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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:51
An anonymous reader writes Michael Geist reports that according to documents recently obtained under the Access to Information Act, the Canadian government quietly proposed a series of reforms to combat patent trolls including new prohibitions on demand letters, powers to the courts to stop patent forum shopping, and giving competition authorities the ability to deal with patent troll anti-competitive activity. The problem? Business lobby groups warned against the "unintended consequences" of patent reforms.

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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:51
An anonymous reader writes Michael Geist reports that according to documents recently obtained under the Access to Information Act, the Canadian government quietly proposed a series of reforms to combat patent trolls including new prohibitions on demand letters, powers to the courts to stop patent forum shopping, and giving competition authorities the ability to deal with patent troll anti-competitive activity. The problem? Business lobby groups warned against the "unintended consequences" of patent reforms.

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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:51
An anonymous reader writes Michael Geist reports that according to documents recently obtained under the Access to Information Act, the Canadian government quietly proposed a series of reforms to combat patent trolls including new prohibitions on demand letters, powers to the courts to stop patent forum shopping, and giving competition authorities the ability to deal with patent troll anti-competitive activity. The problem? Business lobby groups warned against the "unintended consequences" of patent reforms.

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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:51
An anonymous reader writes Michael Geist reports that according to documents recently obtained under the Access to Information Act, the Canadian government quietly proposed a series of reforms to combat patent trolls including new prohibitions on demand letters, powers to the courts to stop patent forum shopping, and giving competition authorities the ability to deal with patent troll anti-competitive activity. The problem? Business lobby groups warned against the "unintended consequences" of patent reforms.

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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:51
An anonymous reader writes Michael Geist reports that according to documents recently obtained under the Access to Information Act, the Canadian government quietly proposed a series of reforms to combat patent trolls including new prohibitions on demand letters, powers to the courts to stop patent forum shopping, and giving competition authorities the ability to deal with patent troll anti-competitive activity. The problem? Business lobby groups warned against the "unintended consequences" of patent reforms.

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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:51
An anonymous reader writes Michael Geist reports that according to documents recently obtained under the Access to Information Act, the Canadian government quietly proposed a series of reforms to combat patent trolls including new prohibitions on demand letters, powers to the courts to stop patent forum shopping, and giving competition authorities the ability to deal with patent troll anti-competitive activity. The problem? Business lobby groups warned against the "unintended consequences" of patent reforms.

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Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 29

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:45
DETROIT (Reuters) - A program to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch in General Motors Co vehicles has approved two new death claims, bringing the total number of deaths linked so far to the switch to 29, according to a report released on Monday by the lawyer overseeing the program.
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Hope and obstacles as Russia and Ukraine seek gas deal

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:39
MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - A tentative agreement between the Ukrainian and Russian presidents has raised hopes of ending a dispute in which Moscow has halted natural gas supplies to Kiev, but several obstacles still have be overcome.
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Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes over as Indonesia's president

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:34
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy on Monday with supporters' hopes high, but pressing economic problems and sceptical rivals set to test the former furniture salesman.






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IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO

The Register - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:32
Time to put the storage biz up for sale?

IBM's storage revenues are continuing to slump, with the latest overall IBM results causing the abandonment of a long-term earnings/share goal.…

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Ukraine, Russia gas deal may be just enough to get through winter

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:14
LONDON (Reuters) - An interim natural gas deal by Moscow and Kiev, reached over the weekend, could supply just enough to get Ukraine through the winter as long as the weather does not become unusually cold, Reuters research shows.






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Ubuntu Turns 10

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:10
Scott James Remnant, now Technical Lead on ChromeOS, was a Debian developer before that. That's how he became involved from the beginning (becoming Developer Manager, and then serving on the Technical Board) on the little derivative distribution that Mark Shuttleworth decided to make of Debian Unstable, and for which the name Ubuntu was eventually chosen. On this date in 2004, Ubuntu 4.10 -- aka Warty Warthog, or just Warty -- was released, and Remnant has shared a detailed, nostalgic look back at the early days of the project that has (whatever else you think of it ) become one of the most influential in the world of open source and Free software. I was excited that Canonical sent out disks that I could pass around to friends and family that looked acceptably polished to them in a way that Sharpie-marked Knoppix CD-ROMs didn't, and that the polish extended to the installer, the desktop, and the included constellation of software, too.

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Top 4 Linux network managers

Linux Today - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:00

LinuxUser&Developer: Fundamental utilities and long-time favourites all go head-to-head as we pick the network manager that offers the complete package

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China gets free pass from EU commish as telco probe dropped

The Register - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:58
I'm scratching your back, Gao, now how about it for our guys?

The EU has decided to make friends with China despite earlier worries that it may have been giving an illegal boost to telco manufacturers.…

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

The Register - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:35
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom

She’s a huge advocate of drones — quite a surprising position to take for a first class fighter pilot.…

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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:29
SmartAboutThings writes The smartwatch market is still in its nascent form, but with Apple releasing its AppleWatch in early 2015, things are going to change. And Microsoft wants to make sure it's not late to the party, as it has been so many times in the past. That's why it plans on releasing its own smartwatch, which would be the first new category under CEO Nadella. The device could get launched with two specific features that could make it stand apart from other similar devices — much better battery life and cross-platform support for iOS and Android users. A release before this year's holiday season is in the cards, with no details on the pricing nor availability. (Also at Reuters and The Inquirer.)

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Ex-Microsoft man takes up arms for Red Hat's open-cloud crusade

The Register - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:04
Because enterprise cloud doesn't just happen

“We want to be the undisputed leader in enterprise cloud,” Red Hat’s chief executive Jim Whitehurst said recently.…

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Shall We Fork Debian?

Linux Today - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:00

DebianFork: We are Veteran Unix Admins and we are concerned about what is happening to Debian GNU/Linux to the point of considering a fork of the project.

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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 07:48
helix2301 writes with word that Big Blue has become slightly smaller: IBM will pay $1.5 billion to GlobalFoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. IBM will make payments to the chipmaker over three years, but it took a $4.7 billion charge for the third quarter when it reported earnings Monday. The company fell short of Wall Street profit expectations and revenue slid 4 percent, sending shares down 8 percent before the opening bell.

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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 07:48
helix2301 writes with word that Big Blue has become slightly smaller: IBM will pay $1.5 billion to GlobalFoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. IBM will make payments to the chipmaker over three years, but it took a $4.7 billion charge for the third quarter when it reported earnings Monday. The company fell short of Wall Street profit expectations and revenue slid 4 percent, sending shares down 8 percent before the opening bell.

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