Technology and Money

Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents
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walterbyrd (182728) writes “A list of hundreds of patents that Microsoft believes entitle it to royalties over Android phones, and perhaps smartphones in general, has been published on a Chinese language website. The patents Microsoft plans to wield against Android describe a range of technologies. They include lots of technologies developed at Microsoft, as well […]

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SCOTUS to weigh in on when online rants become criminal threats
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Aurich Lawson The US Supreme Court on Monday announced that it will consider a case involving a thorny free speech issue in the digital age: at what point does a statement made on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter cross the threshold from protected free speech under the First Amendment to a criminally actionable […]

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SanDisk drops $1.1 billion to buy Fusion-io
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Steve Wozniak (center) spoke with Fusion-io CEO David Flynn (right), at DEMO Conference in 2011. DEMO Conference In an announcement on Monday, SanDisk announced that it would spend $1.1 billion to acquire Fusion-io, maybe best-known for hiring Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak as its chief scientist back in 2009. The San Jose company focuses on selling flash memory-based […]

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Facebook’s iPad App Becomes An Entertainment Hub With New Games And Trending Videos Sidebar
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 Over 70 percent of people who use Facebook for iPad played a Facebook-connected game in the past 90 days, so the company is helping them discover or re-engage with games through a new home page sidebar it starts testing today on its iPad app. It includes social notifications for native mobile and Facebook web games […]

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The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About Sea Pigs
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The animals commonly known as sea pigs are in fact a type of sea cucumber. Sea cucumbers are echinoderms, a group of marine animals that includes sea squirts, sponges, urchins, starfish, corals, and clams. Sea pigs are found in all the world’s oceans. In some areas, they comprise more than 95% of the total weight […]

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What’s the Difference Between Speed and Velocity?
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I saw this interesting tweet from @thephysicsgirl Today, I taught Alan Alda the difference between speed and velocity. Life is complete. — Physics Girl (@thephysicsgirl) June 2, 2014   But what is the difference? If you ask any person on the street, they might say there is no difference. In non-physics use, they would be […]

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Lax New Rules Will Make Kickstarter Huge—For Better or Worse
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Cyril Ebersweller says Kickstarter is about to get bigger. On Monday, Kickstarter introduced a new, looser set of rules for launching projects on the popular crowdfunding site, and as someone who regularly donates funds to such projects, Ebersweller believes the rules will indeed lead to a broader range of Kickstarter campaigns and may spur larger […]

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Google’s Balloon Internet Experiment, One Year Later
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Earlier this month, Mike Cassidy, a project director at Google’s high-risk research division X, woke before dawn in the Northwest Brazilian state of Piauí. It was already warm and humid. He drove for an hour to a clearing in a rural area and helped his team launch several high-altitude balloons with a payload of Internet […]

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Oppo Joy Review: Not So Joyous After All
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Oppo JoyStreet Price: Rs 8000 After announcing high-end devices, Oppo is planning to win some market share with its budget smartphone called Joy. Priced at Rs 8000, the handset mainly competes with the Moto E and Lumia 525. There’s no doubt that selling this phone in the presence of these top-tier brands is definitely going to […]

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