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+ - Chinese Businesses Withholding Money From Qualcomm In Anti-Trust Dispute->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Qualcomm is best known for making chips, but it also has a robust patent-licensing business — one that, according to Chinese regulators, it's been abusing in that country by charging for expired patents, bundling patent licensing with chip sales, and refusing to license patents to certain chipmakers. The Chinese antitrust agency hasn't reach any conclusions, but many Chinese companies seem to be taking matters into their own hands, withholding royalty payments or otherwise failing to comply with their contracts."
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+ - Dutch Court Says Gov't Can Receive NSA-Collected Data->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Dutch law makes it illegal for the Dutch intelligence services to conduct mass data interception programs. But, according to a court in the Hague, it's perfectly all right for the Dutch government to request that data from the U.S.'s National Intelligence Agency, and doing so doesn't violate any treaties or international law."
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+ - How The Internet Of Things Could Aid Disaster Response->

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jfruh (300774) writes "While the Internet has made communications easier, that ease had made us very dependent on the Internet for communications — and, when disaster strikes, power and infrastructure outages tend to shut down those communications networks when we need them most. But now researchers are examining how the so-called "Internet of Things" — the proliferating array of Internet-communicating devices in our lives — can transmit emergency messages via ad-hoc networks even when the Internet backbone in a region is inoperable."
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+ - Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Liquid Robotics and its Wave Glider line of autonomous seafaring robots became famous when Java inventor James Gosling left Google to join the company. Now one of its robots has passed an impressive real-world test, shrugging off a monster typhoon in the South China Sea that inflicted hundreds of millions of dollars of damage on the region."
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+ - Google May Bring Wi-Fi To New York City Pay Phones->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Google was among 60 entities that attended a meeting on May 12 to discuss a project to replace or supplement as many as 10,000 pay phones around the city, turning the relics of the past into 'communication points' of the future with free Wi-Fi and cellphone charging. The list came to light in a Bloomberg News report on Monday. Other participants included Samsung, IBM, Cisco Systems, Verizon Wireless, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable."
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+ - Ask Slashdot: How To Choose A NoSQL Database?->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Nonrelational databases NoSQL databases have become increasingly popular, especially for dealing with big data applications. But the theory on what databases are good for what purposes is still somewhat unsettled, and there's a much wider variety of products and open source projects that there is in the RDBMS world. Tech blogger Matthew Mombrea is grappling with his choice. How would you make yours?"
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+ - EFF Releases Browser Extension That Blocks Third-Party Tracking->

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jfruh (300774) writes "The EFF has released the beta version of Privacy Badger, a browser plug-in for Chrome and Firefox that blocks third-party trackers. While Privacy Badger doesn't block advertising per se, so many web ads are built around tracking your moves around the web that the ads you will see will be different and fewer."
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+ - New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account->

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jfruh (300774) writes "While several U.S. judges have refused as overbroad warrants that sought to grant police access to a suspects complete Gmail account, a federal judge in New York State OK'd such an order this week. Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein argued that a search of this type was no more invasive than the long-established practice of granting a warrant to copy and search the entire contents of a hard drive, and that alternatives, like asking Google employees to locate messages based on narrowly tailored criteria, risked excluding information that trained investigators could locate."
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+ - Google-Owned Boston Dynamics Taking Much Less Money From U.S. Military->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Google's "don't be evil" mantra already seemed pretty dated last year December when it purchased Boston Dynamics, a company that designs actual robot soldiers. But since the takeover, Boston Dynamics income from military and government sources has dropped dramatically. It may be that Google as an international corporation can't be tied too closely to any single state or its military; it may also be possible that Google has other uses in mind for Boston Dynamics robots."
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+ - Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove Of Private Data->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Point-of-sale systems aren't cheap, so it's not unusual for smaller merchants to buy used terminals second-hand. An HP security researcher bought one such unit on eBay to see what a used POS system will get you, and what he found was distrubing: default passwords, a security flaw, and names, addresses, and social security numbers of employees of the terminal's previous owner."
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+ - Microsoft Layoffs Represent Failure Of Nokia Acquisition->

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jfruh (300774) writes "The tech press has been shocked by the scale of layoffs proposed by new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella — tens of thousands of workers representing 14 percent of company headcount. But the numbers somewhat obscure the fact that a significant majority of those losing their jobs — almost 70 percent — are former Nokia employees who only came over in the course of Microsoft's acquistion of their company in the past year. The cuts may primarily represent Nadella's rejection of the Nokia merger, signalled by his changing Microsoft's mission from being a "devices and services" provider to instead focusing on "productivity and platform"."
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+ - How To Get Your Next Big IT Project Funded->

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jfruh (300774) writes "The world of internal corporate budgeting is Darwinian and zero-sum. If you want to get a big project IT project funded by your company, one that will involve spending money up front, you can't just compare it to technical projects: you need to prove it's better than everything else the company could be spending money on, based on some metrics that aren't technical at all."
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+ - US House Passes Pemanent Ban On Internet Taxes

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jfruh (300774) writes "In 1998, the US Congress passed a law that temporarily banned all taxes imposed by federal, state, and local governments on Internet access and Internet-only services, a ban that has been faithfully renewed every year since. Now the US House has passed a permanent version of the ban, which also applies to several states that had passed Internet taxes before 1998 and were grandfathered in under the temporary law. The Senate must pass the bill as well by November 1 or the temporary ban will lapse."

+ - Yahoo Ending Helps Japanese Manage Their Deaths->

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jfruh (300774) writes "A quarter of Japan's population is over 65, and Yahoo Japan sees that as a growth market. They're offering Yahoo Ending to help the elderly manage all electronic aspects of their deaths, from archiving their online existence to sending a pre-written note to their loved ones. The company hopes that eventually the site can be a portal to help simply the process of having an IRL funeral, too."
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+ - Your Personal Data Is On Your Phone -- In The Form Of Bacteria->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Yes, we all know that we have a lot of personally identifying information on our phones that maybe we shouldn't. But even if our data is locked down and encrypted, we're all leaving biological footprints on our phones, which are basically extensions of our personal bacterial ecosystem. A study has concluded that phones could be a less invasive source of information in studying individual microbiomes than current techniques."
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