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Tue July 19, 2011
Tech

Kodak beats Apple in patent suit

Kodak isn't violating Apple's patent rights in its digital cameras, reports Bloomberg News Service:

"We are pleased that the commission has confirmed the ALJ's finding that there is no violation by Kodak," David Lanzillo, a Kodak spokesman, said in an email.

Kodak rose to $2.89 at 5:01 p.m., after falling 22 cents to $2.52 at the 4 p.m. close of regular New York Stock Exchange composite trading.

One of the Apple patents covers a way a camera can process several images at the same time and the other invention is for a way to handle multiple processes at once, such as adjustments in balance, color, sharpness and resolution. The complaint targeted the Kodak Z series, M series, C series and Slice cameras, as well as video cameras including the Playsport.

Apple had countersued Kodak when Kodak went after the computer company and BlackBerry maker RIM for patent violations.

Onondaga clean tech startups

The Onondaga Nation is looking outside of its borders to help cement its economic future - by investing in clean technology.  But as Emma Jacobs reports for the Innovation Trail, just because the nation is going high tech, doesn't mean its abandoning its old principles:

The Onondaga are unusual venture partners in another way. They've stuck with their traditional, methodical decision-making process. The tribal council has to reach consensus on all its decisions, meaning everyone has to agree.

And that can take a long time, according to Edwards.

"Yesterday we had a discussion on the summer youth program, and we started meeting at 11," he says. "And we got out of here at ten after six ... It was a good outcome but it had to be thoroughly looked at and understood by all."

It took eight hours to make a decisions about the summer program, but it took three years for the Nation to decide to support EcoLogic.

That's not exactly the normal pace of the tech industry.

Fires in Buffalo

Neighbors who live near industrial sites in Buffalo are concerned about fire safety, reports Brian Meyer at the Buffalo News:

Neighborhood leaders, environmental activists and some city officials said the fires should prompt a number of actions. They're pushing for more vigorous monitoring of industrial operations, better communication with communities when activating emergency response plans and long-term reforms that would bar some new industrial entities that engage in environmentally risky processes from locating near homes.

Arthur Robinson Jr., president of the Seneca-Babcock Community Block Club, said a walk along streets outside the titanium-recycling plant shows the gravity of the problem. Only last week, Robinson said, he spotted titanium shards dotting some streets near the facility at 105 Dorothy St., between Bailey Avenue and Babcock Street.

Air traffic contract

A Syracuse-area firm has nabbed the contract to help make movement at airports more efficient, reports Charley Hannagan at the Post-Standard.  The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority granted the contact to Sensis Corp.

Seneca job creation

The Seneca Nation is creating so many jobs in its casino's IT department that it has to look outside of the nation to hire, reports the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison.

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