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+ - CA Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Submitted by dszd0g
dszd0g (127522) writes "The Court of Appeal of the State of California has ruled in Cochran v. Schwan's Home Service that California Businesses must reimburse employees who BYOD for work. "We hold that when employees must use their personal cell phones for work-related calls, Labor Code section 2802 requires the employer to reimburse them. Whether the employees have cell phone plans with unlimited minutes or limited minutes, the reimbursement owed is a reasonable percentage of their cell phone bills." Forbes recommends businesses that require cell phone use for employees either provide cell phones to employees or establish forms for reimbursement, and that businesses that do not require cell phones establish a formal policy."

+ - How patent trolls destroy innovation->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "A new study by researchers at Harvard and the University of Texas provides some insight on this question. Drawing from data on litigation, R&D spending, and patent citations, the researchers find that firms that are forced to pay NPEs (either because they lost a lawsuit or settled out of court) dramatically reduce R&D spending: losing firms spent $211 million less on R&D, on average, than firms that won a lawsuit against a troll.

"After losing to NPEs, firms significantly reduce R&D spending — both projects inside the firm and acquiring innovative R&D outside the firm," the authors write. "Our evidence suggests that it really is the NPE litigation event that causes this decrease in innovation."

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+ - Solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead->

Submitted by Elledan
Elledan (582730) writes "Federal investigators in California have requested that BrightSource — owner of thermal solar plants — halt the construction of more, even bigger plants until the impact of these plants on wildlife has been further investigated. The BrightSource solar plant in the Mojave Desert which was investigated reportedly kills between 1,000 and 28,000 birds a year with the concentrated solar energy from its 300,000 mirrors, charring and incinerating feathers of passing birds. This isn't the first report of negative environmental impact by this type of solar plant either."
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+ - Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings on Net Neutrality, Blames Large ISPs For Problem-> 2

Submitted by KindMind
KindMind (897865) writes "On Wired, Reed Hastings (Netflix's CEO) has his take on net neutrality. He lays the problem at the feet of the large ISPs. He says "It's worth noting that Netflix connects directly with hundreds of ISPs globally, and 99 percent of those agreements don't involve access fees. It is only a handful of the largest U.S. ISPs, which control the majority of consumer connections, demanding this toll. Why would more profitable, larger companies charge for connections and capacity that smaller companies provide for free? Because they can.""
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+ - Man arrested, strip-searched after photographing NYPD wins $125,000->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Settlement comes weeks after a bystander's video captured NYPD chokehold arrest.

A New York man who claimed police arrested and strip-searched him after he photographed a stop-and-frisk of three African-American youths has settled his civil rights suit with the New York Police Department for $125,000.

The settlement, first reported Monday by the Daily News, comes weeks after the NYPD reminded its officers that it was legal to peacefully record police activity. That department-wide memo followed the videotaped NYPD arrest of a man who died after being subdued by a chokehold last month.
The NYPD settled with a man named Dick George, who alleged that while he was sitting in his parked car in Flatbush in 2012, he saw two NYPD officers get out of an unmarked car and perform what is known as a stop-and-frisk of three youths. George said he captured the search on his mobile phone. He claimed he went up to the youths and told them next time that happens to make sure they get the officers' badge numbers.

He said the two officers overheard his comments, followed him briefly in his vehicle and then arrested him for disorderly conduct—and strip-searched him at the station.

After being held for about an hour, he was released. He said he injured a knee during his arrest, and the cops erased his photographs from his mobile phone."

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+ - New YouTube Streaming Services Uses the Same Strong-Arm Tactics as Amazon

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There are reports that soon to launch YouTube's new music streaming service is using the same strong-arm tactics Amazon is using to force musicians to sign up. It has also been said that some musicians will see their videos blocked on YouTube after failing to agree with Google over joining the new service. On June 4, indie label music body WIN held a news conference in London to complain that Google was "threatening" and "bullying" music labels into signing up for the service. Do no evil, indeed."

+ - Scientists find traces of sea plankton on ISS surface->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "An experiment of taking samples from illuminators and the ISS surface has brought unique results, as scientists had found traces of sea plankton there, the chief of an orbital mission on Russia’s ISS segment told reporters.

Results of the scope of scientific experiments which had been conducted for a quite long time were summed up in the previous year, confirming that some organisms can live on the surface of the International Space Station (ISS) for years amid factors of a space flight, such as zero gravity, temperature conditions and hard cosmic radiation. Several surveys proved that these organisms can even develop.

He noted that it was not quite clear how these microscopic particles could have appeared on the surface of the space station."

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+ - Modular Hive Homes for Mars Wins NASA & MakerBot Competition->

Submitted by Taffykay
Taffykay (2047384) writes "Living on Mars might seem like a dream, but we're one step closer thanks to a brilliant new housing design. Noah Hornberger won NASA and MakerBot’s Mars Base Challenge with a series of hive homes. The contest called for 3D designers to imagine a scenario that would make Mars habitable by designing homes built either from materials found on the Red Planet, or brought from Earth and 3D-printed on site. Hornberger’s 3D-printed two bedroom, two bathroom Queen B nabbed first prize with its bee-inspired hexagonal grid."
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+ - a cluster (small beowulf) of arduinos!->

Submitted by flok
flok (24996) writes "We all love the arduino with its 2KB of RAM and not much more than 16MHz of speed. Normally we use only one in a project but a thought came to me: what if I take a couple of them and put those in a cluster? I started soldering and the result is 4 Arduinos connected to each other via an I2C bus and all directed by a Raspberry Pi. Together these 4 Arduinos calculate the Mandelbrot fractal, directed by the Raspberry Pi (it divides/schedules the work between the Arduinos). On my website you'll find a demonstration, schematics and all source code. In theory a cluster of at least 120 Arduinos could be setup. Electrical power is the limit!"
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+ - The independent lines of evidence that make dark matter all but unavoidable

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "When you hear about dark matter, you very likely put it up there with string theory in the pantheon of "well, that's a nice idea, now call me when you find it" style of scientific ideas. After all, direct detection of dark matter has proved elusive, despite many arduous experiments designed specifically to find it. Yet we continue to look, convinced that it exists. Why? Because of several compelling, independent lines of evidence that all point towards dark matter's existence. Here are the top five, and take note, modified gravity fans, that your best "theories" can only explain one out of the five!"

+ - FarmBot: An Open Source Automated Farming Machine Aims to Create Food For All->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "Farming has been stuck in a bit of a rut, when compared to other industries. Businesses across the globe have been innovating for decades, while farming has been using techniques that have been handed down from centuries ago. The FarmBot Foundation is creating a machine, similar to that of a CNC mill and/or 3d printer which is capable of being run by sophisticated software and equipped with any tools you can imagine, including seed injectors, plows, burners, robotic arms (for harvesting), cutters, shredders, tillers, discers, watering nozzles, sensors and more. The goal? To bring food to the world's hungry."
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+ - US City Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses 1

Submitted by Fubar
Fubar (1615) writes "Two city council members from Phoenix, AZ are introducing "draft language" for public discussion that would make it illegal to use a drone to film people without their knowledge. The council members are worred about privacy of people in their own yards, even including the requirement that law enforcement obtain a warrant for drone surveillance. A violation of the ordinance would be a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries up to a $2,500 fine and six months in jail."

+ - Vulnerabilities found in Dendroid mobile Trojan->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On Friday, the full source code of the Dendroid Remote Access Trojan (RAT) was leaked. Dendroid is a popular crimeware package that targets Android devices and is sold on underground forums for $300. Usually the source code for botnet control panels is encrypted, so it was surprising to find the full source code for the Dendroid control panel included in the leaked files. Analyzing the leaked code revealed multiple vulnerabilities due to a lack of user input validation including Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), Arbitrary File Upload, SQL Injection, and PHP Code Execution. PoC provided for PHP execution."
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