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Patents

Submission + - Inventors Protest Patent Reform Bill (itworld.com)

narramissic writes: "A group of inventors and U.S. company execs, among them Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and the AutoSyringe, and Steve Perlman, inventor of WebTV and lead developer of Apple Inc.'s QuickTime, paid a visit to Washington to encourage Congress to defeat the Patent Reform Act, which they say will weaken the patent system, devalue patents, and encourage infringement.

A version of the act, which passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, is supported by several large tech vendors including Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco who say it will make it harder for patent holders to sue and collect huge damage awards when only a small piece of a tech product is found to infringe."

Microsoft

Submission + - MS: Xbox Live to Hit 10M by June '08 (gamedaily.com)

GamePimp writes: "We've added a new Xbox Live member every 8 seconds," says MS. Microsoft recently sent out a list of Xbox 360 and Xbox Live statistics, many of which are simply regurgitated. There were some interesting tidbits, however. Xbox Live has passed the 7 million member milestone and is on track to reach 10 million members by the end of June 2008. Xbox Live members have spent more than 3.2 billion hours playing games on the online service and have unlocked more than 600 million Achievements (creating a total combined Gamerscore of more than 14 billion). There have been 2.5 billion game sessions hosted since the launch of Xbox 360, with more than 5.6 million hosted each day so far in 2007. MS also said that nearly 70 percent of all connected consoles have downloaded and played Xbox Live Arcade titles.
Microsoft

Submission + - MS: Xbox Live to Hit 10M by June '08 (gamedaily.com)

Lucious Leftfoot writes: "We've added a new Xbox Live member every 8 seconds," says MS Microsoft recently sent out a list of Xbox 360 and Xbox Live statistics, many of which are simply regurgitated. There were some interesting tidbits, however. Xbox Live has passed the 7 million member milestone and is on track to reach 10 million members by the end of June 2008. Xbox Live members have spent more than 3.2 billion hours playing games on the online service and have unlocked more than 600 million Achievements (creating a total combined Gamerscore of more than 14 billion). There have been 2.5 billion game sessions hosted since the launch of Xbox 360, with more than 5.6 million hosted each day so far in 2007. MS also said that nearly 70 percent of all connected consoles have downloaded and played Xbox Live Arcade titles.
Privacy

U.S. Airport Screeners Are Watching What You Read 484

boarder8925 writes "Be careful what you read when you fly in the United States. What you read is being monitored by airport screeners and stored in a government database for years. 'Privacy advocates obtained database records showing that the government routinely records the race of people pulled aside for extra screening as they enter the country, along with cursory answers given to U.S. border inspectors about their purpose in traveling. In one case, the records note Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Gilmore's choice of reading material, and worry over the number of small flashlights he'd packed for the trip. The breadth of the information obtained by the Gilmore-funded Identity Project (using a Privacy Act request) shows the government's screening program at the border is actually a survelliance dragnet."
Security

Journalist Test Drives The Pain Ray Gun 818

Fantastic Lad writes to tell us that journalist Michael Hanlon recently got the opportunity to experience the Army's new not-so-secret weapon, dubbed "Silent Guardian". The Silent Guardian is essentially (even though the creators prefer you not refer to it as such) a ray gun, emitting a focused beam of radiation similar to your microwave tuned to a specific frequency to stimulate human nerve endings. "It can throw a wave of agony nearly half a mile. Because the beam penetrates skin only to a depth of 1/64th of an inch, it cannot, says Raytheon, cause visible, permanent injury. But anyone in the beam's path will feel, over their entire body, the agonizing sensation I've just felt on my fingertip. The prospect doesn't bear thinking about. "
Windows

Submission + - Microsoft fixes Vista "TimerStop" activati

An anonymous reader writes: Vista users that have bypassed authentication using the popular TimerStop hack are now being presented with the following message:
"Windows has detected that an unauthorized change was made to your Windows license. This alert appears when a copy of Windows is unlicensed or if Windows activation has been bypassed."
More information, screenshots, can be found here.

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