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Android

Submission + - Smartphone companies are now entering a phase of Mutually Assured Destruction (shkspr.mobi)

Tryfen writes: As patent trials rage across the globe, it has become clear that smartphone companies are engaged in Mutually Assured Destruction. What's the endgame here? Do they all capitulate and cross-licence their patents? Are they forced to buy patents and pass the costs onto customers? Will companies withdraw — voluntarily or otherwise — from the smartphone space?
Cellphones

Submission + - Is Police Cellphone Tracking Okay If There's No Trespass? (justia.com)

marbux writes: Two-part article criticizes a questionable recent appeals court ruling that police in the U.S. may track cell phone locations without a search warrant.

This past August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in United States v. Skinner, held that police may, without a warrant or probable cause, use global positioning technology to track a suspect’s whereabouts through his cellular phone. This ruling is important because it follows up on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last term in United States v. Jones that police do need a warrant and probable cause to attach a global positioning device to a vehicle and thereby track a suspect’s whereabouts.


Government

Submission + - Confirmed: Germany Monitors Skype, Google Mail, Yahoo Mail and Facebook chat (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: German Government has went a bit too far trying to be transparent and has inadvertently revealed that German police monitors Skype, Google Mail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and Facebook chat as and when necessary. The revelations come as the German Government let out figures of expenses incurred by the Federal Ministry of the Interior following a parliamentary inquiry, which were spotted by the annalist blog. The pages contain a whole lot of tables and as many would find those boring, some pages reveal something very startling. On page 34 and page 37 of the report line item 486 and 265 respectively, represent decoding software for Google Mail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail for prevention and investigation.

Submission + - OnLive sold for $5M (bbc.co.uk)

gabebear writes: "In a firesale Onlive, which was once valued at $1.8bn, was sold for practically nothing. Workers are mostly losing their jobs and stock options and investors are having to write off their investment."

Comment Would be an exercise in uselessnes (Score 2) 151

I bet everybody think about Android Market and all the cool stuff there. Well, don't do that unless your Android runs ARM.

I've got recently my hands on a Android MIPS phone. Extremely frustrating experience -- two of every three downloads from the Market simply refuse to install, because they have some tiny snippet or library compiled to ARM native code. Unless Intel heavy invests in app developers recompiling their works for Android/x86, it will be barely usable outside of the base system.

Comment Re:Correction - we let the japs off the hook (Score 2, Insightful) 370

"Rooted out the entire German ruling class"? Get back to your history book. Yes, the top level tier was tried and sentenced, but middle- and low-level nazi party officials not only remained mostly untouched, but kept their offices and roles well into the 60s, changing only the facade (which was one of the major points of the revolt of '68 in Germany).

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