2012.06.04 – Tech Net News and Opinion
Welcome to this week’s episode of Tech Net News and Opinion. This week we accidentally/intentionally did things a bit differently. For those of you who have been asking for more news and less music, you got it. Brian, Knowles, Meshelly, Knunez (iPhone at Geekshed), OmniDragon and Lumpy start and end this week’s show with music but the rest is all news talk.
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We opened this show with Full Moon on Main Street and Someone I Used to Know from Barry McCabe.
Microsoft Wins US Import Ban on Motorola’s Android Devices
From Arstechnica.com,The import ban stems from a December ruling that Motorola (18 total devices) infringed a patent, while the original suit consisted of 17 violation claims, 1 of the 17 has survived long enough to make it to a point where Motorola must pay a 33 cent bond on each device sold. This bond must be paid during a “presidential review period” while the dispute is further argued and investigated.
Google Patents Project Glass Wearable Display
From CNET, an item we previously discussed as a rumour, is now officially announced. Google has patented wearable glasses or “Google Glasses” as they are termed in the article. We discuss the many possibilities regarding this one.
Wil Wheaton Reminds Us That Torrents Are Awesome, And Not Just For Pirated Movies
From TechDirt, Leigh Beadon brings to our attention that torrents are not only to be used for illegal downloading. He brings to our attention that geek icon, Wil Wheaton, has posted an article about why he turned to torrents for Ubuntu.
New Zealand Judge Won’t Rubberstamp Kim Dotcom Extradition; Orders US To Share Evidence
Also from TechDirt, an article about the fact that New Zealand is not simply handing over Kim Dotcom to the US. The have raised several questions and are asking for evidence. Most important is that the US must show criminal activity regarding copyright and not just civil charges.
Is Photographing A Meal ‘Taking Intellectual Property Away’ From A Chef?
Sticking with TechDirt, it seems that some chefs feel that taking pictures of their meals is some type of copyright infringement. We are filing this one under “WTF?”.
Guy Files Lawsuit To Strip Google Of Its Trademarks
Still sticking with TechDirt and ludicrous news… some individual feels that, since he considers Google a verb, it is now a common word and can no longer be protected as a trademark… like go figure.
Study Claims Old People Select Stronger Passwords Than Teens
Techdirt reports on a study that suggests older folks choose stronger passwords. What we wonder about and discuss is why would that be?
Judge Delivers Thorough And Complete Smackdown Of Oracle’s Copyright Claims
It seems that a judge, diligent enough to actually learn some JAVA, has decided that Oracle has no copyright claims on some items regarding JAVA code.
The Humble Indie Bundle V
From the Humble Bundle Site, great news…Humble Bundle V is out!
Megaupload Claims it is Beyond the Reach of US Criminal Law
ArsTechnica.com reports that US law requires that papers be served to the last known US corporate office and that they never had any such address. Therefore, the legal case is moot.
Star Wars: TOR gets free-to-play trial
Perhaps in an effort to gain a larger audience, ArsTechnica reports that Star Wars: TOR will be free to play…up to a point. Welcome to today’s marketing tease.
We closed with George Clinton’s Ain’t That Peculiar.
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