Patent award against RIM could make all smartphones unaffordable

As if it wasn't having a bad enough time already, RIM's been ordered to pay out $147.2 million in damages to Mformation Technologies over patents related to the remote management of wireless devices.

Mission Impossible, robot style [video]

A group of robots dubbed a Swarmanoid has won the video award from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) for its Mission Impossible-style demonstration of, um, taking a book from a shelf.

Harvard professor wins top computing accolade

A British professor at Harvard University has won the $250,000 Turing Award for his work in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Oracle wins biggest-ever copyright infringement award

A jury has awarded Oracle $1.3 billion for copyright infringement from SAP after an 11-day federal court trial in California.

Apple challenges massive patent award

Apple's attempting to overturn what would be one of the biggest patent damages awards ever, potentially costing it over $625 million.

Id's John Carmack to receive lifetime achievement award

The man credited with inventing the modern 3D first-person shooter, John Carmack will receive one of the gaming industry's top honors at the Game Developer's Choice Awards next month.