Here’s the morning roundup of the latest action:

*AirGoogle at Moffet
*Twitter API has ten times traffic as
*House passes bill to overhaul nation’s patent system
*Hotswap, used car site, to launch, with $1M in funding
*Hulu sued by Lulu
*Google’s desktop software gets respect; GapGemini recommends it to corporate customers

googlejet2.jpgAir Google using NASA grounds at Moffett Field — First reported by Valleywag, the SF Chron follows up, confirming that the Boeing 767 owned by Google’s co-founders has used the NASA airport near Mountain View. The field is normally closed to private aircraft, suggesting NASA has awarded Larry Page and Sergey Brin partial landing rights. The Google co-founders are reportedly negotiating to lease a hangar from the space agency. Both co-founders have expressed interest in space, and at one point even discussed building a space elevator — a giant tether that could take people there.

Twitter API has ten times traffic as Twitter.comThis shows the power of letting other people, in this case developers, do the work for you.

U.S. House of Representatives passes bill to overhaul nation’s patent system — The bill limits the scope for patent infringement suits, allowing courts to change they way they assess damages in patent infringement cases. Currently, courts consider the value of the entire product when a small piece of the product infringes a patent; the bill would allow, but not require, courts to base damages only on the value of the infringing piece (see story in IT World ). The bill overcomes objections by Republicans and pharma companies who don’t want to see the patent infringement suits reduced. It’s supported by software companies, however, including Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp., which are the ones being challenged in many of these cases.

Hotswap to launch, with $1M in funding — Berkeley, Calif.’s Hotswap, an online site for used cars and which lets sellers upload videos of their cars, has raised $1 million from Kinsey Hills Group. It launches formally this week, according to Techcrunch. Listings by individuals a free, while dealers pay a fee fee per listing. There’s standard search capabilities, allowing users to search cars by year, make, price and mileage for example. Viewers get to ask questions. It has plenty of competition, however, including from eBay,, and many others. It’s a huge market, and many competitors can play. Videos, when taken well, can help sell a car, but it’s hard to think that other sites won’t adapt and allow video too.

Hulu, the joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp, gets sued by LuluDetails here.

Google desktop software wins respect — CapGemini, a consultant to large companies, will recommend Google’s desktop applications to its customers, which own a million computers globally. The rap on Google’s software is that it isn’t secure enough for corporate usage. This is the first sign it is making headway overcoming that bias. (Details here)

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