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Submission + - Apple Chief Patent Lawyer to Leave (newsdaily.com)

Flea of Pain writes: Apple Inc's chief patent counsel will soon leave the company, at a time when the iPhone maker is fighting numerous legal battles around the world, according to a source familiar with the situation.
It was unclear why Richard "Chip" Lutton Junior, who manages the iPhone maker's patent portfolio, is leaving the company.

However, BJ Watrous, a former deputy general counsel with Hewlett Packard, is now listed as Apple's chief IP counsel on Watrous's LinkedIn web page.

Submission + - Assange Denied Residency in Sweden (newsdaily.com)

Flea of Pain writes: Sweden denied a work and residency permit Monday for Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks website that angered the United States by releasing classified U.S. military documents about the Afghan war.Assange has been establishing a base in Sweden in order to benefit from the Nordic country's strict journalist protection laws. He is also being investigated over rape allegations in Sweden, which he has denied, calling them baseless.

"The board today rejected Assange's application for a work and residency permit," said Hakan Gestrin, a spokesman at the Swedish Migration Board. He gave no reason for the rejection of the permit, citing confidentiality rules.

Assange, an Australian citizen, can appeal the decision within three weeks.

The Pentagon said Sunday it had a 120-member team ready to review an expected leak this month by the whistle-blowing Wikileaks of as many as 500,000 Iraq war documents. Wikileaks released some 70,000 U.S. military files on Afghanistan in July.

Submission + - iPhone users have more sex (cnet.com) 1

Flea of Pain writes: Yes, in a deep and sonorous study by the dating site OkCupid, there seems to be no doubt: iPhone owners have more sex than BlackBerry owners and a lot more sex than the worthy, solemn, dedicated purchasers of Android phones.

The numbers for women might leave some readers breathless--as they rush to their local Apple store to buy an iPhone.

For this analysis of 30-year-olds with smartphones suggested that women with iPhones had an average of 12.3 sexual partners (I am sure the 0.3 knows exactly who he is), while their age-equivalents who had opted to put an Android into their purse scored a mere 6.1.

Lord of the Rings

Submission + - Hobbit on Hold (torontosun.com)

Flea of Pain writes: Director Guillermo Del Toro has confirmed upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit has been put on hold indefinitely because the movie has been caught in a "tangled negotiation" over the future of the MGM movie studio.

The film, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's first book in the fantasy series, was reportedly due to begin shooting this summer, but has been mired in delays.

Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson, who will act as producer on the new film, recently dismissed rumours of trouble with the picture, insisting: "It's not really been delayed, because we've never announced the date".

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