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Once upon a time (2010), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) offered to license patents to its supplier Samsung (SSNLF), at $30 per smartphone and $40 per tablet, says a presentation published by AllThingsD. However, the deal never came off and Apple became hard-nosed about the matter; in July it is said to have demanded $31.41 per unit in royalties from Samsung for its design IP, plus three software patents and $2.5 billion in damages – in court.
Is a brain drain going on at Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA)? It’s said that industry firms are slammed with resumes from that company, as developers want out. Those still inside characterize work morale as “grim” and “anxious”, as one employee recently listed broken promises, long workweeks, office politics, and zero innovation as the reality. Dissatisfaction among its employees was mounting before its initial public offering, and equity grants during a period of Zynga’s shares crumbling might well be an insufficient incentive to keep its talent resources from moving.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) intends to modify its search algorithm to lower the placement of links to sites that enable piracy. Google is walking a fine line here: media content searches seem to bring much query volume, but since it owns Google TV, YouTube, and Google Fiber, Hollywood needs to stay happy with it.
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) purchases BLiNQ Media, which is a Facebook advertising software and services company, for $92 million. The money will be paid over a period of 3 to 4 years. The acquisition might assist Gannett in cross-selling social media advertising, and also steer more traffic to its current sites, which include several Web properties and the online ad agency PointRoll.
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