Seems like any large, multi-billion dollar tech firm will have some unknown number of plates spinning in the court system at any given time; for Apple, one of those plates just fell. Settling a two year old patent dispute with Burst.com, Cupertino's shelling out $10 million to license four (infringed) patents regarding audio / video technology in the iPod, iTunes, iLife, and QuickTime. Stings, but apparently burst got Microsoft to open up its coffers to the tune of $60m on another patent suit, so at least Apple's in good company. [Warning: PDF read link]

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Burst.com takes $10m bite out of Apple over iPod, iLife patent infringement