Zerocool3001 writes: "The New York Times is changing its subscriptions for the website and its mobile applications. Interesting features include a monthly article reading limit per person of twenty (excluding those which are accessed by following Facebook or twitter links), and additional purchasing options for viewing more content. All home page content (not sure if this is the home page itself, or also the full articles) will remain free. Details on the linked page."
Zerocool3001 writes: While this may be a little old (December 29, 2010), the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has sent a letter to the Attorney General expressing concern should Microsoft win its appeal in the Microsoft vs. i4i case now before the supreme court. In response to the Supreme Court's request for government views on the issue brought up by Microsoft and i4i, BIO argues that should Microsoft win (and lower the standard for patent infringement cases) that it “could seriously weaken the presumption of validity that attaches to millions of [U.S.] patents.”
They also draw a contrast between their industry and the computer and information technology industries, which they claim have worked to limit the rights of patent holders and their ability to challenge infringement by other companies in that industry. They worry that the government will be unduly influenced by these industries.
The text of the letter is available here
Zerocool3001 writes: "A Nature articles describes how a postdoc was caught dousing a graduate student's cell culture with ethanol to sabotage the graduate student's experiments. The postdoc was only caught after the graduate student got suspicious and called the police who tried to investigate her first and finally placed hidden cameras in the lab. The postdoc was charged, confessed, and finally fled the country.
Those of us in research (especially academic) will be familiar with this sort of thing. It is a little refreshing to know that it happens to other people too."
Zerocool3001 writes: "As largely expected Sean Kovacs's GV Mobile application has been accepted to the app store and is now available. The new version is named "GV Mobile +". Disappointingly, just as the app accepted before it, this app does not allow SIP access and does not feature push notifications. Heres hoping Google's official app (if there is one) has these features."
Zerocool3001 writes: "The recently featured 36 hour port of the original Palm version of Lemmings to iPhone and Palm Pre has received a cease and desist letter from Sony. Only one day after submitting the app for approval on the two app stores, the developer has put up a post stating that "while are did this as a tribute to the game — we can only hope that Sony actually does a conversion for platforms like iPhone and Palm Pre in the near future."
Zerocool3001 writes: "Opera has released a low-tech parody of Google Chrome's recent slow motion ad. The recent Chrome video pitted elaborate slow motion stunts (e.g. a pirate ship hit by a bolt from a Tesla coil) against Chrome loading a popular webpage. The newest Opera video one-ups the Chrome ad by featuring Herring obsessed Scandinavians pitting Opera against the speed of potatoes boiling."
Zerocool3001 writes: "In an interview with WSJ editor Alan Murray,Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg talks about how the FCC's broadband access studies are wrong (and the US is definitely "number one, not even close"), how he had someone else stand in line for him Saturday to pick up his iPad, and how Verizon will soon hunt down, throttle and/or charge high-bandwidth users on its network."