Google asks Supreme Court to decide Android copyright case

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Google has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a copyright infringement case that some developers think could have a big impact on their ability to innovate in software.

The case was brought by Oracle four years ago and accuses Google of infringing patents and copyrights related to Java in its Android mobile OS.

Google emerged largely victorious from a lower court trial but an appeals court overturned that ruling in May. Google now wants the highest court in the U.S. to hear its case.

Android has become the most widely used mobile operating system, but Oracle says Google copied basic elements of Java to develop the OS. It filed its lawsuit against Google four years ago and was seeking US$1 billion in damages for its copyright claims.

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Google stays mum on Android L, but buzz grows

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While Google continues to remain quiet about its upcoming Android L OS, observers and reports anticipate its upcoming arrival.

Introduced at the Google I/O conference in June, Android L made a good first impression with developers, with its Material Design visual design technology, use of the ART runtime, and Battery Historian feature for improved power efficiency.

“Google said Android L would be available in the fall of 2014, but they haven’t provided much more information beyond that,” beta tester Juan Gomez, a senior mobile engineer at Eventbrite, said in email. “My expectation based on previous releases is that the final version should be announced between the end of October and beginning of November.”

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Cry, robot: ‘Automata’ review

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Decades into the future, an environmental catastrophe has earth into a decaying wasteland. A few wretched specimens of humanity survive by using a mix of old and new technologies. Everything is grimy and gritty. Oh, and there are robots. If this sounds like a story you’ve heard before, join the club. These are some of the most tired, weatherworn elements of dystopian sci-fi, a genre that has been ticking along for almost as long as the motion picture itself. But they are given an enchanting…

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A Houston radio station is now playing Beyoncé songs 24 hours a day

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The radio news business ain’t what it used to be. So after three years as a 24-hour news channel, a Houston radio station, News92 FM, announced this week that it will from now on play nothing but Beyoncé songs, Beyoncé songs, and more Beyoncé songs. There won’t even be commercials, unless you count when she talks about watermelons and Vogue. Queen Bey has five albums to her credit, totaling 63 songs and a little over four hours — those long Texas drives are going to get a little repetitive. Luckily, if you count Destiny’s Child there’s really a lot of music to be had. (One has to imagine that “Single Ladies” and “Flawless” are going to be played a lot, and that exactly no one will mind.) There won’t be as many people involved, as parent…

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DIY Game Boy Pocket Using the Raspberry Pi

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Don’t be fooled, this isn’t an actual Game Boy but a Raspberry Pi-based Pocket Pi.Travis Brown designs a Game Boy Pocket clone using a Raspberry Pi running Retro Pi emulation software.
All of the electronics were gutted from the case, which was then modified to fit the RPi and other electronics.
The Game Boy Pocket hit the market back in 1996 and is still popular with fans of the handheld gaming system that they can still be bought today. Yeah, there’s nothing like gaming on a black and white screen, which was better than the pea-green screen of the original Game Boy. Those who are fans of the Pocket but would like to have a color screen and be able to play games from other systems should take a look at Travis Brown’s Pocket Pi.

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Frege joins Scala, Clojure among Java functional languages

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Frege, a functional language on the JVM, wants to give Scala a run for its money and entice developers.

Spotlighted during a session at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco this week, Frege is pure functional programming language with a strong static type system and type interface. Named for German mathematician Gottlob Frege, the language enables the use of Java classes and methods.

“Frege is a Haskell for the JVM,” said Dierk Konig, a committer on the project and a fellow at software development and consulting firm Canoo. The language makes the Haskell “spirit” accessible to the Java programmer, producing a new level of safety, according to Konig, who gave the Frege presentation.

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Ira Glass thinks Shakespeare sucks. This is what Shakespeare thinks about Ira Glass

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This summer, This American Life host Ira Glass called out William Shakespeare for, well, sucking. Last night on Jimmy Fallon, Ira Glass doubled down on his rhetoric.

We wanted to know what Shakespeare thinks about Glass — and went through his entire body of work to find out. In his own words, “Read o’er this paper while Ira Glass doth come” (Northumberland, King Richard II)

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Lenovo and Ashton Kutcher made a tablet together, and there’s a projector inside

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Lenovo has just unveiled the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, a 13-inch tablet the company created with input from Ashton Kutcher. (Did you forget that Kutcher joined Lenovo’s ranks as a product engineer last year?) It’s been “designed from the ground up specifically for digitally-hungry consumers,” and that explains its standout feature: a built-in pico projector. That’s right. Lenovo and Kutcher paired up to make a projector tablet optimized for media consumption. The company says you’ll be able to project a 16:9 image onto any surface for “an instant 50-inch theater experience” that lasts for up to three hours on a charge. So you should be covered for most Netflix movies. And since sound plays no small role in media consumption, the Yoga Tablet 2…

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Amazon’s Fire HD 7 Is A Low-Priced Tablet For The Avid Reader

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IMG_4716 The Kindle Fire HD 7 is the latest in the long-running Fire line of LCD ereaders. Amazon has taken great pains to make this new model lighter, smaller, and more robust and, for my money, I’d say that this $139 reader is the best dedicated reader on the market, barring the e-ink Kindle line. Let’s look under the hood. Basics 7 inch 216 ppi 1280×800 pixel display 11.9 ounces Up… Read More

Prince Philip doll at NYCC

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One of the wildest things about the major comic conventions is how broadly beyond that particular medium the focus now ranges. Hollywood movies, video games, general celebrity worship… all part and parcel of the show. For example, here is a highly detailed doll of the cunning and ruthless Prince Philip, a popular character from UK royalty.

Sony’s latest flagship is coming to Verizon as the Xperia Z3v

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Sony is bringing its incredibly well-received Xperia Z3 to Verizon in the form of the Z3v, a subtly altered variant that adds wireless charging. The Z3v is by and large the same phone, with a 5.2-inch display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, a waterproof body, and the ability to stream PlayStation 4 games within your home. It’s still running Sony’s modestly skinned version of Android.

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Amazon is about to open its first-ever physical store in New York City

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Amazon has warehouses — hundreds of them, miles of them. It has lockers and pop-up shipping containers. But it’s never had a true, physical retail store, at least not until now. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon plans to open its first physical store, and that it will be located in midtown Manhattan, right in the heart of New York City. It’ll be located on 34th Street, right between the flagship Macy’s store and the Empire State Building.

In a way, the store will reportedly be just an extension of what Amazon already does in its physical spaces. Amazon will accept returns at the location, and will use it as a mini-warehouse particularly tuned for same-day delivery of products in New York. You’ll also be able to pick up…

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The Key To Raising Your Seed Extension Round

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shutterstock_93239791 Given the growth in seed funding driven by the combined forces of the “Micro-VC glut” and increasing activity by angel investors (often via crowd funding), it’s become increasingly common to meet so called “Seed Orphans” looking to raise seed extension rounds. These companies often have good teams that have achieved solid initial traction, but were asked by Round… Read More

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