The state department on Friday defended its decision to censor plans for a working, three-dimensional handgun that anyone can create from plastic with a 3D printer.
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An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from Ars Technica: “Righthaven, the Las Vegas operation that sought to turn newspaper article copyright lawsuits into a business model, can now slap a date on its death certificate: May 9, 2013. This morning, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on the two Righthaven appeals that could have given the firm a final glimmer of hope—and the court told Righthaven to take a hike (PDF).”
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Acer is waiting for the next version of Windows RT, due in the second half of this year, before deciding whether to release a tablet that runs on that OS.
Microsoft’s update Wednesday to its SkyDrive iOS app shows that the software giant has no intention of sharing revenue with rival Apple, and is further evidence it will tie Office on the iPad to its subscription plans, an analyst said today.
crankyspice writes “The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed, in Columbia Pictures Industries v. Fung (docket no. 10-55946), the summary judgment and injunctions against Gary Fung and his IsoHunt (and 3d2k-it) websites, finding liability for secondary copyright infringement for the sites’ users’ BitTorrent (and eDonkey) file sharing, under the ‘inducement’ theory (set forth by the Supreme Court in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster Ltd. , 545 U.S. 913 (2005)). The injunctions were left largely intact, with modifications required to make it more clear to the defendants what BitTorrent (etc) related activity they’re enjoined from.” Bloomberg has a short article on the case, too.
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Apple’s landmark $ 1 billion damages award over Samsung has been partially vacated by presiding judge Lucy Koh, FOSS Patents reports. The judge has orders just north of $ 450 million be struck from the $ 1 billion total, an amount which relates to 14 Samsung products involved in the case, pending a new trial to determine appropriate damages for those specific devices.
Nokia’s cameras and imaging systems have garnered the company plenty of attention in recent years, but it looks like it’s now facing something of a turning point in that area. As Amateur Photographer reports, the man responsible for leading that charge, Damian Dinning, has announced that he’s leaving the company effective November 30th. According to a statement released by Nokia UK, that move is a “personal decision” Dinning made following the company’s decision to relocate a number of key strategic roles to Finland. As for what’s next for Dinning, he rather cryptically tweeted just two days ago that he’s “incredibly excited about the 10th Dec,” adding that he “can’t say more than that right now other than to say it’s nothing to do with Nokia directly.” There’s also no word yet from Nokia on who will take over his role.
It may not be long before Google finds itself being taken to court by the FTC, as new reports are claiming that the FTC is nearing a decision about whether or not it wants to hit Google with a lawsuit. Mercury News claims that a decision could come before the end of the year, and
A Founder’s Guide To Replacing Yourself: A Few Weeks Ago I Made My Toughest HR Decision Yet — I Fired Myself
Editor’s note: Suranga Chandratillake launched blinkx in 2005, ultimately taking it public on the London Stock Exchange in May 2007.
Entrepreneurs have plenty to worry about: raising enough capital, keeping competitors at bay, recruiting talent, acquiring paying customers, rising above the noise, defining new industries and keeping their teams focused on innovating. Another is the worrying about whether your board of directors will shove you aside.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission rushed to judgment in giving permission in early 2011 for startup LightSquared to offer LTE service in a band of wireless spectrum next to a band used by GPS devices, several U.S. lawmakers said Friday.
Twitter just filed its appeal against a New York court decision requiring the company to turn over tweets and account information for Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris, who is being prosecuted for allegations of disorderly conduct.
According to Twitter’s brief, the New York County District Attorney’s office subpoenaed Twitter earlier this year for information related to two of Harris’ accounts, @destructuremal and @getsworse. The requests came at different times for the two accounts, and cover slightly different information, but in the case of @getsworse, they include all public tweets, as well as “[t]he following subscriber information: name; address; records of session times and durations; length of service (including creation date); types of service utilized; telephone or instrument number or any other subscriber number or identity, including any temporarily assigned network address.”
Mobile game developer Madfinger Games has blamed rampant Android app piracy for the sudden decision to drop its title DEAD TRIGGER from $ 1 to free, re-opening arguments about how much Google does to protect devs. “Even for one buck, the piracy rate is soooo giant” Madfinger Games wrote on its Facebook wall, “that we finally
The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to review an April decision by its administrative law judge in a patent dispute between Microsoft and Motorola Mobility that has attracted a lot of attention including from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on the issue of licensing of standards-essential patents.
Upholding Obamacare means more for the growing ranks of independent innovators than it does for any political party.
Last year, I wrote a piece entitled How the U.S. Health Insurance Boondoggle Stifles Innovation, about how America’s demonstrably inefficient health care system, coupled with the dependence of most independent workers and entrepreneurs on a spouse for health insurance, threatens America’s competitiveness.
When I’m not writing for TechCrunch, my “day job” is working with healthcare providers the disruptive innovators who are reinventing healthcare and slaying the healthcare cost beast as a byproduct. In some cases, these are entrepreneurs. In most other cases, they are pioneers within existing healthcare providers fighting to make changes within otherwise slow-moving organizations.
A Gold Rush-era mystery could soon be solved, with a recent federal court decision approving a Washington state man’s plans to recover cargo from the sunken luxury liner SS Islander — including any gold on board.
Ahead of SEC decision on ‘blood minerals’ disclosure, US tech industry takes steps toward compliance
So-called “blood diamonds” or conflict diamonds are the public face of an ongoing human rights challenge in Africa, but conflict minerals are a potentially larger issue that has gone largely unheard in the U.S. — and you’re probably holding them in the palm of your hand.
judgecorp writes “The decision on the next generation of even-smaller SIM cards for phones and other devices has been delayed by standards body ETSI, and the issue (which should have been settled this week) is nowhere near resolution. Apple wants to trim the existing micro-SIM further, Nokia wants to move to something like a micro-SD card which may involve patents. Meanwhile RIM has complained about Apple’s approach.”
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Google’s position as the dominant search engine doesn’t come without a price. Smaller search sites have already tapped on the EU Commission’s door to register their complaints about how they are ranked, and Microsoft has also let its feelings on the matter be known. Now, we can add the Redmond spin-off, Expedia, to that list of sore losers disgruntled firms. The travel search site claims it has specific details outlining how the search giant has violated European anti-competitive laws. A Google spokesperson issued a statement saying “We haven’t seen the complaint yet, but we’ve been working to explain how our business works, cooperating with the European Commission since this investigation began.” The EU Competition Commissioner says a decision will be made after Easter, at which point Mountain View will either be charged, or the investigation will be dropped. If only that were the end of its EU troubles.
UKers hoping for a hasty rollout of Everything Everywhere’s 4G LTE network are apt to be sorely disappointed, as regulation entity Ofcom has shoved back the final decision on its proposal. We’re told that the ruling will be moved from April 17th to May 8th, with the decision made to give stakeholders more time to respond. With the additional weeks, folks like O2 and Vodafone are expected to voice their own thoughts (read: objections) on the matter, likely pointing out that its proposal would give Everything Everywhere the lion’s share of spectrum in the 1,800MHz range. For now, we’ll have to wait and see what kind of rebuttals are cooked up, and if history is any guide, we’re guessing one or two more delays will be making themselves known before we get a definite answer one way or the other.
Renewed rumors that Microsoft will publish iPad editions of some of its Office applications surfaced today, with one analyst calling the move a tough decision.
The company has reportedly called an all-hands meeting to reveal what the it intends to do with the troubled mobile operating system.
The book delves into Jobs’ decision to delay surgery for nine months after learning in October 2003 that he had a neuroendocrine tumor — a relatively rare type of pancreatic cancer that normally grows more slowly and is therefore more treatable.