James NiccolaiDeputy News Editor, Computerworld

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Google liable for copyright infringement, jury finds

A jury has found Google liable for copyright infringement in its use of Java in Android, but has not managed to decide whether that infringement was protected...

Jury begins deliberations after Oracle, Google attorneys debate fair use

The jury began its deliberations Monday in the copyright phase of Oracle's lawsuit against Google over Android.

With printer sales slowing, HP favors PCs

The writing may finally be on the wall for Hewlett-Packard's storied print division, as reports are circulating that the company is going to merge its Imaging and Printing Group into its PC-making Personal Systems Group as a way to reduce costs and simplify its business.

HP pays $425,000 to settle claims over hazardous laptop batteries

Hewlett-Packard will pay $425,000 to settle a claim that it knowingly sold laptops with hazardous batteries that could overheat or catch fire, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission says.

WowWee puts real toys in digital games, creates 'appcessories'

WowWee showed an upcoming game platform at the Consumer Electronics Show called AppGear, which combines real toys with on-screen animation to create a new product category it calls "appcessories."

For Microsoft's last CES keynote, Ballmer hawks Windows 8, Kinect

There was no surprise Bill Gates appearance nor much big news. But Microsoft delivered its last-ever Consumer Electronics Show keynote by touting its motion-sensing Kinect technology and upcoming Windows 8 OS.

Google offers Currents, a Flipboard-like app

Google has released a free mobile app that pulls content from different websites into one place and lets people build what looks a bit like their own personalized online magazine -- much like a number of other iOS apps led by Flipboard.

'Important' Oracle patent rejected in Google Android case

Oracle has suffered a setback in its lawsuit accusing Google of patent infringement and copyright violation in its Android operating system after the U.S. Patent and Trademark office rejected one of its Java-related patents.

S3 Graphics loses a patent fight with Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that Apple did not infringe technology patents owned by S3 Graphics and ended its investigation of the matter.

Adobe to reduce enterprise software investment

Adobe will cut 750 jobs and reduce its investment in enterprise software as part of a broader plan to target the fast-growing markets for digital media and digital marketing products.

US applies brakes to Google-Motorola

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked Google for more information about its planned $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility, potentially slowing the transaction.

Are Motorola's patents enough to protect Android?

Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility will land it a vast portfolio of patents, but the legal obstacles facing its Android operating system are far from over, according to legal experts.

Twitter snaps up Bagcheck, a social 'lists' site

Twitter has acquired Bagcheck, an online service where people create lists of items that interest them.

Reports: Apple halts delivery of some Verizon iPads

Apple has reportedly halted the delivery of a small number of iPad 2s designed to work on the Verizon Wireless network because of a manufacturing glitch.

Intel speeds up road map to tackle threat from ARM

Intel CEO Paul Otellini says his company will dramatically shake up its microprocessor road map to meet the demand for very-low-power processors. He also rebuffed unconfirmed reports that Apple might move away from Intel chips to ARM-based processors.