Technology and Money

Google Makes A 1,928 Page Argument For The Trademark Of The Word 'Glass'
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Google’s attempt to trademark the word ‘Glass’ was met with opposition from the US Patent and Trademarks Office, who cited that the term is far too generic and could lead to confusion over other products that involve the word ‘Glass’.   However, the company hasn’t given up fighting and recently submitted a 1,928 page document […]

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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?
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DorianGre writes: “I’m working on a new independent project. It involves iPhones and Android phones talking to PHP (Symfony) or Ruby/Rails. Each incoming call will be a data element POST, and I would like to simply write that into the database for later use. I’ll need to be able to pull by date or by […]

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Dear readers, please change your Ars account passwords ASAP
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For more than two years, the Internet’s most popular implementation of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol has contained a critical defect that allowed attackers to pluck passwords, authentication cookies, and other sensitive data out of the private server memory of websites. Ars was among the millions of sites using the OpenSSL library, and that […]

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Courtroom Drama: Hollywood Sues Megaupload
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Six Hollywood studios have banded together in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, the wildly popular though now shuttered site that, in its heyday, was ground zero for file-sharing. The suit doesn’t specify an amount of damages, but does say that the studios should be entitled to $150,000 per copyright infringement, as well as profits […]

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Facebook’s India User Base Crosses 100M, Set To Become Its Biggest Market
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India is inching closer to overtake the U.S. as Facebook’s biggest market, at least in terms of the number of active users. With over 100 million users as of March 31, India is now the only country where Facebook can aspire to have 1 billion users, thanks to a growing base of Internet users (currently […]

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Happy Feigenbaum Constant Day!
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You are no doubt familiar with π Day, the celebration of this mathematical constant on March 14th. But what about other constant holidays? Mike Vitevitch, a cognitive scientist at the University of Kansas and friend of mine, recommends we start celebrating April 6th as Feigenbaum Constant Day. Unlike π, which nearly everyone is aware of, […]

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The Secrets and Clues of the Official Game of Thrones Maps
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For those who yearn to know more about the worlds of Westeros and Essos, the detailed and often mysterious official maps for the series may hold clues not only for where the show is heading, but what lies in the dark lands at the edge of the known world where not even the books have […]

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How Uber Plans to Beat Amazon With Bike Messengers
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With its new courier service, Uber is going after the big boys. With the logistical expertise it has built up over the past four years of perfecting its ride-sharing platform, Uber is sketching the outlines for a challenge to the Amazons, eBays, and Googles of the world, hoping to win a much larger war for […]

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Yahoo and Microsoft Plan to Make TV Shows — And It’s Not a Terrible Idea
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First, Netflix did it. Then Amazon. Now Microsoft and Yahoo are making their own TV shows too. But let’s not be too cynical. In the end, we — the viewers — may actually benefit more than anyone else.

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