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+ - Google, Dropbox, And Others Forge Patent 'Arms Control Pact'->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Patent trolling is a serious irritatnt and financial drain on many big tech companies — but those same companies can't guarantee that their own future management won't sell the patents they own to a 'non-practicing entity', especially in the case of sale or bankruptcy. That's why a number of tech giants, including Google and Dropbox, have formed the 'License or Tranfer Network,' in which a patent will automatically be licensed to everyone else in the network in the event that it's sold to a third party."
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+ - In Defense Of Techno-Panics->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Whenever new technology meets resistence from society at large, tech enthusiasts are quick to dismiss "techno-panics," invoking luddites and buggy-whip manufacturers as roadbumps to history. But actual instances of resistance to technology weren't always simply negative obstructionism. The original Luddites didn't hate machines; they were skilled machine operators engaged in a violent labor dispute. 19th 'Kodak fiends' met strong opposition that eventually solidified into social rules about public photography that maybe Google Glass users should consider. And maybe the vogue of using radioactive material in quack cures should have inspired more techno-panic than it did."
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+ - The Future Of Wearables: Standalone, Unobtrusive, Everywhere->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Wearable tech has been a pretty niche product so far, and a widely derided one at that, but moves are in the works to help the category break into the mainstream. One of the biggest irritants is that most wearable devices must pair with a smartphone to actually connect to the Internet — but an AT&T exec says that his company will be selling a standalone wearable by the end of 2014. Google Glass has been a flashpoint of conflict not least because it's extremely obvious; its creator says that subtle, non intrusive versions are coming. And while everyone wonders what Apple's play in this space will be, it may be best to imagine what they're working on as a successor to their fading iPod line."
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+ - Murderers Bid To Join Apple vs. Samsung Lawsuit->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "In late June, a handwritten letter was sent from the state prison in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, by 10 people seeking to join the Apple vs. Samsung case. The letter included the purported signatures of Jodi Arias, whose trial and conviction in 2013 for murdering her boyfriend achieved widespread coverage on cable news channels; James Holmes, who appears to be the same person accused of killing 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012; and Christopher Wirth, who was found guilty in 2013 of killing his girlfriend while driving under the influence of alcohol. It wasn't possible to verify the authenticity of the signatures, but the envelope used to send the letter bears a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections 'Inmate Mail' postmark and a return address of the state prison in Bellefonte, where seven of the 10 are listed as being incarcerated."
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+ - Student-Designed Device Reduces Gas Lawnmower Air Pollution By Over 90%->

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "Gas-powered lawnmowers are notorious polluters. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, running a new gas mower for one hour produces as much air pollution as would be generated by 11 typical automobiles being driven for the same amount of time. Switching to an electric or reel mower is certainly one option, but for those applications where it's gotta be gasoline, a team of engineering students from the University of California, Riverside are developing another: an attachment that they claim reduces noxious emissions by over 90 percent."
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+ - Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Python has surpassed Java as the top language used to introduce U.S. students to programming and computer science, according to a recent survey posted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Eight of the top 10 computer science departments now use Python to teach coding, as well as 27 of the top 39 schools, indicating that it is the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science courses, according to Philip Guo, a computer science researcher who compiled the survey for ACM."
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+ - The World's Best Living Programmers->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "How do you measure success? If it's by Stack Overflow reputation, Google engineer Jon Skeet is the world's best programmer. If it's winning programming competitions, Gennady Korotkevich or Petr Mitrechev might be your pick. But what about Linus Torvalds? Or Richard Stallman? Or Donald Knuth? ITworld's Phil Johnson has rounded up a list of what just might be the world's top 14 programmers alive today."
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+ - Japanese Smartphone Market Set For Explosion->

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jfruh (300774) writes "A decade ago, when native-built phones dominated the Japanese markets, mobile carriers imposed rules to encourage customer loyalty, SIM locking all handsets. Now, with little or no native phone industry to protect, the Japanese government is set to impose regulations that would require SIM unlocking, which could be a massive boon to smartphone uptake."
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+ - Blue Shield Discloses 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "The Social Security numbers of roughly 18,000 California physicians and health-care providers were inadvertently made public after a slip-up at health insurance provider Blue Shield of California, the organization said Monday. The numbers were included in monthly filings on medical providers that Blue Shield is required to make to the state's Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). The provider rosters for February, March and April 2013 included the data and were available under the state's public records law."
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+ - IBM Tries To Forecast and Control Beijing's Air Pollution->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Using supercomputers to predict and study pollution patterns is nothing new. And already, China's government agencies, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, publicly report real-time pollution levels to residents. But IBM is hoping to design a better system tailored for Beijing that can predict air quality levels three days in advance, and even pinpoint the exact sources of the pollution down to the street level, said Jin Dong, an IBM Research director involved in the project."
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+ - Is Google Holding Back Its Android Smartwatch To Give Partners A Head Start?->

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jfruh (300774) writes "The Moto 360 is one of the most anticipated of the next generation of Android-based smartwatches — so eagerly awaited that the announcement that it wouldn't be released until later this year was met with boos at Google's I/O conference. Blogger Matthew Mombrea wonders if Motorola Mobility, still under Google's control pending its sale to Lenovo, is deliberately delaying the 360's rollout, in order to give a chance to faithful Google partners LG and Samsung to establish their own offerings in the market."
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+ - Samsung Gives Up On The Content Business->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Not content to merely be spectacularly successful at selling Android phones, Samsung wants to be taken as seriously as competitors like Apple, Google, and Amazon. Part of that plan was to get into the business of selling content — but that agenda has been a total flop, and now the company is pulling back. Samsung had already shuttered its ebooks service, and is now shutting down its video and music services as well."
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+ - Facebook Adapts To Indian Market With Ads That Call You Back->

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jfruh (300774) writes "In much of the developing world, millions of people use low-cost featurephones to access the internet — and for phone calls, those phones use the "caller pays" method, where receiving calls are free. To adapt to this maket, Facebook is launching ads in India that call users back after they click on them to indicate their interest."
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+ - Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "As social networks proliferated in the early '10s, so did the idea of a corporate social network — a Facebook-like community on an intranet where employees could interact. Unfortunately, corporate users are staying away in droves, perceiving the systems as one more in-box they'd have to take care of and getting their social-networking fix from Facebook and the like."
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+ - Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Tech writer Tyler Hayes had never come close to hitting the 250 GB monthly bandwidth cap imposed by Cox Cable — until suddenly he was blowing right through it, eating up almost 80 GB a day. Using the Mac network utility little snitch, he eventually tracked down the culprit: a screensaver on his new Kindle Fire TV."
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