Wisconsin Stories November 5, 2012


According to a report from Reuters, Google issued a statement that a Wisconsin federal court has decided to dismiss Apple’s “patent lawsuit with prejudice.” The report explained this particular case was brought on by Apple in part to determine what the courts considered fair and reasonable licensing terms for the patent portfolio Google acquired when purchasing Motorola.

Google said in a statement that it is still interested in making a deal with Apple “at a reasonable and non-discriminatory rate in line with industry standards”:

“We’re pleased that the court has dismissed Apple’s lawsuit with prejudice,” a Google spokeswoman said in an emailed statement on Monday…”Motorola has long offered licensing to our extensive patent portfolio at a reasonable and non-discriminatory rate in line with industry standards,” Google said in its statement. “We remain interested in reaching an agreement with Apple.”

Reuters explained the case being dismissed with prejudice means it is officially over at the trial court level. However, Apple can still appeal: expand full story

Wisconsin Stories June 25, 2012


Google just revealed over 500 school districts in the United States and Europe use Chromebooks on a regular basis, while also naming a few new districts to adopt the technology in both North Carolina and Wisconsin.

In a post on the Official Google Blog, which is appropriately titled “In schools, all you need is web,” Google talked about the functionality of Chromebooks coupled with Google Apps and educational apps available on the Chrome Web Store. The company clearly wants the world to know its marketplace and lineup of notebooks are ideal for teaching, learning, and exploring the Web.

“There are tens of thousands of apps in the Chrome Web Store, and today we’re adding some new ones: ST Math, VoiceThread and Acheive3000,” wrote Chromebooks for Education Product Manager Vidya Nagarajan. “To give you an idea of what’s possible on the web: Leyden High School District from Illinois is rolling out Chromebooks to their 3,500 students and are using apps like WeVideo,EasyBib, Vernier Labquest2, SlideRocket, Geogebra and Pearson’s OpenClass as part of their 1-to-1 learning initiative.”

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Wisconsin Stories May 17, 2012

And the official 2012 Google Doodle winner is….

Dylan Hoffman of Caledonia, Wisc., is the 2012 United States Doodle 4 Google National Winner.

According to Google’s Vice President of Project Management Marissa Mayer, the second-grader’s “Pirate Times” doodle, featured above, will go live on the U.S. Google homepage May 18. Hoffman entered his illustrated response to this year’s  “If I could travel in time I’d visit…”, and then he landed the No. 1 spot and won a treasure chest of prizes, such as: a $30,000 college scholarship; a Chromebook computer; and, a $50,000 technology grant for Prairie School. His doodle will also appear on the Crayola 64-crayon special edition box this fall.

The annual contest received a record 114,000 submissions, while millions of public votes helped determine the winner. The full list of runner-ups is available on the official Google blog, and each winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship.

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