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A roundup of the latest high-tech news “Hot Off the Wire” from The Associated Press and Local Tech Wire:
• Supreme Court rejects Microsoft patent appeal
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has turned down Microsoft Corp.’s (Nasdaq: MSFT) appeal of a jury verdict that it infringed on another company’s patent.
The justices said Monday they will not intervene in Microsoft’s legal fight with Alcatel-Lucent. The disputed patent covers a method of entering information into fields on a computer screen without using a keyboard. Alcatel-Lucent says Microsoft’s Outlook calendar and other programs illegally used this technology.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit already has ordered the trial court to reconsider the $358 million in damages the jury awarded to Alcatel-Lucent.
The case is Microsoft v. Lucent Technologies Inc., 09-1006.
• Nokia to manage Yahoo’s maps, navigation services
NEW YORK – Nokia will run maps and navigation services for Yahoo on both phones and computers.
The two companies announced a worldwide partnership Monday. Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) will provide e-mail and chat services on Nokia Corp. phones. The services will be co-branded.
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz says location is becoming increasingly important and serves as “an anchor for all services.”
Bartz says that by tapping into Nokia’s strength in maps and navigation, Yahoo can focus on other areas it considers core to its business.
That includes messaging. Nokia says the deal brings Yahoo’s services to more people around the world, including those whose first Internet experience is through mobile.
• China pushes for end to U.S. high-tech export curbs
BEIJING – China pressed the United States at a high-level dialogue Monday to end export curbs on “dual use” technology with possible military applications.
Beijing has pressed for years to ease such controls, saying high-tech exports could help to narrow the U.S. trade deficit with China. American officials say the controls affect few products and are needed to ensure national security.
“During this dialogue, we hope to hear from the U.S. side in detail its timetable and roadmap for gradually removing barriers to high-tech exports to China,” said Vice Premier Wang Qishan at a meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and other U.S. officials.
Washington is in the midst of a review of its export controls, which are meant to deny China’s military access to technology that might aid its modernization. They apply to goods such as supercomputers, lasers, navigation systems and high-performance materials used in missiles.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said during a visit to Beijing last week that less than 1 percent of U.S. exports fall under the controls and 98 percent of requests for export licenses are granted.
Locke said the review of the system was expected to be completed by summer and Washington would then decide whether to change its controls.