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Details of proposed sanctions emerge in Apple-Samsung case
CNET
Sanctions against Samsung in patent case before U.S. International Trade Commission would involve sales, import ban and posting of bond for 88 percent of value of smartphones at issue while potential bans were under review. Edward Moyer. by Edward ...
Apple Pulls Legal Crosshairs off Galaxy S III MiniPC Magazine
Apple to drop patent claims against the Samsung Galaxy S III MiniIBNLive
Apple agrees to drop patent claims against Samsung Galaxy S III MiniApple Insider
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Microsoft

Journal Journal: Windows 8 falls behind Vista adoption pace at month 2 1

Computerworld's Gregg Keizer reports that based on NetApplications current adoption statistics for Windows 8, the operating system is not achieving market share as fast as Windows Vista. At the 2 month point Vista was at 2.2% of all Windows devices. 2 months past Launch Windows 8 has achieved a share of only 1.6%. In a related note, Fujitsu President Masami Y

DRM

Free Software Foundation Campaigning To Stop UEFI SecureBoot 355

hypnosec writes "The Free Software Foundation is on an offensive against restricted boot systems and is busy appealing for donations and pledge in the form of signatures in a bid to stop systems such as the UEFI SecureBoot from being adopted on a large-scale basis and becoming a norm in the future. The FSF, through an appeal on its website, is requesting users to sign a pledge titled 'Stand up for your freedom to install free software' that they won't be purchasing or recommending for purchase any such system that is SecureBoot enabled or some other form of restricted boot techniques. The FSF has managed to receive, as of this writing, over 41,000 signatures. Organizations like the Debian, Edoceo, Zando, Wreathe and many others have also showed their support for the campaign."
Windows

Submission + - Windows 8 sales match it's reviews (cnbc.com)

Mattygfunk1 writes: "CNBC reports PC sales are down after the release of Windows 8. Emmanuel Fromont, president of the Americas division of Acer, the world’s No. 4 PC maker, said sales of the company’s Windows 8 PCs had been lower than expected. He said one factor was the system’s unfamiliar design, which appeared to be making consumers cautious.

“There was not a huge spark in the market,” Mr. Fromont said. “It’s a slow start, there’s no question.”"

Biotech

Bee Venom Has "Botox-Like Effect," Is Worth 7 Times As Much As Gold 248

dryriver writes "The BBC reports that cosmetic products using bee venom as an ingredient are a new 'hot seller' in the cosmetics market. Bee venom is said to have an effect on female skin similar to Botox injections, tightening the skin and making wrinkles and other signs of aging appear less pronounced than before. Unlike Botox, however, bee venom does not need to be injected, and can be absorbed through the skin naturally as an ingredient of cosmetic skin creme. Now comes the kicker: A special electrified device that causes bees to sting a synthetic membrane and release their venom can harvest about one gram of bee venom from 20 bee hives. That one gram of bee venom is worth a whopping 350 dollars. This makes bee venom almost seven times more valuable than gold, which, in comparison, is worth only about 53 dollars per gram."

Submission + - Bee Venom has "Botox-like Effect", is worth 7 times as much as Gold (bbc.co.uk)

dryriver writes: The BBC reports that cosmetic products using Bee Venom as an ingredient are a new "hot seller" in the cosmetics market. Bee venom is said to have an effect on female skin similar to Botox injections, tightening the skin and making wrinkles and other signs of aging appear less pronounced than before. Unlike Botox, however, bee venom does not need to be injected, and can be absorbed through the skin naturally as an ingredient of cosmetic skin creme. Now comes the kicker: A special electrified device that causes bees to sting a synthetic membrane and release their venom can harvest about 1 gram of bee venom from 20 bee hives. That 1 gram of bee venom is worth a whopping 350 Dollars in the market. This makes Bee Venom almost 7 times more valuable than Gold, which, in comparison, is worth only about 53 Dollars per 1 gram. Cosmetics experts are still debating whether Bee Venom has any tangible, or positive effect on human skin at all. But the market for Bee Venom based cosmetics has taken off big time. And that, by itself, has made Bee Venom one of the most expensive substances, per gram, on earth.
Ubuntu

Submission + - Dell's drops price of Ubuntu Ultrabook; Now Costs $50 LESS Than Windows Version (pcpro.co.uk)

McGruber writes: ""Dell's has lowered the price of its 'Project Sputnik' laptop (http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/05/09/1431204/dell-designing-developer-oriented-laptop). The XPS 13 Developer Edition comes with Ubuntu 12.04 pre-installed. It originally listed as $1,549, but after complaints that it was more than the Windows 7 version, the price has dropped to $1,449 — a $50 discount on the Microsoft edition (http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/378430/dells-ubuntu-ultrabook-goes-on-sale-in-the-us)"
Facebook

Submission + - Microsoft Faceoff with Facebook. SOCL Reaches Public Beta (datamation.com)

Press2ToContinue writes: After the grand success of the Zune, Kin, FrontPage, Windows Live, Encarta, Mulitplan, Surface, etc, etc, Microsoft decides to throw a truckload of money into the dump by *SPINS WHEEL* a new Facebook knockoff.

"Microsoft has opened to the public Socl, the company's experiment in mixing search and social networking. The site — which can be accessed at www.so.cl — was originally designed for students and open by invitation only." She added, "The site now includes more rapid viewing and creation of posts, easier people- and interest-finding, and virtual 'parties' where users can create playlists to watch videos and chat together, according to a Microsoft blog post."

It appears that Socl is a solid time-waster at this point. As more people join, the site should become more usable, but the question is: With all the social networks and content-sharing sites around, why would Socl ever reach critical mass? It is really that special?

Security

Interviews: Ask What You Will of Eugene Kaspersky 115

Eugene Kaspersky probably hates malware just as much as you do on his own machines, but as the head of Kaspersky Labs, the world's largest privately held security software company, he might have a different perspective — the existence of malware and other forms of online malice drives the need for security software of all kinds, and not just on personal desktops or typical internet servers. The SCADA software vulnerabilities of the last few years have led him to announce work on an operating system for industrial control systems of the kind affected by Flame and Stuxnet. But Kaspersky is not just toiling away in the computer equivalent of the CDC: He's been outspoken in his opinions — some of which have drawn ire on Slashdot, like calling for mandatory "Internet ID" and an "Internet Interpol". He's also come out in favor of Internet voting, and against SOPA, even pulling his company out of the BSA over it. More recently, he's been criticized for ties to the current Russian government. (With regard to that Wired article, though, read Kaspersky's detailed response to its claims.) Now, he's agreed to answer Slashdot readers' questions. As usual, you're encouraged to ask all the question you'd like, but please confine your questions to one per post. We'll pass on the best of these for Kaspersky's answers. Update: 12/04 14:20 GMT by T : For more on Kaspersky's thoughts on the importance of online IDs, see this detailed blog posting.
Apple

Submission + - Apple "invents" wireless charging. Get ready for another patent war! (theregister.co.uk)

GabriellaKat writes: Via The Register
Apple is trying to patent wireless charging, claiming its magnetic resonance tech is new and that it can do it better than anyone else. This would be cool if its assertions were true.

Apple's application, numbered 20120303980, makes much of its ability to charge a device over the air at a distance of up to a metre, rather than requiring close proximity. The Alliance For Wireless Power, which also touts long-range juicing, will no doubt be comparing Apple's designs to its own blueprints.

Comment Re:Yet another Facebook hater... (Score 1) 52

That's exactly what I said dear AC, even if I'm an Android fanboy. I know what Google is.
I said: If G+ was bigger, it would be a "Facebook 2.0". What I like in Google is that they often release source code to allow people create their community versions of Android, rooting is explained in the manual, (i.e. you don't have to wait for a hacker to decrypt the security of the mobile phone you're supposed to OWN and not to license).
Google often contributes in Linux kernel, of course it's for their own interest, but they could also keep their work for themselves.

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