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The new apple phone
Authored by: N_au on Friday, September 14 2012 @ 08:20 AM EDT
This is hilarious how the apple fanboys just follow blindly when told something is new. jimmy kimmel live show

Originally found it on an Australian news site.

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Does Piracy Harm Sales?
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, September 14 2012 @ 09:01 AM EDT
http://www.digitopoly.org/2012/09/13/piracy-harm/

"Applying this standard to the academic literature on piracy one finds paper after paper examining different datasets from different industries in different timeframes all reaching the same conclusion: piracy harms sales."

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Demanding A Student's Facebook Password A Violation Of First Amendment Rights, Judge Says
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, September 14 2012 @ 06:06 PM EDT
Judge Michael Davis in his decision:
For more than forty years, the United States courts have recognized that students do not check their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse door.
"Safety" does not trump rights, just as surely as "policy" does not trump (or at least, shouldn't) trump common sense and proportionate responses.
Tim Cushing, Techdirt

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Ali Baba and the Giant of Mountain View
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, September 14 2012 @ 06:25 PM EDT
The story of the Acer phone that got stomped on is making sense after reading arstechnica's analysis.
  • Android is free, anyone can run it, many do, there is no requirement to engage with Google;
  • Aliyun is a fork of Android, it appears that Alibaba expects(requires?) vendors to ally with its services;
  • Some Android vendors are Google "partners" and receive preferential treatment in source code releases and development support, and carry Google branding.
Acer seems to be in this third category. These vendors take out a license from Google to enable them to include the "Play Store" in their base install. Don't ask me why, because any Android device user can browse to play.google.com, download and install the Play Store app. This third group of vendors seem also to be expected not to sell devices running Google's competitors' services. i.e. there's nothing wrong with Aliyun the OS, but Google objects to the tie-in that takes Aliyun users to Alibaba's search, ads, and cloud services. Acer could continue to sell devices running both Aliyun and Android but would lose Most Favored Nation status with Google.

Huawei are also in this third category, carrying Google branded phones with the full suite of Google apps and services. Huawei also sell identical hardware with the same version of Android stripped of all Google apps and services, but the suite of chinese apps installed has no ties that I have found to Alibaba. Users must install those themselves. AFAICT Huawei have no Aliyun devices.

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43 year lawsuit might be near end
Authored by: nsomos on Friday, September 14 2012 @ 10:34 PM EDT
"One of the country's oldest lawsuits may finally be at the end of the line
after 43 years.

A federal judge awarded $14.7 million last month to a group of Cleveland
railroad workers in a dispute over benefits."

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/09/judge_rules_in_43-year-old_civ.
html

Might be ... but don't count on it

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How video copyright went insane
Authored by: Gringo_ on Friday, September 14 2012 @ 10:54 PM EDT

Deploying 10,000 tiny antennas makes no technical senseóbut the law demands it.

An in depth look at engineering your way around convoluted copyright law: Arstechnica.

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