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+ - A garbage truck that would make Elon Musk proud

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Ian Wright knows how to build high-performance electric cars: he was a co-founder at Tesla Motors and built the X1, a street-legal all-electric car that can go from zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds. But he only cares about trucks now-in fact, boring old garbage trucks and delivery trucks are his favorite. Why? To disrupt the auto industry with electrification, EV makers should target the biggest gas (and diesel) guzzlers. His new powertrain is very high tech, combining advanced electric motors with an onboard turbine that acts as a generator when batteries run low."

+ - Circle's Bitcoin Service is Free. But Eventually, Someone's Gotta Pay

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Bitcoin-for-the-masses startup Circle Internet Financial made plenty of headlines this week by unveiling its free (as in beer) digital wallet service to the public. It's got instant, secure transfers. It's got insurance. It's got $26 million in investor cash. But it doesn't have a business model, and its CEO says that's something the company will worry about after it gets lots of users. Should people be suspicious of this setup, or are you willing to bet that its evolution to a "freemium" model will be seamless enough to try?"

+ - Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla from Selling in Mass. 1

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Many states have laws that prevent car manufacturers from operating their own dealerships, a throwback to the days when Detroit tried to undercut its franchise dealers by opening company-owned shops. But dealers have taken those laws to the extreme as they battle new competition from Tesla, which is selling its cars direct to the public. In some states, dealers have succeeded in limiting Tesla's direct-sales model. But not in Massachusetts: the state's Supreme Court says the dealers don't have any right to sue Tesla for unfair competition, since they're not Tesla dealers. No harm, no foul."

+ - As millennials start getting older, home & baby companies see profits

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Everyone loves to bag on the younger generation, and millennials are no exception: The selfies! The godawful stretched earlobes! Acting like you're the first ones with student loan debt! It's too much. But grumpy-old types can find solace in the fact that these young punks are starting to hit their middle 30s. E-commerce companies have certainly noticed — they're lining up to cash in as hipsters buy homes, fill them with furniture, and start cranking out babies."

+ - How Four People from Pittsburgh Built the Internet's Coolest T-Shirt Store

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Cotton Bureau is probably the coolest place in the world to buy a T-shirt. But it also probably shouldn't exist. The whole thing started as the side project of another side project for a small group of co-workers who were sick of doing contract Web development. A year later, the dev agency is gone and T-shirt sales are paying the bills for four people. Why does it work? A mix of crowdfunding, curation, and an open-ended platform for creativity that's been stitched together to make a very 21st Century company."

+ - The Woz Sold His Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch on eBay Because It Sucked

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Apple co-founder and legendary nerd Steve Wozniak is a huge gadget enthusiast, often appearing in lines with mere mortals to purchase new Apple products. So you can bet he's tried out most of the smartwatches on the market today. The worst one? By far, the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which The Woz says he sold on eBay after half a day's use. "It was so worthless and did so little that was convenient,” Wozniak said at an appearance in Milwaukee. “You had to hold it up to your ear and stuff.” So maybe the watch sucked, but just imagine being the one who bought Woz's used Gear---do you think they know?"

+ - Calm Down: Aereo's Supreme Court Smackdown Does Not Mean Chaos for the Cloud

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Aereo's just-so copyright workaround got crushed this week by the U.S. Supreme Court, which said the company was basically a present-day knockoff of the old "community antenna" cable TV system. But some media outlets (and the enterprising lawyers they interviewed) went much further, sowing all kinds of F.U.D. about how this case could screw up other popular cloud-computing services. Don't listen to the trolls---the Supremes were very clear that their ruling only applied to Aereo's livestream and things that look just like it. iCloud, Dropbox and friends are fine."

+ - Don't Want Google In Your House? Here Are A Few Home-Tech Startups to Watch

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Google bought Nest. Then Nest bought Dropcam. Then Nest opened up its platform to tech partners, including ... Google. This may not creep everyone out, but for those who don't like the idea of Google's all-seeing eye owning their smart-home devices, there are some small, independent companies developing alternatives. Maybe they'll survive long enough to get acquired by a company that doesn't make 90 percent of its money from advertising---right?"

+ - MA Governor Wants Non-Compete Agreements Outlawed. Will it Matter?

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Entrepreneurs in Massachusetts say the state's legal enforcement of non-competition agreements hurts innovation — if you're going to get sued by Big Company X, you're probably not going to leave for a startup in the same industry. But those contracts have powerful supporters, including EMC, which is by far the state's largest tech company. Gov. Deval Patrick is finally picking a side in the debate by introducing his own bill to outlaw non-competes and adopt trade-secrets protections instead. Just one catch: he's a lame duck, and will be out of office in January."

+ - Coming Soon to a Restaurant Near You...Things You'd Rather Not See->

Submitted by TchrBabe
TchrBabe (3589445) writes "So NYC is now considering equipping it's Health Department inspectors with Google Glass to provide a record of restaurant inspections. Will we now have FOIL access to these behind the scenes videos of our favorite restaurants? Do we even want to see what goes on behind the scenes? "Oh look Mabel, isn't that your cat that went missing?""
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+ - Cuba: U.S. using new weapon against us -- spam->

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mpicpp (3454017) writes "Cuban officials have accused the U.S. government of bizarre plots over the years, such as trying to kill Fidel Castro with exploding cigars. On Wednesday, they said Washington is using a new weapon against the island: spam.

"It's overloading the networks, which creates bad service and affects our customers," said Daniel Ramos Fernandez, chief of security operations at the Cuban government-run telecommunications company ETECSA.

At a news conference Wednesday, Cuban officials said text messaging platforms run by the U.S. government threatened to overwhelm Cuba's creaky communications system and violated international conventions against junk messages.

The spam, officials claim, comes in the form of a barrage of unwanted text messages, some political in nature.

Ramos said that during a 2009 concert in Havana performed by the Colombian pop-star Juanes, a U.S. government program blanketed Cuban cell phone networks with around 300,000 text messages over about five hours."

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+ - Hewlett-Packard Admits to International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes->

Submitted by ClownPenis
ClownPenis (1315157) writes "Hewlett-Packard has admitted to creating and using slush funds for bribes, money laundering, and clandestine “bag of cash” handoffs in order to profiteer off of lucrative government contracts in Russia, Poland, and Mexico, according to court documents.

HP’s guilty plea carries with it a $108 million penalty — a combination of SEC penalties, as well as criminal fines and forfeitures paid out to the Department of Justice. Thus far no criminal charges have been brought against American HP executives. The multi-agency investigation, which was conducted by multi-national law enforcement partners, the FBI, IRS, and SEC, has revealed kleptocracies in the three foreign governments and corruption and dishonesty among HP corporate fat cats."

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+ - Settlement details you're not supposed to see from Boston U's patent lawsuits

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "In January, Boston University settled lawsuits against two dozen big technology companies for allegedly using its patented blue LED technology without permission. But apparently, the school's lawyers were a little too forthcoming for everyone's tastes — they recently asked a federal judge to delete a court filing that spelled out all of the companies who settled. Luckily, we still had the unredacted version, which shows that Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Motorola and many more are on the list, even if they don't want you to know it."

Comment: Re:What is it with curtwoodward? (Score 1) 66

Headline came from the submitter, which was me. It's also the headline on the main article linked, which I also wrote, so I'm your source of nefarious clickbait for the day. I'm really sorry if the headline brought up traumatic associations with 9/11 for you. Clearly I was not anticipating that, and wasn't intending it. In general I try not to go over the top with headlines, promise! But their function is to make a (hopefully) nuanced, detailed article enticing in as few words as possible. And I actually do agree that war metaphors are used too often in the business, sports, and political press. Guess I should remind myself of that next time. :)

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