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A mix of tech, market research, sports, popular culture and other things that I find interesting.
#quincymarket #boston #ma #newengland #summer2013

#quincymarket #boston #ma #newengland #summer2013

In historic vote, New Zealand bans software patents

infoneer-pulse:

A major new patent bill, passed in a 117-4 vote by New Zealand’s Parliament after five years of debate, has banned software patents.

The relevant clause of the patent bill actually states that a computer program is “not an invention.” Some have suggested that was a way to get around the wording of the TRIPS intellectual property treaty, which requires patents to be “available for any inventions, whether products or processes, in all fields of technology.”

Processes will still be patentable if the computer program is merely a way of implementing a patentable process. But patent claims that cover computer programs “as such” will not be allowed.

» via ars technica

Number of federal wiretaps rose 71 percent in 2012

infoneer-pulse:

The number of wiretaps secured in federal criminal investigations jumped 71 percent in 2012 over the previous year, according to newly released figures.

Federal courts authorized 1,354 interception orders for wire, oral and electronic communications, up from 792 the previous year, according to the figures, released Friday by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. There was a 5 percent increase in state and local use of wiretaps in the same period.

» via Washington Post

Illusionist “levitating” beside London bus for Pepsi campaign.

Now #Toronto and #dallas are tied #mls #torontofootballclub #tfc

Now #Toronto and #dallas are tied #mls #torontofootballclub #tfc

Replica #worldseries #trophy inside lobby of #georgesteinbrennerstadium in # tampa #fla #florida #mlb #yankees #nyc #newyork #ny

Replica #worldseries #trophy inside lobby of #georgesteinbrennerstadium in # tampa #fla #florida #mlb #yankees #nyc #newyork #ny

digithoughts:

The 12 Cellphones That Changed Our World Forever | Wired

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the cell phone, Wired goes through 12 groundbreaking mobile devices. One thing that strikes me when seeing this and other posts covering the cell phone time line, is that it’s not just Apple that has gone stale in terms of hardware form factor innovation.

After the introduction of the iPhone, the industry, and we users, just settled for the big touchscreen slab. Now, there’s just different screen sizes and more or less bezel. And until Google Now, Siri and other alternative data input methods get reliable enough, I think we’re stuck. But if the emerging wearable tech trend takes off, it will speed up the improvement of the quality and reliability of voice input rapidly. Which in turn will spur form factor innovation even further. Looking forward to it.

#nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #spring

#nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #spring