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Nvidia launches patent suit against Qualcomm, Samsung

posted onSeptember 4, 2014
by l33tdawg

In a fresh patent suit for the tech world, Nvidia is launching a legal battle against Qualcomm and Samsung. The processor maker filed formal complaints over seven patents with the International Trade Commission as well as at the U.S. District Court in Delaware.

Nvidia is arguing that both Qualcomm and Samsung have been infringing upon its GPU patents covering programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing technologies.

Disney Officially Seeks To Block Deadmau5's Trademark Claim

posted onSeptember 3, 2014
by l33tdawg

Deadmau5 is now in a legal brawl with Disney over whether his famous headgear is too similar to its logo  -- but the DJ says the Mouse House hasn't made a squeak about this for a decade.

In documents filed Tuesday ... Disney claims Deadmau5's logo is too similar to their famous Mickey ears, and they're trying to block him from getting a trademark in the U.S.

City Of London Police Turn Down Torrentfreak's FOIA Request Because It Would Take Too Long To Fulfill

posted onAugust 26, 2014
by l33tdawg

The City of London Police (notably, not the London Metropolitan Police and you will rue the day you ever make that mistake) have been both a law unto themselves and the UK's foremost copyright cops… which would make them a copyright law unto themselves… or something. Name another law enforcement agency that has single-handedly done more to pursue the Pirate Bays of the world.

Plane carrying Sony executive forced to land after Lizard Squad claim bomb threat

posted onAugust 26, 2014
by l33tdawg

A plane carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley has been forced to divert and land ahead of schedule after a hacker group used Twitter to claim it had explosives on board.

The hacker group, known as Lizard Squad, had taken to Twitter to gloat about a successful denial of service-style attack on the Sony PlayStation Network over the weekend. The group taunted Sony, gamers and the FBI with a number of claims including that they were attacking Sony for their corporate greed, and that the hacker group was somehow associated with terrorist organisations.

Google gets patent to make Glass look like ordinary specs

posted onAugust 22, 2014
by l33tdawg

Google appears to be redesigning Glass to make the wearable computer look less nerdy and more like ordinary eyeglasses.

With the company's computerized eyeglasses, users can take photos and video, view maps and weather reports and read news stories with a tiny see-through display screen that sits above the user's right eye.

Craigslist-like website for gun sales not liable for woman’s murder

posted onAugust 13, 2014
by l33tdawg

A Craigslist-like website that facilitates weapons sales between buyers and sellers cannot be liable for the actions of its users, including the murder of a woman by a handgun advertised on the site, a federal appeals court ruled.

The case decided Tuesday by the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals concerns a woman murdered in 2011 with a .40-caliber handgun that a Seattle man advertised on Armslist for $400. A Canadian man bought the weapon.

First US smartphone kill-switch legislation awaits California governor signature

posted onAugust 12, 2014
by l33tdawg

A bill to require mandatory kill-switches on smartphones so that they can be disabled in the event of theft passed the California state senate today and could become law if Governor Jerry Brown signs it in the coming weeks. The bill would mandate (PDF) that all smartphones manufactured after July 1, 2015 to be sold in California come equipped with the means to “render the essential features of the smartphone inoperable when not in the possession of the authorized user.”

Bad Microsoft Android patents may lie behind Samsung lawsuit

posted onAugust 7, 2014
by l33tdawg

At this point, it's hard to say exactly what's going on in Microsoft's patent contract dispute with Samsung. The two companies may just be fighting out their contract terms or it could be the first shot at Microsoft's Android patent portfolio.

Microsoft's heavily redacted lawsuit was filed on August 1st in the US District Court in the Southern District of New York. In a blog posting by David Howard, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, claimed that the two companies have "a fundamental disagreement as to the meaning of our contract."