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Free Software Foundation statement on the new iPhone, Apple Pay, and Apple Watchview story

http://www.fsf.org – Today, Apple announced new iPhone models, a watch, and a payment service. In response, FSF executive director John Sullivan made the following statement: It is astonishing to see so much of the technology press acting as Apple's marketing arm. (Software)

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Red Hat Assistant General Counsel Analyses Supreme Court's Patent Rulingview story

http://www.linuxquestions.org – Quote: This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision concerning software patents and took a small-but-meaningful step in the right direction. In Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the Court reaffirmed that abstract ideas are not by themselves patentable and unanimously held that the software at issue was no more than an abstract idea. (HowTos)

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A Tale Of Two Patents: Why Facebook Can’t Clone Snapchatview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Facebook released Slingshot, its second attempt at an impermanent sharing app, last Tuesday. The app borrows heavily, in concept and features, from Snapchat, as well as smaller startups like Frontback and Look. There’s just one problem: Facebook may be violating Snapchat’s patent, “Single mode visual media capture” that was approved over a year ago. Read More (IT news)

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 16 – June 22, 2014view story

http://www.talkandroid.com – Google I/O is only a few days way, kicking off this Wednesday. What exactly will we see? One thing we probably won’t see is the upcoming Nexus 8 (or 9), but we finally know more information about it. Amazon unveiled the Fire Phone. Is this just another flop or is it a game changer? The Moto X+1 continues to leak on video, but the Galaxy Note 4 appears to be the next big thing. (IT news)

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MakerBot Patents An Automatic Filament Switching System While Parent Company Stratasys Enjoys A Financial Bumpview story

http://techcrunch.com –  A MakerBot patent shows that the company is working on a dual-filament solution that can change print colors on the fly. By leading the filaments through the heated extruder using a sort of “slider” system, the patent suggests that future MakerBots should be able to change colors mid-print, a vast improvement over current dual-color solutions. (IT news)

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Samsung seeks a retrial of the retrial in Apple copycat caseview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – The Samsung vs Apple war is one of those wars that may never end. Last year’s famous copycat trial ended with a $1.05 billion reward for Apple, but $410 million of it was dropped by judge Lucy Koh after some mistakes were found in the jury’s calculations. (IT news)

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The AllSeen Alliance leaves me with that WTF feeling.view story

http://phoronix.com – 1. First off the name of the foundation and what the project is about, invokes an involuntary FACEPALM. 2. Next is the source code license. ------------------------------------ The Alliance will release project code under the ISC License and provide no other rights for such code other than those expressly granted in that license. (HowTos)

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for December 2 – December 8, 2013view story

http://www.talkandroid.com – We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. As we head into the winter, all eyes will be focused on the Galaxy S 5 and the successor to the HTC One (M8). What does Samsung and HTC have in store? Google already updated KitKat to 4.4.1 fixing the Nexus 5 camera among other enhancements. (IT news)

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Apple Files With U.S. Government For More Information Request Transparency As It Releases First Reportview story

http://techcrunch.com – Today, Apple has released its first ever report on government information requests, detailing exact numbers of account information and data requests internationally. (IT news)

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LXer: Microsoft & Friends Define ‘Commitment to Openness’view story

http://www.linuxquestions.org – Published at LXer: The legal papers were filed by Rockstar Consortium, a patent troll owned by Microsoft, Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony. They hold 6,000 plus patents purchased in an auction for $4.5 billion from bankrupt Canadian telecom Nortel. Google had been bidding against Rockstar for the same patents, but dropped out after placing a $4.4 billion bid that didn’t hold up. (HowTos)