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Submission + - Apple loses "i" Trademark case ( 1

CuteSteveJobs writes: Apple has been dealt a severe blow having been told that it no longer has a monopoly on the letter "i" for product naming. IP Australia, the government body that oversees trademark applications, rejected Apples' complaint against a company selling "DOPi" laptop bags. Last year Australian computer company Macpro Computers claimed that after 26 years of flying its own Macpro brand that Apple was "trying to burn us out" with legal fees. This was after Apple released its own Macpro line 3½ years ago. Apple lost that complaint, but is appealing. Last year Apple went after supermarket Woolworths complaining their new logo which featured a "W" fashioned into the shape of an apple. Woolworths sells real apples.

Are Apple's overzealous lawyers risking the company's goodwill by pursing so many frivolous cases? Could there be a backlash that would see Apple still profitable but as unpopular as Microsoft? Should iNTEL be worried?

Submission + - All men watch porn (

sirrube writes: Researchers were conducting a study comparing the views of men in their 20s who had never been exposed to pornography with regular users.

But their project stumbled at the first hurdle when they failed to find a single man who had not been seen it.

“We started our research seeking men in their 20s who had never consumed pornography,” said Professor Simon Louis Lajeunesse. “We couldn't find any.”


Alarm Raised On Teenage Hackers 213

Arno Igne writes to tell us that the number of underage participants in "high-tech" crimes has risen steeply in recent history. Reporting children as young as 11 swapping credit card details and asking for hacks, many are largely unskilled and thus more likely to get caught and arrested. "Communities and forums spring up where people start to swap malicious programs, knowledge and sometimes stolen data. Some also look for exploits and virus code that can be run against the social networking sites popular with many young people. Some then try to peddle or use the details or accounts they net in this way. Mr Boyd said he spent a lot of time tracking down the creators of many of the nuisance programs written to exploit users of social networking sites and the culprit was often a teenager."

Submission + - "Viacom hit me for infringing my own copyright ( 2

Chris Knight writes: "Long story short: I ran for school board where I live this past fall and created some TV commercials including this one with a "Star Wars" theme. A few months ago VH1 grabbed the commercial from YouTube and featured it in a segment of its show "Web Junk 2.0". Neither VH1 or its parent company Viacom told me they were doing this or asked my permission to use it, but I didn't mind it if they did. It was great to see the commercial was being enjoyed by a far wider audience than I'd expected. I was honored that they chose to use it and thought that Aries Spears's commentary about it was pretty hilarious, so I posted a clip of VH1's segment on YouTube so that I could put it on my blog. This morning I got an e-mail from YouTube saying that the video has been pulled because Viacom is claiming that I'm violating its copyright. Viacom used my video without permission on their commercial television show, and now says that I am infringing on THEIR copyright for showing the clip of the work that Viacom made in violation of my own copyright! Talk about chutzpah! Needless to say, I would like to fight this: not for any kind of monetary compensation, but just for the right to employ my own self-created material per Fair Use."

Submission + - Assyrian, Babylonian, Sumerian Translator Created (

DrJackson writes: A new ancient languages online translator has been developed. It can translate Assyrian, Babylonian, Sumerian and the hieroglyphic script of Egyptian (1 of the 3 anyway). This is the website: . This is the first time I ever saw a translator for cuneiform. Something like this would be great for translating interesting historical records like the Amarna Letters.
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Submission + - Wrestler's Wikipidea page altered before death! (

sirrube writes: "On June 24, 2007, Chris Benoit, a WWE wrestler was found dead in a bizarre murder suicide that included the loss of his wife and son. Hours before the death was reported by the police the Wikipedia entry about him was altered reporting the death of his wife. Investigators are looking into who altered pro wrestler Chris Benoit's entry to mention his wife's death hours before authorities discovered the bodies of the couple and their 7-year-old son. MSN News && Yahoo News"

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