walterbyrd writes "A team of engineers at Microsoft Research have developed a high-tech bra that’s intended to monitor women’s stress levels and dissuade them from emotional over-eating. The undergarment has sensors that track the user’s heart rate, respiration, skin conductance and movement — all of which can indicate the type of stressful emotions that lead to over-eating, according to Microsoft researchers. The data is sent to a smartphone app, which then alerts users about their mood."Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "Microsoft storage patent that was used to get a sales ban on products from Google-owned Motorola Mobility in Germany has been invalidated by the German Federal Patent Court.
Microsoft's FAT (File Allocation Table) patent, which concerns a "common name space for long and short filenames" was invalidated on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Federal Patent Court said in an email Friday. She could not give the exact reasons for the court's decision before the written judicial decision is released, which will take a few weeks."Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "Streaming services are ailing. Pandora, the giant of its class and the survivor at 13 years old, is waging an ugly war to pay artists and labels less in order to stay afloat. Spotify, in spite of 6 million paid users and 18 million subscribers who humor some ads in their stream, has yet to turn a profit. Rhapsody axed 15% of its workforce right as Apple’s iTunes Radio hit the scene. On-demand competitor Rdio just opted for layoffs too, in order to move into a “scalable business model.” Hmm no one wondered about that business-model bit in the beginning?
Meanwhile, Turntable.fm, a comparatively tiny competitor with what should have been viral DNA, just pulled the plug on its virtual jam sessions this week—and it just might be the canary in the coal mine."Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "“Apple maintains the NetAirus Technologies LLC patent is invalid because the technology was known long before the company filed its patent. Cupertino, California-based Apple, which three weeks ago defeated patent holder Wi-Lan Inc. at trial over a $248 million royalty demand for wireless technology used in mobile devices, has won pretrial rulings that cap any recovery NetAirus may win,” Pettersson reports. “The company owned by inventor Richard L. Ditzik filed the patent application in 1997 for a handheld device that combines computer and wireless-communications functions over both a local-area network and a wide-area network. Jury selection started today in Los Angeles federal court in the lawsuit, filed 3 1/2 years ago by NetAirus.”"Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "Africa's western black rhino is now officially extinct according the latest review of animals and plants by the world's largest conservation network."Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "WTF is the matter with all these "change for the sake of change" thinkers? Even Linux is not exempt.
Yahoo's new email — second time within a year — completely sucks. Worst of all, for me, yahoo just deleted tons of my contact information. Stuff like birthdays, home addresses, work
I am not the only one unhappy about this. Lots of attention in the media.
Petition: "Yahoo: Bring back the old version of Yahoo Mail!" has over 25,000 signitures so far.
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walterbyrd writes "According to changes implemented in 2010, Elop was entitled to immediate share price performance bonus in case of a “change of control” situation such as selling of Nokia’s handset division. Curiously, his predecessor Kallasvuo had no such clause in his contract. This adjustment meant that unlike previous CEOs, Elop was facing an instant, massive windfall should the following sequence happen to take place:
Nokia’s share price drops steeply as the company drifts close to cash flow crisis under Elop.
Elop sells the company’s handset unit to Microsoft MSFT -0.87% under pressure to raise cash
The share price rebounds sharply, though remains far below where it was when Elop joined the company.
Should this unlikely chain of events ever occur, Elop would be entitled to an accelerated, $25M payoff.
Through some strange coincidence, that very sequence of events actually did happen to take place between 2011-2013."Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "It is amazing, in this racially enlightened century, that we still see members of the U.S. Congress demonizing an ethnic group. Yet that is what happened when the Senate adopted a provision in the immigration bill singling out Indian and Indian-American information-technology companies that have operations in the U.S. with punitive restrictions on H-1B work visas. By contrast, the legislation expanded access to the visa to others in the technology industry."Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "The probe is one of dozens being conducted by U.S. officials under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a 1977 law that prohibits U.S. traded companies from paying bribes to foreign officials. The law also holds companies liable for improper payments made by others on their behalf."Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "Asustek CEO Jerry Shen confirmed today that his company will no longer produce Windows RT tablets.
"It's not only our opinion; the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful," Shen told the Wall Street Journal Friday at a Taipei earnings conference."Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "Buried in paperwork. Hollywood’s lack of profits exists only on paper, the result of creative accounting practices so institutionalized and infamous that a Wikipedia page on “Hollywood Accounting” includes the inside joke that Hollywood’s most creative minds are the accountants. Instead of cooking the books to hide losses and inflate profits, Hollywood accountants inflate costs to ensure that even smash hits stay in the red."Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "The scheme worked like this: One vendor would receive $105 to $115 per hour from the medical cost management firm for database administrators. The vendor then kept $62 per hour, while the balance, $43, was allegedly paid as a kickback to two co-conspirators: the medical firm's CIO and its director of database administration, according to court documents."Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "Microsoft's strategic partner, Nokia, transferred patents to Intellectual Ventures. Intellectual Ventures in now using those patents to sue Motorola (Google). One of the patents is for linking URLs in an email."Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "Late last year, a vigorous and secretive patent troll began sending out thousands of letters to small businesses all around the country, insisting that they owed between $900 and $1,200 per worker just for using scanners. The brazen patent-trolling scheme, carried out by a company called MPHJ technologies and dozens of shell companies with six-letter names, has caught the attention of politicians.
MPHJ and its principals may have gone too far. They're now the subject of a government lawsuit targeting patent trolling—the first ever such case. Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell has filed suit in his home state, saying that MPHJ is violating Vermont consumer-protection laws."Link to Original Source
walterbyrd writes "In 2012, IBM started retiring the Lotus brand. Now 1-2-3, the core product that brought Lotus its fame, takes its turn on the chopping block. IBM stated, "Effective on the dates listed below, [June 11, 2013] IBM will withdraw from marketing part numbers from the following product release(s) licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:" IBM Lotus 123 Millennium Edition V9.x, IBM Lotus SmartSuite 9.x V9.8.0, and Organizer V6.1.0.
Further, IBM stated, "Customers will no longer be able to receive support for these offerings after September 30, 2014. No service extensions will be offered. There will be no replacement programs.""Link to Original Source