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MIT Eats Oil

posted Sunday Aug 29, 2010 by Scott Ertz

MIT Eats Oil

MIT is always hard at work trying to solve the world's problems one piece of technology at a time. This week's solution is a floating yellow box that collects oil.

This autonomous robot, named Seaswarm, is capable of floating around on its own, without any human interaction, searching the sea for oil and collecting it. Now, this would be impressive by itself, however, this little guy can team up with friends to take on the ocean together, with the help of GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity.

For more on the Seaswarm and to see the MIT video, hit the break.

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Google Not Participating in JavaOne

posted Sunday Aug 29, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Google Not Participating in JavaOne

Early this month, Oracle joined the ranks of every other technology company on the planet and filed suit against Google. Oracle has claimed that Google violated patents they acquired when they purchased Sun Microsystems, namely Java-related patents, with their Dalvik virtual machine on the Android platform.

This lawsuit has led Google to pull their participation in the JavaOne developers' event, now led by Oracle. Google has participated in every JavaOne event since 2004, but feels it is no longer appropriate for them to participate in an event about the future of Java and open source software run by a company that files lawsuits over open source licenses.

For more on the lawsuit and Google's thoughts on JavaOne, hit the break.

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LucasFilms Sues Jedi Mind, Inc.

posted Sunday Aug 29, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

George Lucas is taking out his lightsaber to attack the makers of a wireless headset called Master Mind that states its users can interact with computers through brainwaves. Jedi Mind, Inc. is the target of this Lucasfilm lawsuit over copyright infringement, claiming that the products made by this company could hurt Lucas' business and make customers confused.

Lucas has somewhat of a reputation of being intolerant of anyone using references to Star Wars in their products. The now-popular "Droid" mark for Android-powered smartphones was, in fact, licensed from Lucasfilm for this reason - otherwise, Verizon Wireless would have to use another, probably less catchy name.

With this fairly common knowledge, it's surprising that Jedi Mind, Inc. even moved forward with its company and product names in the first place. Lucasfilm sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company in May of 2009, and then again in September of 2009 after Jedi Mind failed to phase out the Jedi-related marks. The two companies tried to settle out of court, but apparently failed, leading Lucasfilm to ask for $5 million in damages as well as injunctive relief.

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Movie Studios Sue Ad Companies for Pirate Sites

posted Sunday Aug 29, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Movie Studios Sue Ad Companies for Pirate Sites

Movie studios are sick of websites that offer pirated material and have decided to open a new lawsuit targeting an ad company that provides their services to these sites. Warner Bros and Disney have joined forces to sue Triton Media, saying the company is responsible for contributory and induced copyright infringement because Triton helps keep these sites alive by supporting them with ad and referral income.

Warner and Disney are going after Triton for supporting nine websites they claim to be "one-stop-shop" sites for illegal copies of the studios' work. Some of the sites include free-tv-video-online.info, watch-movies-links.net and thepiratecity.org - basically, no-name sites. Essentially, the lawsuit claims that both parties have profited from the distribution of the pirated works and Triton made it possible by offering "material assistance" to the sites.

To see if anything may come out of this lawsuit, check after the break.

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Microsoft Cofounder Sues the Internet Over Patents

posted Sunday Aug 29, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Microsoft Cofounder Sues the Internet Over Patents

Paul Allen, entrepreneur and co-founder of Microsoft, has filed a lawsuit against 11 companies for infringements on his Web search patents. The suit names Apple, Google, Facebook, Netflix, YouTube, and Microsoft partner Yahoo as defendants for violating four Interval Licensing LLC patents, though the court will likely have to weigh whether the patents in question are "obvious" or not.

The infringing patents have three main concepts in question: browser use for finding and looking through information, keeping a user's peripheral attention while using a device and letting users know of items of current interest. Basically, this is revolving around the idea of presenting searched-for information to a user along with related news articles, music, videos, status updates from friends or stock and weather info.

For more on what's going on here, follow the break.

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Fan Friday for Star Wars: The Old Republic Brings Great News!

posted Sunday Aug 22, 2010 by Josh Henry

Fan Friday for <i>Star Wars: The Old Republic</i> Brings Great News!

Whether you like to keep two feet on the ground or like to explore the final frontier, The Old Republic is catering to your every need. Fans of the former or the ladder (or both) aspects of the game have a little more to look forward to this week, as BioWare released additional information on the advanced classes and rolled out the first two starfighters for the public to see. Last week they also revealed some footage of space combat as well as some in depth information about the Jedi Knight.

In its recent Fan Friday, BioWare clarified the 16 class specializations by listing each of their top three attributes. For example, class I plan on playing, the Jedi Knight, has two specs entitled Jedi Gaurdian and Jedi Sentinel. The Jedi Guardian skills include using a Single Saber and Heavy Armor, while having Party Buffs and fulfilling the role of a Tank. Jedi Sentinels however Dual Weild their Saber's and specialize in Saber to Saber combat and take care of Melee DPS.

If the recently revealed space combat has you itching to jump in your jumpsuit, you can check out the first two starships (out of six) that will take pilots through the midst of adrenaline-pumping battles. The Fury is an Imperial interceptor (which looks like a enlarged predecessor of the TIE Interceptor), designed with speed and firepower in mind. Its counterpart, the Defender, is a standard Republic corvette that's been upgraded with turbolasers and shields for quick combat missions. Hopefully, we'll find out the remaining four fighters before too long!

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