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US House Panel Passes Bill Aimed At Limiting Patent Trolls

A US congressional panel has approved a bill that aims to crack down on patent trolls — companies which buy or license patents and then push for licensing fees aggressively or file infringement lawsuits, Reuters reports.<p>This move was taken in response to abusive patent lawsuits that have surfaced …

Bill Gates orders Ballmer's execution as 'South Park' console wars escalate

The console wars escalate tomorrow with the release of Microsoft’s Xbox One, and South Park has continued its own take on the ongoing battle. In the latest episode, aired last night, things get a little dark after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer fails to take Cartman’s plea for help seriously. Bill …

The transparent and flexible electronics of the future could be printed with an ordinary printer

New liquid alloy promises a world of exciting possibilities<p>If the dreamers of the tech world have their way, the day will come when we'll use 3D printers to produce everything we need, from nourishing meals to spacecraft parts. Electronics have proven tougher to manufacture at home, however, due to …

Carriers May Be Rejecting Kill Switches for Stolen Smartphones to Maintain Business

About 1.6 million smartphones were stolen in 2012, Consumer Reports estimates.<p>George Gascón, the district attorney of San Francisco, wants to …

Intel Chairman: "We Seemed to Have Lost Our Way"

Long a beneficiary of the falling cost of computing power, chipmaker Intel acknowledged Thursday that it was beaten at its own game.Moore’s law, the …

Source: Microsoft In Talks To Buy Shoutcast And Winamp From AOL

Looks like the llama may not get off so easily after all. AOL yesterday announced that it was shutting down Winamp, media playing software for Windows and Android devices that it picked up through its $80 million acquisition of Nullsoft in 1999. But today Techcrunch has learned that AOL is talks …

Google’s Schmidt Predicts Government Censorship Can Vanish In A Decade

“I believe there’s a real chance that we can eliminate censorship and the possibility of censorship in a decade,” Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said recently at Johns Hopkins University. “The solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything.”<p>Currently, citizens of oppressive regimes have …

Google could end China's web censorship in 10 days – why doesn't it?

This week, Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, was quoted as saying during a speech in Washington: "We can end government censorship in a decade. The solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything."<p>Earlier this week, we at greatfire.org successfully unblocked the Reuters …

Motorola Taps 3D Systems to Help Make "Project Ara" Customizable Phone a Reality

Motorola is looking to a 3-D printing company to help the company’s effort to make mobile phones out of a series of customizable parts.The Google …

Wireless

Why tech giants turn to Netflix for IT help

Most people think of Netflix(s nflx) as a video streaming service. That’s understandable — video delivery is its core business. But tech companies …

Motorola turns to 3D printing to bring its ambitious modular smartphones to life

Motorola’s futuristic smartphones now have an equally futuristic manufacturing method: 3D printing.<p>Motorola announced today that it’s inked a deal with 3D printing giant 3D Systems to put together its Project Ara smartphones, which the company announced last month.<p>Essentially a Lego take on …

One Way or Another, Big TV Is Getting Bigger. Will You Care?

Shutterstock / Stokkete<p>Can Comcast, the country’s biggest pay-TV provider, really get bigger?<p>That’s the scenario that’s floating out today, sparked …

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Cable consolidation isn’t about TV: It’s about broadband

Given the rumors that Comcast (s cmcsa) is talking with regulators to see if it could find a way to buy Time Warner Cable (s twc) and that Liberty …