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Submission Supreme Court Hears Video Game Case->

ink writes: The supreme court heard arguments today about the controversial California law that makes it illegal to sell "violent" videogames to minors. The transcript is interesting, if only to read justices Kagen and Scalias thoughts on Mortal Kombat: "It's iconic", "I don't know what she's talking about".
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Submission Oracle Sues Google->

ink writes: In what may be an attempt to accuse Google of infringing on the Java ME runtime re-distribution license, Oracle unleashed their lawyers on the search giant's mobile platform. Ars Technica continues:

"In a tersely worded press release, Oracle announced that it was suing Google for patent and copyright infringement over its use of the Java programming language for Android development. Neither the press release nor the complaint filed in the US District Court for Northern California go into any significant detail."

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Submission Apple Blocks Cartoonist From App Store-> 1

ink writes: Here is another troubling anecdote on the iWeb front:

This week cartoonist Mark Fiore made Internet and journalism history as the first online-only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize. Fiore took home the editorial cartooning prize for animations he created for SFGate, the website for the San Francisco Chronicle... But there’s just one problem. In December, Apple rejected his iPhone app, NewsToons, because, as Apple put it, his satire “ridicules public figures,” a violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, which bars any apps whose content in “Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory.

Whether or not you agree with Fiore's political sentiments, I believe we can all agree that the censorship of his work should be denigrated.
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Submission AT&T Wins Gizmodo 3G Bandwidth Test->

ink writes: Gizmodo has completed a 12-city test of 3G cellular bandwidth speed. Verizon won four of the twelve, however AT&T scored higher with six:

Let's get this straight right away: We didn't test dropped voice calls, we didn't test customer service, and we didn't test map coverage by wandering around in the boonies. We tested the ability of the networks to deliver 3G data in and around cities, including both concrete canyons and picket-fenced 'burbs. And while every 3G network gave us troubles on occasion, AT&T's wasn't measurably more or less reliable than Verizon's.

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Submission Sun Releases JavaFX

ink writes: Sun released JavaFX 1.0 today, in a bid to take on Adobe's Flash and Microsoft's Silverlight technologies. It is Sun's first Java release to include standardized, cross-platform audio and video playback code (in the form of On2 licensed codecs). The lack of a Linux or Solaris release is a notable absence. The development kit currently consists of the base run-time, a NetBeans/Eclipse plug-in and a set of artifact exporters for Adobe CS 3&4.

Submission Dell Releases Its "Netbook"

ink writes: Dell has unveiled its "Eee competitor", the Inspiron 9. It includes an Intel Atom 1.6Ghz, an 8.9" display and weighs in at about 1kg. Prices start at $349. The basic model only offers Ubuntu 8.04, but with a larger drive Windows XP becomes an option.

Submission FCC Auction Winners Announced->

ink writes: AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, the nation's two biggest cell phone carriers, bid a combined $16 billion of the record $19.6 billion pledged in the auction, according to an AP analysis of the results. Verizon Wireless bid $9.4 billion while AT&T Inc. bid $6.6 billion. Verizon Wireless, a joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. and British telecom giant Vodaphone Group, won nearly every license in the consumer-friendly "C block."
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