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WikiLeaks cables show US conflict over 'rampantly corrupt' Uzbekistan (World news and comment from the Guardian | Submitted at 12/13/2010 3:57:32 AM

Leaked dispatches reveal need to maintain supply route in state riddled with organised crime, forced labour and torture The post-Soviet state of Uzbekistan is a nightmarish world of "rampant corruption", organised crime, forced labour in the cotton fields, and torture, according to the leaked cables. But the secret dispatches released by WikiLeaks reveal that the US tries to keep President Islam Karimov sweet because he allows a crucial US military supply line to run into Afghanistan, known as the northern distribution network (NDN). Many dispatches focus on the behaviour of Karimov's glamorous and highly controversial daughter Gulnara, who is bluntly described by them as "the single most hated person in the country". She allegedly bullied her way into gaining a slice of virtually every lucrative business in the central Asian state and is viewed, they say, as a "robber baron". Granted diplomatic status by her father, Gulnara allegedly lives much of the time in Geneva, where her holding company, Zeromax, was registered at the time, or in Spain. She also sings pop songs, designs jewellery and is listed as a professor at Tashkent's University of World

Economy and Diplomacy. The British ambassador in Tashkent, Rupert Joy, was criticised by human rights groups in October when he helped boost Gulnara's image by appearing with her on a fashion show platform. But the US secret cables go some way towards explaining western ambivalence. They detail how the dictatorial president recently flew into a rage because the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, presented a Women of Courage award in Washington to a newly released Uzbek human rights campaigner, Mutabar Tadjibayeva. Karimov's displeasure was conveyed in "icy tones", which alarmed the embassy: "We have a number of important issues on the table right now, including the Afghanistan transit (NDN) framework." On 18 March 2009, the US ambassador, Richard Norland, submitted to a personal tonguelashing from Karimov with an "implicit threat to suspend transit of cargo for US forces in Afghanistan via the Northern Distribution Network". Norland claimed to have calmed Karimov down on that occasion, but warned Washington: "Clearly, pressuring him (especially publicly) could cost us transit." Gulnara, wryly dubbed the "first daughter" by the diplomats, appeared on the embassy radar in 2004. Describing trips to sample Tashkent's raucous nightlife, diplomats said she

had been spotted at 3am joining her younger sister Lola in a booth surrounded by four large bodyguards. Lola had arrived in a Porsche Cayenne four-wheel drive – " one of a kind for Tashkent" – and danced all evening with her "thuggish-looking boyfriend" in a club she appeared to own. It served large quantities of imported hard alcohol, the diplomats noted, "which is against the law". Dispatches over the next five years chronicle Gulnara's extraordinary rise, allegedly making local businesses offers they could not refuse. US businessmen claimed, for example, that after they rejected Gulnara's offer to take a share in their Skytel mobile phone firm, "the company's frequency has been jammed by an Uzbek government agency". Gulnara acquired interests in the crude oil contracts of Zeromax in " a deal with [a] local mafia boss", the embassy said. She also got hold of shares in the Coca-Cola bottling franchise after it was subjected to a tax investigation, they claimed. "Most Uzbeks see Karimova as a greedy, power-hungry individual who uses her father to crush business people or anyone else who stands in her way … She remains the single most hated person in the country." Neil Livingstone, a Washington businessman closely involved with Zeromax, denied to the Guardian that Gulnara had interests in the company, which has recently had its assets

seized in Uzbekistan, following unfavourable publicity alleging corruption by the Karimov family. He said: "Had we had the relationship with the government or the daughter that was rumoured … we would not now be in serious financial straits. I have never met the president's daughter or even spoken to her." Gulnara did not respond to requests for comment, sent to her own website and to the Uzbek embassies in both London and Washington, but she has reportedly denied claims that she fully or partly owned Zeromax. The US diplomats paint a harsh picture of overall life in Uzbekistan, largely corroborating allegations made by the former UK ambassador Craig Murray, who was forced out of his job in 2004 after denouncing the regime. The US embassy reports there are "close connections between organised crime and the government of Uzbekistan". Both public and private sector jobs are routinely "bought", they say. • Uzbekistan • US military • Afghanistan • The US embassy cables • US foreign policy David Leigh© Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds

The Virginia healthcare ruling | Michael Tomasky (World news and comment from the Guardian | Submitted at 12/13/2010 12:38:45 PM

Or the real name of this post probably ought to be, What does Anthony Kennedy think of the individual mandate? As many of you have read, conservative Virginia federal judge Henry Hudson (appointed by George W. Bush) just declared the healthcare law unconstitutional. He did not, however, move to block implementation of the law (remember, federal bureaucrats are writing the regulations right now). So he's kicking it upstairs, as we knew he would. Jon Cohn notes hopefully that the score is still 2-1 for the pro-reform

forces: Two other federal district judges have already ruled that the Act passes constitutional muster, with a fourth decision, by a judge in Florida, still pending. Hudson refused a motion by the plaintiffs to block implementation of the law. That means it will be left to higher courts to sort out the conflicting rulings. Most legal experts expect that, eventually, the case will come before the U.S. Supreme Court. As Cohn notes, those two judges who upheld the law were liberals, and the Florida judge whom we await is a conservative, so it'll likely wash out 2 -2. Then on to the high court. It would seem to me that the only question mark is the aforementioned Kennedy. Yes, Antonin Scalia once backed a pro-federal government interpretation of the commerce clause

in a marijuana-growing case. But if you think Scalia, the most political judge of my lifetime, is going to hand Obama a win here, you are on several different kinds of acid. It will all come down to Kennedy. But let's say for the sake of argument it's overturned. Is that bad or good for Obama? The immediate reaction will be "In a devastating blow for Barack Obama..." And on the most superficial level it will be that. But after that first wave, is there an argument to be that it'd be good for him to be able to dislodge his leg from this unpopular political coffle? I'm being cynical and unprincipled here, but come on, folks. The law is unpopular. Most people want it repealed. Facts is facts. Maybe Obama would be better off politically

without it, depending on the timing and how he handles it. Now, being non-cynical and principled, I think it would be a tragedy in that this country would again probably do nothing about its healthcare system for another 20 years. This was a flawed bill in many ways, but at least it opened the door to the idea of making changes, which we badly need. That door would slam shut for another generation or more. • US healthcare • Virginia Michael Tomasky© Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds


Double rainbows, annoying oranges and bed intruders: the year on YouTube

Clear iSpot gets easy web-based 'jailbreak'

by A Googler (The Official Google Blog)

For hackers, Clear must have known that its iSpot mobile hotspot would be hard to resist -- $100 for the device contract-free plus unlimited WiMAX for $25 a month is a pretty insane deal, after all, and the only catch is that they try to lock non-iOS devices out of the action. Indeed, it took mere hours for unlocks to start coming out of the woodwork, but now it's easier than ever: the developer of one of the original iSpot hacks has circled back to create a new unlock that requires nothing more than a couple link clicks while you're on a machine connected to the hotspot. How is that possible? Turns out there's a vulnerability that makes it possible to execute arbitrary commands on the iSpot through web code, and Clear hasn't yet updated the firmware to patch it. On that note, the developer tells us that there are actually some iPads that aren't able to connect to the iSpot without the hack, ostensibly because Apple is using some MAC addresses that the iSpot's current firmware isn't expecting -- so ironically, you might need this "jailbreak" just to use the thing the way Clear intended. As always with these sorts of things, proceed with caution -- we don't have an iSpot lying around to try this ourselves, so let us know how it goes. Clear iSpot gets easy web-based 'jailbreak' originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| iSpot Unrestricted,| Email this| Comments

Submitted at 12/12/2010 11:10:00 PM

(Cross-posted from the YouTube Blog) It’s time to rewind back through the YouTube videos that people in the U.S. and around the world were watching and searching for in 2010. These lists of most-watched videos reflect the people, places and events that captured our collective attention and imagination throughout the year. During 2010, you all watched more than 700 billion YouTube videos, and uploaded more than 13 million hours of video. We met a bunch of new faces, some new words and phrases entered our shared lexicon, and we celebrated as some new YouTube partners hit the big time with millions of views. Remember these moments? • It started with a crime scene and ended up on the Billboard chart: when Antoine Dodson met the Autotune the News guys, a viral hit was made. • Columnist Dan Savage took to YouTube to respond to a spate of suicides by gay teenagers by launching the“It Gets Better” project to send messages of hope to bullied gay teens. The campaign went viral, with everyone from President Obama to Pixar employees taking part. • The next Justin Bieber? That was the buzz, as this performance by 13year-old Greyson Chance went viral and led to a record deal for this sixth grader from Edmond, Okla. • He’s an orange and, yeah, he’s pretty annoying. And that’s been the key to this channel’s meteoric rise in 2010: in less than one year, more than

1 million people have signed up for a regular dose of wise-cracking citrus. • Paul “Yosemite Bear” Vasquez’s emotive footage of a spectacular rainbow in Yosemite National Park caught the attention of a few pop culture sites and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, whose tweet helped make this clip and the “double rainbow” one of the most beloved memes of 2010. And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for … here are the mostwatched videos of 2010, compiled based on the view counts of videos uploaded during 2010. In some instances we aggregated totals across multiple versions of the same video to find the most-watched clip that really set YouTube on fire this year. Globally, as of November 2010, the most-watched YouTube videos (excluding major label music videos) were: • BED INTRUDER SONG!!! (now on iTunes) • TIK TOK KESHA Parody: Glitter Puke - Key of Awe$ome #13 • Greyson Chance Singing Paparazzi • Annoying Orange Wazzup • Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like • Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10 • OK Go - This Too Shall Pass Rube Goldberg Machine version • THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE - Trailer • Jimmy Surprises Bieber Fan • Ken Block's Gymkhana THREE, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; l'Autodrome

the most-watched major music label videos were: • Justin Bieber - Baby ft. Ludacris • Shakira ft. Freshlyground - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Song) • Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna • Eminem - Not Afraid • Rihanna - Rude Boy • Justin Bieber - Never Say Never ft. Jaden Smith • Justin Bieber - Never Let You Go • Lady Gaga - Alejandro • Justin Bieber - Somebody To Love Remix ft. Usher • Lady Gaga - Telephone ft. Beyonce The most-searched for queries on YouTube during the year show what was on our collective minds as 2010 played out. Like Google Zeitgeist, these lists reveal the interests, issues and entertainment that connected us. January - haiti February - luge March - eclipse trailer April - ipad May - eminem not afraid June - shakira waka waka July - double rainbow August - bed intruder September - halo reach October - whip my hair November - firework For more reminders of the people, places and events that played out on YouTube during 2010, visit or check out YouTube Trends for more detailed lists. Posted by Mia Quagliarello, Community Manager, YouTube

(Engadget) Submitted at 12/13/2010 11:46:00 AM

And globally, as of November 2010,

Leaked Memo Shows EPA Doubts About BeeKilling Pesticide (Wired: Wired Science) Submitted at 12/13/2010 1:02:18 PM

Over the concerns of its own scientists, the Environmental Protection Agency continues to approve a controversial pesticide introduced to U.S. markets shortly before the honeybee collapse, according to documents leaked to a Colorado beekeeper. The pesticide, called clothianidin, is manufactured by German agrochemical company Bayer, though it’s actually banned in Germany. It’s also banned in France, Italy and Slovenia. Those countries fear that clothianidin, which is designed to be absorbed by plant tissue and released in pollen and nectar to kill pests, is also dangerous to pollen- and nectareating bees that are critical to some plants’ reproductive success. In 2003, the EPA approved clothianidin for use in the United States. Since then it’s become widely

used, with farmers purchasing $262 million worth of clothianidin last year. It’s used on used on sugar beets, canola, soy, sunflowers, wheat and corn, the last a pollen-rich crop planted more widely than any other in the U.S., and a dietary favorite of honeybees. During this time, after several decades of gradual decline, honeybee colonies in the United States underwent widespread, massive collapses. Up to one-third have now vanished, troubling farmers who rely on bees to fertilize some $15 billion worth of U.S. crops and citizens who simply like bees. Though colony collapse disorder likely has many causes — from mites to bacteria to fungus to the physiological stresses and epidemiological risks of industrial beekeeping — pesticides are a prime suspect, and the EPA’s leaked documents(pdf) are troubling. The memo, obtained by Colorado

beekeeper Tom Theobald and publicized by the Pesticide Action Network, was written in November by scientists from the EPA’s Environmental Fate and Effects Division, who are considering Bayer’s request to use clothianidin in cotton and mustard. They describe how a key Bayer safety study used by the EPA to justify its original clothianidin approvals, which were granted before the study was actually conducted, was sloppily designed and poorly run, making it a “supplemental” resource at best. “Clothianidin’s major risk concern is to nontarget insects (that is, honey bees),” write the EFED researchers(pdf). “Exposure through contaminated pollen and nectar and potential toxic effects therefore remain an uncertainty for pollinators.” Some beekeepers and activists have now asked the EPA to reverse its clothianidin approval. An EPA

spokesperson told Grist’s Tom Philpott that clothianidin will again be on sale this spring. According to the EPA’s website, the clothianidin review has been moved back to 2012. Image: Flickr/ Jack Wolf. See Also: • The Silent Spring of the Honeybees • Mysterious Bee Disappearance Could Disrupt U.S. Agriculture • Whatever Happened to Whatever Happened to the Bees? • Bee Colony Collapse May Have Several Causes • EPA Reverses Controversial ‘Human Guinea Pig’ Rule • Human Pesticide Testing’s Greatest Hits Brandon’s Twitter stream and reporter’s notebook; Wired Science on Twitter.


Dying Moon May Have Spawned Saturn’s Rings (Wired: Wired Science) Submitted at 12/13/2010 7:01:02 AM

Saturn’s majestic rings are the remnants of a long-vanished moon that was stripped of its icy outer layer before its rocky heart plunged into the planet, a new theory proposes. The icy fragments would have encircled the solar system’s second largest planet as rings and eventually spalled off small moons of their own that are still there today, says Robin Canup, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. “Not only do you end up with the current ring, but you can also explain the inner ice-rich moons that haven’t been explained before,” she says. Canup’s paper appears online December 12 in Nature. The origin of Saturn’s rings, a favorite of backyard astronomers, has baffled professional scientists. Earlier ideas about how the rings formed have fallen into two categories: Either a small moon plunged intact into the planet and shattered, or a comet smacked into a moon, shredding the moon to bits. The problem is that both scenarios would produce an equal mix of rock and ice in Saturn’s rings — not the nearly 95 percent ice seen today. Canup studied what happened in the period just after Saturn (and the solar system’s other planets) coalesced from a primordial disk of gas and dust 4.5 billion years ago. In previous work, she had shown that moon after moon would be born around the

infant gas giants, each growing until the planet’s gravitational tug pulled it in to its destruction. Moons would have stopped forming when the disk of gas and dust was all used up. In the new study, Canup calculated that a moon the size of Titan — Saturn’s largest at some 5,000 kilometers across — would begin to separate into layers as it migrated inward. Saturn’s tidal pull would cause much of the moon’s ice to melt and then refreeze as an outer mantle. As the moon spiraled into the planet, Canup’s calculations show, the icy layer would be stripped off to form the rings. A moon so large would have produced rings several orders of magnitude more massive than today’s, Canup says. That, in turn, would have provided a source of ice for new, small moons spawned from the rings’ outer edge. Such a process, she says, could explain why Saturn’s inner moons are icy, out to and including the 1,000-kilometer-wide Tethys, while moons farther from the planet contain more rock. “Once you hear it, it’s a pretty simple idea,” says Canup. “But no one was thinking of making a ring a lot more massive than the current ring, or losing a satellite like Titan. That was the conceptual break.” “It’s a big deal,” agrees Luke Dones, also of the Southwest Research Institute, who has worked on the comet-makes-rings theory. “It never occurred to me that the rings could be so much more massive than they are now.”

Another recent study supports the notion that todays rings are the remnants of massive ancient rings of pure ice. In a paper in press at Icarus, Larry Esposito, a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, calculates that more massive rings are less likely to be polluted by dust, and hence could still be as pristine as they appear today even after 4.5 billion years. Some questions still linger about Canup’s model, says Dones, like why some of Saturn’s inner icy moons have more rock in them than others. The theory will be put to the test in 2017, when NASA’s Cassini mission finishes its grand tour of Saturn by making the best measurements yet of the mass of the rings. Researchers can use those and other details to better tease out how the rings evolved over time. Image: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss See Also: • This Summer’s Sexiest Images From Saturn • Saturn’s Rings May Be Ancient, Thanks To Moon Recycling • Video: Two Full Days of Saturn’s Aurora • Titan Raises Tsunamis in Saturn Ring • Video: Moon Builds Snowballs in Saturn Ring • Cassini Gets Life Extension to Explore Saturn Until 2017 • New Close-Ups of Saturn’s Moons Mimas and Calypso

French hostage children released (World news and comment from the Guardian | Submitted at 12/13/2010 8:37:35 AM

Teenager who held pupils captive, armed with a sword, taken into custody without anyone being harmed, say police A group of children who were held hostage by a 17-year-old at a nursery school in eastern France have been released unharmed. The teenager, who was armed with at least one sword, was detained by police just before 1pm local time after the arrival of a specialist unit of the national force, accompanied by two psychiatrists. He had taken 20 children hostage at the Charles Fourier pre-school in Besancon at 9am (8am GMT) but released most of them about an hour later. Five or six children and the teacher were believed still to have been in the school when the officers entered. Masked gendarmes pointed their firearms at the windows and doors as

they went inside. "The hostage-taking is over", said Jean-Marc Magda, an aide to the Besancon mayor, adding that the teenager was in police custody inside the school. French television showed a wide-eyed girl being draped with a green blanket and carried away. Police and worried families had surrounded the school since early in the day. The children held were aged between four and five. The hostage-taker did not threaten them and allowed them to go to the bathroom during the ordeal, said the French education minister, Luc Chatel, from the scene.. Magda said on BFM-TV that the children's families were being offered psychological and medical assistance. Magda said the hostage-taker was known to suffer from depression. "He has personality problems. We have contacted his doctor," he said. "We have been in constant contact with him since the beginning." The school is in Planoise, a neighbourhood of housing estates

with a large immigrant population on the western edge of Besancon. Other classrooms in the nursery were evacuated but pupils were still inside the adjacent elementary school while the events unfolded. President Nicolas Sarkozy did not comment publicly about the hostage-taking. When he was mayor of the northwest Paris suburb of Neuilly in 1993, Sarkozy negotiated the release of several children taken hostage by a hooded and armed man calling himself HB (Human Bomb) who demanded a 100m francs (£10m) ransom for their release. The then mayor was seen carrying children from the school. The siege lasted 46 hours before a squad of armed police shot dead the hostagetaker, Eric Schmitt. • France keeping tech support a family business by A Googler (The Official Google Blog) Submitted at 12/13/2010 11:26:00 AM

Every December for as long as I can remember, I’ve come home to something like this: If you couldn’t already tell, that’s a list of things my dad wants me to teach him how to do. Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching my dad how to do stuff on his computer—and he’s fairly tech-savvy as far as dads go—but sometimes trudging through that to-do list gets tedious. Talking to fellow Googlers, I learned that I wasn’t alone in my role as the one-man family tech support team. In fact, I was hard pressed to find anyone who didn’t have a similar story about getting their parents up to speed. This got a few of us thinking. Why isn’t there a site designed to help “kids” teach their parents about computer basics? So we put our heads together and built a new site: lets you select from more than 50 basic how-to videos to send to mom, dad, your old college roommate, your neighbor or anyone else who could use a little help with tech tasks—whether it’s how to copy & paste to how to share a big file. Wrap up your video with a custom email and off it goes! The recipient will receive your message and a link to the video(s) you selected. As an added treat, the first 10,000 people who send tech support care packages will also be able to send a real tech support care package in the (snail) mail to the recipient of their choice—on us. I hope this shaves off an hour or two of your family tech support duties this December—and beyond! Posted by Jason Toff, Toff Family Tech Support

Snow, Uneven Matches Make for Sloppy Sunday ( The Daily Fix) Submitted at 12/13/2010 10:04:48 AM

Sunday's biggest football-related story involved a game that wasn't even played; Cam Newton's controversial Heisman win; the Knicks are actually good this year.

Kim Willsher Haroon Siddique© Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds

Everyone and no one (Seth's Blog) Submitted at 12/12/2010 4:30:00 AM

Two things are always not true: Everyone likes this. No one likes this.

Sorry. If you try to please everyone, the few you don't delight will either ruin your day or ruin your sense of what sort of product you should make. And if you believe the critic who

insists that no one is going to like what you made, you will walk away from a useful niche. One other thing: Sometimes it's easy to confuse, "the small cadre of people I want to impress because my ego

demands that this 'in' group is important," with "everyone." They're not the same.


Fraunhofer IIS uses Awiloc Judge throws out Paul indoor positioning magic to Allen's massive patent suit, guide museum patrons Allen plans to continue (Engadget) Submitted at 12/13/2010 11:22:00 AM

If you've been to a museum in the past year and change, chances are you've been coerced into ponying up an extra five bones for some sort of handheld apparatus. Supposedly, these things accompany patrons and enhance the experience, but more often than not, you're stuck with a grimy audio device that tells you little more than you brother Bob, who is undoubtedly tagging along behind and educating everyone in a 50 foot radius. Folks who choose to spend their time waltzing through the Museum of Industrial Culture in Nuremberg, however, have it better. The Fraunhofer IIS has developed a new technology for WLAN-based positioning, and unlike conventional GPS approaches, Awiloc actually

works indoors. As the story goes, visitors to the museum can grab a handheld that follows their movement and then shows them what they're facing (or aren't facing, for that matter) in detail. Of course, they could also use the tracking data to see which exhibits were drawing the most attention if they were smart, but how exactly would the privacy advocate in you feel about that? Continue reading Fraunhofer IIS uses Awiloc indoor positioning magic to guide museum patrons Fraunhofer IIS uses Awiloc indoor positioning magic to guide museum patrons originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Fraunhofer IIS| Email this| Comments

The myth of the simple business plan (Seth's Blog) Submitted at 12/13/2010 4:13:00 AM

The status quo is accepted, regardless how complex, but we demand the new thing be simple. Here's a business plan for a textbook manufacturer ca. 1955: Hire a professor, pay them to spend years making a textbook. Hire a lot of salespeople, have them visit other professors and their committees, selling them a book they won't ultimately buy, but will merely force others to buy. Then build an infrastructure to make sure the bookstores have the book that the

students are instructed to buy against their will. Then add meaningless updates to the book regularly so the used textbook market doesn't impinge on new book sales. If someone pitched you that business model a century ago, you'd laugh. Most giant industries have similarly convuluted plans. For some reason, we require new business models to be far more elegant... The secret to classic industries is that each step in the plan must be simple. So simple that it's easy to explain and scale. But those simple steps can certainly add up to a complex web.

New Kindle sells 'millions,' bests all 2009 Kindle sales (Engadget) Submitted at 12/13/2010 10:54:00 AM

Amazon has left us with no choice: making sales conclusions based on a single additional letter. The company, notoriously vague on Kindle sales, has announced that "in just the first 73 days of this holiday quarter, we've already sold millions of our all-new Kindles." In other words, at least two million, and more for Kindle overall if you consider DX(still on sale) and the recent lightning deal blowout of the Kindle 2. Amazon's Department of Creative Statistics also noted that

this elusive sales figure is greater than all its Kindle sales in 2009. How many is that, you ask? No idea -- we know"millions" were sold between 2007 and 2009, but parsing it out further would only unravel a mystery Encyclopedia Brown has been spending pages and pages to solve -and still has a ways to go. New Kindle sells 'millions,' bests all 2009 Kindle sales originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink Daring Fireball| Amazon| Email this| Comments

(Engadget) Submitted at 12/13/2010 10:31:00 AM

Remember the massive patent lawsuit leveled at Apple, Google, AOL, Facebook, ebay, Netflix, and a number of other companies by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen? Well, it's now hit something of a snag -- a federal judge dismissed the case on Friday, stating that Allen's suit "failed to identify the infringing products or devices with any specificity," and that the court and defendants were basically "left to guess what devices infringe on the

Stockholm bombing: Our society is worth defending, says Swedish PM (World news and comment from the Guardian | Submitted at 12/13/2010 4:49:10 AM

Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt labels the bomb attack on Stockholm's city centre 'unacceptable'

Comic for December 12, 2010 (Dilbert Daily Strip) Submitted at 12/12/2010 2:00:00 AM

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four patents." For his part, Allen apparently plans to persevere with the patent fight, and said through a spokesman that the dismissal was merely a "procedural issue," and that "the case is staying on track" -- Allen now has until December 28th to file an amended complaint. Judge throws out Paul Allen's massive patent suit, Allen plans to continue originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Computerworld, InformationWeek| Email this| Comments



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