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Submission + - Sued freelancer allegedly turns over contractee source code in settlement

FriendlySolipsist writes: Blizzard Entertainment has been fighting World of Warcraft bots for years, but TorrentFreak reports Bossland, a German company that operates "buddy" bots, alleges Blizzard sued one of its freelancers and forced a settlement where he turned over Bossland's source code to Blizzard. In Bossland's view, their code was "stolen" by Blizzard because it was not the freelancer's to disclose. This is a dangerous precedent for freelance developers in the face of legal threats: damed if you do, damned if you don't.

Submission + - Getting Closer To Using Graphene For Electronics (physorg.com)

tgrigsby writes: "Students at Georgia Tech Georgia Tech have developed a new "templated growth" technique that allows fabrication of nanoribbons with smooth edges and high conductivity. Predicting the ability to produce features no more than 10 nanometers wide and with extremely low resistance, Yike Hu and John Hankinson may be developing the next generation of processor technology."

Submission + - USPTO Gives Sergey Brin Patent for Google Doodles

theodp writes: After a 10-year struggle, the USPTO was convinced to issue Google a patent Tuesday for Systems and Methods for Enticing Users to Access a Web Site, aka Google Doodles. Among other things, Google explains that the invention of co-founder Sergey Brin covers modifying a company logo with 'a turkey for Thanksgiving' and 'a leprechaun's pot of gold for Saint Patrick's Day.' To help drive home its point, Google included an illustration showing the USPTO that hearts could be displayed on the Google home page for Valentine's Day, which would be deja-vu-all-over-again for the 394 lovers who used the UIUC PLATO system on Feb. 14th, 1975. Coincidentally, a request was made last spring for a PLATO-themed Google Doodle to tell the world about the huge set of innovations introduced decades before Larry and Sergey founded Google, but the search giant begged off.

Submission + - Court okays Steve Jobs deposition in iTunes case (edibleapple.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It seems like forever ago, but it really wasn’t until April 2009 that Apple began offering iTunes downloads free from the shackles of DRM. Prior to that, downloaded songs were only playable on iPods, effectively tying consumers who used iTunes for music downloads to Apple hardware.

Antitrust lawsuits ensued, and while some claims were dropped, the rest were consolidated and rage on. Now, US Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd has given the the prosecution the go-ahead to conduct a limited deposition of Apple CEO Steve Jobs about his role in refusing to license FairPlay to RealNetworks.

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Submission + - Wikileaks Claims US Ambassador to Mexico

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Miami Herald reports that US Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual has resigned following weeks of withering criticism by Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who said he'd lost trust in the envoy and demanded his removal marking the first high-level US diplomat to quit as a result of the release of sensitive US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks. Calderon repeatedly voiced frustration and anger at US diplomatic cables from Pascual and diplomats serving under him that questioned whether Calderon's anti-crime strategy would succeed and criticized the effectiveness of Mexican security agencies. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced "great regret" in announcing Pascual's resignation, saying he'd been an effective "architect and advocate for the U.S.-Mexico relationship" and said Pascual had sustained morale of US agents and diplomats in Mexico as they have increasingly fallen into the line of fire. It is highly unusual for a foreign leader to be so outspoken in demanding the removal of a US diplomat as Calderon has been in recent weeks — and equally rare that such demands would be met."

Submission + - Experienced Need Not Apply

theodp writes: A federal lawsuit claims that requirements in job ads posted by Infosys automatically discriminated against older workers. Ralph DeVito, a NJ resident who filed the lawsuit, had applied for two tech job openings advertised by Infosys on Monster.com. One posting set a 'maximum experience' requirement of 15 years, and another set a limit of 25 years. DeVito, who was 58 when he applied for the jobs, has more than 25 years of experience in the jobs sought. 'Simply doing the math, 25 years' experience boxes out anyone who is over 40,' said John Roberts, who represents DeVito. Infosys, whose CEO and Chairman each have 30 years experience with the company, said it doesn't comment on pending litigation. Monster Worldwide was also named in the lawsuit, which contends that Monster should have known that 'maximum experience' requirements 'constituted a de facto age limit.' In November, the EEOC, in a letter to DeVito, wrote, 'We found that you were discriminated against in violation of the ADEA (Age Discrimination in Employment Act),' but the agency declined to bring a lawsuit.

Submission + - Tech Titans Team to Back OpenFlow Networking (datacenterknowledge.com)

miller60 writes: "Six huge network operators are joining forces to create the open Networking Foundation, which will advance the development of the OpenFlow standard developed at Stanford and Cal-Berkeley. Founding members Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Verizon and Deutsche Telekom say OpenFlow has the potential to simplify network management and speed innovation. "OpenFlow really has the potential to be a very important shift in how people look at networks, said Google's Urs Hoelzle, who will head the new foundation."

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