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Don't check maps while driving, California court rules

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale A California appellate court decision states that you shouldn’t use your hands to control a mapping app on your phone. The decision is in response to an appeal that claimed the state’s recent “no texting while driving” law...
Don't check maps while driving, California court rules

The Story That's Killing Apple Today Is A Month Old (AAPL)

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Apple's stock is getting demolished again this morning after reports from the WSJ and the Nikkei that it cut orders for the iPhone. The weird thing about the stock falling on this news is that, well, it's not news. December 5: DigiTimes reports Apple's iPhone orders will fall in Q1....
The Story That's Killing Apple Today Is A Month Old (AAPL)

SimpleTax launches in the UK to take the pain out of self assessment tax returns

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Freelancers can rejoice, not because the tax season is upon us, but because there is a company launching its service in the UK that wants to make the process easier. SimpleTax streamlines the UK self-assessment process with its online service, and it is recognised by HMRC so it will even...
SimpleTax launches in the UK to take the pain out of self assessment tax returns

Clinical trials startup TrialReach doses up on $3.1m funding led by Octopus Investments

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TrialReach, a startup focused on making clinical trials more accessible for members of the public who may want to take part in them, has today announced a £2 million ( $3.1 million) funding round in order to further develop its product. TrialReach is designed to help medical research firms recruit...
Clinical trials startup TrialReach doses up on $3.1m funding led by Octopus Investments

Megaupload: U.S. Government Trying to Rewrite the Rules

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Earlier this month Megaupload asked the court to dismiss its case because U.S. law doesn’t permit criminal proceedings against foreign companies. The issue has become crucial in the ongoing Megaupload proceedings, as it may lead to a premature dismissal of the case. According to “Rule 4″ of criminal procedure the...
Megaupload: U.S. Government Trying to Rewrite the Rules

Will Tumblr's New Terms Of Service Finally Lead To The De-Stupidifying Of Terms Of Service?

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Late last week there was some buzzing over Tumblr's new Terms of Service, which some noted had some amusingly plain language explanations in them, resulting in a bit of news coverage. Having gone through the process of creating terms of service with lawyers before, I'm somewhat jaded on the subject...
Will Tumblr's New Terms Of Service Finally Lead To The De-Stupidifying Of Terms Of Service?

Grooveshark Loses Latest Round In Court, In A Ruling That Could Gut The DMCA's Safe Harbors

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The last big news in the ongoing fight between Universal Music Group and Grooveshark (and its parent company Escape Media) came back in July, when a New York court rejected UMG's argument that the DMCA's safe harbors didn't apply to pre-1972 sound recordings, because, technically, those recordings are not...
Grooveshark Loses Latest Round In Court, In A Ruling That Could Gut The DMCA's Safe Harbors
Pebble's creator shows off his long-awaited smartwatch (video)

Entertainment Industry Flips Out At The Good Parts Of Canada's New Copyright Law, Demands Changes Via TPP

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In discussing Canada's C-11 copyright reform, we noted that while we were troubled by the "digital locks" provision that mirrors the DMCA's ridiculous anti-circumvention rules, there was actually plenty of good things in the law, that other countries should take note of. Not surprisingly, the entertainment industry feels differently. With...
Entertainment Industry Flips Out At The Good Parts Of Canada's New Copyright Law, Demands Changes Via TPP

Microsoft radically overhauls license agreements for Windows 8

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For Windows 8, Microsoft has completely rewritten its license agreements, replacing legalese with plain language and for the first time allowing retail customers to legally install cheaper OEM versions. Here's what's new....
Microsoft radically overhauls license agreements for Windows 8

Famous judge spikes Apple-Google case, calls patent system “dysfunctional”

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A U.S. judge yesterday threw aside a much-anticipated trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility over smartphone patents. The decision and a blog comment by the same judge could prove to be a watershed moment for a U.S. patent system that has spiraled out of control. In his remarkable ruling, U.S. Circuit...
Famous judge spikes Apple-Google case, calls patent system “dysfunctional”

There's A Secret Reason Why The Government Has To Keep It Secret How Many Americans It's Spying On Without A Warrant

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The folks over at the CATO Institute have put together a short five minute video on the rush by the federal government to renew the FISA Amendments Act, with no changes, which effectively has sanctioned warrantless wiretapping on millions of Americans. Even though the plain language of the bill suggests...
There's A Secret Reason Why The Government Has To Keep It Secret How Many Americans It's Spying On Without A Warrant

Instagram Rolls Back Terms Of Service Changes, Rolls Out New "Mayfair" Filter

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The Web has spoken. And it wants your paws off of its little-square-filtered-photos, thank you very much. In response to a tidal wave of backlash among users, Instagram has rolled back the portion of its new Terms of Service agreement that pertains to advertising. Instagram users seized on the section's language,...
Instagram Rolls Back Terms Of Service Changes, Rolls Out New "Mayfair" Filter

CRTC wireless code lets Canadians cancel contracts after two years, caps excessive data fees

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It's spent the past few months soliciting feedback from Canadian wireless users, and the CRTC has now announced the details of a new wireless code that it says "addresses the main frustrations that Canadians shared with the CRTC." At the top of that list is the length of cellphone...
CRTC wireless code lets Canadians cancel contracts after two years, caps excessive data fees
BuyVia Takes On ShopSavvy With Price Comparisons, Local Deals & Geo-Targeted Price Alerts

Mobile Crash Reporting Solution Crashlytics Acquires FireTower.app To Expand Into Mobile Web

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Crashlytics, a Cambridge-based startup that helps developers understand why their mobile apps are crashing, has just beat out an unnamed competitor to acquire the bootstrapped startup called FireTower.app. The FireTower solution was focused not on mobile apps, but on web applications, allowing developers to find javascript errors in their websites. Now,...
Mobile Crash Reporting Solution Crashlytics Acquires FireTower.app To Expand Into Mobile Web

Computer jargon baffles users, hinders security

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) — Computer jargon, a “tick box” culture and unimaginative advertising are discouraging Internet users from learning how to protect themselves online. Faced with such gobbledegook, many of the world’s nearly two billion internet users conclude that security is for “experts” and fail to take responsibility for the...
Computer jargon baffles users, hinders security

Siri now source for quarter of all Wolfram Alpha queries

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Siri now represents about a quarter of all the queries submitted to Wolfram Alpha, says the New York Times. The Siri technology is an integral feature of the iPhone 4S firmware, and aside from direct voice commands, allows asking plain-language questions about various facts and figures. A Wolfram Alpha widget...
Siri now source for quarter of all Wolfram Alpha queries

HP and Oracle Talk Pre-Trial Trash In Itanium Case

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Hewlett-Packard and Oracle continue to wrangle in court over the Itanium chip. Now that both sides have failed to convince the judge hearing the case to side with them and throw out the others case, all that’s left is for the judge to narrow down the scope of the arguments...
HP and Oracle Talk Pre-Trial Trash In Itanium Case

Mint-Like Healthcare Expense Tracker Simplee Partners With The HSA Solution, Grabs 800K Accounts

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A big win for healthcare expense-tracking platform Simplee, fresh off its $6 million Series A from earlier this month: the company is now announcing a partnership with top HSA provider in the U.S. ACS (a Xerox company). This is the first major HSA partner for Simpleee, which now introduces its service to ACS|BNY...
Mint-Like Healthcare Expense Tracker Simplee Partners With The HSA Solution, Grabs 800K Accounts

Cloud Storage Privacy - What's Really At Stake

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The launch of Google Drive this week brings to the forefront the issue of privacy and the use of cloud storage services. It’s not that Google’s privacy policies are significantly better or worse than competing services, such as Microsoft SkyDrive, Apple iCloud, Dropbox, SugarSync and SpiderOak. It’s more that...
Cloud Storage Privacy - What's Really At Stake

Google’s new Privacy Policy

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Our updated Privacy Policy takes effect today, March 1. As you use our products one thing will be clear: it’s the same Google experience that you’re used to, with the same controls. And because we’re making these changes, over time we’ll be able to improve our products in ways that...
Google’s new Privacy Policy

DOJ Argues That Even If Case Against Megaupload Is Dismissed, It Still Can Hold Its Assets

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As the fight over whether or not the US can even charge Megaupload under criminal law continues, the US Justice Department continues to make quite extraordinary claims. If you don't recall, the US filed criminal charges against Megaupload and a bunch of its execs. However, as a US judge noted...
DOJ Argues That Even If Case Against Megaupload Is Dismissed, It Still Can Hold Its Assets

Twitter's Response To PeopleBrowsr Lawsuit: 'This Is Contracts 101′

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When the news broke earlier this evening that PeopleBrowsr had won a temporary restraining order protecting its access to Twitter’s firehose of data, Twitter provided a terse response saying that it plans to “vigorously defend” itself in the broader legal case. Now the company has given me its actual filing...
Twitter's Response To PeopleBrowsr Lawsuit: 'This Is Contracts 101′
Redfin sets up new title and escrow subsidiary, continuing quest to upend real estate
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