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Submission + - Slashdot Gets Acquired as Part of $20 Million Deal (geek.net) 1

wiredmikey writes: Dice Holdings (Owner of Job sites including Dice.com) reported this morning that it has acquired Geeknet's online media business, including Slashdot and SourceForge.

"We are very pleased to find a new home for our media business, providing a platform for the sites and our media teams to thrive," said Ken Langone, Chairman of Geeknet. "With this transaction completed, we will now focus our full attention on growing ThinkGeek."

Dice Holdings acquired the business for $20 million in cash. In 2011, the online media properties generated $20 million in Revenues.

AMD

Submission + - Intel's Haswell is an unprecedented threat to Nvidia, AMD (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "Fully unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum over the last few days, Intel’s next-generation architecture, codenamed Haswell, isn’t just another “tock” in Intel’s tick/tock cadence; it’s a serious threat to both AMD and Nvidia. For the first time, Intel is poised to challenge both companies in the mainstream graphics market while simultaneously eroding Nvidia’s edge in the GPGPU business. For a start, the Haswell CPU core will be 10-15% faster than Ivy Bridge, but thanks to the addition of AVX2, Haswell's floating point performance will be monstrous: a quad-core part should be capable of 256 (double-precision) gigaflops, which should be enough to outpace Nvidia's GTX 680. On the GPU side of things, Haswell will massively increase the number of processing cores, offering "up to 2x" the performance of Ivy Bridge's HD 4000. Even a conservative take on that promise spells trouble for AMD and Nvidia. According to benchmarks, Trinity’s GPU is an average of 18% faster than Llano’s across a range of 15 popular titles. Compared to Sandy Bridge, Trinity was almost 80% faster. Against Ivy Bridge, it’s just 20% faster. Given what we know of Haswell’s GPU shader counts and performance targets, it shouldn’t be hard for Intel to deliver a 30-50% performance boost in real-world games. If it does, Trinity goes from the fastest integrated GPU on the market to an also-ran, and AMD loses the superior graphics hole card it’s been playing since it launched the AMD 780G chipset four years ago. It isn't looking good for either AMD or Nvidia."
Open Source

Submission + - Red Hat Fights Patent Troll With GPL (itworld.com)

jfruh writes: "Red Hat is in the middle of a patent lawsuit with Twin Peaks Software, which claims that a Red Hat subsidiary is abusing a Twin Peaks filesystem lawsuit. Now, Red Hat is launching an intriguing countermeasure: the company claims that Twin Peaks' own closed source software violates the GPL because it makes use of an open source disk utility that Red Hat holds the copyright no. Is this a smart move on Red Hat's part?"

Submission + - Patent troll sues X-Plane (x-plane.com) 2

symbolset writes: X-plane is a cross-platform flight simulator app, notably the only serious one that supports Mac OSX and Linux. It's under threat by an NPE (Non Practicing Entity), Uniloc, suing for things X-Plane has done for decades. X-plane cannot afford to defend this suit, so if somebody doesn't step up and defend them then we lose X-plane forever.

Submission + - Patent troll sues X-Plane (x-plane.com)

symbolset writes: X-Plane is an awesome flight simulator that has survived the onslaught of Microsoft Flight Simulator, been the first to include NASA data in their terrain modelling, and remained Linux compatible through their whole history. They have a long and grand history.

They are now under attack from a patent troll, Uniloc, and will needs must shut down unless we help them out. If we fail to help, we lose X-plane — and we deserve to.

Android

Submission + - Fragmentation comes to iOS (wordpress.com) 2

dell623 writes: While the fragmentation issues in iOS are nowhere near as bad as Android, it can nolonger be considered non existent. I have prepared a chart showing which features will be available on which device. While some restrictions are the result of hardware limitations, it is clear that Apple has deliberately chosen to limit some previous generation devices, and figuring this out isn't always straightforward if you're not buying the latest iPad or iPhone.
Patents

Submission + - Apple transfers patents to sue all phone makers th (techcrunch.com)

dell623 writes: A patent lawsuit by patent licensing firm Digitude Innovations curiously targeted all mobile manufacturers except Apple. A Techcrunch story has revealed that the patents used were transferred via a shell company to DI, and appear to cover features found in virtually all smartphones. The lawsuit even extends to companies that don't make Android phones like Nokia and RIM, and to Android OEMs that Apple have not directly sued yet like Sony. The business model of DI clearly implies that Apple would benefit financially from the lawsuit as a company that contributed patents to DI's portfolio.

Submission + - Apple behind patent troll which is suing all mobil (techcrunch.com)

dell623 writes: "Techcrunch have posted a story about the patent troll company Digitude Innovations that recently filed suit with ITC suing all major mobile manufacturers except Apple. It turns out DI is a patent accumulating and licensing company and the patents it is using to sue were owned by Apple until recently before being transferred via a shell company. The patents in question are typical software patents that could be said to be infringed by every smartphone."
Patents

Submission + - No one expects the Apple inquisition (wordpress.com)

dell623 writes: "Apple's recent lawsuits against Samsung and HTC are based on patents that are considered trivial and obvious by most people with a working knowledge of software. Apple are not the only company using such patents, but they are doing it blatantly, publicly and dishonestly, and sadly, unlike common patent trolls, they have a unique history of innovation. Such lawsuits can have far reaching consequences. If such patent wars had happened in the last 30-40 years personal computing devices and the internet wouldn't exist as they do today, and similarly, these patent wars threaten to bring about a technological dark age of stagnation or decline, smothering a technological revolution that is still young. We have had an incredible, transformational period of around four decades where powerful computers started off powering expensive military systems and ended up as minuscule devices in our hands that can talk to each other across the world, and we have only begun to explain the possibilities this brings us. These patent wars threaten to brutally strangle a still young revolution that has possibilities we can only begin to imagine."

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