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NTP Files Lawsuit Against Palm

NTP Inc. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Palm Inc. The suit is similar to an earlier one that the patent-holding firm filed against Research In Motion Ltd. that nearly shut down RIM’s BlackBerry service. The new lawsuit, filed in a Virginia federal court, alleges that Palm is using NTP technology in its mobile wireless e-mail devices. It seeks to stop Palm from selling and operating such products. In March, RIM agreed to pay $612.5 million to settle NTP’s patent claims.

Office ’07 Released To Manufacturers

Microsoft Corp. has released the system code for Office 2007 to manufacturing. Customers in Canada and the U.S. can start downloading Office 2007 on Dec. 1, one day after the company plans to officially launch the updated suite along with Windows Vista and the Exchange Server 2007 communications software at an event in New York.

Duffield Firm Unveils First ERP Suite

Workday Inc., PeopleSoft co-founder Dave Duffield’s latest venture, has unveiled the first of four planned on-demand ERP suites. The new Workday Human Capital Management is already deployed at two companies: multi¿channel customer service firm Kana Software Inc. and Biosite Inc., a biotechnology company. Workday plans to bring out on-demand suites of financial, resource and revenue management software next year.

HP Closes $4.5B Mercury Acquisition

After extending its offer four times, Hewlett-Packard Co. has finally completed its $4.5 billion purchase of Mercury Interactive Corp. Mercury is now a wholly owned HP subsidiary. HP will unveil its plans for Mercury’s application management technologies at its Software Universe customer event in Vienna next month.

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