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Surviving the Patent Shakeup

In 2004, casino gaming systems company Bally Technologies found itself being sued by a competitor named Shuffle Master, as well as International Game Technology, a giant in its industry. Bally had been trying to expand into the casino data management market, and both plaintiffs were trying to keep it out.  Then came last year’s KSR v. Tele-flex Inc. Supreme Court ...

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Novell Bets Its Future on Linux

In the early 1980s, a Utah-based start-up called Novell Data Systems announced a new line of personal computer hardware-but it came just one month before IBM released competing products at a quarter of the price. Novell’s offering obviously wasn’t going to work. So lead investor Safeguard Scientifics sent Jack Messman, its executive vice president, to examine the situation and see if ...

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Wide-Screen TVTelevision technology has exploded in recent years, and nowhere is this more obvious than with high definition TV. If you’re opting for HDTV, you ought to combine it with a big screen. Plasma and LCD sets offer impressive viewing quality in sizes once reserved for rear-projection systems. Both are flat units that can either sit on a stand or ...

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