29 April 2012

Oracle, Google Trial: Oracle's copyright claim weak

Oracle, Google Trial: Who Wins Round One? - Development - Java - Informationweek: "How did Google manage this? Its legal team recognized that Oracle hadn't provided documents that prove that Sun registered the Java APIs as a collective work. The copyright certificate entered into evidence covers the work as a whole. Without proof of a collective work registration, Google's prospects look much better. What's more, the arguments advanced by Google's legal team, particularly by Robert Van Nest and by Bruce Baber, have been particularly persuasive. The upcoming patent portion of the trial could go either way. But to this point, Oracle's copyright claim looks flimsy."

Big Apple Picks Apple Green for Car Service in Boroughs
Bloomberg
New York City's livery cars for service outside Manhattan's central business district are going green -- literally. The Big Apple has chosen apple green as the color for so- called Boro Taxis, the livery cars that for the first time will be allowed to ...

An astrological rarity: Venus moving across the sun in May
Washington Post
It's a setup of cosmic proportions. May starts with super bright Venus extraordinarily high in the western sky, but the planet falls out of view by month's end, leaving us earthlings positioned for one of nature's rarest of events: A transit of Venus ...

'Witcher 2' a satisfying and adult XBox video game
USA TODAY
By John Kosik, AP There's always an element within any role-playing game that fans of the genre will gripe about. Warner Bros., AP A scene from 'The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.' Warner Bros., AP A scene from 'The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

USA TODAY

Microsoft Issues Swift Fix for Hotmail Bug
PCWorld
By Sophie Curtis, Techworld.com Microsoft has fixed a flaw in Hotmail's password reset system that allowed hackers to take control of webmail accounts. The vulnerability existed in Hotmail's password reset feature. Hackers were able to use a Firefox ...

Wind farms may have warming effect: research
Reuters
By Nina Chestney | LONDON (Reuters) - Large wind farms might have a warming effect on the local climate, research in the United States showed on Sunday, casting a shadow over the long-term sustainability of wind power. Carbon dioxide and other ...

Ancient DNA sheds light on spread of European farming
Los Angeles Times
Agriculture probably initially expanded because farmers pressed north through the continent, not because hunter-gatherers adopted the practice on their own, Scandinavian scientists say. Ove Persson and Evy Persson at excavations in Gotland, Sweden.

Los Angeles Times

Who's the King of Smartphone Sales?
PCWorld
By John P. Mello Jr., PCWorld Apr 29, 2012 10:24 AM Android phone stalwart Samsung has announced record profits for the first three months of this year, profits driven by its flourishing smartphone sales. Samsung reported [PDF] revenues of $4.45 ...

Some slam Ca. charger deal that ends allegations
San Jose Mercury News
By ANDREW DALTON AP LOS ANGELES—A $120 million settlement that allows an energy company to establish and operate a vast network of electric vehicle chargers in order to end a decade of legal battles over price-gouging during California's energy crisis ...

Super Smash Bros on Wii U will use 3DS support
SlashGear
Nintendo feels the most logical way to expand the Super Smash Bros franchise is to have 3DS integration. The company confirmed at last year's E3 conference in June that a new Super Smash Bros title was in development for its upcoming console, ...

SlashGear

Nvidia Announces the Crazy-Fast GTX 690 Dual-GPU Graphics Card - for $1000
Gamespy.com
By Dan Stapleton | Apr 29, 2012 I'll take two. No wait, I think I'll buy a whole PC instead. The idea of a $1000 graphics card sounds fairly insane. Arguably, it's spectacles like the new GeForce GTX 690 that give people the idea that PC gaming is ...

Gamespy.com

Maingear reveals more heat-dissipating desktops, keeps those new Ivy Bridge ...
Engadget
By Mat Smith posted Apr 29th 2012 12:40PM Maingear gave us a quick nudge to say something was coming. Now it can reveal that -- alongside Intel's third-generation processors inside all of its desktops and laptops -- it's further updated two of its ...

Street View Payload Data Was Irresistible Scientific Opportunity for Google
Forbes
A report by the Federal Communications Commission concluded definitively that Google as an organization had knowingly collected a vast trove of personal information—so-called payload data—while building its Street View database.

Forbes

Scientists see increase in tiger prawn sightings
Houma Courier
Tiger Prawns, such as this one shown, establish a population in Louisiana's waters and threaten native species. By Nikki Buskey A rise in sightings of a giant, invasive shrimp has government scientists working to determine the cause and possible ...

Flashback malware exposes big gaps in Apple security response
ZDNet (blog)
By Ed Bott | April 29, 2012, 9:00am PDT Summary: A pair of high-profile malware attacks have given Apple a crash course in security response. Based on recent actions, 70 million current Mac owners have a right to expect much more from Apple than ...

Massive lava coils spotted on Mars
Bend Bulletin
By Amy Hubbard / Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A little bit of Hawaii has been discovered on Mars. Lava coils have been spotted on the surface of the Red Planet, but the Mars version dwarfs anything we've seen after Mauna Loa blows its stack.

Stoner hails 'greatest race' in Spanish MotoGP
AFP
By Sylvain Dubus (AFP) – 5 hours ago JEREZ, Spain — Australia's defending world champion Casey Stoner won the Spanish MotoGP here on Sunday for his first win in the race and said it was the greatest race he had ever ridden. The Honda rider beat home ...

AFP

Google's Zerg Rush Easter Egg Goes Viral
iProgrammer
Google's has an established tradition of giving users hidden or unexpected surprises. The latest one is currently encouraging millions of users, who may never have heard of them, to shoot "zerglings". The original idea of the software Easter Egg was ...

Big Bang Machine Discovers Brand New Particle
TPM
An entirely new type of particle has been discovered by scientists using the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), near Geneva, Switzerland. The discovery of the new particle, called “neutral Xi_b^star ...

TPM

Clevo's Ivy Bridge 11-inch Origin EON11-S gaming laptop released
The Verge
By Adi Robertson on April 29, 2012 02:33 pm 0Comments Clevo's rebadged Origin gaming laptops were already upgraded to support Intel's third-generation processor, and now the 11-inch Ivy Bridge gaming powerhouse it promised on Friday has been released.

Key tests for Skylon spaceplane project
BBC News
UK engineers have begun critical tests on a new engine technology designed to lift a spaceplane into orbit. The proposed Skylon vehicle would operate like an airliner, taking off and landing at a conventional runway. Its major innovation is the Sabre ...

BBC News

Magnetic fields light up 'GPS neurons', scientists say
BBC News
By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News Researchers have spotted a group of 53 cells within pigeons' brains that respond to the direction and strength of the Earth's magnetic field. The question of how birds navigate using - among ...

BBC News

FTC Hires High-Profile Lawyer to Help Lead Google Probe
Wall Street Journal
By BRENT KENDALL and JOE PALAZZOLO The Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday it has enlisted a seasoned litigator to help lead its antitrust investigation into whether Google Inc. has abused its dominance in Web-search advertising, ...

Pacific reef sharks have declined by more than 90 percent, new study says
Washington Post
Pacific reef shark populations have plummeted by 90 percent or more over the past several decades, according a new study by a team of American and Canadian researchers, and much of this decline stems from human fishing pressure.

Samsung coyness puts smartphone crown in dispute
NDTV
AP, April 29, 2012, Smartphones are the hottest gadgets in the world. But who's the biggest smartphone maker? We don't really know. Samsung, Apple's chief competitor, gives only vague indications of how many it makes, which means industry watchers come ...

NDTV

MIT develops fog resistant, glare-free glass, it's clearly amazing (video)
Engadget
By James Trew posted Apr 29th 2012 7:14AM It sounds like it's not just us that spend half our sweet time with lint-free cloth in hand. Researchers at MIT have developed a new type of glass that "virtually eliminates" reflections, ...

The Google Drive FAQ
CNET
Are you ready for a hard drive in the cloud? Do you have friends or family who are nagging you to explain it? Use our FAQ. Updated with new questions. by Rafe Needleman April 24, 2012 2:57 PM PDT Follow @rafe Got questions about Google's new cloud ...

Yahoo escalates legal fight with Facebook, adds two patents to suit
Los Angeles Times
By Jessica Guynn Yahoo is escalating the hostilities and the stakes in its increasingly acrimonious patent battle with Facebook. In papers filed in San Francisco federal court Friday, the Internet search company expanded its lawsuit against Facebook to ...

'PlayStation All-Stars' could prove to be a super smash
USA TODAY
By Mike Snider, USA TODAY PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, due later this year, rounds up your favorite protagonists from Sony PlayStation games over the years and puts them in a wacky four-player fighting game. Among the combatants – Kratos (God ...

USA TODAY

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