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Boot up: Facebook Home, Apple loses patent plea, Windows Phone failure, and more

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Plus Google explains why it's forking WebKit (plus: translation), the soaring price of Apple's new build, and moreA burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamFacebook Home >> FacebookYou may be seeing a lot more of this.Apple's slide-to-unlock patent invalidated in Germany (decision...
Boot up: Facebook Home, Apple loses patent plea, Windows Phone failure, and more

John Steele To Court: You Have No Evidence That I've Done Anything Wrong

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And, the next filing in the big Prenda showdown has been filed, and it's John Steele's response to the Order to Show Cause (OSC) for why he shouldn't be sanctioned for a variety of misdeeds. Not surprisingly, Steele builds on the previous filings from Paul Hansmeier and from Paul Duffy...
John Steele To Court: You Have No Evidence That I've Done Anything Wrong
Steven Soderbergh says studios are keeping 'cinema' out of movie theaters
Microsoft's Surface has tons of personality -- and drawbacks (hands-on)

Never Mind The 4G Chevy Volt. Here's What It Will Take For Truly Connected Cars

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The vision of an Internet-connected car is already a reality in many ways. With a smartphone or tablet as your traveling companion, there is not much you cannot do from within a vehicle. But truly networked personal transportation is still a few years off. It is not as simple as...
Never Mind The 4G Chevy Volt. Here's What It Will Take For Truly Connected Cars

Oracle Drops A Bomb In It's Fight With HP: Lots Of Damaging E-mails (ORCL, HPQ)

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Oracle took its fight with HP public today. It released a bunch of damaging e-mails from HP executives. It wants to convince customers that HP lied to them. The crux of the issue is Intel's Itanium chip. HP uses Itanium in its expensive servers. No other server manufacturer uses it....
Oracle Drops A Bomb In It's Fight With HP: Lots Of Damaging E-mails (ORCL, HPQ)
FCC reportedly approves $22.5 million Google fine for Safari cookie scandal

Facebook, Google, Zynga Ask Courts To Reject Patents On Abstract Ideas That Plague Tech Innovation

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Just because you take an abstract idea and say you do it “on a computer” or “over the Internet” doesn’t mean you deserve a patent, according to an amicus brief filed on Friday by Google, Facebook and six other tech companies. It asks the courts to reject lawsuits based on...
Facebook, Google, Zynga Ask Courts To Reject Patents On Abstract Ideas That Plague Tech Innovation

More Righthaven IP Up For Auction, Including The Name Righthaven

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When one of the many judges smacking down Righthaven ordered that the company's intellectual property be auctioned off, we wondered just what that would actually include, since it's not clear whether Righthaven really owns any copyrights, or any intellectual property beyond its own trademarks. The righthaven.com domain name was the...
More Righthaven IP Up For Auction, Including The Name Righthaven

Microsoft's new pitch: 'Every .Net developer just became a Windows Phone developer'

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Microsoft officials promised more details about the company's Windows Phone 7 development strategy would be revealed in mid-March at its Mix 10 conference. But those details already have begun to leak out. Not surprisingly, Silverlight is at the crux of Microsoft's development platform. XNA, Microsoft's game-development platform, also is part...
Microsoft's new pitch: 'Every .Net developer just became a Windows Phone developer'

Is the internet making us more lonely or less lonely? Yes.

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We’ve seen a rash of essays and articles in the mainstream press recently that take a somewhat scare-mongering tone towards social networks and digital communication of various kinds: a piece in The Atlantic raised the question of whether Facebook is making us lonely, and a New York Times op-ed...
Is the internet making us more lonely or less lonely? Yes.
Google’s money slides indicate Oracle is bitter over Java’s failed mobile attempts; court battle is its tantrum (photos)

Organization That Plagiarized Guide On Making Science Posters Has Pricey Lawyer Threaten Original Creator With Copyright Claim

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A bunch of folks have been sending in variations on the story about Colin Purrington, a guy who apparently created a "guide" to creating posters for scientific conferences that is somewhat popular online. The crux of the story is that Purrington, who has left academia, still spends time asking folks...
Organization That Plagiarized Guide On Making Science Posters Has Pricey Lawyer Threaten Original Creator With Copyright Claim

IBM's Rometty: That Extra $20 Billion? We're So There, Almost

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Computing and services giant IBM published its annual report over the weekend, and one of the highlights was the first letter to shareholders by new CEO Ginny Rometty. And the highlight of that letter was an update on Big Blue’s progress toward meeting its growth targets for the year 2015....
IBM's Rometty: That Extra $20 Billion? We're So There, Almost

If The Government Needs To Step In To Help Your Business Model, You Shouldn't Be In Business

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We recently wrote about a bunch of super successful UK musicians complaining that the UK government needed to force ISPs and startups to make their old business model viable again. We, quite naturally, thought that was a pretty crazy suggestion. In reaction to this post on Twitter, reader botaday rephrased...
If The Government Needs To Step In To Help Your Business Model, You Shouldn't Be In Business

The Last of Us - review

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PS3, Sony, cert: 18Set 20 years after a horrific fungal contagion causes the downfall of society, The Last of Us is a gritty survival drama filled with desperate, flawed and - above all - human characters. As the gruff Joel, much of the game involves guiding the young and vulnerable...
The Last of Us - review

Facebook: Java exploit used to install malware on employee computers, 'no evidence' user data was compromised

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Facebook on Friday announced its systems were compromised last month as part of a sophisticated attack exploiting a Java vulnerability. Although the investigation is still ongoing, the company says it has “found no evidence” that “user data was compromised.” Facebook explains its security team discovered sometime in January that “a...
Facebook: Java exploit used to install malware on employee computers, 'no evidence' user data was compromised

Rovio says piracy brings in more business for Angry Birds

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Somewhere, a RIAA supporter is crying right now. Rovio, the mobile developer behind the wildly popular Angry Birds game has talked a bit about piracy at the Medim conference this week. Rather than get aggressive and sue people like the RIAA did; Rovio is taking a much more laid-back and...
Rovio says piracy brings in more business for Angry Birds

KRUGMAN: Watch This Video, And You'll See Why The Economy Is Doomed

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Hand it to Paul Krugman: He's not out to make friends. Today he appeared on ABC's Sunday morning show, This Week, and then immediately wrote a blog post basically calling all of his other panelists dumb. Those other panelists include such names as Google's Eric Schmidt, Carly Fiorina, former Michigan...
KRUGMAN: Watch This Video, And You'll See Why The Economy Is Doomed

Not Only Can You 'Compete With Free' You Have To If You Don't Want Your Business Overrun By Piracy

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Rob Reid, who recently got a ton of well deserved attention for his hilarious TED talk on copyright math, has a WSJ op-ed piece, in which he tries to explain why there's so little ebook infringement, compared to music infringement. The crux of his argument? Even though the big publishers...
Not Only Can You 'Compete With Free' You Have To If You Don't Want Your Business Overrun By Piracy

Can Crowdsourcing Complete The Job Aaron Swartz Started In Freeing PACER?

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We've talked about the importance of carrying on the work that Aaron Swartz began, and the global efforts at hackathons to do just that. However, a few have started working on very specific proposals to try to carry on some of Aaron's work. Specifically, they're trying to build on the...
Can Crowdsourcing Complete The Job Aaron Swartz Started In Freeing PACER?

LG suspects Samsung of infringing its eye-tracking patents with the Galaxy S 4

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Samsung's Galaxy S 4 isn't even available yet, but already it's being eyed for possible patent infringement. According to a report from Korea's Yonhap News, LG suspects the S 4 might violate eye-tracking patents used in the Optimus G Pro. At the crux of this squabble is a patent...
LG suspects Samsung of infringing its eye-tracking patents with the Galaxy S 4

Richard Stallman slams Ubuntu as spyware, prompting Canonical's Jono Bacon to call FUD

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Richard Stallman, creator of the GNU Project and founder of the Free Software Foundation, declared on Friday that Ubuntu is spyware. Jono Bacon, Ubuntu’s Community Manager, has countered on the same day by saying Stallman is spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD). Stallman’s main problem with Ubuntu is that as...
Richard Stallman slams Ubuntu as spyware, prompting Canonical's Jono Bacon to call FUD

YouTube Star Michelle Phan Launches Beauty Community Site Ipsy

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YouTube beauty tutorial star Michelle Phan is publicly debuting today her own subscription make-up start-up, Ipsy. Under the product name MyGlam, Ipsy is already well-known to her fans, more than 100,000 of whom have subscribed over the past year to receive bags of make-up samples for $10 per month. If...
YouTube Star Michelle Phan Launches Beauty Community Site Ipsy

AFP Back To Claiming That Twitter's Terms Of Service Allow It To Take And Sell Anyone's Twitpic Photos

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Two years ago, we wrote about one of the most bizarre copyright lawsuits we've ever heard of. News giant AFP (Agence France Presse) -- for reasons that I still cannot begin to comprehend -- decided to proactively sue a photographer, Daniel Morel, after it (AFP) had taken his photos (of...
AFP Back To Claiming That Twitter's Terms Of Service Allow It To Take And Sell Anyone's Twitpic Photos

Announcing Engadget Expand, a live event and expo for gadget fans!

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Maybe you've been to one of our reader meetups, or heard about the good gadgety times that roll when Engadget comes to town. Get ready for that effect on steroids. The entire Engadget staff is insanely excited to announce a new two-day experience that kicks our meetup vibe up...
Announcing Engadget Expand, a live event and expo for gadget fans!
Outbox Rolls Out In San Francisco: Plans To Bring Snail Mail Into The Digital Age

Yes, Facebook could buy Zynga, but no, Facebook should not buy Zynga

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Facebook and Zynga are two very closely tied companies. When Facebook filed to go public in February, it disclosed that 12 percent of the social networking giant’s 2011 revenue came from Zynga, followed by 15 percent in Q1 2012 (down from 19 percent in Q1 2011). Furthermore, Zynga CEO Mark...
Yes, Facebook could buy Zynga, but no, Facebook should not buy Zynga

Live: Andy Rubin's testimony from the Oracle v. Google trial

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The copyright infringement phase of the Oracle v. Google trial has been underway for a week now, but today we get a chance to hear testimony directly from Google's Android chief, Andy Rubin. Rubin is likely the one person who can paint the complete picture for us — from...
Live: Andy Rubin's testimony from the Oracle v. Google trial
The Supreme Court says it's still legal to re-sell your stuff -- Um, thanks
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