Intel Sees TV Service Launch Delayed, RIM Extends Deal with InterDigital: Tech Business Roundup

Experts on computer security are increasingly pessimistic regarding antivirus software, conceding that the programs rarely, if ever, block freshly minted computer viruses because the virus creators are too fast. In a new study by Imperva, a data security company located  in Redwood City, California, and students from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the firm and a group of researchers collected and analyzed 82 new computer viruses and put them up against more than 40 antivirus products by top companies such as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC), McAfee and Kaspersky Lab. It was found that the initial detection rate was under 5 percent, prompting some companies to avoid the use of the term ‘Antivirus’ on their packaging and ads while they come up with solutions.

It seems that the chip maker Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is taking a longer time to get an Internet-based television service and associated hardware ready to launch than was anticipated, say knowledgeable sources, who explain that delays in reaching content arrangements with media firms is the culprit. The company’s interest in the sector was reported last March by The Wall Street Journal, which said that Intel expected then to introduce a service by the end of 2012, but now one source predicts that it will be the middle of the new year.

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Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) had said that it would drop TV channels that received little attention by viewers, but has agreed for the time being to extend carriage of a number of such channels prior of the December 31st deadline for renewal. On Monday night, the carrier did let the independently-owned channel Ovation go as it had previously said it would, but agreed to temporarily retain two channels owned by AMC Networks, IFC, and WE TV on its lineup.

On Wednesday, InterDigital said that its patent-holding subsidiaries have reached agreement that extends the term of their global, non-exclusive, royalty-bearing patent license arrangement with Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM). Along with the extension of the patent license agreement for a multi-year period that is consistent with InterDigital’s licensing program, the parties will modify the patent license to add coverage for 4-gigabyte products that include LTE and LTE-Advanced products.

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