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'Game of Thrones' theme rendered in the dulcet tones of 64 floppy drives - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 13:08
Obsolescence is coming, but it's not quite here yet. Outdated floppy drives revel in a moment of glory by playing the "Game of Thrones" theme song.
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Donald Trump just turned a key moment into a complete mess (once again) - Washington Post

Google Top Stories - Fri, 2016-07-15 13:06

Washington Post

Donald Trump just turned a key moment into a complete mess (once again)
Washington Post
Just as the Indianapolis Star reported on Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump has selected Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) as his running mate. But between the Star's report and Trump's confirmation of it, Trump managed to do just about everything possible to ...
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Facebook Makes Little Progress in Race and Gender Diversity

SlashDot - Fri, 2016-07-15 13:00
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: Facebook has said about one-third of its workers are female, while black employees accounted for 3% of its US senior leadership, both numbers only slightly higher than a year earlier. The data released by the world's largest social network on Thursday reflects the scant progress made by Silicon Valley heavyweights in making their workplaces more diverse in the face of criticism for having mostly white, male workers. Last month, Alphabet's Google released data on diversity, saying it had more black, Latino and female employees but still lagged its goal of mirroring the population. Women represented 33% of Facebook's global workforce, according to data from 30 June, compared with 32% a year earlier. Women held 27% of senior leadership roles, up from last year's 23%.

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Netflix launches Flixtape because music is so passe - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:54
Forget recording tapes and burning CDs -- today is all about the visuals, baby.
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Aston Martin recalls cars for door locks that work too well - Roadshow

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:52
Federal regulators frown upon locked doors that cannot be opened from the inside.
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DNC headliners include Clintons, Sanders, Obamas but no Warren - New York Daily News

Google US - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:49

New York Daily News

DNC headliners include Clintons, Sanders, Obamas but no Warren
New York Daily News
The Democratic National Convention will feature as headliners Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), two Obamas and three Clintons — but Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been left off the list. The convention released its list of headliners for its big ...

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DNC headliners include Clintons, Sanders, Obamas but no Warren - New York Daily News

Google Top Stories - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:49

New York Daily News

DNC headliners include Clintons, Sanders, Obamas but no Warren
New York Daily News
The Democratic National Convention will feature as headliners Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), two Obamas and three Clintons — but Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been left off the list. The convention released its list of headliners for its big ...

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Comcast Joins Federal Effort To Bring Discounted Internet To Public Housing

NPR Headline News - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:49

Will the Internet ever be free for families relying on housing assistance? HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Comcast's David Cohen weigh in on challenges of connecting public housing to the Internet.

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'28 Pages': Newly released 9/11 documents find no official Saudi link

BBC Front Page - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:45
Previously classified documents find no official links between the Saudi government and the 9/11 hijackers
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Oracle v. Google Not Over Yet: Oracle Seeks Another New Trial While Google Seeks Sanctions On Oracle's Lawyers

TechDirt - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:43
As you probably remember, a jury decided in Google's favor after a somewhat wacky trial that its use of some of the Java APIs was considered fair use. Oracle, of course, isn't going down quietly. It immediately asked the judge, William Alsup, to reject the jury's verdict, which he refused to do. Everyone expects that Oracle will appeal this as high as it can go, though its chances aren't great.

In the meantime, though, Oracle isn't done trying every possible door at the district court level. Last week it simply asked for a new trial in what I can only describe as Oracle's sour grapes motion. It starts out by claiming that "the verdict was against the weight of the evidence" and thus a new trial is necessary. And then it whines about a whole bunch of other issues, including Google's plans to use Android on computers, meaning that the "harm" portion of the trial was unfairly limited to just tablets and phones. It also whines about certain limitations and exclusions of information it was not allowed to present. These are purely "waaaaah, we lost, fix it, waaaaaah" kinds of arguments. The court also excluded lots of Google evidence as well, and Oracle may not really want to revisit some of that either. You can read the full document below or at the link above, but analyzing all of it is pretty silly. It's strictly a sour grapes argument that is unlikely to go anywhere.

At the same time, Oracle filed yet another motion for judgment as a matter of law... that also seems unlikely to go anywhere. Here, though, the argument is basically that the jury got fair use wrong. The argument here is pretty laughable. It goes through each of the four factors and argues why the jury got it wrong. Now, it's true, as some have argued, that a court can take the four fair use factors and basically come to any conclusion it wants, but it's hard to see Judge Alsup doing that here. It would be shocking to see him do so actually. And, rather than go through each argument, I'll just present the table of contents of Oracle's filing here so you can see how desperate the company is: Basically, Oracle is continuing to falsely pretend that fair use only applies to non-commercial use (it doesn't), and that creating something new with an API isn't transformative unless it's like artwork or something (this is wrong). Oracle's interpretation of fair use is not supported by the history or case law of fair use, and it would be shocking to see the court accept it here.

Meanwhile, on the flip side, Google is looking to punish Oracle's lawyers and asking for sanctions against them for revealing in open court sensitive information that had been sealed by the court. On January 14, 2016, Oracle’s counsel Annette Hurst disclosed in open court representations of sensitive confidential financial information of both Google and third-party Apple Inc., as well as extremely confidential internal Google financial information.... After Ms. Hurst’s improper disclosures, Oracle and its counsel neither sought to remedy the effects of the disclosures nor acknowledged their wrongdoing. They instead refused to take responsibility for the disclosures, claimed they were inconsequential because Oracle hoped to use the information at trial (which it never did), and even argued that Google’s motion to seal the third party Apple information—which Judge Ryu subsequently granted,... —was “merely a delaying tactic.” ... Within days of the disclosures, and following Oracle’s failure to take remedial action, this information became headline news for major news outlets, at least one of which noted that, thanks to Ms. Hurst, the press could finally report on confidential information that had theretofore been only a subject of speculation.

Oracle’s disclosures and its subsequent actions reveal a profound disregard for this Court’s Protective Order and for other parties’ confidential information. Google and third party Apple were harmed by Oracle’s counsel’s disclosure regarding the terms of a significant and confidential commercial agreement. Google believes it is important, both for this case and for other cases in this District, for the Court to make clear that Oracle’s counsel’s actions were improper, that Oracle’s excuses for the disclosures are invalid, and that Oracle’s failure, after the fact, to cooperate in remedying the disclosures was inconsistent with the Protective Order.
Disclosing confidential/sealed information in court is a pretty big deal, though I have no idea how the court will rule on this matter.

Either way, it's safe to say that there's little love lost between Google and Oracle (and their lawyers).

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Genius buy: Einstein's smelly leather jacket sells for $146,000 - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:34
Is this the sweet smell of science? Christie's sells the famed physicist's favorite piece of clothing at auction.
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'Tor and Bitcoin Hinder Anti-Piracy Efforts'

SlashDot - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:20
An anonymous reader writes: A new report published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office identifies a wide range of 'business models' that are used by pirate sites. The organization, which announced a new collaboration with Europol this week, signals Bitcoin and the Tor network as two key threats to ongoing anti-piracy efforts. According to the research, several infringing business models rely on encryption-based technologies. The Tor network and Bitcoin, for example, are repeatedly mentioned as part of this "shadow landscape." "It more and more relies on new encrypted technologies like the TOR browser and the Bitcoin virtual currency, which are employed by infringers of IPR to generate income and hide the proceeds of crime from the authorities," the report reads.

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Lowcost Holidays demise blamed on Brexit vote

BBC Front Page - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:19
Holiday booking company Lowcost Travelgroup has appointed administrators, affecting 27,000 holiday makers in resorts and 110,000 with bookings.
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Witness Details Gunman’s Actions in Nice

New York Times - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:12
Nader El Shafei, who recorded video of the deadly attack in Nice, France, recounted how a truck plowed into pedestrians and the attacker confronted the police.
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Broncos sign Miller to 6 yrs.; sources say $114M

ESPN Headlines - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:11
Broncos sign Miller to 6 yrs.; sources say $114M
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Nice attack: Why France is struggling to cope with the terror threat

BBC Front Page - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:08
In a country with a long history of jihadi violence, security services are still struggling to cope with the threat of terror.
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Google touts new search features to help you vote - CNET

Cnet - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:07
Amid a heated US presidential race, the company is launching tools to help people figure out how to register to vote and get information on the upcoming national conventions.
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'Demoralizing' decision from court helped spark Tom Brady's decision

ESPN Headlines - Fri, 2016-07-15 12:01
'Demoralizing' decision from court helped spark Tom Brady's decision
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Inside The Lives Of Farmworkers: Top 5 Lessons I Learned On The Ground

NPR Headline News - Fri, 2016-07-15 11:59

Most of us don't usually get to meet the people who pick our apples, oranges or other seasonal favorites. What are their lives and work like? Dan Charles has spent the past year finding out.

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