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Troll slayer: Two problem’s with Mark Cuban crusade to fix the US patent system

The inauguration of the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents is a great opportunity to take another look at the U.S. patent system, and how it fares with startups and software companies. Cuban takes aim at so-called software patents. While well intentioned, this new initiative misses the mark for two reasons.

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Vendors releasing same software on parallel tracks

Plenty of companies sell proprietary software: Microsoft, Apple and Oracle, for example. And many companies, such as Red Hat and IBM, make money by selling support, hosting or consulting for open-source software. But what’s less known is that companies can release their software as open-source while also selling a commercial version of the same product.

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Hotels turning to digital concierge services

Software companies are creating programs that offer information like restaurant recommendations, flight arrivals and departures and driving directions via smartphones, touch-screen devices, iPads and other electronics to guests at midtier hotels that do not provide traditional concierge services. (44 mins ago)

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Lattice Engines Ranks 120 on the Inc. 500

Lattice Engines, the innovation leader in B2B sales intelligence software, was ranked 120th on the 2010 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies. Â Reporting a 2,114 percent growth over the past three years, Lattice Engines also ranked in the Top 10 among Software companies. Â (11 hours ago)

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