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Submission + - Apple owes $626M in damages after losing huge patent case (ksl.com)

Mr.Intel writes: A jury has ordered Apple to pay $626 million in damages after finding that iMessage, FaceTime and other Apple software infringed on another company's patents. In a case that has been bouncing around the court system since 2012, VirnetX accused Apple of violating four of its patents, which mostly involve methods for real-time communications over the Internet. VirnetX has been labeled a "patent troll" because it is a patent holding company that makes no actual products. It has just 14 employees and rents office space for $5,000 a month. The company makes money by licensing patents to other firms — and by suing businesses that it believes has infringed on its intellectual property.

Submission + - IRS computer problems shut down tax return e-file system (foxnews.com)

Mr.Intel writes: The IRS stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns Wednesday because of problems with some of its computer systems. The outage could affect refunds, but the agency said it doesn't anticipate "major disruptions."

A "hardware failure" forced the shutdown of several tax processing systems, including the e-file system, the IRS said in a statement. The IRS.gov website remains available, but "where's my refund" and other services are not working.

Some systems will be out of service at least until Thursday, the agency said. "The IRS is currently in the process of making repairs and working to restore normal operations as soon as possible," the IRS said.

Comment Re:Abandon ship (Score 1) 118

So what's everybody's favorite alternative, since SwiftKey is owned by a company that is nowadays renowned for its spyware and keylogging?

I've been a fan of Swype since the WinMo 6.5 days; stuck with it ever since. It's owned by Nuance now, the folks behind Dragon NaturallySpeaking and who provide some of the underlying tech behind Siri.

If you're a fan of SwiftKey, and want to keep it, and you have a rooted phone, you can use DroidWall or Xprivacy to deny it network access. It obviously won't pull language updates (and you won't be able to dictate with it), but your data stays on your phone - it's what I do for Swype.

Comment Re:First the Windows 10 Keyloggers, now this? (Score 1, Informative) 118

Microsoft really wants everyone's keystrokes, don't they?

This has been debunked. There is no keylogger. If you have a packet capture that says otherwise, feel free to correct everyone that bothered to look into it.

What other rationale is there to spend even $1 on a company that develops and maintains a product only to give it away to its customers free of charge?

Intellectual property.

Comment Re:What doesn't google or dropbox do that this did (Score 1) 52

I believe there are two(ish) things:

1.) Self-hosted option.
2.) Integration with Outlook - send file attachments as links, without leaving the compose window.
(ish) the ability to self-host and integrate with Outlook, as well as one of Barracuda's claims to fame - their spam filter - made sending secure e-mails with attachments a seamless process.

So yeah, it had its niche.

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