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US Breaks the Grip of Reviled "Podcasting Patent"

The much-reviled “podcasting patent” — initiated by a company called Personal Audio, LLC to demand licensing fees from podcasters — is now defunct, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has reported.<p>The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today invalided key claims of that patent in response …

Podcasting

The Navy Is Making A Flying, Swimming, Submarine-Hunting Duck Drone

Duckhunt for Red October<p>The fastest way to move a submarine is through the air. At least, that’s the logic behind “Flimmer,” a new flying and swimming duck drone currently in development by the Naval Research Laboratory. Profiled in the winter issue of <i>Spectra</i>, the NRL’s magazine, Flimmer may go …

The Swiss National Bank Is The First Casualty Of The Modern Global Currency War

But with major shifts in monetary policy under way, the currency war is hardly over and the front lines will move to other countries.<p>"The Swiss central bank was the first to throw itself into the currency war, (and) it is the first to capitulate," said Christopher Dembik, an economist at Saxo …

Economics

Patient 3D prints his own kidney to guide surgeons

Despite having millions of dollars of imaging technology at their disposal, surgeons often have to wait until they open a patient up before deciding the best course of action. Even for the simplest procedure, knowing the actual size and composition of the affected body part can make all the …

2015 Detroit Auto Show: You Might Be Able To Buy 3-D–Printed Cars In A Year

Local Motors is building "micro-factories" and plans to sell a printed electric vehicle in 12 to 18 months<p>Local Motors, a Phoenix-based start-up that aims to be the world’s first producer of 3-D–printed cars, plans to start selling its unconventional vehicles within 12 to 18 months.<p>To bolster its …

Detroit Auto Show

The Most Amazing Science And Technology Images Of The Year

We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure<p>Each week at <i>Popular Science</i>, the staff scours the web for the most amazing images from the realms of science and technology. We liked this year's weekly gallery images so much that we compiled our favorite visualizations, …

National Parks

17 Startup Darlings That Dropped Off The Map This Year

It's why, on average, nine out of 10 seed-stage startups fail.<p>Here are some of the previously hot startups that fell off the map this year.

Startups

Box acquires medical-imaging startup MedXT

Cloud storage and collaboration provider Box has acquired MedXT, a startup that has built technology for storing and sharing medical images in the …

Apple’s Beats and Bose settle lawsuit over noise-cancelling headphone patent

Apple’s Beats Electronics and Bose have settled a lawsuit over noise-cancelling headphone technology and asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to end its investigation into the matter. Bloomberg reports:<p><i>Bose and Beats in joint filings told a U.S. court in Delaware they’ve settled their</i> …

Aledade is helping independent doctors thrive in a changing health care system

Health care is a scary business for many entrepreneurs. It’s a wildly inefficient industry that’s ripe for disruption. It’s a complicated business with a tall learning curve. And it’s a highly regulated sector. All of these things can give both startups and their investors the willies.<p>Aledade dives …

ARM attempts to speed up 'internet of things' adoption with new platform

It's the year 2014, and we've yet to have our flying cars and commuter jet packs. But we do have a glimpse of the future with the advent of the "internet of things." It's essentially the idea of connecting everyday objects -- be it thermostats or kitchen appliances -- to the web, in an effort to …

Apple may have to repay millions from Irish government tax deal

Apple may have to repay tax linked to billions of euros of revenues after Brussels criticised “illegal state aid” that the US group received through deals with the Irish government between 1991 and 2007.<p>The European commission formally opened an investigation into the deal on Tuesday as the …

These 2 Charts Show Why The Economic Crisis Is Far From Over

The hot debate in financial circles at the moment is exactly when the Fed (and/or the Bank of England) will start raising rates as the economic recovery picks up steam. However, the authors of the Geneva Report suggest talk of the crisis being over is seriously premature.<p>Six years on from the …

Economics

How Top Startups Pay Designers

Are you being fairly compensated? Google Ventures’ Daniel Burka dives into the data.<p>A few weeks ago I had coffee with an experienced product designer. Let’s call him Carl. He’d been working at a respected San Francisco startup for five years, but he was getting restless. Carl had excellent …

America's 10 most affordable housing markets

Buying a home is likely the largest purchase most Americans will ever make. But while in some areas homeowners are more easily able to afford to buy, in others they need to spend much more of their income on their house. A home's affordability varies considerably depending largely on where the …

AT&T sues Cox for network optimization patent infringement

AT&T is going to war against Cox Communications over patents for network optimization technology.<p>AT&T said it has been warning Cox about its use of the technology as far back as 2009; in addition, the Dallas-based carrier claims that Cox refused to talk to AT&T about licensing the technology.<p>“(Cox) …

Bose Is Suing Beats Electronics Over Noise-Canceling Headphone Patents

Today Bose Corporation has filed a legal complaint against Beats Electronics for allegedly infringing patents related to its noise-canceling headphones, which was first reported by CNBC. Bose claims that Beats is infringing upon 50 years of research and development of noise cancellation technology …

Apple no longer seeking injunction against some Samsung devices in patent case

Apple has filed a motion to drop a cross-appeal in the seemingly eternal patent battle between the Cupertino-based tech giant and rival Samsung, as noted today by FOSS Patents.<p>As the appeals process drags on, Apple has decided to let go of certain points and accept the court’s rulings. In this …

Former Thiel Fellow Tackles Sleepless Nights With New Device

The last time Forbes caught up with James Proud, he was 20 and had just sold his first company. A member of the inaugural class of Thiel Fellows, a group of 20 teenagers paid by billionaire investor Peter Thiel to skip college, the overachiever had parted ways with a music business started out of …