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Submission + - Yosemite changing name of hotels in IP/Trademark dispute (go.com)

joeflies writes: The company that runs concessions at Yosemite National Park claims ownership over the names of the hotels and is asking for $51 million dollars for use of their intellectual property. Park officials changing the name of many of the disputed areas.

Comment I'm a bit confused (Score 2) 78

The article says that Google lost the case several months after it started in 2011, and it was gagged from telling anyone until 2015.

So thus, can we conclude that Google did in fact turn over all of the requested metadata on the user without his knowledge for nearly 4 years?

The question about whether Google should fight to protect this information should be weighed along with just how much metadata that Google collects and stores about your online behavior in the first place.

Comment I think this behavior should be expected (Score 1) 422

The smartphone market is consuming the point & shoot customer. The P&S market existed primarily because there were no other options in years prior for casual photography, they simply replicated the same model that existed for film P&S with digital sensors.

The mirrorless market is consuming large parts of the DSLR market. That's because the dslr market used to be made up of a lot of people who didn't want to carry a DSLR in the first place, but had no other option for interchangable lenses.

Now that viable options are avaiable, the markets are going to shift. It's funny that the DSLR makers were the last ones to realize the shift was occuring. The Canon mirorless was horribly late to the market, and they were caught with their pants down. The minor or struggling camera makers like Sony, Ricoh, Fuji and Olympus are capitalizing on it.

The DSLR market will continue to exist, but they've run out of innovation for a while now. The one area they haven't addressed, portability, is why the market is being ripped into new segments.

Submission + - Court rules that Yelp can manipulate ratings

joeflies writes: There's been suspicion that Yelp could manipulate the ratings a business receives depending on whether they paid for advertising, a claim that Yelp has long denied. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, however, determined that the practice is not illegal , and "any implicit threat by Yelp to remove positive reviews absent payment for advertising was not (legally) wrongful."

Comment Don't assume that Facebook is forever (Score 4, Insightful) 218

As myspace proved out, the social market is incredibly fickle. Facebook's billboard model is only part of the market, and there are already signs that communication is shifting towards real time. That market isn't so clear, with plenty of fragmentation across LINE, the weibos in asia and facebook's relatively poor sticker offering trying to catch up. WeChat may have been pricey, but a necessary addition to admit they missed the boat on this angle.

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