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Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) and Brazil-based Multilaser Industrial Ltda. have amicably settled their patent litigation regarding the former’s integrated printhead inkjet cartridges. Multilaser now acknowledges that H-P’s patents are valid and were infringed upon, and also agrees to cease the sale of the cartridges in Brazil and in other countries, in which H-P has corresponding patent rights. In addition, Multilaser will pay part of the litigation costs to H-P.

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Intel Corporation’s (NASDAQ:INTC) Atom D525 Pineview processor is said to be experiencing significant supply shortfalls, as several IPC providers project shipment drops in May and June that could even impact third quarter performance, say upstream sources to Digitimes.

Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Skype, which was purchased by Microsoft in 2011, hasn’t yet been integrated across the former’s products, reports The New York Times, but by the end of 2012, Skype is expected to release a preliminary version of its software that runs on Microsoft’s Windows 8. Further, it’s thought by analysts that Skype needs to give its buyer’s products “an edge”, in order to justify the high price for which it was paid.

EI DuPont de Nemours & Co.’s (NYSE:DD) Pioneer Hi-Bred unit, one of the world’s top agricultural businesses, and Pannar Seed Ltd, a South African-based seed company, have on Tuesday been given the green light to go forward with their agreement for Pioneer to acquire a majority share of Pannar, assuming that certain conditions and commitments are met. The South African Competition Appeal Court announced it’s okaying the deal, which overturns an earlier decision by the South African Competition Tribunal. Approval of the purchase was also required in Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia, where it was already okayed. The financials of the deal were undisclosed.

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