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Submission + - Samsung sues over iPhone 5 (

angry tapir writes: "Samsung Electronics filed a motion in a U.S. federal court on Monday to add Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 5, to its patent lawsuit. Samsung's motion, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeks to add the iPhone 5 to its second lawsuit filed against Apple on April 18, the company said in a statement."

Submission + - Best phone carrier in the US 1

martypantsROK writes: "After nearly seven years of living abroad, I'm planning to return to the USA in early 2013. Last time I lived there, smart phones weren't out yet, dropped calls were common and poor reception (can you hear me now?) was an ad campaign. I'm used to South Korea's wicked speeds, both internet and wireless networks, and wondering what the slashdot community believes to be best carrier in the USA. Which is fastest? Which offers the best deal for unlimited data? Nationwide roaming and coverage? Prices? Service?"

Submission + - Online Security and a Digital Fingerprint from a GPU? (

AirborneGamer writes: "Online security and user authentication are not usually things that are brought up when discussing a Graphics Card. However, recently researchers have found they are very related. PUFFIN and PUF are two key components of this inherent integration and possible future unique identifier that allow software to detect a GPU and connect that Graphics Card to a user."

Submission + - Looks like the The Pirate Bay has been Sunk! (

X!0mbarg writes: Not long ago, there was a story posted here, on SlashDot itself, that mentioned a batch of ISPs being raided, and an assortment of BitTorrent sites going down. Within minutes, an internet favourite, The Pirate Bay seems to have disappeared. Over at a Story pops up covering just such a noteworthy event.
"Rumors are flying after the Pirate Bay's website took a dive on Monday just as news broke of a raid by Swedish police on its hosting company PRQ – but the group says the two facts are not related.

"Dear internet. We have not been raided. We are not shutting down. We like turtles, waffles and you," the group said on its Facebook page. "Sorry for not fulfilling your pirate needs tonight. It's ok if you cheat on us with another site, just once. We know that you still love us, deep down in your cursed pirate heart."

There is, however, something more suspicious here:

Where's the Original SlashDot story that covered the Raid and Fall of the Torrent Sites? It also seems to have disappeared from the Stories list in the last few moments.

Are these two events linked in some way? Has SlashDot been censored somehow? Was the story Too Hot for SlashDot?

Let's all watch and see what happens next!


Submission + - Nokia bets big on mapping (

angry tapir writes: "Nokia and Oracle have joined forces on mapping, with details of the deal to be announced at the Oracle OpenWorld conference. To differentiate its smartphones from the competition, Nokia is betting big on location as well as imaging technology. Oracle is expected to add Nokia's mapping technology to its applications. Part of Nokia's location strategy is signing deals for the use of its Navteq mapping technology with as many companies as possible. Besides the deal with Oracle, Nokia has recently announced contracts with car makers BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Korean Hyundai, which will all use Navteq map data in some of their vehicles. Garmin will also start using Nokia data on transit services and walking routes to power a new Urban Guidance feature, which will be available as part of its Navigon app for Android and iOS. Nokia's most important partner on navigation, though, is Microsoft. All smartphones based on Windows Phone 8 will have Nokia's Drive application as standard, while Microsoft's Bing Maps geographical search engine uses Nokia data."

Submission + - Europe's 'unitary patent' could mean unlimited sof ( 1

chebucto writes: RMS has an article up at the Guardian about the proposed EU Unitary Patent system, which would make any patent issued by the European Patent Office (EPO) valid in all of the EU except for Spain and Italy. The unitary patent system would remove national jurisdiction over patents, leaving the European Court of Justice (the ECJ — the highest court in Europe) as the only body with appeal power over EPO decisions. There's a real chance that patent policy throughout much of Europe will be decided by an organization that's shown, in practice, that it supports software patents.

Submission + - Programmer Making Thought-controlled Robot Avatars (

An anonymous reader writes: Software developer Robert Oschler is creating a program to give quadriplegics robotic avatars, by syncing a thought-detecting Emotiv EPOC electroencephalogram (EEG) headset with a WowWee Rovio telepresence robot. The ‘Robodance 5’ software he’s currently funding through Kickstarter would let them control the robots using only their thoughts and emotions, which means even people with severe paralysis could use the device. He also plans to create an online network for quadriplegics to meet, make friends, and hang out by linking to each other’s robots using their minds.

Submission + - 'Fantastic' PlayBook sales reported by retailer (

zacharye writes: While HP continues its TouchPad fire sale as it exits the consumer tablet market, major Australian retail chain Harvey Norman has gone on record in reporting “fantastic” sales of RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Ben McIntosh, head of Harvey Norman’s computer-buying team, told Australian technology news site Current that the retailer’s sales of RIM’s tablet have exceed expectations. “Sales of the PlayBook are very, very good,” McIntosh told the publication...

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