Former Google attorney Michelle Lee nominated to run US patent office

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Former Google patent chief Michelle Lee has been nominated by President Obama to run the US Patent and Trademark Office, potentially placing a tech-industry leader in a key position as the government continues to work toward reforming the patent process and stamping out trolls. Lee is currently the USPTO’s deputy director and was previously running its Silicon Valley office, having come there in 2012 after nearly a decade at Google as an attorney and head of patents. She also holds degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. Her nomination to director still needs to be approved by the Senate. Businessweek reports that the lead position has been vacant for nearly two years.

Bringing reform to the US patent system has…

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Amazon Brings Grocery Delivery To Brooklyn

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logo-amazonFresh-splashLanding Amazon announced this morning it’s bringing its grocery delivery service AmazonFresh to Brooklyn, confirming earlier reports of a New York area expansion. Initially, the service will be available to Prime members in Park Slope, but the company says it will soon expand the service to additional zip codes in Brooklyn. There’s no word yet on when AmazonFresh will arrive elsewhere in… Read More

The Battle of Bay Trail-D: GIGABYTE J1900N-D3V and ASUS J1900I-C Reviewed

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All the recent talk of Haswell-E and high-end refreshes has obscured the more casual computing market. The Bay Trail platform uses Intel’s Atom based Silvermont cores and competes directly against AMD’s Kabini for integrated computing, digital signage and cheap computing models. Today we compare two mini-ITX Celeron J1900 based motherboards: the GIGABYTE J1900N-D3V at $85 and the ASUS J1900I-C at $92, as well as the SoC itself.

Samsung’s Chromebook 2 can now be purchased with Intel inside for $250

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When Samsung released its Chromebook 2 earlier this year, it shipped with the company’s own Exynos 5 Octa chipset. And you can still buy those 11.6 and 13-inch models — though better Chromebooks exist. Today, Samsung’s adding a third option: a second 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 powered by an Intel processor. To be more specific, it’s a fanless Celeron N2840 chipset that can run at up to 2.58GHz. The Intel Chromebook 2 has 2GB of RAM, whereas the models running Samsung’s own chip feature 4GB of memory, so you may need to occasionally cut back on the number of tabs you’ve got open. If you’re set on an Intel chip, Acer’s C720P with an i3 processor is another option. Storage remains the same at 16GB; obviously Chrome OS places a huge focus on…

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MasterCard Will Borrow A Touch ID Trick For Fingerprint Scanning Credit Card

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Payment card  ISO format available 2015 Apple isn’t the only company using biometrics to authenticate payments and purchases – Apple Pay partner MasterCard wants to make fingerprint scanning something even people without an iOS device can use to digitally ‘sign’ for contactless transactions. The credit card company is launching the “world’s first” fingerprint-enabled credit card with… Read More

The Estimates Land Mine: Use and Misuse of Estimates

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After posting my last post – Estimate or #NoEstimate that is the question? – I felt a little as if I’d stepped on a land-mine. That is to say I had a few comments and a bit a mini-twitter storm. If I’m being honest I have been avoiding some of the estimates/#NoEstimates debate until now precisely because it is obvious feelings on the topic run high.
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Big In Asia? Apple’s iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Finally Go On Sale In China And India

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iPhone 6 Siri Today’s a big day for Apple in Asia. Fresh from launching new iPads and Macs in the US on Thursday, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally went on sale in China and India today, opening the new phones up to a combined population of more than 2.5 billion people. (They are also now retailing in Monaco, with a more modest population of less than 40,000 people, for what it’s… Read More

The Spirit Of Coopetition Is Alive And Well In The Cloud

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Book with cover: Frenemies a love story Increasingly, companies that compete directly with another have been announcing major partnerships, and we saw a couple of good examples this week with Microsoft and Salesforce and IBM and SAP. Not coincidentally in my view, they both involved the cloud. That’s because companies may want to compete, but customers want their technology vendors to just get along. They need products to… Read More

Octopus Ventures De-Cloaks — Reveals Its ‘Evergreen’ £60m Early Stage Fund

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HMS_Bounty Octopus Ventures (CrunchBase listing) has become one of the most active early stage investors in the UK, backing many early individuals and businesses which went on to greater heights. These include backing Alex Chesterman all the way from Screen Select to LoveFilm and then from the early stages of Zoopla through to IPO. Another example is William Reeve, also from Screen Select and the… Read More

Microsoft’s Xbox One preview program turns into a game

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Microsoft’s Xbox One preview program has been delivering the latest updates to console owners since February in exchange for feedback before a release rolls out to every console. The preview program is now turning into a game. If you participate in quests, surveys, quick polls, or ratings then you’ll accumulate points for every piece of feedback. Just like a game like Destiny, you’ll be able to level up with points, and Microsoft is promising some “exciting perks” for preview members as they reach higher levels.

There are 50 levels in total, with a number of preview pics to unlock along the way. Xbox Live achievements won’t be rewarded as part of the levelling up process, but Microsoft isn’t ruling that out as a possibility in the…

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Virtual Fitting Room Startup Metail Raises Further $12M — Shunning UK VC Money Along The Way

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Metail team pic “To be brutally honest, I’m not enamored with the UK VC scene and don’t rate it very much if at all from a technology business success perspective,” says Tom Adeyoola, co-founder and CEO of Metail. “The big UK tech business successes weren’t founded on VC money.”
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Twitter’s Music Card Now Plays In Its Mobile Apps And Supports iTunes Previews

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twitter Twitter hit a bum note with its Twitter Music service, but everyone’s favorite 140-character social network is keen as ever to light up users’ timelines with the sound of music after it launched a spiffy new update to its music card. The company already has a card that lets you play tracks in-tweet when you post a link to Soundcloud, but it now supports mobile play — via… Read More

The Current State Of The Apple SIM, And Its Possible Future

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apple-sim Apple unveiled new gadgets on stage today, but they didn’t discuss one of its most interesting new innovations – the Apple SIM. As detailed earlier by TechCrunch, the new SIM card lets you switch between participating carriers, which include AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in the U.S., and EE in the U.K. So far, those are the only carriers who have signed on, but Apple is likely… Read More

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