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Scientists Find an 'Earth Twin,' or Perhaps a Cousin
New York Times
An artist's concept of Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size planet found in the habitable zone, a range of distances from a star where liquid water could pool on an orbiting planet's surface. Credit NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-CalTech. Continue reading the main...
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Google News Sci Tech: Microsoft Said To Lower 'Custom Support' Costs for Windows XP - Redmondmag.com->

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Microsoft Said To Lower 'Custom Support' Costs for Windows XP
Redmondmag.com
The new price cap is said to be $250,000 for perhaps a year of custom support from Microsoft, according to a Computerworld article. The cost of custom support is thought to be $200 per device, and Microsoft only provides custom support to organizations...
Sorry kids, you must be thirteen or older to use CortanaDaniel Rubino

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Techdirt: Court Rules MoveOn.org Can Use LA Slogan To Criticize Bobby Jindal->

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Last month, Tim Cushing wrote about how the Lt. Gov. of Louisiana, Jay Dardenne, had sued Moveon.org over a billboard that used the state's trademarked "Pick your passion!" slogan. The suit was filled with so much technicality-probing nonsense, one wondered how a judge would be able to look through it without needing a couple of long naps. Chief among the claims was that folks seeing the billboard might somehow think the Lt. Governor was responsible for criticizing the Governor, Bobby Jindal, despite the fact the billboard wasn't meant for commercial purposes, criticized the same government Dardenne is a part of, and clearly denotes the responsible party as Moveon.org. It seemed like a pretty clear attempt to stifle criticism over the technicality of a frivolous trademark claim. More egregious, Dardenne wanted the billboard removed while the case was litigated.

Fortunately, while we hear so many stories like this that end up with courts being overprotective of any intellectual property claim, the court has sided with free speech and ruled the billboard will stay up while the trademark claim makes its way through the court.

U.S. Judge Shelly D. Dick, who is over seeing the case, said in an April 7 ruling that forcing the group to take down the sign while the trademark infringement issue is being litigated would deny MoveOn.org its right to free political speech. Dick said while the State of Louisianas tourism trademark is a legally protectable mark, the burden of proving trademark infringement is on the state which would have to present more compelling information that the infringement was occurring especially because the billboard was merely expressing a point of view.

The State argues that viewers of the billboard will be confused into thinking that the Lieutenant Governor, as the alleged owner of the service mark, is being critical of the Governor. In this Courts view, the Lieutenant Governor underestimates the intelligence and reasonableness of people viewing the billboard, Dicks ruling states.
It's an interesting distinction in the ruling, since to disagree would put Dardenne in the uncomfortable position of suggesting his own constituents aren't as intelligent as Judge Dick thinks. In any case, the ruling goes on to note that its the actual citizens of Louisiana that would get to claim ownership of the trademarked slogan, rather than any individual members of the state's government who were the billboard's actual targets, and that no irreparable harm had been proven.

So the billboard stays up and the justice system proves it thinks more of the citizens of Louisiana than some in the state's own government. Meanwhile, a small single billboard continues to find its way into the media spotlight, where it likely never would have found any purchase if the attempt to take it down hadn't been made. Well done all around, Lt. Governor!



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Google News Sci Tech: Facebook adds feature for finding nearby friends - Sydney Morning Herald->

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Facebook adds feature for finding nearby friends
Sydney Morning Herald
If you think it's been too long since the world has had a good old-fashioned freak-out over a Facebook privacy issue, then here's some good news. The social network has announced plans for a new feature called Nearby Friends, which as the name suggests,...
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Google News Sci Tech: Facebook launches new service which will share your exact location with all ... ->

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Facebook launches new service which will share your exact location with all ...
Daily Mail
Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature that the company launched on Thursday. The Nearby Friends feature must be turned on by the user, so people shouldn't expect to broadcast their...
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Google News Sci Tech: Sorry kids, you must be thirteen or older to use Cortana - Daniel Rubino->

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Sorry kids, you must be thirteen or older to use Cortana
Daniel Rubino
Windows Phone 8.1 brings a handful of new features to the mix. Cortana and the new Notification center obviously steal the headlines, but other features like Battery Saver, Wi-Fi Sense, Start backgrounds and more all add up to create a wonderful update.

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Google News Sci Tech: Twitter's new advertising product works with app makers - San Francisco Chronicl->

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Twitter's new advertising product works with app makers
San Francisco Chronicle
Twitter on Thursday announced a new advertising product that could help the San Francisco company tap a potentially big pool of revenue from eager mobile app developers. The new product, which app makers can use to prompt Twitter users to install new...
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Google News Sci Tech: New iPhone 5s fitness app makes getting in shape simply a breeze - Tech Times->

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New iPhone 5s fitness app makes getting in shape simply a breeze
Tech Times
In case you're the type that needs feedback and encouragement then Breeze is the app to download for tracking fitness. (Photo : Flickr | Danny te Pas). Fitness software for the iPhone 5s user is burgeoning and app makers are trying to out-do each other with...
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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Oracle is gearing up for a fight with officials in Oregon over its role developing an expensive health insurance exchange website that still isn't fully operational. In a letter obtained by the Oregonian newspaper this week, Oracle co-president Safra Catz said that Oregon officials have provided the public with a 'false narrative' concerning who is to blame for Cover Oregon's woes. In the letter, Catz pointed out that Oregon's decision to act as their own systems integrator on the project, using Oracle consultants on a time-and-materials basis, was 'criticized frequently by many'. And as far as Oracle is concerned, 'Cover Oregon lacked the skills, knowledge or ability to be successful as the systems integrator on an undertaking of this scope and complexity,' she added."

Google News Sci Tech: Planet just 500 light-years away is most Earthlike yet discovered - The Seattle ->

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Newsweek

Planet just 500 light-years away is most Earthlike yet discovered
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Astronomers say planet Kepler 186f has temperatures that allow for liquid water to flow at the surface, making it potentially hospitable for life. The New York Times. PREV of NEXT. An image from NASA shows an artist's concept of Kepler 186f, the first validated...
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