Patent Troll eDekka

Notorious patent troll dealt fatal blow as Judge throws out 168 cases

By on October 2, 2015 at 7:05 PM.

Notorious patent troll dealt fatal blow as Judge throws out 168 cases

I think most people would agree that patent trolls represent a plague on the tech community, consistently leveraging questionable and often times silly patents in an effort to extort money from companies that actually work hard to release products and services.

In many respects, the patent system is out of control, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Eastern District of Texas where judges have a seeming affinity for frivolous patent claims. Consequently, and not at all surprisingly, a staggering number of patent infringement lawsuits are filed in Texas each and every year.

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FTC Google Android Antitrust Investigation

FTC reportedly launches antitrust investigation over Google’s Android practices

By on September 25, 2015 at 7:37 AM.

FTC reportedly launches antitrust investigation over Google’s Android practices

It looks like Google isn’t out of the antitrust hot water just yet. Bloomberg’s sources claim that the Federal Trade Commission is in the early stages of an antitrust investigation into Google’s business practices with Android, its popular mobile operating system. More →

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Google Photos Auto Backup Police Assault

Google Photos helps exonerate man assaulted by cops

By on September 24, 2015 at 4:28 PM.

Google Photos helps exonerate man assaulted by cops

We’ve seen several instances of police misconduct recorded on smartphones. But what happens if you get arrested and the cops seize and conveniently “lose” your phone? That’s what happened to Toronto man Abdi Sheik-Qasim, whom The Toronto Star reports was accused of assaulting two police officers and then exonerated when a short video of his arrest was discovered backed up on Google Photos. More →

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Student Arrested Homemade Clock Confused For Bomb

14-year-old arrested for bringing homemade clock to school, cops insisted it was a bomb

By on September 16, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

14-year-old arrested for bringing homemade clock to school, cops insisted it was a bomb

Awesome work, Texas police: You’ve officially discouraged a promising young engineer from doing something productive with his time. The Dallas Morning News reported this week that Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old student at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, was arrested after he brought a homemade clock to school that school officials mistook for a bomb. More →

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Ashley Madison Hack Lawsuit Filed

Things are getting worse and worse for Ashley Madison

By on August 25, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

Things are getting worse and worse for Ashley Madison

As we’ve mentioned before, notorious cheating website Ashley Madison is extremely screwed. If you still somehow believe that Ashley Madison will somehow come out of its massive hacking crisis unscathed, then you’ll be sobered by two new developments in the story.  More →

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Coca Cola Recipe

The crazy reason why no company can truly emulate the taste of Coke

By on August 24, 2015 at 9:50 AM.

The crazy reason why no company can truly emulate the taste of Coke

Not to brag, but I’m something of a soda connoisseur. While I admittedly can’t discern the various notes or hints of oak (that’s a thing, right?) in varying types of wine, I’m pretty adept at all things soda related. Which is to say, I enjoy partaking in the timeless art of tossing back a few cans of the real thing every now and again. You can keep your coffee, your trendy tea, and even your horrid Kale juice. Me? I’ll stick with Coke. Want to spend some time talking about why Coke tastes better coming out of a glass than a bottle? I’m game.

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New York Lawyer Trial Combat

New York lawyer pulls a Tyrion Lannister, demands a trial by combat

By on August 7, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

New York lawyer pulls a Tyrion Lannister, demands a trial by combat

Luckily for us, life on Earth isn’t governed by Game of Thrones-style laws anymore, but some people still think otherwise. One Staten Island lawyer has gone ahead and asked for a trial by combat in a lawsuit in which he and his firm happen to be co-defendants. This isn’t a joke, it really happened. More →

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AT&T Vs. FCC Unlimited Data Throttling

AT&T says it didn’t do anything wrong when it throttled your ‘unlimited’ data

By on July 28, 2015 at 4:05 PM.

AT&T says it didn’t do anything wrong when it throttled your ‘unlimited’ data

AT&T is as mad as hell and it’s not going to take it anymore! The Hill reports that AT&T this week hit back at the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to fine the carrier $100 million for deceiving consumers when it throttled their “unlimited” data plans. More →

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How To Contact Congress

EFF launches open source site to help you contact Congress, and to hold Congress accountable

EFF launches open source site to help you contact Congress, and to hold Congress accountable

By on July 16, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has long been known as a protector of the free Internet, but the organization can’t do it alone. One of the EFF’s greatest strengths is its ability to rally people behind its causes, which of course isn’t terribly difficult since the group’s causes always benefit Internet users.

With the EFF’s latest project, the organization has created a new open source tool that makes it easier than ever for Americans to contact their Congressmen and women and make their voices heard. And just as important, the tool will also allow the EFF to hold members of Congress accountable. More →

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Russia Straight Pride Flag Unveiled

Putin’s United Russia party unveils a Straight Pride flag to fight ‘gay fever’

By on July 9, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Putin’s United Russia party unveils a Straight Pride flag to fight ‘gay fever’

Straight people in Russia have it really rough. They’re raised in an extremely heterophobic environment in which they’re constantly shamed by religious scolds for being attracted to the opposite sex. Even worse, their own government in recent years has discriminated against them by passing laws that ban “the promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships,” which has resulted in the closure of straight bars and clubs that used to offer straight people precious social outlets where they could congregate without fear of being castigated. More →

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Why Is Time Warner Cable So Bad

Time Warner Cable Spammed This Woman with 153 Unwanted Robocalls – but Now She Has Justice

By on July 8, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Time Warner Cable Spammed This Woman with 153 Unwanted Robocalls – but Now She Has Justice

What’s more annoying than getting a robocall? Getting a robocall from your cable company. And what’s even more annoying than that? Getting more than 150 robocalls from your cable company after you’ve repeatedly told them to stop. Irving, Texas resident Araceli King received 153 robocalls from Time Warner Cable in just one year on her cell phone that were intended for someone else. The calls didn’t stop even after she pleaded with Time Warner Cable to end them, but Reuters reports that King this week finally achieved a measure of justice for the constant barrage of calls she had to endure over the span of a year. More →

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