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Submission + - Judge Rules Against Apple in E-Books Pricing Case (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: Apple conspired with major publishers to fix the price of e-books, a federal judge has ruled. “The Plaintiffs have shown that Apple conspired to raise the retail price of e-books and that they are entitled to injunctive relief,” U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote wrote in a lengthy decision (PDF). “A trial on damages will soon follow.” Apple, she concluded, “is liable here for facilitating and encouraging the Publisher Defendants’ collective, illegal restraint of trade.” That conspiracy “forced Amazon (and other resellers) to relinquish retail pricing authority and then they raised retail e-book prices.” Those higher prices weren’t the result of regular market forces “but of a scheme in which Apple was a full participant.” The U.S. Justice Department had previously settled with five publishers (HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group, and Macmillan) over the alleged price-fixing. Earlier this year, Macmillan CEO John Sargent claimed in a letter to authors and agents (PDF) that his company settled with the agency “because the potential penalties became too high to risk even the possibility of an unfavorable outcome.” Apple is locked in fierce battle with Amazon, which markets a highly successful portfolio of Kindle e-readers and tablets. Although Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once insisted in emails to News Corp executive James Murdoch (son of Rupert Murdoch), that Amazon’s pricing model is ultimately unsustainable, the online retailer shows no signs of flagging in its publishing-industry clout. Meanwhile the Kindle’s other major e-reader rival, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, faces low market-share and rising financial losses, and its days could be numbered. If Apple chooses to appeal the decision, it may argue that judge Cote was biased against the company from the very beginning. During a May pretrial hearing, Cote reportedly told the courtroom: “I believe that the government will be able to show at trial direct evidence that Apple knowingly participated in and facilitated a conspiracy to raise prices of e-books.” The circumstantial evidence presented by the government, she added at the time, “will confirm that.”

Submission + - Boeing 787 makes US Debut (cnn.com)

thomas.kane writes: After years of delays, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is set to take off from Bush Intercontinental Airport this morning bound for O'Hare. Designed to make the flying experience "revolutionary" it is constructed from composite materials, has larger windows, and high efficiency engines. United Airlines became the first US carrier to take delivery, they've ordered 50, but due to processing delays, they only have 2 right now, start looking for more to take to the skys early next year.

Submission + - Rogers claims Charter rights to freedom of speech includes misleading ads (www.cbc.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: Rogers Telecommunications is claiming that a ruling by Canada's Competition Bureau violates Rogers' freedom of speech. The company is in court over a 2010 ad campaign where it claimed that its discount brand "Chatr" was more reliable and suffered fewer dropped calls than the competition. The Competition Bureau found "no discernible difference in dropped-call rates between Rogers/Chatr and new entrants" and began legal proceedings against Rogers for violating Canada's Competition Act. The Bureau is seeking a $10 million (CDN) fine, an end to the ad campaign, and for Rogers to issue a corrective notice.

Submission + - Mexico Kills 8 Million Chickens to Contain H7N3 Virus 1

An anonymous reader writes: Mexico has so far slaughtered eight million chickens and vaccinated 66 million more in an effort to contain a bird flu outbreak in the west of the country, officials said Tuesday. The country's agriculture ministry had identified the diseased chickens during the vaccination process in the Los Altos region of Jalisco state, which led to the destruction of the H7N3-carrying birds.

Submission + - 5 pressing questions the Mars Curiosity Rover should answer (societytea.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On Monday, the Mars Curiosity Rover arrived in its entire six legged splendor on the Planet Mars.While scientists at NASA are confident that the Mars Rover will find traces of water and answer one of humanities most pressing questions, “Are we truly alone?”, we bring you 5 pressing questions the Mars Curiosity Rover should answer
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Submission + - Open-source movements bicker over logo (networkworld.com)

colinneagle writes: A gear logo proposed to represent and easily identify open-source hardware has caught the eyes of the The Open Source Initiative, which believes the logo infringes its trademark.

The gear logo is backed by the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA), which was formally established earlier this year to promote hardware innovation and unite the fragmented community of hackers and do-it-yourselfers. The gear mark is now being increasingly used on boards and circuits to indicate that the hardware is open-source and designs can be openly shared and modified.

OSI has now informed OSHWA, which is acting on behalf of the open-source hardware community, that the logo infringes on its trademark. The issue at stake is a keyhole at the bottom of the open-source hardware logo, which resembles a keyhole at the bottom of the OSI logo. The gear logo was created as part of the contest hosted by the group that founded OSHWA, and the mark was released by its designer under a Creative Commons license, opening it up for the community to use on hardware.


Submission + - Facebook Adds App Adverts For Mobile Revenue Boost (techweekeurope.co.uk)

twoheadedboy writes: "Having introduced mobile adverts in March in an effort to monetise its mobile user base, Facebook has now opened the doors for developers to add advertise their apps on users' feeds. The social network will hope the announcement will appease those concerned about advertising revenues. Although more than half of Facebook’s 900 million users access the site through a mobile device, none of its $3.15 billion (£2 billion) in advertising revenue comes from mobile adverts."

Submission + - The unibody iPhone (thetechblock.com)

thetechblock writes: "A note before we get started: These images are of components of what is rumored to be the next iPhone, not of an official Apple-assembled iPhone. To that end, it’s almost like putting together a T-Rex skeleton. We can be pretty sure that T-Rex had tiny arms and a long tail, but I suppose it’s also possible we attached the tail incorrectly and really it’s a unicorn horn. Same thing applies here."

Submission + - No bomb powerful enough to destroy an on-rushing asteroid, sorry Bruce Willis (networkworld.com) 2

coondoggie writes: "Maybe it's the doom predictions some folks are fearing about the end of the Mayan calendar this year or maybe these guys are obsessed with old Bruce Willis movies. Either way a class of physics students from the University of Leicester decided to evaluate whether or not the premise of Willis' 1998 "Armageddon" movie — where a group of oil drillers is sent by NASA to detonate nuclear devices on an asteroid that threatens to destroy Earth — could actually happen."

Submission + - Paid Media Must Be Disclosed In Oracle v. Google (itworld.com)

jfruh writes: "One of the odder moments during the Oracle v. Google trial over Java patents came when patent blogger Florian Mueller revealed that he had a "consulting relationship" with Oracle. Now it looks like we're going to find out which other tech bloggers and journalists were on the payroll of one of the two sides in this epic fight. Judge William Alsup has ordered that both parties disclose 'all authors, journalists, commentators or bloggers who have reported or commented on any issues in this case and who have received money (other than normal subscription fees) from the party or its counsel during the pendency of this action.'"

Submission + - 'SUPER FALCON' SUB AIMS TO FLY UNDERWATER (blogspot.in)

An anonymous reader writes: A new submarine could pull off underwater maneuvers similar to aircraft flying stunts during a Lake Tahoe expedition in October. The makers of the DeepFlight Super Falcon hope to raise $45,000 through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to test the boundaries of submarine technology.

The two-seater submersible resembles a sleek missile or aircraft with wings, tail surfaces and ailerons — the brainchild of Graham Hawkes and Hawkes Ocean Technologies based near San Francisco. Such a sleek design allowed the Hawkes team to dream big and set the goal of pulling off a full underwater loop similar to what World War I fighter pilots pulled off during aerial dogfights.

But the expedition to Lake Tahoe — bordering California and Nevada — has more than just underwater stunts in mind. The Hawkes team hopes the Kickstarter project can become the first public, crowdfunded underwater research expedition. That would also represent a first step toward "open-source" underwater exploration, in which the public decides everything from funding to selecting locations.

Anyone wishing to ride as co-pilot aboard the Super Falcon during the Lake Tahoe dives can reserve one of the limited spots by donating either $5,000 (three available spots) or $10,000 (two available spots) on Kickstarter. But even lesser donations such as $100 come with rewards such as an invitation to see the submersibles launch.

Getting a ride on the wild side of submersibles doesn't come without some limits. People who earn the right to dive with the submarine must weigh less than 220 pounds and have a height shorter than 6 feet 4 inches — and they must sign the inevitable waiver.

Hawkes previously built the DeepFlight Challenger submarine for adventurer Steven Fossett, which is now owned by billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Oceanic. Branson's company plans to use that single-person submarine in its attempts to reach the deepest points of the world's five oceans


Submission + - 70 Things To Try With Google's Android 4.1 Voice Search (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "You'd think that in the age of Google, we'd all be fairly familiar with the mechanics of search (i.e., how to ask a question that will produce a helpful answer). But if Apple's Siri, and now Android's Voice Search, have proved anything it's that we have trouble asking for help. Enter this handy and amusing roundup of Voice Search commands."

Submission + - Acer: Microsoft Surface Will Have 'Huge Negative Impact' (techweekeurope.co.uk)

twoheadedboy writes: "Acer has yet again talked about its concerns over Microsoft's Surface tablet, which is due to launch alongside Windows 8 on 26 October. JT Wang, chairman and chief executive of computer maker Acer, said the device would have a “huge negative impact” for the Windows 8 ecosystem. "It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction," he told the FT."

Submission + - Cable Cut Takes Out Wikipedia (techweekeurope.co.uk)

twoheadedboy writes: "Wikipedia went down for over an hour yesterday, thanks to some cut cables between its two data centres. The site uses its Ashburn, Virginia data centre for most traffic, but relies on another in Tampa, Florida for certain backend services such as databases. Despite having two fibre cables running between the two facilities, a cut cable led to a complete blackout of the online encyclopaedia. Wikimedia itself is baffled by the situation and has asked its network provider what is going on and why resiliency measures failed."

Submission + - UCF Student Creates Course Seat Availability Checking Service, Gets Punished (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Tim Arnold, a student at the Florida University was punished because he built a service dubbed U Could Finish that helped students easily enroll to courses online on charges of “misuse of computing and telecommunications resources.” Costing $0.99, the U Cloud Finish service would notify students via a text message as soon as a spot in their desired class was open. The service functioned by checking for availability of free seats on the University of Central Florida’s online portal for course registration, myUCF, every 60 seconds Arnold explained via a Reddit post. Arnold launched the service through Facebook on June 2 and managed to gain 500 users in just under a week. The service was blocked by UCF administrators though. According to officials, the service disrupted normal technology use and was in direct violation of a policy whereby students are barred from profiting through use of university tools.

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