Tonight—a big technology patent deep-dive by The New York Times (non-paginated), with some super-interesting reporting and lots of Apple sourcing. (Interactive: Three Apple patents that were involved in recent lawsuits and a new version of the patent war map.) Some interesting notes:
'Last year, for the first time, spending by Apple and Google on [patents] exceeded spending on research and development of new products'8 Oct
It's a potential "doomsday machine." It's "quite literally out of control." Hedge fund managers and Nobel winners say it should be banned. Others insist it should at least be regulated. Its practitioners are "parasites." Mark Cuban says they are "the ultimate hackers," who "scared the hell out of me."
Last week they wiped out…
UPDATED. A lot of people like to complain about their experiences on major web platforms such as Facebook, but most of them stick around as users, feeling that the pros outweigh the cons. But Limited Run, a startup that makes a software platform for musicians and labels to sell physical products like vinyl records, says it has reached the final straw with its experience as a small business advertising on Facebook -- and as a result is completely withdrawing its presence on the social networking platform.
Financial Times: Our Digital Subscribers Now Outnumber Print, And Digital Is Half Of The FT's Revenue27 Jul
A milestone reached as the world of old media continues its push in a digital direction: the storied, pink-sheeted daily newspaper the Financial Times, read by 2.1 million readers daily, today said digital subscribers now outnumber those in print, and that digital revenues now account for half of all sales in the FT Group. And what's more, sales actually grew rather than declined.
Siluria Technologies, the San Francisco-based cleantech company that is developing a technology to turn natural gas into transportation fuels and industrial chemicals, announced it has raised $30 million in investment for its third founding round.
With over $63 million in funding poured into Siluria to date, the company is under pressure to bring its product to market. Siluria said in a statement that it will use the funds for two pilot-scale reactors and a commercial plant, in an effort to scale the technology.
Younger users are just as engaged as everyone else, Facebook is selling $1 million in Sponsored Stories ads a day, and building a phone "wouldn't really make much sense" are a few of the juicy news nuggets dished on on Facebook's first earnings call today, led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Still, Facebook noted it was disappointed in how its stock has traded.
Zynga reported revenue of $332 million and a net loss of $22.8 million, or 3 cents a share. That's far below the estimated $0.06 per share many analysts predicted. Comparably, the company had revenue of $279 million and net income of $1.4 million a year ago in the same quarter.
Apple Reports Disappointing Mac Sales Despite Retina MacBook Release: 4 Million Units Sold In Q3 201224 Jul
Analysts have been sharply divided in providing estimates for Apple's third quarter earnings report. And it would appear that this time, predictions of a mild third quarter were correct. Apple saw a bit of a plateau in Mac sales, with 4 million Macs, 26 million iPhones, and 17 million iPads sold in Q3 2012. That's compared to last quarter's sales…
When I learned this morning, via Twitter, that the small company behind Mac/iOS e-mail app Sparrow was being bought by Google, I almost didn't need to read the startup's announcement to know the upshot.
Google and Facebook buy itty-bitty web companies all the time. And the acquired businesses typically convey what's happening in an eerily consistent five-step ritual:
- Announcement of thrilling acquisition…
Budget cuts and bureaucracy have kept engineering equipment from our nation's schools, so a scrappy Stanford team is taking a truck chock-full of fun tools to the students themselves. SparkTruck literally parks a engineering bench outside of schools, let's students play with the latest in maker technology, and has managed to have a measurable impact on students' path towards a career in science.
BRUSSELS — The European Parliament rejected a global agreement against copyright theft on Wednesday, handing a victory to protesters who said the legislation was an international version of the U.S. SOPA legislation that spurred on the Wikipedia blackout protest this January.
The vote marked the culmination of a two-year battle between legislators who supported the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and its largely young, digitally savvy opponents.
An aspiring hardware hacker at Twilio has used his company's own telephony APIs as well as Node.js and Arduino to build the charming robot you see in the clip above.
We just about overloaded on developer buzzwords there, so let's back it up a bit.
The bot was built by Twilio developer evangelist Jonathan Gottfried, to whom we say, nice work, Jon!
The US Patent Office announced it's moving operations closer to America's innovation centers by opening new satellite offices in Dallas, Denver and San Jose, California early next year. Here's an overview of what this means and why the new offices may face a severe staffing shortage:
So what's so great about these new patent offices?
The new locations mean companies will no longer have to travel to Washington for proceedings like re-examinations.
Nobody likes to admit it, but if you're a working professional, there's a good chance you're familiar with sweat stains. The commute to work, the stress of meeting a deadline, the faulty air conditioning in the boardroom, cotton weaves -- all of these things and many more have been known to conspire against you, the working professional. Luckily, Ministry of Supply…
Google has a lot to prove with the Nexus 7: Does it finally understand tablets, after so much bumbling over the last few years? Can it take back tablet market share from Amazon, which has managed to create the only successful Android tablet with the Kindle Fire? And how can a cheap device take on the high-end iPad?
All of those thoughts were rushing through my head as I tore open my Nexus 7 review unit this morning (Google wasted no time shipping units out after…
Although gigantic ships are relatively efficient -- compared to, say, transporting massive amounts of stuff by airplane -- they do use an astounding amount of fuel. The shipping industry is working on this problem. In particular, a Norwegian shipping company and a marine energy company are partnering to work on a hybrid ship, the Viking Lady.
The Viking Lady…
A zig-zag path to victory in a landmark patent infringement case
FORTUNE -- On Tuesday, a U.S. district court in San Jose, Calif., granted Apple's (AAPL) request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- the tablet computer that most closely resembles Apple's iPad.
"Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products," Judge Lucy Koh wrote.
London and Paris have had a competitive relationship for a little while now. So perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that just a few weeks after London announced the rollout of free wireless access on the Tube, the French have made a similar move.
News coming from Paris tells of a fresh initiative to bring free wireless access to public transport, bringing the city's offering more in line with its cross-channel rival.
The robot’s decision is triggered after waiting a fraction of a second to observe the movement of the human hand.
Need to share your location for a limited amount of time and just with a single person? I don't think I've seen an easier method than Mapfia, a new mobile app for iOS (s aapl) and Android (s goog). Springwise highlighted the software on Tuesday and I took a closer look. All you have to do is call someone and Mapfia shares the location of both people in the phone conversation for the length of the call.
When asked what is the biggest difference between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley accelerators, five from LA told me they're more focused on startups that don't take years to start monetizing. Leaders from Amplify, Launchpad LA, MuckerLab, Start Engine, and Originate Labs convened at this weekend's Silicon Beach Festival in Venice, California. They explained that since there's less capital down South, they're less concentrated on long-term plays, even ones that could return bigger multiples down the line.
On Wednesday, we all gathered around to watch the latest PandoMonthly fireside chat, this time between Sarah Lacy and Ben Horowitz. You've been asking for it, and we've now got you covered, with the full video embedded below. There's glitter!
Facebook has created a new feature that lets users find friends and potential friends nearby.
Currently Initially called "Friendshake" and also accessible through a URL that is the abbreviation of "find friends nearby" (http://fb.com/ffn), it's another step in Facebook furthering its reach into mobile, and creating services to meet new people -- rather than building up more connectivity with the ones you already know.
Given that coding lessons are the new Baby Mozart, we are in no way surprised at the existence of Code Club, the latest educational initiative launched across the pond. We are, however, quite amused at this promotional video, in which a sassy panel of children considers the Internet's biggest names for open advisory positions. Most do not meet their exacting standards.