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Supreme Court Rules Unanimously against Patent Trolls

Greg Stohr and Susan Decker reporting for Bloomberg:

"The U.S. Supreme Court put sharp new limits on where patent-infringement lawsuits can be filed, undercutting patent owners’ ability to channel cases to favorable courts.

"The justices on Monday unanimously ruled in favor of TC Heartland LLC, an Indiana-based maker of water flavorings that said a Kraft Heinz Co. unit shouldn’t be allowed to sue it in Delaware. The high court said patent suits should be filed in the state where the defendant is incorporated.

"The ruling will bar many patent owners from pressing cases in the Eastern District of Texas, a patent-friendly jurisdiction where more than one-third of all infringement suits are now filed."

While patents have their place, patent trolls have been misusing the system. This ruling appears to be a net positive for technology companies and consumers alike. 

Read on Bloomberg.

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Analysis of the WannaCry Ransomeware Attack

Ben Thompson writing for his publication, Stratechery:

"WannaCry is a type of malware called 'ransomware': it encrypts a computers’ files and demands payment to decrypt them. Ransomware is not new; what made WannaCry so destructive was that it was built on top of a computer worm — a type of malware that replicates itself onto other computers on the same network (said network, of course, can include the Internet)."

This thing started way back in 2001. Ben covers the timeline from then til now, talks about the blame going around, gets to the root of why WannaCry happened in the first place and offers a serious solution.

It's well worth a read.

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