Sponsors fume as key committee chair guts legislation
The lobbying might of Big Cable was on show again this week when a critical net neutrality bill in the California legislature was gutted to remove its most important features.…
Commentary: Elastigirl is out fighting crime, while Mr. Incredible stays home with the kids. And Edna, well, she does everything right.
Low-cost and effective, ankle bracelets and smartphone tracking apps mean families could stay together while keeping kids out of detention centers.
A government agency is designing cheaper new metal alloys inside a computer.
Google is still juggling the desires of its employees with working for the government.
Carne y Arena, from Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Academy-Award winning filmmaker behind The Revenant, is mesmerizing audiences.
A photo of a crying toddler went viral on social media and helped put a face on a controversial story. It’s not the first time.
Yep, there are lots of ways to get HDR on TV. We'll break 'em down.
Killer gene is the new GMO.
Broken page links flummox big iron clients of Big Blue
Earlier this month, IBM's attempt to redesign its website broke links to product documentation – and all hell broke loose.…
Forty years ago this week, in the case of Parker v. Flook, the US Supreme Court came close to banning software patents. "The court said, 'Well, software is just math; you can't patent math,'" said Stanford legal scholar Mark Lemley. As a result, "It was close to impossible in the 1970s to get software patents."
If the courts had faithfully applied the principles behind the Flook ruling over the last 40 years, there would be far fewer software patents on the books today. But that's not how things turned out. By 2000, other US courts had dismantled meaningful limits on patenting software—a situation exemplified by Amazon's infamous 1999 patent on the concept of shopping with one click. Software patents proliferated, and patent trolls became a serious problem.
But the pendulum eventually swung the other way. A landmark 2014 Supreme Court decision called CLS Bank v. Alice—which also marks its anniversary this week—set off an earthquake in the software patent world. In the first three years after Alice, the Federal Circuit Court, which hears all patent law appeals, rejected 92.3 percent of the patents challenged under the Alice precedent.
Director Rian Johnson has an amusing response to a new campaign to raise money to completely redo the Star Wars movie.
NASA has caught sight of scenic summer solstices on Saturn and Mars.
Silicon Valley CEOs move past cybersecurity and taxes to comment on social issues like gay rights and immigration.
Spymaster whines about smartphone privacy
Israel Cyber Week Facebook – already kicked around the block by politicians in the US and Europe over privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal – has come under fire from Israel.…
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might be around the corner, and we can't help but check out some concept photos.
The visit comes as President Donald Trump's administration has separated families that cross the US-Mexico border illegally.
State governments may require online retailers to collect sales taxes even in states where the retailers have no physical presence, the US Supreme Court ruled in a decision issued today.
The 5-4 ruling could clear the way for more states to require collection of sales taxes on products ordered online from out-of-state retailers.
The case, South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., Et Al., involved a South Dakota state law "requiring out-of-state sellers to collect and remit sales tax 'as if the seller had a physical presence in the State,'" the decision noted. Online retailers argued that the law was unconstitutional, and the State Supreme Court agreed, but the US Supreme Court overturned the state court ruling. South Dakota expects to collect another $48 million to $58 million in taxes a year because of this ruling.
Malware writers preying on the game-curious with fake apps
With online gaming hit Fornite set to make its debut on Android, malware writers are already playing on the game's hype to ensnare victims.…
MTV gives fans a big dose of nostalgia by relaunching '90s shows via the newly launched MTV Studios.