nathanielinbrazil writes: After a meeting in New Zealand last week, 10 participant countries and the European Union have announced that they will release for the first time confidential 'bracketed text' of their deliberations in crafting the language for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The ACTA may impact the transportation, distribution or delivery of digital property.
nathanielinbrazil writes: Shares jumped for the backup software maker Double-Take after the firm received a number of unsolicited bids on Monday. Despite a recent reduction for their first quarter earnings forecast vis-a-vis Wall Street, its board of directors huddled to vet the offers and their conditions. Shares jumped up $1.03 at $9.74 in early Monday NASDAQ trading.
nathanielinbrazil writes: Morris 'Dick' Jeppson died March 30 at 87 in Las Vegas. Big Dick was responsible for attaching the live plugs necessary for 'Little Boy' to be the first live atomic bomb released on humanity on Hiroshima, Japan. As one of the 12-member crew aboard the B-29 Enola Gay, Jeppson waited 50 years before speaking about his involvement. Beside becoming a physicist via UC Berkerly, he founded several corporations including Applied Radiation, Inc., which constructed electron-beam accelerators for nuclear physics research, and Cryodry, Inc., a manufacturer of industrial microwave ovens.
nathanielinbrazil writes: Microsoft has sued a British manufacturer over the infingement of four of its patents for Xbox game controllers. The suit was filed in Seattle, Washington and Datel has yet to response. Datel is a United Kingdom company with a U.S. unit and has produced two specific controllers — the TurboFire and WildFire — that Microsoft wants stopped.
nathanielinbrazil writes: A motion to dismiss the involuntary bankruptcy of Sex.com has been filed in a California court. Operational turmoil has put its owner in the doghouse with its creditors, who want to take over. "It's the best domain in the world by far," said Mike Mann, who has tried to keep the creditors at bay. Sex.com is estimated to be worth $100 m. Let the games begin!
nathanielinbrazil writes: A report released this morning from Greenpeace claims that Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are bad for the environment. Their data farms have a heavy reliance on coal-fired energy plants, causing substantial greenhouse gas impact on the environment. (Fifth largest contributor behind japan) "The last thing we need is for more cloud infrastructure to be built in places where it increases demand for dirty coal-fired power," said a Greenpeace spokesperson.