including the Razr, Razr Maxx and Atrix and awards Microsoft undetermined monetary damages.

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons hit 3 billion downloads

Look at your Firefox browser on your laptop or phone. It’s likely been tweaked-out with the perfect pallete of colors and acts just the way you want. Since those add-ons became available in 2004,  more than 3 billion have been downloaded — more than the entire Internet user base and nearly half of the world’s population –Mozilla announced Thursday.

Apple wins Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban in Europe, loses appeal for Tab 10.1N

Apple won a split-decision in a German court against Samsung’s Galaxy tablets. The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court banned Samsung’s smaller Galaxy Tab 7.7 in all EU countries, but the iPad maker lost an appeal to block sales of the Korean company’s larger Galaxy Tab 10.1N. The ruling in favor of  Samsung confirmed “that the Galaxy 10.1N does not infringe” upon Apple patents, the rival firm announced.

Lenovo CEO shares $3M bonus with employees

A Lenovo chief executive helped the image of fat cat CEOs everywhere Thursday. Yang Yuanqing (second from the left, above) CEO of the China-based PC maker took $3 million he received above his normal bonus and distributed it to 10,000 underlings. The $314 payout to employees amounted to an entire month of wages for the average factory worker assembling cell phones and other consumer items.

UK regulators say ISPs must be piracy watchdogs

Add watchdog to the list of duties now on required of U.K. Internet service providers. The nation’s communications regulator, Ofcom, today rolled out a draft code demanding ISPs watch out for piracy, record how many warnings are given suspected offenders, and after three notices, remove violators. The new draft rule is the start of the UK’s Digital Economy Act and a three-strike response.