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Google and Microsoft end all patent litigation

Whatever disputes arch-rivals Google and Microsoft have, today they’ve agreed that patent litigation isn’t the right way to settle them. The two companies have released a joint statement announcing that they’ve reached “an agreement on patent issues,” which includes dismissing all patent lawsuits between the two companies, including Motorola cases. Financial terms are confidential. The full statement says very little: […]

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Should research on vehicle software be hidden from the public?

(credit: Rachel Johnson) The US Department of Transportation (DOT) says security researchers tinkering with vehicle software shouldn’t be allowed to go public with their findings. The agency “is concerned that there may be circumstances in which security researchers may not fully appreciate the potential safety ramifications” if their findings are released in the wild. That’s […]

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Librarian of Congress who made phone unlocking illegal retires today

Librarian of Congress James Billington. (credit: Library of Congress) The Librarian of Congress wields a surprising amount of power over the mobile devices we use every day. Once every three years, the head of the US Library of Congress is responsible for handing out exemptions to the anti-circumvention provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). […]

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Yelp hands over user info in jewelry store defamation case [Updated]

(credit: Pageo Jewelers) Yelp has handed over account information for a previously anonymous account, named “Linda G,” to a Massachusetts jeweler seeking to sue the user. The company was ordered by a municipal court judge to hand over the user’s name and address after Boston-based Pageo Jewelry provided documentation to Yelp and to the court indicating […]

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CIA officers pulled from China because of OPM breach

John McCain is not pleased. (credit: US Senate Armed Services Committee / CSPAN) The employee records from the Central Intelligence Agency were not included in the data cache from the Office of Personnel Management hack, according to government officials. However, that doesn’t mean the CIA has been unaffected by the breach. The Washington Post reports that according to […]

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Why the Navy needs more than just more ships

The USS Coronado (LCS-4) underway in April 2014. The Coronado and other LCS ships are supposed to fill the role of frigates, which the Navy retired en masse in the late 2000s. (credit: U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinne) Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO turned Republican presidential hopeful, has gotten […]

Ed Snowden joins Twitter, follows only the NSA Read more

Ed Snowden joins Twitter, follows only the NSA

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor whose leaked documents opened a worldwide discussion about government surveillance, joined Twitter this morning. So far, he’s amassed more than 400,000 followers, but he follows only one account: @NSAGov. Can you hear me now? — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015 Twitter created a GIF showing how his account […]

Scan-to-e-mail patent troll loses appeal, can’t avoid Vermont court case Read more

Scan-to-e-mail patent troll loses appeal, can’t avoid Vermont court case

One of the most maligned patent trolls, MPHJ Technology Investments, will have to face claims in state court that it violated Vermont’s consumer protection laws. MPHJ and its owner, Texas attorney Mac Rust, gained national attention after sending tens of thousands of letters out to small and medium-sized businesses stating that any business using scan-to-e-mail technology owed MPHJ around […]