13 March 2012

The 10 patents Yahoo is using to sue Facebook

Here are the 10 patents Yahoo is using to sue Facebook (and what they really mean)
Washington Post
With Facebook getting ready for its IPO, Yahoo has decided to sue over patent infringement. Yahoo used the same tactic against Google in the run up to their IPO, pocketing a helping of the search engine's pre-IPO shares. Yahoo's new CEO, Scott Thompson ...

EU: Apple, Motorola Held Patent Settlement Talks
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Apple and Motorola Mobility held talks in late 2011 in an effort to reach a cross-licensing deal over patents, according to documents released by the European Commission. The negotiations did not result in a deal - as the two ...

As car tech advances, can distracted drivers keep up?
Fox News
iStock Driver distraction is like the weather. Everybody complains about it but no one does anything about it. Well, now the federal government says it wants to do something about it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held the ...

Spaceflight may harm astronauts' vision, study finds
msnbc.com
Scientists have long known that extended spaceflight is bad for astronauts' bones and muscles. Now evidence is building that it may cause vision problems as well. In a new study, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the eyes and ...

msnbc.com

Production of Apple television expected to begin in May/June for late 2012 launch
Apple Insider
By Neil Hughes Overseas suppliers have begun to ship parts for Apple's anticipated television set as the company gears up to begin production as soon as May, according to a new report. Analyst Peter Misek with Jefferies said in a note to investors on ...

Dell To Buy IT-Security Company As It Builds Software Arm
Wall Street Journal
By Joan E. Solsman Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Dell Inc. (DELL) agreed to buy information-technology security company SonicWall Inc., as the computer maker accumulates software assets in its bid to expand nonhardware businesses.

Coda Automotive begins car production in California
Fox News
Coda Automotive The first Chinese car that you buy may actually be American. California startup automaker Coda Automotive began production of its all-electric sedan on Monday at a facility in Benecia, outside of San Francisco.

Apple Slams Proview Over iPad Name Suit
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Apple this week spoke out regarding its iPad name battle against Proview Technology, arguing that its tablet nemesis is "misleading" consumers and court officials. "Proview is misleading Chinese courts and customers with claims that ...

Apple avoids showcasing Google Maps in promotional material for new iPad
Apple Insider
By Neil Hughes As further evidence that Apple plans to transition away from Google Maps in iOS, the company uploaded to its Web servers — but chose not to publish — images of Google's mapping data on the new iPad. On the "Features" section of Apple's ...

Samsung Starts Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Rollout
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Samsung on Tuesday provided an update on its rollout of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its Galaxy S II smartphone. The company said in a blog post that Ice Cream Sandwich will hit the Galaxy S II in several European countries ...

Apple hit with Siri suit over what the program can really do
Washington Post
Ever find yourself frustrated with how smoothly Siri seems to work for the folks in Apple's commercials but not for you? A New York man has filed a class-action suit against Apple, saying that the company has been “misleading and deceptive” about what ...

Intel Seeking Media Rights to Start Online Pay-TV System
BusinessWeek
By Andy Fixmer and Ian King on March 13, 2012 Intel Corp. (INTC), the world's biggest chipmaker, is considering creating an online pay-television service that works on TV sets, computers and mobile devices, according to three people with knowledge of ...

Mojang can't use "Scrolls" name for potential sequels
Ars Technica
By Kyle Orland | Published March 13, 2012 9:58 AM Yesterday, we were happy to report that Mojang and Bethesda Softworks had settled a months-long legal battle over the rights to use the name "Scrolls" for Mojang's upcoming card/board game title.

Nokia Rumored to Release Windows 8 Tablet in 4Q12
Tom's Hardware Guide
Nokia may be launching a Windows on ARM tablet when the OS launches later this year. Those notorious unnamed upstream component suppliers who like to dish out rumor after rumor now claim that Nokia will introduce a Windows 8 tablet in 4Q12.

Venus and Jupiter: how to spot them
The Guardian
After the moon, they are the two brightest objects in the night sky, and for the next few evenings they will appear side-by-side in western skies in a dazzling heavenly spectacle. Though Jupiter is seven times farther from Earth than Venus, ...

The Guardian

New Arm chips herald 'Internet of things'
Telegraph.co.uk
New processors from Arm Holdings use so little power they could allow a new generation of connected devices, from credit cards to light bulbs. By Matt Warman, Consumer Technology Editor The chips, just 1mm by 1mm and powered by tiny batteries, ...

Telegraph.co.uk

DARPA Director Regina Dugan Leaving to Work at Google
DailyTech
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is a US defense agency that has a knack for turning fictional sounding projects into real objects that can be used to defend the country and protect soldiers. One of the more sensational sounding ...

DailyTech

Ex-PlayStation boss Phil Harrison joins Xbox - OFFICIAL
Computerandvideogames.com
By Andy Robinson for computerandvideogames.com One of the former faces of PlayStation, Phil Harrison has switched allegiance to join the Xbox team as head of Microsoft's European Interactive Entertainment Business, it's been confirmed.

Twitter buys Posterous, eyes Tumblr and Wordpress's territory
DVICE
Need more evidence that Twitter is ready to put on the big boy pants and become bigger than 140-characters per tweet? It just bought blogging platform Posterous for a unspecified amount of money. Started in 2008, Posterous is a blogging platform that ...

Samsung to Supply Apple With IPad Screen After LG, Sharp Miss Requirements
Bloomberg
Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will supply the touch screen for Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s new iPad after LG Display Co. (034220) and Sharp Corp. (6753) didn't meet the US company's quality requirements, according to an analyst with iSuppli.

More Businesses Eyeing Tablets, Mostly iPads
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius More and more businesses are looking to buy tablets for their employees, and most are considering Apple's new iPad, according to a new survey from ChangeWave Research. Of the 1604 business IT buyers surveyed by ChangeWave, ...

Teeny tiny race car zips into existence on high-speed nanoprinter
DVICE
What's about four times the width of a human hair and goes from zero to existing in four minutes flat? If you guessed "that race car with the flat tires in the picture right there," you'd be right. It's small, it's fast and there are lasers involved.

Fans Petition Bioware to Change Mass Effect 3 Ending: Should Bioware Cave?
Forbes
Controversy seems to nip at Mass Effect 3′s heels for every step it takes out of release. First there was the uproar over the possibility of gay romance, then there was the uproar over the addition of day-one DLC (downloadable content), and now, ...

Why the Man in the Moon is Always 'Looking' at Earth
Discovery News
By eating cold pease-porridge." It's human nature to see shapes and patterns all around us, and ascribe a meaning to what is actually just a random coincidence. The phenomenon is called pareidolia, and includes things like seeing the Virgin Mary in a ...

Sorry, a $120 keyboard won't save RIM's $200 PlayBook
GigaOm
By Kevin C. Tofel Mar. 13, 2012, 8:32am PT No Comments As a product, I think RIM's new keyboard is a great idea. I've used 7-inch slate tablets since 2006 and have routinely used wireless keyboards with all of them. For productivity apps and fast text ...

GigaOm

What Sherwood Rowland taught us about science, and the Earth
Los Angeles Times
Otherwise, he might not have won the Nobel Prize, and we might all be a lot closer to dead -– as individuals, as a species and as a planet. If UC Irvine chemist F. Sherwood Rowland, who passed away Saturday, had been starting his work now on how ...

1 in 3 smartphones sold in 2011 had 4G connectivity
GigaOm
By Kevin Fitchard Mar. 13, 2012, 8:32am PT No Comments Aided by the launch of the iPhone 4S, the number of US smartphones embedded with mobile broadband connectivity jumped in 2011, increasing from 6 percent of at the end of 2010 to 35 percent by the ...

Meet the two newest, tiniest horned dinosaurs
io9
Two pint-sized relatives of the famous Triceratops have been discovered in Alberta, giving us our best understanding yet of how these horned dinosaurs expanded into North America. The best part? Neither was much more than a meter or so long.

Grenade Throwing Robot to Fight Fires on Ships
Cleveland News - Fox 8
By Matthew Knight,CNN (CNN) — It might look like science fiction but the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) hopes to turn this humanoid robot into a seafaring fact in an effort to improve firefighting capabilities on board military vessels.

Cleveland News - Fox 8

Life on Mars? Funds to Find Answer Fade
New York Times
Just as NASA is on the cusp of answering the most fascinating questions about Mars — is there, was there or could there be life there? — the money needed to provide the answers is about to be abruptly withdrawn, a victim of President Obama's budget ...

Sony Unveils Xperia Sola With 'Floating Touch' Technology
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Sony Mobile Communications on Tuesday unveiled its latest Android smartphone, the Xperia Sola, which will feature new, Kinect-like technology. The latest addition to Sony's Android-powered Xperia line of smartphones includes ...

Facebook's technology's all ours, says Yahoo
TG Daily
Yahoo's suing Facebook over a series of patents, claiming the entire company is built on its technology. In a complaint filed yesterday in a San Francisco court, Yahoo's asked for an order banning Facebook from infringing ten patents, ...

The LA Tech Scene Finally Moves Out of its Parents' Basement ...
By pandodailyguest
As the second largest city in the United States and home to many of its finest universities, as well as the entertainment industry, many would argue that Los Angeles has long been an underachiever in the arena of technology and startups.
PandoDaily

Tech Report: 'Enemies of the Internet' List Released « CBS San ...
By Andre Torrez
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Reporters Without Borders released its annual 'Enemies of the Internet' list and this year it appears that the Arab Spring has changed the face of online censorship. KCBS'Technology Analyst Larry Magid traveled ...
CBS San Francisco

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