Sun, 23:30 First time accepted submitter WindyWonka writes "Google and AOL were sued for patent infringement Thursday, accused of violating two former British Telecom patents via Google's search 'snippets' and by Google AdSense and Advertising.com ad serving technology. Incredibly, the lawsuit by apparent patent troll Suffolk Technologies asserts that every Google search result 'snippet' display violates one patent, and that another really broad server patent is violated every time Google and AOL serve up ads."
Sun, 22:17 An anonymous reader writes "Version 3.0 of MorphOS has been released. It's the independent PPC OS designed for outdated Apple systems like G4 PowerBooks (5,6; 5,7; 5,8; or 5,9) and eMacs (1.25 GHz/1.42 GHz) and PPC Mac Minis, and some G4 PowerMac models (depends on graphics hardware). It further runs on discontinued and niche Genesi desktop systems (Pegasos) and the stunted 128-megabyte-of-RAM tiny Efika. MorphOS is a nice-looking, low-resource, and nimble OS that can't match the capabilities of current Windows, Mac, and Linux. Its installation/live CD is free without caveat, and runs for 30 minutes at a time, as many times as you like. You may purchase MorphOS to remove the time limit. A particular weakness of MorphOS is its lack of support for wireless networking."
Sun, 21:14 theodp writes "GeekWire reports on a newly-surfaced Microsoft patent application for 'Targeting Advertisements Based on Emotion', which describes how information gleaned from Kinects, webcams, online games, IMs, email, searches, webpage content, and browsers could be used to build an 'Emotional State Database' of individuals' emotions over time for advertisers to tap into. From the patent application: 'Weight-loss product advertisers may not want their advertisement to appear to users that are very happy. Because, a person that is really happy, is less likely to purchase a self-investment product that leverages on his or her shortcomings. But a really happy person may purchase electronic products or vacation packages. No club or party advertisers want to appear when the user is sad or crying. When the user is emotionally sad, advertisements about club parties would not be appropriate and may seem annoying or negative to the user. Online help or technical support advertisers want their advertisements to appear when the user is demonstrating a confused or frustrated emotional state.'"
Sun, 20:13 New submitter SouthSeaDragon writes "I'm a computer professional who has performed most of the functions that could be expected over a 39 year career, including hardware maintenance and repair, sitting on a 800 support line, developing a help desk application from the ground up (terminal-based), writing a software manual, plus developing and teaching software courses. In recent years, I've worked for computer software vendors doing pre-sales support generally for infrastructure products including applications, app servers, integration with Java based messaging and ESB product and most recently a Business Rules product. I was laid off recently due to a restructuring and am now trying to figure out the next phase. With the WIA displaced worker grants now available I am attempting to figure out what training would be good to pursue. I am hearing that 'the Cloud' is the next big thing, but I'm also looking into increasing my development skills with a current language. I wonder what the readers might suggest for new directions."
Sun, 19:16 New submitter toxygen01 writes "Neal Stephenson, sci-fi writer mostly known for his books Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon, takes on revolutionizing virtual sword fighting with help of crowdfunding. Inspired by the little-known fictional universe of 'Mongoliad,' an interactive book he is collaborating on, his company is trying to develop hardware (low-latency motion controller) and software for realistic medieval sword fighting. From what is promised, it will try to be open for other developers by having API and SDK available for further modding." Very few Kickstarter drives have a steel longsword as one of the rewards for investing.
Sun, 18:15 jones_supa writes with this news, straight from The Irish Times: "Rovio, the Finnish company behind Angry Birds, is considering moving its headquarters to Ireland, chief executive Mikael Hed has said. Rovio employs approximately 400 people, mostly in Finland, but Rovio is in contact with IDA Ireland about establishing headquarters here. The reason for the move would be corporation tax rate, which in Finland is 24.5%, while Ireland's rate is 12.5%. Companies such as Google and Facebook have also set up European headquarter operations in Dublin for the same reason. Hed said that if the decision was made to move to Ireland, the company would then decide exactly what elements of its operations would move. 'If we did make that decision then it would be a natural thing to do to have some production [in Ireland] also.'"
Sun, 17:17 Argon writes with an excerpt from Liliputing of interest to Android users: "'The folks behind the Linaro open source software project have put a little time into tweaking Google Android to use the gcc 4.7 toolchain. The result is a version of Android that can perform many tasks between 30 and 100 percent faster than the version of Android Google 4.0 Google currently offers through the AOSP (Android Open Source Project).' Adds Argon: "Note that there are CPU optimizations only since they have only access to binary blobs for GPU code."
Sun, 16:16 First time accepted submitter Jizzbug writes "The X Window System made release X11 7.7 last night (June 9th): 'This release incorporates both new features and stability and correctness fixes, including support for reporting multi-touch events from touchpads and touchscreens which can report input from more than one finger at a time, smoother scrolling from scroll wheels, better cross referencing and formatting of the documentation, pointer barriers to control cursor movement, and synchronization fences to coordinate between X and other rendering engines such as OpenGL.'"
Sun, 15:50 OceanMan7 writes "My 7-year-old son is getting very interested in microscopic things — from bacteria to parameciums (paramecia?) Not being a biologist, I would appreciate advice on what type of microscope to get. I'd be operating it and he viewing with supervision. I'd like something better than a toy and plan to buy it used, if possible. Extra points if it's stereo and also allows me to view opaque objects at low magnification."
Sun, 15:18 New submitter Progman3K writes "Richard Stallman, father of the FSF, had his bag containing his laptop, medicine, money and passport stolen after his talk at the University of Buenos Aires on Friday, June 8." Adds reader jones_supa, excerpting from the same linked story: "As a result of this occurrence, he was forced to cancel his talk in Cordoba, and it's still unknown how this will impact the rest of his speaking engagements throughout the world."
Sun, 14:20 Hugh Pickens writes "PC Magazine reports that journalist Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Outliers, has stirred up quite a controversy in tech circles with his off-the-cuff remarks that history will remember Bill Gates fondly while Steve Jobs slips into obscurity. Gladwell likened Gates' charitable work to the German armaments maker Oskar Schindler's famous efforts to save his Jewish workers from the gas chambers during World War II, and added that because of Gates there's a reasonable shot we will cure malaria. 'Gates, sure, is the most ruthless capitalist. And then he decides, he wakes up one morning and he says, "Enough." And he steps down, he takes his money, takes it off the table ... and I think, I firmly believe that 50 years from now, he will be remembered for his charitable work,' said Gladwell. 'And of the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will have forgotten Steve Jobs. Who's Steve Jobs again?' For all his dismissal of Jobs' legacy, however, Gladwell remains utterly fascinated with him. 'He was an extraordinarily brilliant businessman and entrepreneur. He was also a self-promoter on a level that we have rarely seen,' said Gladwell. 'What was brilliant about Apple, he understood from the get-go that the key to success in that marketplace was creating a distinctive and powerful and seductive brand.' Gladwell concludes that the most extraordinary moment in the biography of Jobs is when Jobs is on his deathbed and it's over and he knows it. 'And on, I forget, three, four occasions, he refuses the mask because he is unhappy with its design. That's who he was. Right to the very end, he had a set of standards. If he was going to die, dammit, he's going to die with the right kind of oxygen mask. To him it was like making him send his final emails using Windows.'"
Sun, 11:25 New submitter nagalman writes "There is a very powerful video out that takes the audio of words from Neil deGrasse Tyson, receiver of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, and meshes it with powerful images of the history and successful outcomes of NASA. Through Penny4NASA, Dr. Tyson is pressing for the budget of NASA to be doubled from 0.5% to 1% of the federal budget in order to spur vision, interest, dreams, public excitement, and innovation into science and engineering. With Kansas stating that 'evolution could not rule out a supernatural or theistic source, that evolution itself was not fact but only a theory and one in crisis, and that Intelligent Design must be considered a viable alternative to evolution,' and North Carolina's legislature circulating a bill telling people to ignore climate science, maybe it's time we start listening to experts who have a proven record of success, rather than ideology that has only been 'proven' in the mind of elected politicians."
Sun, 08:12 New submitter Drinking Bleach writes "Eric Raymond, coiner of the term 'open source' and co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, writes in detail about how to evaluate the effects of running any particular piece of closed source software and details the possible harms of doing so. Ranking limited firmware as the least kind of harm to full operating systems as potentially the greatest harms, he details his reasoning for all of them. Likewise, Richard Stallman, founder of GNU and the Free Software Foundation, writes about a much more limited scope, Nonfree DRM'd games on GNU/Linux, in which he takes the firm stance that non-free software is unethical in all cases but concedes that running non-free games on a free operating system is much more desirable than running them on a non-free operating system itself (such as Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS X)."
Sun, 05:16 alphadogg writes "As the use of cloud computing becomes more and more mainstream, serious operational 'meltdowns' could arise as end-users and vendors mix, match and bundle services for various means, a researcher argues in a new paper set for discussion next week at the USENIX HotCloud '12 conference in Boston. 'As diverse, independently developed cloud services share ever more fluidly and aggressively multiplexed hardware resource pools, unpredictable interactions between load-balancing and other reactive mechanisms could lead to dynamic instabilities or "meltdowns,"' Yale University researcher and assistant computer science professor Bryan Ford wrote in the paper. Ford compared this scenario to the intertwining, complex relationships and structures that helped contribute to the global financial crisis."
Sun, 22:40 With Mountain Lion poised to make an appearance at WWDC next week for developers and eager keynote followers alike, we here at Macworld figured it might be a good time for a rundown of what we already know about Apple's next OS.
Sun, 22:25 This genre imagines the dark side of Siri, nodding to the Terminator mentality that someday the world really be taken over by computers. Even iPhone fans may laugh.
Sun, 21:43 Analysis: Microsoft's plan to make Do Not Track the default in IE10 has been killed dead by the ad industry. Anybody surprised?
Sun, 21:13 Analysis: "Strong" isn't a detailed password-rating; go for a quintillions possible combos, add a symbol.
Sun, 20:45 New maps app and more retina displays predicted by Apple watchers awaiting Monday's opening day of the WWDC.
Sun, 19:49 By lowering the price of the iPad 2 when it released the newest iPad, Apple created a flurry of deals from other tablet makers scrambling to keep up.
Sun, 18:25 Next week's security updates patch 28 bugs and tackles the Flame malware that masqueraded as Windows Update, for the biggest Patch Tuesday of the year.
Sun, 17:12 Security companies have reported that the number of Last FM passwords stolen could be as high as 2.5 million.
Sun, 17:00 Linx is now deploying BlackDiamond X8 switches from Extreme Networks in preparation for the Olympics to handle the onslaught of Internet traffic.
Sun, 16:48 Developers were unhappy with the lack of desktop application support.
Sun, 16:32 Drawings show the auditorium will include not only a stage, backstage, and seating area, but also a massive circular exhibition area.
Sun, 15:39 The risks associated with BYOD and cloud storage services highlight a problem IT shops now face: The potential loss of corporate data to an insecure public cloud.
Sun, 03:00 The man who invented the World Wide Web says that the technology is all about being social, so people need to use it to stretch themselves.
Sat, 22:57 If you constantly lose your stuff, it's time to deploy a Kinect hack to find those items for you, no matter how buried in the couch they are!
Sat, 21:15 The browser-based video chat service called Airtime supports video chat over the social network site, rivaling Skype.
Sat, 19:55 Next week's Patch Tuesday will feature a fix for a vulnerability in Internet Explorer that came to light at the celebrated Pwn2Own hacking competition.
Sat, 19:25 A comparison of harvested passwords from LinkedIn and Gawker Password shows strong passwords are still too rarely used, even among those online most often.
Sat, 18:45 The debut of the IPv6 protocol on the Internet was a boost to morale for those who've worked on it, but the traffic levels remain tiny a few days on.
Sat, 17:33 A recent blog posted by the Internet search leader came in response to a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece in which Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz slammed the company and its practices.
Sat, 17:09 Here are three current software bundles that each include more than a few Mac gems.
Sat, 16:39 The new iOS is an opportunity for Apple to address some long-standing inconveniences with how users search and navigate around their devices.
Sat, 16:22 Books that help kids learn what it's like to go diaper-free, and all-in-one apps that combine extras like progress charts and videos with stories about potty training are available.
Sat, 15:53 Users have been complaining loudly that notice wasn't displayed on the main page of the site and criticize the one-week voting period as being inadequate.
Sat, 15:50 Tim Vander Kooi has gone to Microsoft's TechEd North America many times since the late 1990s, but he's never been as enthused as he is this year about attending...
Sat, 15:03 The flaws were all over the map, and included memory corruption, integer and stack overflow, and security bypass bugs.
Sat, 14:52 With a design that could easily be mistaken for a MacBook Air, the ClamBook provides a 16:9 widescreen, laptop-style display and a full-size keyboard.
Sat, 01:00 The purpose of the group is to look into ways to integrate LTE connectivity into vehicles of all types, not just luxury automobiles.
Fri, 23:57 What sorcery is this? US Naval researchers develop a new breed of photovoltaic cells that work efficiently underwater.
Fri, 23:20 While it may have been the game trailers that drew cheers from the crowd at Microsoft's Xbox briefing in Los Angeles this week, the partnerships and new features...
Fri, 23:10 One of the more surprising episodes in Hewlett-Packard and Oracle's ill-fated enterprise IT partnership was touched upon for only a few minutes during testimony.
Fri, 23:09 A new service called Fluent promises to revolutionize the way you use Gmail. We put it to the test to see what it's really all about.
Fri, 22:35 This early release offers a sneak peak at what's to come in the next version of Canonical's popular free OS.
Fri, 22:20 The U.S. and Mexican governments have reached agreements on the sharing of wireless spectrum on the border of the two countries, opening up spectrum in the 800...
Fri, 22:08 By studying the cockroach, researchers at the at the University of California, Berkeley discovered that one of the ways the pests can quickly slip from sight.
Fri, 20:51 You’ll look silly taking 360-degree photos with a bunch of disposable cameras tied to your head. And yet... I kind of want to.
Fri, 20:50 Is tech heading into another downturn? Market watchers see signs of hope for the end of the year but they are hedging their bets.
Fri, 20:46 Microsoft's share alone for the malware was a hefty price while it was still in stealth operations, a security expert says.
Fri, 20:28 The cloud-based Targeted Attack Protection checks e-mail for phishing efforts and CloudPassage adds an authentication service for cloud apps.
Fri, 20:13 A switch from Google Maps to Apple's own app at next week's developers conference could ramp up the rivalry for services on mobile devices.
Fri, 20:00 Future scientists and technology professionals, not governments, will develop the innovations that most benefit society, online educator entrepreneur Sal Khan...
Fri, 19:40 UPDATE: Tech companies and industry associations have backed a submission by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission warning that strict patents could stifle competition.
Fri, 19:34 Clambook is a laptop peripheral that’s powered entirely by an Android or Apple smartphone.
Fri, 19:30 The Flame cyber-espionage malware makes use of a previously unknown cryptographic attack variant that required world-class cryptanalysis to develop, experts from...
Fri, 19:20 Oracle is planning to ship 14 patches related to Java SE on Tuesday, including a number with the highest level of severity under the CVSS (common vulnerability...
Fri, 18:52 This little gadget will dance, play music, and flash its lights. It's also really cute, and you can make one, too!
Fri, 18:48 Malicious computer code written by terrorists or nations threatens national security and stability, Homeland Security chief says -- to agreement by security experts.
Fri, 18:31 Join us Monday at 10 a.m. PT for Apple's 2012 annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
Fri, 17:54 Microsoft's search engine is integrating material from the old-school encyclopedia into its results pages.
Sun, 22:01 In den USA gab es jüngst eine auffällige Häufung von Kannibalismus-Fällen. Eine Droge – umgangssprachlich Bath Salt genannt – wird damit in Verbindung gebracht. Zurecht?
Sun, 17:47 China treibt seine Pläne zu einer eigenen Weltraumstation voran: Mitte Juni soll sich ein bemanntes Raumschiff auf den Weg zum Testmodul Tiangong-1 ins All machen. An Bord könnte erstmals eine Frau sein.
Sun, 06:24 Das Drama der griechischen Staats- und Schuldenkrise will kein Ende nehmen. Ein Grund ist das gespaltene Verhältnis der Griechinnen und Griechen zu ihrem Staat. Es hat Geschichte.
Sat, 16:08 Bei Kindern mit einer Leseschwäche arbeitet das Gehirn anders. Jetzt untersuchen Forscher an der Universität Zürich, ob sich dies auch auf das Lernen einer Fremdsprache auswirkt.
Sat, 09:15 Eine Reihe neuer Produkte mit spezieller Haferkleie soll vor Herzerkrankungen schützen. Für die Zuger Firma Creanutrition bedeutet das den Durchbruch in der Schweiz.
Fri, 14:35 Das Universum hat keine neue Tempogrenze: Das Kernforschungszentrum Cern hat mit neuen Experimenten seinen früheren Befund widerlegt. Neutrinos sind nicht schneller als das Licht.
Wed, 12:22 Die US Firma Myriad ist wegen ihrer patentierten DNA-Tests für Brustkrebs umstritten – nun expandiert sie nach Europa und nimmt neue Gene ins Visier.
Fri, 15:46 Zum ersten Mal wurde in der Schweiz bei einem mobilen Drogentest in einer Ecstasy-Tablette der gefährliche Inhaltsstoff PMMA nachgewiesen. Der Konsum einer solchen Pille kann tödlich enden.
Thu, 11:15 Forscher haben einen Weg gefunden, wie ein Embryo im Mutterleib ohne komplizierten Eingriff auf Genschäden untersucht werden kann. Diese Entdeckung könnte die Gesellschaft verändern – und wirft ethische Fragen auf.
Thu, 15:23 Nach 15 Monaten auf See ist an der US-Küste in Oregon ein gigantisches Stück Schrott angeschwemmt worden. Dabei handelt es sich um einen Teil eines Hafens, der 2011 vom Tsunami in Japan mitgerissen wurde.
Thu, 07:21 Die Welt macht wenige Fortschritte, was den Umweltschutz anbelangt. Dies bestätigt ein Bericht des UNO-Umweltprogramms. Von 90 Vorhaben seien nur vier umgesetzt worden. Bei 40 gebe es eine Verbesserung.
Wed, 11:46 Der Schweizer Bertrand Piccard ist mit seiner Solar Impulse gestern Nacht in Rabat gelandet. Seine Frau ist überglücklich und spricht von der Erfüllung eines «Traums».
Wed, 11:02 Der Venustransit ist ein Spektakel, das sich erst wieder im Jahr 2117 ereignen soll. Umso ärgerlicher, dass in weiten Teilen der Schweiz Wolken die Sicht auf den Himmel versperrten. Das war nicht überall so.
Tue, 12:51 Bis zu 7000 Tonnen Abfall landeten täglich auf der Deponie Jardim Gramacho in der Nähe von Rio de Janeiro. Kurz vor dem UNO-Umweltgipfel in Rio wurde sie nun geschlossen.
Tue, 12:17 Eine Besteigung des Mount Everests scheint mit den heutigen technischen Hilfsmitteln einfacher denn je. Was Kame Sherpa aus Nepal am höchsten Berg der Welt leistete, ist jedoch sensationell.
Mon, 17:19 Das Projekt «Earth Book» des WWF soll zeigen, warum es sich lohnt, die Natur zu schützen. Die Community-Mitglieder zeigen ihre schönsten Naturerlebnisse in Bildern.
Tue, 12:49 Nun übernimmt Bertrand Piccard erstmals selber das Steuer: Der Solarpionier lenkt ab heute sein Flugzeug Solar Impulse in Richtung Afrika.
Mon, 21:22 Vor 300 Millionen Jahren bevölkerten Insekten die Erde, deren Flügel Spannweiten von bis zu 70 Zentimeter aufwiesen. Wissenschaftler haben nun eine Erklärung, weshalb die Giganten zu schrumpfen begannen.
Mon, 16:27 Wissenschaftler aus Japan haben die bisher fernste Galaxie erspät. Diese liegt 12,91 Milliarden Lichtjahre von der Erde entfernt und bietet einen Einblick in die Anfänge des Weltalls.
Mon, 11:36 Wenn junge Vögel flügge werden, sind sie eine leichte Beute für Katzen. Vogelschützer verlangen deshalb, dass die Haustiere während der Brutsaison drinnen bleiben sollen.