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Microsoft

New Leaked Build Is Evidence That Windows 10 Will Be Ready By July 29 302

Ammalgam writes: A new pre-released build of Microsoft's latest Operating System Windows 10 leaked to the internet today. The build (10151) shows a more refined and significantly faster user interface than previous versions of the product. Microsoft seem to be focused on last minute refinements of the UI at this point and the product looks almost ready for prime time. A picture gallery of Windows 10 build 10151 can be found here.
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Disney Bans Selfie Sticks 177

New submitter albimaturityr writes with a story from the Orlando Sentinel that Disney is banning selfie sticks from its parks, starting with Disney World (as of Tuesday) but continuing with its other parks in California, Paris, and Hong Kong. Says the report: The issue has been building at Disney. Previously, the sticks were prohibited from its rides, and "no selfie-sticks" signs were at select rides, such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom. Cast members have given verbal warnings to rule breakers. Several incidents preceded the change, but officials have been discussing the rules for some time, Disney said. This week at Disney California Adventure park, a roller coaster was halted after a passenger pulled out a selfie-stick. The ride was closed for an hour.

Submission + - ITC rules Microsoft handsets violate patents->

Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft could face a ban on importing handsets into the US after a ruling by the International Trade Commission. The ITC found that Microsoft had used technology for which InterDigital owns the patents without obtaining the relevant permission.

Microsoft plans to challenge the ruling, saying "we have a successful track record challenging patent assertion entities that misuse industry standards". It is not the first handset manufacturer to have been hit with legal action from InterDigital, and it could severely hamper future handset sales.

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Comment Due to Fire Phone Flop? (Score 3, Interesting) 77

I'm willing to bet they felt forced to do this in part thanks to the colossal failure of the Fire Phone. If estimates are accurate they have sold slightly under 50,000 units since launch which is abysmal. I think had the phone been a hit they would have maintained their strategy of keeping it off non Kindle Android. As a tablet owner I'm really glad the phone flopped if this is indeed the case.

Submission + - PS3 Playstation Store error affecting users->

An anonymous reader writes: Sony's PS3 Playstation Store has been experiencing errors and is offline for hours already, affecting increasing number of users.

The errors started after the mandatory 1.08 update.
Sony pushed another update, 1.09, however errors leading to the store being unavailable persist.

http://community.us.playstatio...

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Submission + - Rep. Bob Latta Submits Bill to Prevent Net Neutrality->

An anonymous reader writes: In a move hailed by telecom giants and lobbyists, Bob Latta (R-OH) has sponsored HR 4752 in order to prevent the FCC from establishing Net Neutrality rules. The bill would "amend the Communications Act of 1934 to limit the authority of the Federal Communications Commission over providers of broadband Internet access service." This would remove the FCC's authority to classify broadband internet as a common carrier. While the FCC has not invoked that rule, the threat thereof is an important bargaining chip in the negotiations over Network Neutrality. You may wish to write your representative to let them know your feelings about this.
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Submission + - Congressman Introduces Bill to Limit FCC Powers

An anonymous reader writes: Representative Bob Latta (R-OH) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would limit the FCC's power to regulate ISPs in a supposed effort to keep the internet free. The bill's text is currently not available on the Library of Congress webpage or on congress.gov, but a purported copy has been spotted on scribd. Representative Latta's press release nevertheless indicates that the bill is intended to prevent the FCC from re-classifying ISPs as common carriers under Title II. Latta is one of the 28 representatives who lobbied the FCC earlier this month and were shown to have received double the average monetary donations given to all House of Representative members from the cable industry over a two year period ending this past December.

Submission + - Apple Announces 2014 WWDC Keynote will be Streamed Live

SlappingOysters writes: Grab It is reporting that Apple will stream its 2014 WWDC keynote live at 10am PST on June 2. The site speculates that a recent update to showcase title and previous keynote star Real Racing 3 could confirm a rumoured microconsole announcement. The App Store has seen a dramatic rise in the quality and frequency of AAA spin-off titles over the last year, giving Apple a good platform to make a move into this emerging space.

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