Patents are a company's greatest weapon in the mobile industry melee, and Apple just picked up a dangerous one: the coveted pinch-to-zoom patent. It could potentially cover a good deal, though probably not all, of your smartphone screen squeezing.
Remember Lower Merion School District, the elite Philadelphia school system that was caught spying on its students through the webcams on their mandatory, school-issued MacBooks? Federal prosecutors aren't filing criminal charges. But don't worry, the civil cases are still kicking.
Earlier today, a California judge overturned Prop 8, a referendum banning same sex marriage, deeming it unconstitutional. Great news! Here's a quick rundown of the tech companies that contributed to bringing about this historic ruling.
Last summer, a Boston University graduate student was ordered to pay $670,000 in damages for illegally downloading 30 songs. Yesterday, US District Court Judge Nancy Gertner said that was ludicrous and reduced it to $67,000. Thank God.
Yesterday, Netflix announced that they're pulling the plug on the sequel to their supercool Netflix Prize in which teams competed to improve the company's recommendation algorithm for a million dollar reward. Privacy: can't live with it, can't live without it.
In today's Remainders: the truth. These entries get to the heart of the following matters: free speech on Facebook; what everyone's Buzzing about on Google Buzz; the nature of infographics; and where we stand in Dante's Internet Hell.
Though The Pirate Bay suffered a defeat last week, the founders' latest statement is anything but defeated. They've started the years-long appeals process, and urge TPB users to download and seed as much as possible.
The Guardian did a little research on this Psystar, the company that vows to continue selling their generic Mac OS X clones even if Apple decides to sue them. Turns out that not only has the Miami Chamber of Commerce and BBB never heard of them, there's essentially no trace of them on the internet at all. As if that…