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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

Slashdot - 3 hours 2 min ago
Bose has taken issue with some of the technology embodied in products in Apple's newly acquired Beats line of headphones. As Ars Technica reports, Bose is suing Apple, claiming that the Beats products violate five Bose patents, covering noise cancellation and signal processing Although Bose never mentions Apple in the 22-page complaint, the acquisition price of the private company may have played a part in spurring Bose to sue. The suit doesn't include a specific damage demand. Bose has also filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission against Beats over the same infringement claims. That means the patent lawsuit filed in federal court will be stayed while the ITC case gets resolved first.

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As messages intended for friends increasingly become media fodder, what does "public" mean? (Anil Dash/Medium)

TechMeme - 5 hours 37 min ago

Anil Dash / Medium:
As messages intended for friends increasingly become media fodder, what does “public” mean?  —  What Is Public?  —  It's so simple, right?  —  Someone could make off with all your garbage that's put out on the street, and carefully record how many used condoms or pregnancy tests …

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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

Slashdot - 5 hours 46 min ago
The Wall Street Journal lists 26 questions that Google and other search providers have been asked (in a meeting in Brussels earlier this week) to answer for EU regulators, to pin down what the search engine companies have done to comply with European demands to implement a "right to be forgotten." Some questions were asked directly of representatives of Microsoft, Yahoo and Google, while the regulators want answers to the others in short order. From the article: Regulators touched on some hot-button issues in six oral questions and another 26 written ones, with answers due by next Thursday. They asked Google to describe the “legal basis” of its decision to notify publishers when it approves right-to-be-forgotten requests, something that has led to requesters’ being publicly identified in some cases. They also asked search engines to explain where they take down the results, after complaints from some regulators that Google does not filter results on google.com. That means that anyone in Europe can switch from, say, google.co.uk to Google.com to see any removed links. Among the questions: "2. Do you filter out some requests based on the location, nationality, or place of residence of the data subject? If so, what is the legal basis for excluding such requests?" and "16. Does your company refuse requests when the data subject was the author of the information he/she posted himself/herself on the web? If so, what is the basis for refusing such requests?"

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Marc Andreessen takes to Twitter to quote bad predictions about Facebook through the years (Mark Sullivan/VentureBeat)

TechMeme - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:55pm

Mark Sullivan / VentureBeat:
Marc Andreessen takes to Twitter to quote bad predictions about Facebook through the years  —  Marc Andreessen takes a walk down memory lane with Facebook doubters  —  Marc Andreessen has been a Facebook investor from very early on.  Andreesson, who has been given to launching …

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When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You

Slashdot - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:40pm
The Washington Post reports in a short article on the ssometimes strange, ssometimes strained relationship between spy agencies like the NSA and CIA and law enforcement (as well as judges and prosecutors) when it comes to evidence gathered using technology or techniques that the spy agencies would rather not disclose at all, ever mind explain in detail. They may both be arms of the U.S. government, but the spy agencies and the law enforcers covet different outcomes. From the article: [S]sometimes it's not just the tool that is classified, but the existence itself of the capability — the idea that a certain type of communication can be wiretapped — that is secret. One former senior federal prosecutor said he knew of at least two instances where surveillance tools that the FBI criminal investigators wanted to use "got formally classified in a big hurry" to forestall the risk that the technique would be revealed in a criminal trial. "People on the national security side got incredibly wound up about it," said the former official, who like others interviewed on the issue spoke on condition of anonymity because of the topic’s sensitivity. "The bottom line is: Toys get taken away and put on a very, very high shelf. Only people in the intelligence community can use them." ... The DEA in particular was concerned that if it came up with a capability, the National Security Agency or CIA would rush to classify it, said a former Justice Department official.

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Rocket Internet's Easy Taxi Raises $40M Series D To Expand In Asia, Latin America (Catherine Shu/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 9:50pm

Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Rocket Internet's Easy Taxi Raises $40M Series D To Expand In Asia, Latin America  —  Easy Taxi, Rocket Internet's taxi calling app, announced today that it has raised a Series D round of $40 million, led by Phenomen Ventures with participation from Tengelmann Ventures, the investment arm of German retail giant Tengelmann Group.

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Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

Slashdot - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:53pm
jigmypig (3675225) writes "Two patients in South Africa that have had their lives and more specifically their jaws severely affected by cancer, have just received 3D printed jaw implants. The jaws were 3D printed using a laser sintering process that melts powdered titanium, one layer at a time. The process saves a ton of money, and unlike traditional manufacturing of titanium jaws, it doesn't waste any materials. Traditional manufacturing wastes up to 80% of the titanium block used in the process, whereas with 3D printing there is little to no waste at all. This new process also allows for a fully customizable solution. The models are drawn up in CAD software, and then printed out to precisely fit the patient."

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Lyft CEO John Zimmer on the Company's New York Debut, Regulation, and the Taxi Industry (Kevin Roose/New York Magazine)

TechMeme - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:45pm

Kevin Roose / New York Magazine:
Lyft CEO John Zimmer on the Company's New York Debut, Regulation, and the Taxi Industry  —  “I do think the pace at which we’re moving to create something new and the pace at which rules are created are at odds.”  —  Coming to New York as an idealistic, wide-eyed upstart can be dangerous.

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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Get (or Share) News About Open Source Projects?

Slashdot - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 6:37pm
An anonymous reader writes "Now that freshmeat.net / freecode.com doesn't accept any updates, I wonder how the Slashdot crowd gets news about new projects, and even new versions of existing projects. For project managers, where could you announce new versions of your project, so that it can reach not just those who already know the project. Freshmeat / Freecode had all the tools to explore and discover projects, see screenshots (a mandatory feature for any software project, even with only a console interface or no interface at all) and go to the homepage of the project. I subscribed years ago to the RSS feed and sometimes found interesting projects this way. You could replace these tools by subscribing to newsletters or feeds from the projects you follow, but that doesn't cover the discovery part." And do any of the major development / hosting platforms for Free / Open Source projects (GitHub, Launchpad, or Slashdot sister-site SourceForge) have tools you find especially useful for skimming projects of interest?

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Social networks Bubblews and Bonzo Me pay users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers (Associated Press)

TechMeme - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 5:40pm

Associated Press:
Social networks Bubblews and Bonzo Me pay users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers  —  Get paid for posts?  Social networking's new twist  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce.

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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Slashdot - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 5:30pm
PC Magazine (along with Forbes, Reuters, and others) reports that those on the rightmost edge of the graph for Verizon's "unlimited" 4G LTE service are about to hit a limit: [T]hose in the top five percent of Verizon's unlimited data users (which requires one to pull down an average of just around 4.7 gigabytes of monthly data or so) who are enrolled on an unlimited data plan and have fulfilled their minimum contract terms (are now on a month-to-month plan) will be subject to network throttling if they're trying to connect up to a cellular tower that's experiencing high demand." As the article goes on to point out, though, [A] user would have to hit all of these criteria in order to have his or her connection slowed down. There are a lot of hoops to jump through, giving even more weight to the fact that Verizon's throttling — while annoying on paper — won't affect a considerable majority of those still holding on to their unlimited data plans.

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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

Slashdot - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:32pm
McGruber (1417641) writes In Atlanta, an electrical problem in a "Buss Duct" has caused the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center to be closed for at least a week. 5,000 federal employees work at the center. While many might view this as another example of The Infrastructure Crisis in the USA, it might actually be another example of mismanagement at the complex's landlord, the General Service Administration (GSA). Probably no one wants to go to work in an Atlanta July without a working A/C.

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Comic-Con: Wrapping Up Our Live Coverage of the Greatest Show on Earth

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm
Comic-Con comes to a raucous close, and we're on the ground with the cosplayers and the celebrities.






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Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like "Video Shorts" Section On Instant Video (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 3:55pm

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video  —  Amazon's Instant Video service has traditionally been thought of as both a rival to iTunes and Netflix, in terms of offering movies and TV shows for rent, purchase or for free streaming via the company's Amazon Prime membership program.

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Apple Acquires "Pandora For Books" Booklamp For $15 Million

Slashdot - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 3:28pm
Nate the greatest (2261802) writes with news made public Friday that Apple has acquired a little known ebook company called Booklamp, a small Idaho-based ebook startup which is best known for the Book Genome Project. First shown off to the world in 2008, this project was conceived by Booklamp founder and CEO Aaron Stanton as a way of analyzing a book's pacing, dialog, perspective, genre, and other details in order to identify a book's unique DNA. Booklamp has been using the tech to sell various services to publishers, tech companies, and the like, but Booklamps's existing contracts were apparently cancelled earlier this year. According to one industry insider the deal happened in April, but Apple managed to keep the news under wraps until just last night. No one knows for sure how Apple will use booklamp but there is speculation that Apple could launch an ebook subscription service similar to the week-old Kindle Unlimited, or they could just use Booklamp to drive ebook recommendations in what some are speculating is the world's second largest ebookstore.

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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

Slashdot - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 2:20pm
theodp (442580) writes "Code.org reports that preliminary data on students who took the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Exam in 2014 show an increase of 8,276 students over 2013 and represent what the College Board called "the first real indication of progress in AP CS enrollment for women and underserved minorities in years." Girls made up 20% of the 39,393 total test takers, compared to 18.7% of the 31,117 test takers in 2013. Black or African American students saw their share increase by 0.19%, from 3.56% to 3.75% (low, but good enough to crush Twitter). Code.org credits the increased enrollment to its celebrity-studded CS promo film starring Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg ("I even made a personal bet (reflected in my contractual commitment to Code.org donors) that our video could help improve the seemingly immovable diversity numbers in computer science," Code.org founder Hadi Partovi notes). However, some of the increase is likely attributable to the other efforts of Code.org's donors. Microsoft ramped up its TEALS AP CS program in 2013-2014, and — more significantly — Google helped boost AP CS study not only through its CS4HS program, but also by funding the College Board's AP STEM Access program, which offered $5 million to schools and teachers to encourage minority and female students to enroll in AP STEM courses. This summer, explains the College Board, "All AP STEM teachers in the participating schools (not just the new AP STEM teachers), who increase diversity in their class, receive a [$100] DonorsChoose.org gift card for each student in the course who receives a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Exam." The bad news for AP CS teachers anticipating Google "Excellence Funding" bounties (for increasing course enrollment and completion "by at least five underrepresented students") is that AP CS pass rates decreased to 60.8% in 2014 (from 67.6% in 2013), according to Total Registration. Using these figures and a back-of-the-envelope calculation, while enrollment saw a 26.6% increase over last year, the total number of students passing increased by 13.9%."

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China's Baidu follows in Google's footsteps as it reveals it's working on partial self-drive cars (Kaylene Hong/The Next Web)

TechMeme - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 1:50pm

Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
China's Baidu follows in Google's footsteps as it reveals it's working on partial self-drive cars  —  Google took the wraps off its self-driving cars in May, and now Baidu — commonly known as China's Google — has also revealed that it is working on a similar project.

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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

Slashdot - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 1:23pm
First time accepted submitter jIyajbe (662197) writes Two researchers from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics investigate the imaginary world of Kalgash, a planetary system based on the novel 'Nightfall' (Asimov & Silverberg, 1991). From the arXiv paper: "The system consists of a planet, a moon and an astonishing six suns. The six stars cause the wider universe to be invisible to the inhabitants of the planet. The author explores the consequences of an eclipse and the resulting darkness which the Kalgash people experience for the first time. Our task is to verify if this system is feasible, from the duration of the eclipse, the 'invisibility' of the universe to the complex orbital dynamics." Their conclusion? "We have explored several aspects of Asimov's novel. We have found that the suns, especially Dovim are bright enough to blot out the stars. Kalgash 2 can eclipse Dovim for a period of 9 hours. We also tested one possible star configuration and after running some simulations, we found that the system is possible for short periods of time."

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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

Slashdot - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:18pm
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "The biggest thing that sets the Amazon Fire Phone apart from its Android and Apple competitors probably isn't the clean interface or the unlimited photo storage—it's the dirty power behind it. When Fire users upload their photos and data to Amazon's cloud, they'll be creating a lot more pollution than iPhone owners, Greenpeace says. Apple has made a commitment to running its iCloud on 100 percent clean energy. Amazon, meanwhile, operates the dirtiest servers of any major tech giant that operates its own servers—only 15 percent of its energy comes from clean sources, which is about the default national average." Greenpeace's jaundiced eye is on Amazon more generally; the company's new phone is just an example. Maybe Amazon or some other provider could take a page from some local utilities and let users signal their own preferences with a (surcharged) "clean energy" option.

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How later IPOs and other big trends are changing the structure of the VC industry (Mark Suster/Both Sides of the Table)

TechMeme - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:45am

Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
How later IPOs and other big trends are changing the structure of the VC industry  —  The Changing Structure of the VC Industry  —  There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry.  —  On the surface the narratives have been

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