Late News: New E-ink Colour Screen by Fujistu, Court Approves Nortel Patent Sale, W3C and Apple Patent Row

Fujitsu has showcased a next generation colour e-ink screen that might bring colour to the existing range of e-ink based e-reader devices like Amazon Kindle. The technology, which was previewed at the International Digital Publishing Expo in Tokyo, uses Cholesteric LCD technology instead of traditional LCDs.

Popular movie streaming service Netflix is not in the running to acquire rival Hulu, it has been reported. Both Hulu and Netflix were not interested in a deal that would consolidate the services offered by the two streaming giants, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The court of Canada and United States of America have approved sale of patents owned by Nortel Networks to Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. According to The Wall Street Journal, the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Monday have given nod to the sale of patents that are estimated to be approximately $4.5 billion to the consortium of tech companies including EMC Corp, Ericsson, Research In Motion (RIM) and Sony Corp. other than Apple Inc. and Microsoft.

Two major dailies of Philadelphia on Monday revealed a lucrative deal in order to increase their long term readership in the state. Philadelphia Media Network, owner of city’s two major newspapers namely the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News along with the website Philly.com, will soon begin to offer heavily discounted Android-based tablet computers to readers who purchase subscription of The Philadelphia Inquirer or Philadelphia Daily News, reports the Business Week.

The World Wide Web Consortium has published a call for prior art on two Apple patents related to HTML 5 web standards. The consortium seeks to get Apple’s two patents invalidated, which are related to access control systems and widget security. The organisation wants to make all technologies related to HTML 5 royalty free but Apple has asked to exclude its patents from the W3C Royalty-Free License commitment which is a part of the W3C Patent Policy. The iPhone maker had told the W3C about the patents on November 13, 2009.