Apple faces UK iPhone lawsuit
Apple has until 21 February to respond to Cisco's UK lawsuit alleging infringement of its iPhone trademark.
Cisco filed the lawsuit in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, in London on 12 January 2007, Apple revealed in its latest quarterly report. The suit seeks an injunction and unspecified damages. ...more
PlusNet acquires Metronet
PlusNet has acquired Parbin, owner of Metronet, for ?1.7mn.
Metronet currently has more than 16,000 broadband subscribers who recently voted it to the top of a Which? customer satisfaction poll. ...more
BBC shares content with YouTube
BBC content will soon be legitimately appearing on YouTube. Whereas shows such as Top Gear, for example, were often to be found on the site, content will now appear legitimately. Under the terms of the deal, there will be be three officially BBC-branded channels on YouTube, which is now owned by Google. ...more
Finns give music back to air guitarists
Students in Finland have written a computer program that can translate the hand and finger movements of an air guitarist into real music.
The Virtual Air Guitar Project at the Helsinki University of Technology uses a video camera to track the movements of special gloves worn by the player. The three students, Aki Kanerva, Juha Laitinen and Teemu M?ki-Patola, created a library of guitar sounds based on the pentatonic minor scale commonly used for rock guitar solos. ...more
Monotype acquires font rival
Monotype has acquired one of its major rivals in the font business, Linotype.
The Germany-based owner of classic typefaces including Helvetica, Frutiger and Optima will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Monotype Imaging.
Monotype believes that the combination of Linotype's library and Monotype's font technology will help to fulfil the increasingly sophisticated font requirements of consumer electronics markets. ...more