July 27, 2014

Bose Picks A Patent Fight With Beats Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones | TechCrunch

ose has sued soon-to-be-Apple-owned Beats over patents it holds related to noise-cancelling headphones, according to a new report from CNBC. The new suit means that Apple has a brand new patent battleground, should the Beats acquisition go through as planned, in addition to its ongoing litigation with Samsung and others. The full complaint is listed on Priorsmart, and lists Beat Electronics and Beats Electronics International as defendants.

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Unlocking Your Cellphone Is About to Be Legal Again

A 2012 Copyright Office decision effectively outlawed the practice, which allows consumers to switch carriers without buying a new device, without carriers' approval

President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill that will make it easier for you to switch mobile carriers without buying a new phone.

The bill, dubbed the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," makes it legal for Americans to unlock their cellphones without carriers' permission. Unlocking a phone frees it for use with a wireless carrier other than the one on which it was initially sold. For example, if you bought your cellphone from AT&T, unlocking it could make it usable on T-Mobile.

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Elon Musk’s Answer To Stephen Colbert’s Vision Of Ambient Wireless Charging: “We’ll Do It” | TechCrunch

Last night Tesla's Elon Musk appeared on The Colbert Report, and he discussed some of SpaceX's recent successes, the upcoming update for Tesla vehicles that let you name your car, as well as his general path towards supervillainy. Aside from the usual comedic hijinks, the segment also touched on some of Musk's concepts for the future, and also on what Colbert himself wants to see in terms of the advancement of tech.

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July 24, 2014

How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in the Clouds of Amazon and Others | Threat Level | WIRED

Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing resources from innocent victims when there's so much free processing power out there for the taking?

At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas next month Ragan and Salazar plan to reveal how they built a botnet using only free trials and freemium accounts on online application-hosting services—the kind coders use for development and testing to avoid having to buy their own servers and storage. The hacker duo used an automated process to generate unique email addresses and sign up for those free accounts en masse, assembling a cloud-based botnet of around a thousand computers.

Read more...  http://www.wired.com/2014/07/how-hackers-hid-a-money-mining-botnet-in-amazons-cloud/

Google’s $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed — joins YouTube for new video empire

Google has signed a deal to buy game-livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, confirmed sources familiar with the matter. We don't know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that Twitch investors who participated in past rounds are...


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July 21, 2014

Facebook tests 'Buy' button

NEW YORK -- €" Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network.

The company said in a statement Thursday that the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook. A "Buy" button appears at the bottom of sponsored ads and is being tested by a limited group of several small- and medium-sized U.S. businesses.

The move comes as Facebook continues to grow its advertising business. The company will account for 7.8 percent of global digital ad spending this year, up from 5.8 percent in 2013, according to eMarketer. Google, the world's No. 1 recipient of ad dollars, is expected to account for 31.5 percent of ad spending in 2014.

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July 19, 2014

Dell becomes largest retailer to accept bitcoin payments

Gigaom's Derrick Harris said last year that Dell, upon going private, "should let its freak flag fly and take some real risks to distinguish itself from the service-vendor pack." Bitcoin wasn't on Derrick's list of ideas for Dell, but Friday's announcement that the computer giant has partnered wi...


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