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Submission + - Snowden: "(Leakers) Should Be Shot In The Balls!" ( 1

DJRumpy writes: Arstechnica has a rather lengthy article on Snowden and his chat activities from the 2009 timeframe. Apparently he had a very different opinion of leakers in 2009. This story has begun circulating around the web in the last few weeks and has surfaced on popular social media sites.

HOLY SHIT WTF NYTIMES Are they TRYING to start a war? Jesus christ they're like wikileaks they're just reporting, dude. They're reporting classified shit shrugs about an unpopular country surrounded by enemies already engaged in a war and about our interactions with said country regarding planning sovereignity violations of another country you don't put that shit in the NEWSPAPER meh moreover, who the fuck are the anonymous sources telling them this? those people should be shot in the balls.

Why the drastic 360? You'll find the quoted text on the 3rd page.

Submission + - FTC staff recommends suing Google via antitrust law over FRAND patent abuse (

DJRumpy writes: "The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has made a formal recommendation to its commissioners to sue Google for violation of antitrust laws after the search giant attempted to block the sale of competitors' products using standards essential patents.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the recommendation to sue Google must still be approved by a majority of the agency's five commissioners. The report noted, however, that the majority are already "inclined to sue," but aren't likely to act until after the U.S. presidential election next week.

In July, the FTC began a civil investigation into Google's efforts to block competitors over standards patents already committed to so called "Fair, Reasonable and Nondiscriminatory" licensing. "

Submission + - Death by defibrillator: FDA called to address hacking risk (

DJRumpy writes: "It sounds like a scenario out of a James Bond movie: a villain spots his quarry and uses a small device to hack into the official’s heart defibrillator, sending a signal for mayhem. There’s chest grabbing, and a collapse, and alarms, but the bad guy walks free because there’s no gun, knife, poison dart — no evidence at all a murder has been committed."

Submission + - Court filing reveals Apple was working on iPad designs as early as 2002 (

DJRumpy writes: This may add speculation and fuel to the fire as to who's OS was under development first. It's well known that the iPhone iOS was created as a result of the iPad initially. If this court filing is to be believed, iOS would have been in development for some years before it was placed on an iPhone.

Pictures of early design concepts for the iPad made between 2002 and 2004 have been revealed through an Apple court filing

The pictures, published on Wednesday by Network World, show an early prototype design very similar to the final product Apple would eventually release in 2010. It features many of the signature elements of the iPad, including rounded corners, a dock connector port at the bottom, a front panel dominated by a glass touchscreen, and a plain back with just the Apple logo.

However, the early concept lacks the home button that is found on all iOS devices, and it also features a smaller black border on the outside of the screen. The concept device is also noticeably thicker than the first-generation iPad ended up being in 2010.

Apple's lead designer, Jonathan Ive, was asked about images of the prototype in a deposition conducted in December of 2011.

Ive said he couldn't precisely remember the first time he had seen the prototype, but guessed that it was at some point between 2002 and 2004. He revealed that was when Apple was first exploring tablet designs that would eventually become the iPad.


Submission + - Privacy advocates slam Google Drive's privacy policies (

DJRumpy writes: Privacy advocates voiced strong concerns this week over how data stored on Google Drive may be used during and after customers are actively engaged in using the cloud service. While the TOS for Dropbox and Microsoft both state they will use your data only as far as is necessary to provide the service you have requested, Google goes a bit farther:

Google’s terms of use say: “You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours. When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.”


Submission + - J.K. Rowling bypasses Amazon, iTunes, etc. to offer an in-house solution (

DJRumpy writes: J.K. Rowling may have just turned the digital book business on it's ear. They are offering the Harry Potter series via their website exclusively while foregoing the typical distribution channels like Amazon's Kindle, and iTunes. The formats are supported by every e-reader capable device out there according to their website. Is this the start of a new trend?

Submission + - Apple met with Samsung 4 times in 2010 trying to avoid patent litigation (

DJRumpy writes: AppleInsider has published new information regarding the behind the scenes talks that occurred between Apple and Samsung prior to a lawsuit being filed to resolve patent disputes:

Prior to filing suit against Samsung for alleged copyright infringement, Apple approached its rival four times in 2010 in an attempt to avoid resorting to litigation.

Details of the meetings between Apple's and Samsung's lawyers were revealed in an Apple court filing discovered by The Verge. The first meeting took place in July 2010, and Apple soon after made three more attempts to broker a deal with Samsung to no avail.

The meetings took place both at Apple's corporate headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., as well as in Samsung's home country of Korea. At one meeting in Korea in August of 2010, Apple representatives showed a presentation to Samsung officials entitled "Samsung's Use of Apple Patents in Smartphones," detailing its belief that Samsung was infringing on two patents.

Last year, it was first revealed that late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs contacted Samsung in 2010 in an attempt to resolve the patent dispute between the two companies. But the extent of talks between Apple and Samsung was not known until Apple disclosed it in court.

Apple eventually sued Samsung in April of 2011, accusing its rival of copying the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad with its own smartphone and tablet products. Samsung quickly fired back with its own accusations, and the two companies are now involved in lawsuits that spread across four continents.


Submission + - Google bypassing Safari's default 'Block 3rd Party Cookies' setting (

DJRumpy writes: Google has joined other online advertisers in intentionally circumventing the privacy settings of desktop and iOS Safari users in an effort to better track their web browsing activity.

According to an investigation by Wall Street Journal, Google and at least three other smaller web ad networks (Vibrant Media, Media Innovation Group and Gannett PointRoll), have purposely overridden Safari's browser privacy settings using code that misrepresents its ads as being a user-initiated form submission.

The default settings of Safari block cookies "from third parties and advertisers," a setting that is supposed to only allow sites that the user is directly interacting with to save a cookie (client side data that remote web servers can later access in subsequent visits).

Advertisers like Google save cookies on users' browsers so they can track their browsing habits across the various websites they place their ads on, and these "third party" cookies are expressly what the setting is designed to block.

The report notes that "Google added coding to some of its ads that made Safari think that a person was submitting an invisible form to Google. Safari would then let Google install a cookie on the phone or computer."


Submission + - Motorola seeking 2.25% of Apple's sales for standard-essential patent license (

DJRumpy writes:

Recently uncovered court documents from Motorola's legal complaints against Apple have revealed that the handset maker is seeking 2.25 percent of Apple's sales of wireless devices in exchange for a patent license covering its standard-essential intellectual property.

The figure came to light as a result of a motion from Apple requesting Qualcomm's patent license agreement with Motorola, as reported by Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents.

The Cupertino, Calif., company argued that its devices could potentially be covered by extension under its own license for baseband chips from Qualcomm. It also sought to prove that Motorola's request for 2.25 percent in royalties was unfair. The patent in question was committed by Motorola to be subject to Fair Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory licensing, which means that the company must offer a licensing agreement to competitors asking for it.


Submission + - Apple granted a suspension of the German injunction against 3G-enabled (

DJRumpy writes: Apple has been granted a suspension of the German injunction against 3G-enabled iOS devices, with the iPad WiFi + 3G, iPhone 4 and other gadgets back on sale through the company’s online store. ”All iPad and iPhone models will be back on sale through Apple’s online store in Germany shortly” the company told us in a statement.

“Apple appealed this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago.” This follows news earlier this morning that apple had pulled earlier iPhone 3G models from it's online store in Germany after Motorolla successfully leveraged a FRAND patent against Apple and paid a $131 million dollar bond to enforce the ruling.

The Internet

Submission + - New group paves way for 2012 Online Primary (

DJRumpy writes: Americans Elect, which has raised $22 million so far, is harnessing the power of the Internet to conduct an unprecedented national online primary next spring. If all goes according to plan, the result will be a credible, nonpartisan ticket that pushes alternative centrist solutions to the growing problems America's current political leadership seems unwilling or unable to tackle.

The theory: If you break the stranglehold that more ideologically extreme primary voters and established interests currently have over presidential nominations, you will push Washington to seriously address tough economic and other issues. Even if the group's ticket doesn't win, its impact will force Democrats and Republicans in the nation's capital to start bridging their cavernous ideological divide.

Submission + - Adobe Rumored to announce today it will abandon fl (

DJRumpy writes: Apple insider has a story it found on ZDNet indicating that as early as Wednesday, Adobe will announce that it will be abandoning all future development of flash on mobile devices:

ZDNet cited "sources close to Adobe" late Tuesday as claiming that the company will soon make the following announcement, possibly as early as Wednesday: Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

Adobe's partners will reportedly receive an email briefing them on the fact that it is "stopping development on Flash Player for browsers on mobile," the report continued. The company will instead focus its efforts on mobile applications, desktop content "in and out of browser," and investments in HTML5.


Submission + - Android App Fragmentation Revisited (

DJRumpy writes: TechieInsider has an interesting write up on fragmentation at the app level and the growing discontent it's creating in the Android community.

CNet is currently running a survey about whether Android phones are upgradable enough and at the moment, 70% of the responders are saying NO. While they only have 715 people responding, it is an indication about how people feel about the Android OS. If the general perception is that they are not, what is that going to mean for the market for those Android phones? Apple has proven that their phones going back to the iPhone 3GS can support the most recent iOS 5 version. There are reasons that the Android OS cannot duplicate this, but they need to come a lot closer than they currently are.


Submission + - iOS 5 dramatically boost BrowserMark scores (

DJRumpy writes: AI has a story regarding the change in scores on the older iPhone 4 hardware after being upgraded to iOS 5. The older single core 800Mhz A4 chip jumps to 2nd place in the benchmark scores after the update, compared to the Motorola Atrix and LG Optimux 2X, which use a dual core 1GHz chip. It also bests the Samsung's Galaxy S II, which has a dual core chip that runs at 1.2 GHz, on an older and under clocked CPU.

According to a video of the new phone published by mictvstation, the new iPhone 4S hardware achieves a score of 89,567, a score over 74 percent faster than the existing iPhone.

This would seem to launch the 4S on top for benchmark scores even with it's slow dual core 800Mhz clock.


Submission + - Verizon's Android share down dramatically (

DJRumpy writes: AppleInsider has a story regarding a 10% drop in Android's share of the market in the U.S. since Verizon has included the iPhone. The drop was recorded over a 5 month span.

In less than six months, Verizon Wireless' share of Android phones sold in the US has eroded from 51.4 percent to 41.1 percent, indicating a huge shift among Verizon subscribers to iPhone 4. A breakdown of US Android providers published by Chitika Insights at the end of March showed Verizon to be the largest Android carrier, largely due to that carrier's migration from RIM Blackberry to Droid branded Android smartphones throughout 2010. A new study by Chitika, looking a the same market just five months later, shows a huge decrease in Verizon's slice of the US Android pie after it launched iPhone 4. Despite a new wave of promotion of Android devices, AT&T's share of Android users is up just 5 percentage points. Figures by T-Mobile and Sprint indicate both have maintained a static ratio of the nation's Android users as Verizon moved millions of its subscribers to the iPhone. The largest growth comes from other carriers, including MetroPCS, Virgin andUS Cellular, who amounted to less than 3 percent of the US Android market in March, but now collectively claim 8.5 percent, nearly as large of a share as AT&T.

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