For world’s biggest troll, first patent case ends up in tatters

The case was just weeks away from a jury trial, but US District Judge Anthony Trenga didn’t let it get that far. In an opinion published Wednesday, Trenga found that IV’s patents were simply abstract ideas: “nothing more than the mere manipulation or reorganization of data,” he wrote. “At most, the patents describe a more efficient system or method for performing tasks than could be done without a computer, i.e. monitoring expenditures according to preset limits (the ’137 Patent) or determining what would appeal to a particular user from a particular website (the ’382 Patent.)”
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Deal of the Day: Spigen Slim Armor Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 3

This custom hybrid case is designed to guard your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 against impacts with an inner TPU core underneath a durable polycarbonate exterior. The shell also features a glossy UV coating that prevents color fading and wear.

The Spigen Slim Armor Case is available for just $ 19.95, 33% off today only. Color options include black, blue, red, slate and white!

Canada Deal of the Day: Seidio COVERT Combo w/ Metal Kickstand for LG Nexus 5


    




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We have no idea what this case for the HTC M8 is supposed to be

It could be a Lite-Brite. Or it could be one of those magic-erase drawing things you buy for the kids. Or it could be a case that shows relevant data. It might even be bullshit. All we know is:

Holes. Time. Colors.

And we only know that because evleaks told it to us. The suggestion of the Internet at large is that it’s some sort of magic flip case that will display the time and weather while it’s closed, and have a way to do it with an LCD screen that doesn’t eat your battery like delicious candy. Alex says maybe it only works if you push a button. But we really don’t know what to think of it, and anything we (or anyone not working for HTC or unboxing phones on their bed) says is a wild-ass guess.

Anyhoo, it’s a neat picture. Sort of retro-lloking and playful. We almost want to see it in real life. Look for it at the big HTC shindigs this month in New York and London, I reckon. In the meantime, what do you think we’re seeing? Comments are open.


    




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