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Microsoft kicks off Kinect Accelerator program to take 11 Kinect-centric start-ups to the next level

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Microsoft unwittingly created quite the hacking cottage industry when it first introduced Kinect. Though it took awhile for the company to come to grips with the amazing inventions enabled by its sensor bar, Redmond eventually released Kinect for Windows. Now, the Kinect Accelerator program is here to take Kinect...
Microsoft kicks off Kinect Accelerator program to take 11 Kinect-centric start-ups to the next level

Apple inventions use iPhone's Bluetooth capabilities to locate, interact with cars

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A pair of patent filings discovered on Thursday reveal Apple is actively investigating the possibilities offered by the wireless capabilities of the iOS mobile platform to interact with, and at times control, a Bluetooth-capable automobile.    ...
Apple inventions use iPhone's Bluetooth capabilities to locate, interact with cars

Apple Files Patents & Trademarks Covering a Camera Filter, iPhone Headset, Surround Panner, Flyover & Turn-by-Turn Logo

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On July 5, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of patent applications from Apple covering a wide range of technologies. In particular, our report briefly touches on inventions relating to a digital signal filter for iOS device cameras, an iPhone wireless headset and ......
Apple Files Patents & Trademarks Covering a Camera Filter, iPhone Headset, Surround Panner, Flyover & Turn-by-Turn Logo

Project Troglodyte: Trying To Pre-Defuse Possible Patent Trolls In Important Areas

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Three guys from Finland who have been inspired by the EFF's patent busting project have recently launched a new effort, called Project Troglodyte, which is designed to pre-vet certain patents that they fear have a high likelihood of blocking innovation thanks to trolls. We want to take the EFF's idea...
Project Troglodyte: Trying To Pre-Defuse Possible Patent Trolls In Important Areas

What Eduardo Saverin owes America. (Hint: Nearly everything.)

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When Eduardo Saverin was 13, his family discovered that his name had turned up on a list of victims to be kidnapped by Brazilian gangs. Saverin’s father was a wealthy businessman in São Paulo, and it was inevitable that he’d attract this kind of unwanted attention. Now the family...
What Eduardo Saverin owes America. (Hint: Nearly everything.)

Is TPP To Blame For The Continuing Delay In Passing New Zealand's 2008 Bill That Excludes Software Patents?

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As Techdirt reported a couple of years ago, a hard-fought campaign in New Zealand to prevent software patents being granted there seemed to have paid off, with a Patents Bill explicitly excluding them that came with the following commentary: We recommend amending clause 15 to include computer programs among inventions...
Is TPP To Blame For The Continuing Delay In Passing New Zealand's 2008 Bill That Excludes Software Patents?

The Key To Marketing A Unique Breakthrough Product Like The Lytro Camera

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The Lytro may be a breakthrough product, but there's a huge set of unknowns created when you try to sell something as unique as this camera. Forget about all the fancy tech residing inside the Lytro's little rectangular body. How the heck are you supposed to market something that's so different from anything...
The Key To Marketing A Unique Breakthrough Product Like The Lytro Camera
Why you can't have a cheap time machine: China

Nathan Myhrvold is completely fine with failure and thinks you should be, too

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Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan Myhrvold speaks at Thursday’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Sure, it’s one of the more overused cliches in the English language. Yet it still holds true in the tech industry, and that’s what Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan...
Nathan Myhrvold is completely fine with failure and thinks you should be, too

A Series of New Apple Inventions Reveal a DJ-Styled Crossfading Feature, Advanced Camera Sensors & Possible 3D Motion TV Remote

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On February 23, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of very interesting patent applications from Apple that reveal a wide range of technologies. Those covered in today's report include a new beat-matched crossfading DJ-Styled feature for Macs and iOS devices; advances in 3D motion technology that...
A Series of New Apple Inventions Reveal a DJ-Styled Crossfading Feature, Advanced Camera Sensors & Possible 3D Motion TV Remote

NC State nanoflowers can boost battery and solar cell capacity, make great prom accessories

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We see a lot of sleek-looking technology pass through our doors, but it's rare that the inventions could be called beautiful by those who aren't immersed in the gadget world. We'd venture that North Carolina State University might have crossed the divide by creating an energy storage technology that's...
NC State nanoflowers can boost battery and solar cell capacity, make great prom accessories

Faceback Hits Back Hard On Yahoo Patent Claims, Countersues Over Its Own Patents: Nuclear War Begins

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It's not surprising, after Yahoo sued Facebook and Facebook stocked up on a bunch more patents, that Facebook would respond with guns blazing at Yahoo for the lawsuit. As we've been arguing for the better part of a decade, in many cases, patents are basically just nuclear stockpiling, where companies...
Faceback Hits Back Hard On Yahoo Patent Claims, Countersues Over Its Own Patents: Nuclear War Begins

German Court Issues Ban on Motorola Products Using Microsoft's Patented File Format

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A German court on Friday ruled that Android phones from Motorola infringe on a Microsoft patent over file formats. The court issued an injunction on Motorola phones that use the File Allocation Table (FAT) format for file storage. Among those phones are the Atrix, the Razr and the Razr Maxx....
German Court Issues Ban on Motorola Products Using Microsoft's Patented File Format

Alan Turing's breakthrough machine gets a loving Lego tribute (video)

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In the world of technology, having one of your inventions rendered in Lego form is the equivalent of a musician being parodied by Weird Al -- it's a sign you've truly made it and tribute to your influence. So, we're more than a little surprised to see that it's...
Alan Turing's breakthrough machine gets a loving Lego tribute (video)

Mark Zuckerberg outlines Facebook's 'social mission'

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Facebook's IPO filing contains a lengthy letter from founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg which outlines the company's 'social mission' and its goals for the future.The multi-page letter, which will go out potential investors when FB goes public says the social network wasn't built to be a money-making company but a...
Mark Zuckerberg outlines Facebook's 'social mission'

Inner ear implant uses biological battery to self-charge

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A team of surgeons, neuroscientists, and electrical engineers has developed a cochlea chip that extracts electrical signals from the inner ear to power itself. The chip is the latest in a series of inventions aimed at creating entirely self-sufficient, self-powering implants that will remove the need for external power...
Inner ear implant uses biological battery to self-charge

Forget apps and useless startups: These four African girls have created a pee-powered generator

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What have you built lately? 14-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola have created a urine powered generator. All over Africa, young men and women have missioned across the country and arrived in Lagos, Nigeria. All they want to do is show off what they have...
Forget apps and useless startups: These four African girls have created a pee-powered generator
Car Sourcing: BMW Teams with Local Motors

Apple seeks sanctions against HTC after inventor of two 4G patents denies that he knows his stuff

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On Friday I commented on Bloomberg's report on the start of the ITC trial in the investigation of HTC's second complaint against Apple, which is, at this point, all about two patents allegedly essential to the 4G/LTE standard.It appears that at least one very key witness -- Mr. Michael J....
Apple seeks sanctions against HTC after inventor of two 4G patents denies that he knows his stuff
“Defensive Patent License” created to protect innovators from trolls

Oh, the places you'll go... with this shoulder-mounted telepresence robot (video)

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In what's likely to be good news for mothers that just can't seem to cut the cord, a team of Japanese engineers from Yamagata University have crafted a tiny telepresence robot that mounts to your shoulder. Part of this year's IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the unsettling...
Oh, the places you'll go... with this shoulder-mounted telepresence robot (video)
Apple Invented A Tripod For Your iPad (AAPL)

Twitter's no-lawsuit pledge: "We will not join the patent wars"

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Twitter today unveiled a bold new commitment that will be made in writing to its employees—the company will not use any patents derived from employee inventions in offensive lawsuits without the inventor's permission. The move is highly unusual in the technology industry, which is awash in patent lawsuits filed...
Twitter's no-lawsuit pledge: "We will not join the patent wars"

Five Curious Food Inventions You've Never Heard Of

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Five Curious Food Inventions You've Never Heard Of

Microsoft Launches Tool to Make It Easy to See All Its Patents

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Just ahead of a self-imposed deadline, Microsoft on Thursday went live with an online tool to search and view the company’s patents. General Counsel Brad Smith had said last month that the Patent Tracker would be available by April 1. “Transparency regarding patent ownership is an important part of a...
Microsoft Launches Tool to Make It Easy to See All Its Patents

Apple Files New Patents Relating to Haptics, Thunderbolt, iSight and Improved Accessibility for the Hearing Impaired

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Some weeks there just isn't a wining patent declared by a rocking TKO. This week is such a case but that doesn't mean that that there weren't a series of solid inventions, because there were. A series of patent applications came to light today relating to improvements in the works...
Apple Files New Patents Relating to Haptics, Thunderbolt, iSight and Improved Accessibility for the Hearing Impaired

Facebook’s patent headaches: More to come?

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Yahoo filed a patent suit against the social media giant. Does Amazon have a case too? By Roger Parloff, senior editor FORTUNE — Last month, just weeks ahead of Facebook’s highly anticipated IPO, the “it” company of the Internet got hit with a meaty patent suit. Struggling behemoth Yahoo sued Facebook...
Facebook’s patent headaches: More to come?

Manufacturers and science firms get £1.1bn research and development boost

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Tax relief on R&D spending raised after George Osborne says research 'absolutely central to Britain's economic future'The government has increased research and development tax relief in a boost to UK-based manufacturers and science companies.In his budget speech George Osborne said research and development was "absolutely central to Britain's economic future"...
Manufacturers and science firms get £1.1bn research and development boost

What's the most important invention in the history of food? | Open thread

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The Royal Society puts fridges at the top of the list, but tell us if you think cheese graters deserve a special mentionFellows of the Royal Society, Britain's most distinguished scientific institution, have judged refrigeration, pasteurisation and canning the most significant inventions in the history of food. They were followed...
What's the most important invention in the history of food? | Open thread

Yahoo-Facebook: Brace for the countersuit

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In an interview with Fortune, the IP analyst who foresaw last November the patent suit Yahoo just filed yesterday against Facebook, now predicts how the case will play out. By Roger Parloff, senior editor FORTUNE -- The patent suit filed yesterday by Yahoo against Facebook was effectively predicted last November by...
Yahoo-Facebook: Brace for the countersuit
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