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Apple

+ - Apple Loses Patent Case in Germany, iPhone/iPad sa->

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quantr
quantr writes ""Earlier this morning, the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany ruled that Apple did infringe on GPRS patents belonging to smartphone rival Motorola, which could see an injunction placed on iPhones and iPads.
Florian Mueller of FOSSpatents revealed the outcome between the two mobile giants, highlighting that sales of the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 3G and iPad2 3G may be impacted in Germany unless Apple is able to secure a stay until an appeal can be heard.""

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+ - Freshmeat Renamed to Freecode->

Submitted by fatp
fatp (1171151) writes "Freshment, operated by the same group as slashdot.org (under geek.net), announced to rename to Freecode. Patrick Lenz, Site director Freecode wrote in http://freecode.com/articles/whats-in-a-name: "Since all of us at Geeknet agree that this site and the community powering it have tremendous potential, even after more than 14 years of existence, we decided to change the name of the site, effective immediately, to Freecode".

On the frontpage of geek.net website, slashdot.org Freshmeat widget, the rename isn't effective yet."

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Medicine

+ - Standford's Open Source Human Motion Software->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "Standford's OpenSim software is a human motion modeling package that is currently making the rounds at museums where 'visitors walk across a pressure-sensitive floor and are presented at the other side with color-coded print outs of their weight distribution, identifying even slight imbalances that might be putting undue stress on their limbs and joints.' This project can also help with planning surgery. The work of Scott L. Delp, Frank C. Anderson, Allison S. Arnold, Peter Loan, Ayman Habib, Chand T. John, Eran Guendelman, and Darryl G. Thelen has been published in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (note that this is a different effort from the virtual world of the same name). Although Standford's press release says it is now open source, I cannot find what license they are using nor can I access their SVN browser after registering."
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Open Source

+ - Qualcomm Goes Open Source With AllJoyn Project->

Submitted by Blacklaw
Blacklaw (311963) writes ""It's unexpected from Qualcomm," Qualcomm Innovation Center president Rob Chandhok admits in an interview with thinq_ about the company's open source AllJoyn proximity-based networking platform project. "Like 'wait, is this a guy from Qualcomm that just said that?' In my mind there's two ways that you standardise something: one is you wind your way through a standards body, and you standardise the APIs, and you then have proprietary implementations. The other way is that you open-source it and it becomes a de facto standard, because it's useful." The full interview has plenty of detail about Qualcomm's belief in the open source methodology, plus details of the AllJoyn project itself."
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+ - SPAM: Yes, You Can Rank on Page One of Google Now

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A-Team2
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The Courts

+ - US launches eBay-Craigslist dispute criminal probe->

Submitted by
angry tapir
angry tapir writes "The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into whether eBay executives broke the law and stole trade secrets while sitting on the board of Craigslist.org. The investigation is centered on the activities of eBay executives who managed the Craigslist relationship between 2004 and 2007, a period when eBay morphed from a US$30 million Craigslist investor, with a seat on its board of directors, into a direct competitor in the lucrative online classified advertising market."
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Linux

+ - Linux kernel moves to Github->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Linus Torvalds has announced that he will be distributing the Linux kernel via Github until kernel.org servers are fully operational following the recent server compromise.

But hey, the whole point (well, *one* of the points) of distributed development is that no single place is really any different from any other, so since I did a github account for my divelog thing, why not see how well it holds up to me just putting my whole kernel repo there too?

"

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Android

+ - Judge in Oracle, Google case may order mediation->

Submitted by
angry tapir
angry tapir writes "As the trial date nears in Oracle's dispute with Google over Android, the judge overseeing the case is proposing a last-ditch mediation in front of a magistrate judge. On Friday, Judge William Alsup wrote that he's inclined to order both sides to mediate the case in front of a U.S. magistrate judge. He would order "top executive officers of both sides to be in attendance for one or two complete days.""
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Games

+ - Poor Second-Hand Game Sales Aren't Consumers Fault 1

Submitted by edcs
edcs (1931354) writes "Insidestroll has a breakdown of why game publishers can't blame their customers for buying used games, and why games are absolutely not a better deal than movies: "Games are a medium that costs less then half as much as movies to make, and yet costs three times as much to consume." The article also speculates that over-inflated prices may have caused the game industry more problems than just a poor second-hand market, mainly by stifling creativity through breeding a timid consumer base that is unlikely to take a risk on innovative titles."
Microsoft

+ - Sony Attacks Microsoft's Publishing Policies->

Submitted by winston18
winston18 (2441058) writes "Sony’s vice president of publisher relations has went on record as saying that Microsoft is protecting an inferior technology with their policies regarding content on Xbox Live Arcade and multiplatform titles. The comments stem from Microsoft’s admission that they reserve the right to deny titles on Xbox Live if they launch on the Playstation Network first."
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Programming

+ - Weak typing - the lost art of the keyboard ->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "How do you type? Hunt and peck? Two thumbs? Touch type? Two thumbs touch type?
For the first time since the computer was invented the standard QWERTY keyboard is challenged by new ways of inputing text. And yet even the iPad virtual keyboard has two useless dimples on the F and J keys. Perhaps it isn't time to give up on the home keys just yet."

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Google

+ - Google Patents Glove for 'Seeing With Your Hand'

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Is Google Couch Search about to go Beta? GeekWire reports that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is among the inventors listed on a patent issued to the search giant this week for 'Seeing With Your Hand', using a glove with sensors for viewing a room or controlling a computer with gestures. From the patent: 'When a small object is lost, for example, underneath a couch, humans naturally put their hands under the couch to locate the lost object by touch. While gathering information by touch is in some cases an acceptable substitute for seeing, in many situations it may be desirable to 'see' the inaccessible environment to better gather information.'"
Ubuntu

+ - Will Ubuntu Again Benefit from Industry Turmoil? -> 1

Submitted by deadeyefred
deadeyefred (1273668) writes "With HP trying to exit the PC business, Apple in transition but with skyrocketing Mac sales, and Windows 8 yet to ship, can Ubuntu once again benefit from serious turmoil in the PC industry? Not only that, but the last time there was a world economic slump, free software got a lot more serious look. Ubuntu's beta launch this week, which has been fairly well received, might be a good sign."
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