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Submission + - Google Search now knows where you parked (androidauthority.com)

mpicpp writes: Earlier today, Google kicked off Update Wednesday by bringing separate apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides to the Google Play store. That’s not the only change heading our way, however, as a new version of the Google Search app is also rolling out.

Dubbed version 3.4, the update adds a few new features to the mix, such as a new reminders interface with better arrangement of past reminders, a centralized list for nicknames under Accounts & Privacy and new Parking Location card.

The new Parking Location card is arguably the biggest new feature in this update, but what does it do exactly? In short, Google can now tell when you’ve parked your car and can then save this location as a handy card. When it is time to find your automobile, you go into Google Search, hit the card and it can navigate you there using Google Maps.

Submission + - Samsung Sees $18bn Wiped off its Market Value in Just One Week (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: Samsung has not had the best starts to 2014. On Thursday, the first day of trading of the new year, the South Korean company saw its shares dip 4.59% wiping $8.8bn off its market valuation. Thursday also however represented the fifth consecutive session of decline for the company dating back to 24 December with a total of $18bn wiped off the company valuation in that time.....which is even more than its huge $14bn marketing budget.

Submission + - Nexus 7 digitizer misalignment - on all devices? (youtube.com)

Al McPhee writes: With everyone focused on the major issues with the new Nexus 7 (multitouch & GPS), an issue that likely affects every purchaser is not getting the attention it deserves.
As a user of handheld devices for 3 decades it was obvious to me that there was something amiss as soon as I started using the new Nexus 7 2013. I found myself repeated trying to select something near the bottom of the screen, and making much more errors keyboarding than I'm used to.

I turned on Developer options (click the Build number in the About--7 times) and selected to "Show touches". The results are documented in the following Google forum entry and Youtube video:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/nexus/OZH9qwOKPq8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk0LcSki6bg

Try it on your device, I'm betting you'll see the same issue.

Censorship

Submission + - Missouri Removes Teacher-Student Social Media Ban

bs0d3 writes: The law that would have banned teachers from friending students on twitter and facebook was overturned late Friday. Now that a preliminary injunction has been issued to block the law in question from going into effect, the Missouri House subsequently passed a similar, but separate, bill with a 139 to 2 vote that gives school districts the freedom to determine their own communications policies. The new bill, which would permanently block the previously one, now awaits Governor Nixon's approval. Free speech advocates admit it's good that the first bill is gone but point out that the next one isn't much better.
Biotech

Robot Invented To Crawl Through Veins 99

Slatterz writes "Scientists from Israel's Technion University have unveiled a tiny robot, made using Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology, purportedly able to crawl through a person's veins in order to diagnose and potentially treat artery blockage and cancer. The little robot — with a diameter of just one millimeter — has neither engine nor onboard controls, instead being propelled forward by a magnetic field wielded on it from outside the patient's body."
Businesses

If You Live By Free, You Will Die By Free 251

Hugh Pickens writes "Internet entrepreneur Mark Cuban writes that the problem with companies who have built their business around Free is that the more success you have in delivering free, the more expensive it is to stay at the top. '"They will be Facebook to your Myspace, or Myspace to your Friendster or Google to your Yahoo," writes Cuban. "Someone out there with a better idea will raise a bunch of money, give it away for free, build scale and charge less to reach the audience."' Cuban says that even Google, who lives and dies by free, knows that 'at some point your Black Swan competitor will appear and they will kick your ass' and that is exactly why Google invests in everything and anything they possibly can that they believe can create another business they can depend on in the future searching for the 'next big Google thing.' Cuban says that for any company that lives by Free, their best choice is to run the company as profitably as possible, focusing only on those things that generate revenue and put cash in the bank. '"When you succeed with Free, you are going to die by Free. Your best bet is to recognize where you are in your company's lifecycle and maximize your profits rather than try to extend your stay at the top," writes Cuban. "Like every company in the free space, your lifecycle has come to its conclusion. Don't fight it. Admit it. Profit from it."'"
The Courts

ASCAP Wants To Be Paid When Your Phone Rings 461

gerddie notes a piece up on the EFF site outlining the fairly outlandish legal theories ASCAP is trying out in their court fight with AT&T. "ASCAP (the same folks who went after Girl Scouts for singing around a campfire) appears to believe that every time your musical ringtone rings in public, you're violating copyright law by 'publicly performing' it without a license. At least that's the import of a brief (PDF, 2.5 MB) it filed in ASCAP's court battle with mobile phone giant AT&T."
Transportation

US To Require That New Cars Get 42 MPG By 2016 1186

Hugh Pickens writes "New cars and trucks will have to get 30 percent better mileage starting in 2016 under an Obama administration move to curb emissions tied to smog and global warming. While the 30 percent increase would be an average for both cars and light trucks, the percentage increase in cars would be much greater, rising from the current 27.5 mpg standard to 42 mpg. Environmentalists praised the move. Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, called it 'one of the most significant efforts undertaken by any president, ever, to end our addiction to oil and seriously slash our global warming emissions.' Obama's plan also would effectively end litigation between states and automakers that had opposed state-specific rules, arguing that having to meet several state standards would be much more expensive for them than just one federal rule. The Detroit News reported that automakers were on board with the new rule and had worked with the administration on creating a timeline for the transition." There's a case to be made that raising the CAFE won't save oil or reduce greenhouse gases.
Biotech

Submission + - Gene Transfer Immunizes Against Monkey HIV (technologyreview.com)

Al writes: "Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have immunized monkeys against the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the animal model that is closest to HIV. They did so by shuttling a gene into the monkeys' muscles, making the muscle cells produce antibody-like molecules that work against SIV. With both SIV and HIV, the chameleon-like mutability of the virus's surface changes so quickly that most antibodies made by the immune system are soon rendered ineffective. Philip Johnson and colleagues designed DNA sequences for two antibodies known to be effective against SIV. They used antibody-like molecules, called immunoadhesins, in which the functional part of an antibody is fused with a more stable section of another antibody. The same approach could be used to deliver antibodies that are effective against HIV, but which the body doesn't normally produce."
Emulation (Games)

Submission + - Project of the month on SourceForge.net: DOSBox (kingofgng.com) 1

KingofGnG writes: "DOSBox, the emulator designed to run DOS games on modern operating systems (and not necessarily on a PC), has been chosen as project of the month for May 2009 on the open source platform SourceForge.net. It's the latest award granted to a software that "simply does what it is supposed to do", as the authors state, and that after having summed up more than 10 millions downloads is ready for an update awaited since almost two years."
Censorship

Submission + - Fired for writing concerns about anti piracy to MP (arstechnica.com)

neurone333 writes: France, may, 6th 2009, Libération reported this story, now all over French newspapers : A TV executive has been fired for writing his concerns about anti-piracy law (HADOPI aka 3 strikes and you're out) to his Member of Parliament, the UMP Françoise de Panafieu.

Françoise de Panafieu forwards this email to the UMP Christine Albanel, France's Minister for Culture and Communication, author of the anti-piracy law "HADOPI".

The email was then forwarded to TF1, the largest TV network in Europe. The author of the email, Jérôme Bourreau-Guggenheim.he was called into his boss' office and shown... an exact copy of his e-mail. He was then fired for "strong differences with the strategy"... in a private email sent from a private (gmail) adress.

Irish times has an explanation for "the incestuous relationship between his government and TF1" : TF1's owner, the construction billionaire Martin Bouygues, is godfather to Mr Sarkozy's youngest son, Louis. Mr Bouygues suggested to Mr Sarkozy that he ought to ban advertising on TF1's rival stations in the public sector, which was done in January. Laurent Solly, who was deputy director of Mr Sarkozy's presidential campaign, is now number two at TF1. Last year, TF1 sacked Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, the station's star presenter for the previous 21 years. Poivre had angered Mr Sarkozy by saying he "acted like a little boy" at a G8 summit. He was replaced by Laurence Ferrari. Mr Sarkozy reportedly told Mr Bouygues he wanted to see the young blonde on the news.

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