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Essential Is Getting Sued For Allegedly Stealing Wireless Connector Technology

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:00
"Keyssa, a wireless technology company backed by iPod creator and Nest founder Tony Fadell, filed a lawsuit against Essential on Monday, alleging that the company stole trade secrets and breached their nondisclosure agreement," reports Gizmodo. Keyssa has proprietary technology that reportedly lets users transfer large files in a matter of seconds by holding two devices side by side. From the report: According to the lawsuit, Keyssa and Essential engaged in conversations in which the wireless tech company "divulged to Essential proprietary technology enabling every facet of Keyssa's wireless connectivity," all of which was protected under a non-disclosure agreement. More specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Keyssa "deployed a team 20 of its top engineers and scientists" to educate Essential on its proprietary tech, sending them "many thousands of confidential emails, hundreds of confidential technical documents, and dozens of confidential presentations." Essential ended this relationship after over 10 months and later told Keyssa that its engineers would use a competing chip in the Essential Phone. But Keyssa is accusing Essential of including techniques in its phone that were gleaned from their relationship, despite their confidentiality agreement. Central to this lawsuit is one of the Essential Phone's key selling points: the option to swap in modular add-ons, made possible thanks to the phone's unique cordless connector. In short, if Keyssa's claims hold water, then one of the phone's defining factors is a product of theft.

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Ophelia Became a Major Hurricane Where No Storm Had Before

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 19:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The system formerly known as Hurricane Ophelia is moving into Ireland on Monday, bringing "status red" weather throughout the day to the island. The Irish National Meteorological Service, Met Eireann, has warned that, "Violent and destructive gusts of 120 to 150km/h are forecast countrywide, and in excess of these values in some very exposed and hilly areas. There is a danger to life and property." Ophelia transitioned from a hurricane to an extra-tropical system on Sunday, but that only marginally diminished its threat to Ireland and the United Kingdom on Monday, before it likely dissipates near Norway on Tuesday. The primary threat from the system was high winds, with heavy rains. Forecasters marveled at the intensification of Ophelia on Saturday, as it reached Category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale and became a major hurricane. For a storm in the Atlantic basin, this is the farthest east that a major hurricane has been recorded during the satellite era of observations. Additionally, it was the farthest north, at 35.9 degrees north, that an Atlantic major hurricane has existed this late in the year since 1939.

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Google Photos Now Recognizes Your Pets

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 17:40
Today, Google is introducing an easier way to aggregate your pet photos in its Photos app -- by allowing you to group all your pet's photos in one place, right beside the people Google Photos organized using facial recognition. TechCrunch reports: This is an improvement over typing in "dog," or another generalized term, because the app will now only group together photos of an individual pet together, instead of returning all photos you've captured with a "dog" in them. And like the face grouping feature, you can label the pet by name to more easily pull up their photos in the app, or create albums, movies or photo books using their pictures. In addition, Google Photos lets you type in an animal's breed to search for photos of pets, and it lets you search for photos using the dog and cat emojis. The company also earlier this year introduced a feature that would create a mini-movie starring your pet, but you can opt to make one yourself by manually selecting photos then choosing from a half-dozen tracks to accompany the movie, says Google.

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Netflix Adds 5.3 Million Subs In Q3, Beating Forecasts

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 17:00
Netflix shows no signs of slowing down. The company announced its third quarter results, adding more subscribers in both the U.S. and abroad than expected. Variety reports: The company gained 850,000 streaming subs in the U.S. and 4.45 million overseas in the period. Analysts had estimated Netflix to add 784,000 net subscribers in the U.S. and 3.62 million internationally for Q3. "We added a Q3-record 5.3 million memberships globally (up 49% year-over-year) as we continued to benefit from strong appetite for our original series and films, as well as the adoption of internet entertainment across the world," the company said in announcing the results, noting that it had under-forecast both U.S. and international subscriber growth. Netflix also indicated that its content spending may be even higher next year than previously projected. The company had said it was targeting programming expenditures of $7 billion in 2018; on Monday, Netflix said it will spend between $7 billion and $8 billion on content (on a profit-and-loss basis) next year. For 2017, original content will represent more than 25% of total programming spending, and that "will continue to grow," Netflix said.

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Patents for Restasis Are Invalidated, Opening Door to Generics - New York Times

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:32

New York Times

Patents for Restasis Are Invalidated, Opening Door to Generics
New York Times
Four patents for the dry-eye treatment Restasis were invalidated by a federal judge on Monday. Allergan, the drug's manufacturer, had sought to protect the patents by transferring them to a Native American tribe in New York State. Credit Martin Shields ...
Judge throws out Allergan patent, slams company's Native American dealArs Technica
Allergan patent suit loss sends stock down 4%MarketWatch
Allergan Loses a Patent Battle…Has It Lost the War?Barron's
BioPharma Dive -Wall Street Journal -Seeking Alpha -Daily Mail
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Delta Airlines prevented woman from singing national anthem on flight with fallen soldier - Fox News

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:20

Fox News

Delta Airlines prevented woman from singing national anthem on flight with fallen soldier
Fox News
A Delta crew member wouldn't allow any of the passengers to sing for a fallen soldier, sparking a Facebook firestorm. (iStock). A Georgia woman and her fellow Delta passengers were prevented from singing the National Anthem as crews unloaded the casket ...
Woman told not to sing national anthem for fallen soldier on Delta flightWRIC
Delta Forbid a Passenger From Singing the National Anthem For a Fallen SoldierMRCTV (blog)

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Microsoft's Fall Update With Redesigned Xbox Dashboard Is Now Available To All

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:20
Microsoft has released the next big "Fall" update for the Xbox One, which focuses on speed and simplicity. Engadget reports: The first "Fluid Design" interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which is all about simplicity and customization. The top-level section has four shortcuts (your current game, two personalized suggestions, and a deal from the Microsoft store) and a horizontal carousel underneath. The biggest change, however, is the new "Content Blocks" that sit below this screen. Scroll down and you'll find a series of large, visual panels dedicated to games and friends. These are completely customizable and act like miniature hubs for your favorite titles and communities. The quick-access Guide has been tweaked for speed, with small, horizontal tabs that you can slide between with the Xbox controller's LB and RB bumpers, D-pad or left thumbstick. If you launch the Guide while you're streaming or part of an active party, you'll also see the corresponding broadcast and party tabs by default. Other Guide tweaks include a new Tournaments section in the Multiplayer tab, which will summarize any official, professional or community tournaments that you've entered. In addition, Microsoft has overhauled the Community tab with a modern, grid-based layout. It's also tweaked the idle and screen dimming features that kick in when you walk away from the console momentarily. Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson and Mike Ybarra, the Platform Engineer, have posted a walkthrough video on YouTube highlighting all the major new changes.

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Every Patch For 'KRACK' Wi-Fi Vulnerability Available Right Now

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:40
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: As reported previously by ZDNet, the bug, dubbed "KRACK" -- which stands for Key Reinstallation Attack -- is at heart a fundamental flaw in the way Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) operates. According to security researcher and academic Mathy Vanhoef, who discovered the flaw, threat actors can leverage the vulnerability to decrypt traffic, hijack connections, perform man-in-the-middle attacks, and eavesdrop on communication sent from a WPA2-enabled device. In total, ten CVE numbers have been preserved to describe the vulnerability and its impact, and according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the main affected vendors are Aruba, Cisco, Espressif Systems, Fortinet, the FreeBSD Project, HostAP, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microchip Technology, Red Hat, Samsung, various units of Toshiba and Ubiquiti Networks. A list of the patches available is below. For the most up-to-date list with links to each patch/statement (if available), visit ZDNet's article.

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Netflix to spend up to $8 billion on programming next year - CNNMoney

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:06

CNNMoney

Netflix to spend up to $8 billion on programming next year
CNNMoney
The company said Monday that it will spend as much as $8 billion on shows and movies in 2018, up from $6 billion earmarked for content this year. The boost in spending comes at a time when tech giants like Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) ...
Netflix Gains 5.3M Global Subs In Q3 As Stock Sets Record; Says Bid For Weinstein Co “Extremely Unlikely”Deadline
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Netflix's (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings on Q3 2017 Results - Earnings Call TranscriptSeeking Alpha
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Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Hard Truths IT Must Learn To Accept?

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:00
snydeq writes: "The rise of shadow IT, shortcomings in the cloud, security breaches -- IT leadership is all about navigating hurdles and deficiencies, and learning to adapt to inevitable setbacks," writes Dan Tynan in an article on six hard truths IT must learn to accept. "It can be hard to admit that you've lost control over how your organization deploys technology, or that your network is porous and your code poorly written. Or no matter how much bandwidth you've budgeted for, it never quite seems to be enough, and that despite its bright promise, the cloud isn't the best solution for everything." What are some hard truths your organization has been dealing with? Tynan writes about how the idea of engineering teams sticking a server in a closet and using it to run their own skunkworks has become more open; how an organization can't do everything in the cloud, contrasting the 40 percent of CIOs surveyed by Gartner six years ago who believed they'd be running most of their IT operations in the cloud by now; and how your organization should assume from the get-go that your environment has already been compromised and design a security plan around that. Can you think of any other hard truths IT must learn to accept?

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Australia's Qantas hops ahead with first nonstop flight to Europe - CNNMoney

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:53

CNNMoney

Australia's Qantas hops ahead with first nonstop flight to Europe
CNNMoney
The Australian airline on Monday took delivery of the first of eight 787-9 Dreamliners from Boeing. It's a jet that Qantas is pinning its future to -- part of a years-long turnaround from record losses. Next March, Qantas will inaugurate the first ever ...
Qantas unveils its first 'game-changing' new DreamlinerThe Australian
Inside the new-look Business Class on the first Qantas Dreamliner 787-9The Australian Financial Review
Inside the new Qantas Dreamliner that will fly Perth-London non-stopPerth Now
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Activist cites racial bias in getting thrown off flight - CBS News

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:24

CBS News

Activist cites racial bias in getting thrown off flight
CBS News
An activist who helped organize the Women's March on Washington is accusing an American Airlines (AAL) pilot of racial discrimination for kicking her off a flight. In a series of tweets, Tamika Mallory said a pilot had her removed from a Sunday flight ...
Tamika Mallory incident reignites conversation on 'flying while Black'Amsterdam News
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Apple To Appeal Five-Year-Long Patent Battle After $439.7 Million Loss

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:20
Appel has been ordered to pay $439.7 million to the patent-holding firm VirnetX for infringing on four patented technologies that were apparently used in FaceTime and other iOS apps. According to The Verge, Apple plans to appeal the ruling -- continuing this long-running patent battle, which began back in 2012. From the report: VirnetX first filed suit against Apple in 2010, winning $368 million just two years later. It then sued again in 2012, which is the suit that's being ruled on today. Apple initially lost the suit, then filed for a mistrial. It won a new trial, lost that trial, was ordered to pay around $300 million, then lost some more and is now having that amount upped even further. That's because a judge found Apple guilty of willful infringement, bumping its payment amount from $1.20 per infringing Apple device to $1.80 per device. Those include certain iPhones, iPads, and Macs. VirnetX says the ruling is "very reasonable." Apple didn't issue a statement other than to say that it plans to appeal. While $440 million isn't a lot of money for Apple, there's principle at stake here: VirnetX is a patent troll that makes its money from licensing patents and suing other parties. The company's SEC filing states, "Our portfolio of intellectual property is the foundation of our business model."

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We Could Send $1000 a Year to Every Worker in America for the Cost of Trump's Corporate Tax Cut - Slate Magazine

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:18

Slate Magazine

We Could Send $1000 a Year to Every Worker in America for the Cost of Trump's Corporate Tax Cut
Slate Magazine
The Trump administration says its plan for sweeping business-tax cuts is really designed to help workers. To bolster those claims, the White House's Council of Economic Advisers released a short analysis Monday suggesting that the president's proposal ...
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The newest Trump tax plan selling point is comically badBusiness Insider
White House paper: Corporate tax cut would boost wagesThe Hill
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Kaspersky Lab Finds Flash Vulnerability Through Microsoft Word

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:40
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Kaspersky Lab, which has been under fire by the U.S. government as possibly being an agent of the Russian government and spying on U.S. computers, has found a previously unknown bug in Adobe Flash that was apparently exploited by a hacker group on October 10. Adobe issued a patch to fix the bug today. According to Kaspersky, "the exploit is delivered through a Microsoft Word document and deploys the FinSpy commercial malware." The company worked with Adobe to get a patch ready as quickly as possible, with Adobe releasing it a few hours ago. Users and agencies running the following versions of Adobe Flash will need to update immediately, as the vulnerability has been labeled as critical. The patch updates all versions of Adobe Flash to version 27.0.0.170.

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eBay Launches Authentication Service To Combat Counterfeit High-End Goods

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:20
Ecommerce giant eBay has launched a previously announced service designed to combat the scourge of fake goods on the platform. From a report: eBay has proven popular with fake goods' sellers for some time, with fashion accessories and jewelry featuring highly on counterfeiters' agenda. The company announced eBay Authenticate way back in January with a broad focus on giving "high-end" goods an official stamp of approval prior to sale. Ultimately designed to encourage buyers to part with cash on expensive items, it uses a network of professional authenticators who take physical receipt of a seller's products, validates them, and then photographs, lists, and ships the goods to the successful buyer. For today's launch of eBay Authenticate, the service is only available for luxury handbags from 12 brands, including Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Valentino, though the program will be expanded to cover other luxury goods and brands from next year. "With tens-of-thousands of high-end handbags currently available, eBay is primed to boost customer confidence in selling and shopping for an amazing selection of designer merchandise," noted Laura Chambers, vice president of consumer selling at eBay. "We also believe our sellers will love this service, as it provides them with a white-glove service when selling luxury handbags."

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EPA Says Higher Radiation Levels Pose 'No Harmful Health Effect'

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:40
Readers share a report: In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels. The EPA's determination sets a level ten times the drinking water standard for radiation recommended under President Barack Obama. It could lead to the administration of President Donald Trump weakening radiation safety levels, watchdog groups critical of the move say. "It's really a huge amount of radiation they are saying is safe," said Daniel Hirsch, the retired director of the University of California, Santa Cruz's program on environmental and nuclear policy. "The position taken could readily unravel all radiation protection rules." The change was included as part of EPA "guidance" on messaging and communications in the event of a nuclear power plant meltdown or dirty bomb attack. The FAQ document, dated September 2017, is part of a broader planning document for nuclear emergencies, and does not carry the weight of federal standards or law.

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Google Chrome for Windows Gets Basic Antivirus Features

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:00
Google is rolling out a trio of important changes to Chrome for Windows users. From a report: At the heart of these changes is Chrome Cleanup. This feature detects unwanted software that might be bundled with downloads, and provides help with removing it. Google's Philippe Rivard explains that Chrome now has built-in hijack detection which should be able to detect when user settings are changes without consent. This is a setting that has already rolled out to users, and Google says that millions of users have already been protected against unwanted setting changes such as having their search engine altered. But it's the Chrome Cleanup tool that Google is particularly keen to highlight. A redesigned interface makes it easier to use and to see what unwanted software has been detected and singled out for removal.

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T-Mobile and Sprint may be getting close to a merger. Here's what you need to know. - Washington Post

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:18

Washington Post

T-Mobile and Sprint may be getting close to a merger. Here's what you need to know.
Washington Post
T-Mobile and Sprint appear to be edging ever closer to a merger, with a new report from CNBC suggesting the two companies could announce a deal in late October or early November. Combining America's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers would ...
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Leave It To the Heat to Dull Autumn's Glory

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:17
It's autumn. Somebody tell the trees. From a report: Ordinarily, two signals alert deciduous trees that it's time to relinquish the green hues of summer in favor of autumn's yellows, oranges and reds. First, the days begin to grow shorter. Second, the temperature begins to drop. But this year, unseasonably warm weather across most of the U.S. has tricked trees into delaying the onset of fall's color extravaganza. Temperatures in the eastern half of the country have been as much as 15 degrees above normal since mid-September, and the warmth is expected to persist through the end of October. The unfortunate result for leaf peepers is a lackluster fall. Two kinds of pigments produce the season's liveliest foliage. Carotenoid, responsible for yellows and oranges, is always present in leaves but is usually masked by chlorophyll. The initial trigger for its appearance is shorter days. Anthocyanin, responsible for reds and deep purples, is different. Not all deciduous trees have this pigment, and those that do manufacture it from scratch in the fall. The primary trigger for its appearance is lower temperatures. Without that cooling cue, the colors of maple and other species that generally ignite New England with brilliant reds this time of year are likely to fizzle.

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