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IDCC News: Smart Cities Could Waste $341 Billion by 2025 on Non-Standardized IoT Deployments 03:00 AM
IDCC News: Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4) 04/28/2016 04:46:47 PM
IDCC News: Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4) 04/28/2016 04:45:35 PM
IDCC News: Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4) 04/28/2016 04:44:22 PM
IDCC News: Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4) 04/28/2016 04:40:12 PM
News News Alert: Smart Cities Could Waste $341 Billion by 2025 on Non-Standardized IoT Deployments 05/05/2016 03:00:00 AM
#382423  Sticky Note Sticky info: Analyst Reports, Rmarchma Reference Information, etc. postyle 02/21/14 03:45:14 PM
#408354   M6 You know what? I think my $200.00 price mickeybritt 05/05/16 09:57:17 AM
#408353   Interdigital flies the flag for open IoT standards M6 05/05/16 09:41:27 AM
#408352   Smart Cities Could Waste $341 Billion by 2025 FISH21049 05/05/16 07:29:25 AM
#408351   10-4. I'm with you on that. Not worried clamcakes 05/04/16 07:51:55 PM
#408350   Don't panic, the last few days sh price bulldzr 05/04/16 07:05:01 PM
#408349   walman If the sellers were actual longs who was mickeybritt 05/04/16 05:31:50 PM
#408348   I think yesterdays and to days action has walman 05/04/16 01:22:07 PM
#408347   If Huawei is supposed to pay by the dndodd 05/04/16 11:51:54 AM
#408346   when/if 2Q Guidance is presented... jeffree 05/04/16 11:49:30 AM
#408345   Common sense where did it go? mickeybritt 05/04/16 11:36:56 AM
#408344   jeffree, "Oh, what to do...??" hrbart 05/04/16 10:26:10 AM
#408343   Someone please get the jumper cables!!! mickeybritt 05/04/16 10:24:17 AM
#408342   this week (at least til Friday)..."Its in Their hands"... jeffree 05/04/16 10:18:43 AM
#408341   Steven T. (Terry) Clontz Joins Cloud9's Board of Directors Gamco 05/04/16 09:48:12 AM
#408340   Why our patent system ended up in the magillagorilla 05/03/16 10:05:00 PM
#408339   Intel may have totally sunk Microsoft's latest plan magillagorilla 05/03/16 10:03:13 PM
#408338   Qualcomm Inc.'s New Headache: Xiaomi's First-Party Chips magillagorilla 05/03/16 07:41:41 PM
#408337   gejebr3: Just some statistical data. When olddog967 05/03/16 04:01:33 PM
#408336   hrbart Yes there is light at the end of mickeybritt 05/03/16 03:35:35 PM
#408335   Anyone get this? IDCC-US Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2016 By... gejebr3 05/03/16 03:35:07 PM
#408334   Mickey, "bought lots of rental property so it hrbart 05/03/16 03:28:04 PM
#408333   hrbart I have no reservations about the stock going mickeybritt 05/03/16 02:39:08 PM
#408332   the Buyers and Sellers of in secret rendevous... jeffree 05/03/16 02:36:24 PM
#408331   IDCC Block Trade: Gamco 05/03/16 02:25:28 PM
#408330   Your right I overlooked that small issue. LOL dndodd 05/03/16 02:23:31 PM
#408329   you sure? seems like IDCC is dragging the gejebr3 05/03/16 02:22:44 PM
#408328   IDCC Block Trade: Gamco 05/03/16 01:38:34 PM
#408327   "Right now it seems the shorts are winning dndodd 05/03/16 01:16:35 PM
#408326   Mickey," I am here because I hrbart 05/03/16 12:58:51 PM
#408325   Why 4G needs help to build the Internet dndodd 05/03/16 12:25:00 PM
#408324   hrbart And just who do you think is short mickeybritt 05/03/16 12:24:28 PM
#408323   United States Patent 9,331,757 Gamco 05/03/16 11:11:05 AM
#408322   United States Patent 9,332,415 Gamco 05/03/16 11:10:06 AM
#408321   United States Patent 9,332,569 Gamco 05/03/16 11:09:10 AM
#408320   I just added 1000 scruffynyc1 05/03/16 11:03:34 AM
#408319   "Wow, volume! Get 'em cheap!" hrbart 05/03/16 11:00:15 AM
#408318   Trading IDCC...the "running poker game" analogy... jeffree 05/03/16 10:40:24 AM
#408317   Wow, volume! Get 'em cheap! pochemunyet 05/03/16 10:37:08 AM
#408316   Seems like I heard that before! hrbart 05/03/16 10:34:18 AM
#408315   IDCC Block Trade: Gamco 05/03/16 10:26:32 AM
#408314   hrbart If you feel that way then they would mickeybritt 05/03/16 10:16:26 AM
#408313   "They need the price down and hrbart 05/03/16 10:04:31 AM
#408312   jiff The short sellers are hard at work. They mickeybritt 05/03/16 09:53:16 AM
#408311   Data_Rox Just what does the patent owner have now mickeybritt 05/03/16 09:44:15 AM
#408310   2800 shares down $1.06 disgrace! MARKET MAKING THIEVES! jjff 05/03/16 09:34:06 AM
#408309   what a cluster that would be Data_Rox 05/03/16 09:00:43 AM
#408308   Patent owners should seek bans immediately and escrow accounts! mickeybritt 05/03/16 06:58:16 AM
#408307   A slight correction. My statement that " olddog967 05/03/16 01:43:19 AM
#408306   Thanks OD. la-idcc-fan 05/02/16 09:05:09 PM
#408305   Lurker: I may be mistaken but I olddog967 05/02/16 08:57:33 PM