Kodi Is Fighting Trademark Trolls

Friday the makers of an open source media player Kodi called out trademark trolls who they say have “attempted to register the Kodi name in various countries outside the United States with the goal of earning money off the Kodi name without doing any work beyond sending threatening letters.” BrianFagioli shares an article in which BetaNews quotes Kodi community and project manager Nathan Betzen: “At least one trademark troll has…

September 9, 2017
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An Intelligent Speed Bump Uses Non-Newtonian Liquid

turkeydance quotes Business Insider: A Spanish company has designed a speed bump that won’t hinder slow drivers but will still stop motorists driving too fast. The speed bump is filled with a non-Newtonian liquid which changes viscosity when pressure is applied at high velocity. They’ve been installed in Villanueva de Tapia, Spain and there has also been interest from Israel and Germany. There’s a video on the site showing the…

September 9, 2017
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China Builds World’s Largest EV Charging Network With 167,000 Stations

“It soon will become easier to charge a Chevy Bolt or Tesla in China,” reports 24/7 Wall Street, citing reports from China’s official newspaper that they’ve built the highest number of electric-car charging facilities in the world, offering “the broadest coverage, and the most advanced technology.” AmiMoJo quotes their announcement: A total of 167,000 charging piles have now been connected to the telematics platform of the State Grid Corporation of…

September 9, 2017
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Uber rival Taxify stops operating in London just three days after launching as the city’s transport regulator begins investigating its operating license (Matt Burgess/WIRED UK)

September 9, 2017

Matt Burgess / WIRED UK: Uber rival Taxify stops operating in London just three days after launching as the city’s transport regulator begins investigating its operating license  —  The controversial Uber rival has temporarily pulled its service in London while the city’s transport regulator conducts an investigation into its licence Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Linux Pioneer SUSE Marks 25 Years In the Field

troublemaker_23 shares an article from ITWire: The Germany-based SUSE Linux marked a milestone last week: on Friday, September 2, the company turned 25, a remarkable achievement in an industry where the remains of software companies litter the landscape around the world… SUSE was formed in 1992 by three university students — Hubert Mantel, Roland Dyroff, and Burchard Steinbild. The fourth man in the equation was software engineer Thomas Fehr. They…

September 9, 2017
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Should Congress Force Social Media To Investigate Foreign Propaganda Trolls?

“I fought foreign propaganda for the FBI,” writes a former special agent from its Counterintelligence Division. Now an associate dean at Yale Law School, he’s warning that “the tools we had won’t work anymore.” An anonymous reader quotes Politico: The bureau is now faced with huge private companies, like Facebook and Twitter, which are ostensibly neutral and have no professional or ethical obligation to vet the material they distribute. Further,…

September 9, 2017
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Best Buy pulls Kaspersky security software off its shelves amid outside concerns that Kaspersky could have ties to the Russian government (Kavita Kumar/Star Tribune)

September 9, 2017

Kavita Kumar / Star Tribune: Best Buy pulls Kaspersky security software off its shelves amid outside concerns that Kaspersky could have ties to the Russian government  —  Reports of Kremlin ties led retailer to pull the product.  —  Best Buy is pulling internet security software from a Russian company off its shelves … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Leaked iOS 11 firmware indicates Apple’s new phones are called iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)

September 9, 2017

Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Leaked iOS 11 firmware indicates Apple’s new phones are called iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X  —  We think we know the names of the new iPhones, thanks to the iOS firmware.  Apple’s three new phones are called iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X (via Steven Troughton Smith). Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Linux.com Raves About New Snap-Centric ‘Nitrux’ Distro

An anonymous reader quotes Linux.com: What happens when you take Ubuntu 17.10, a new desktop interface (one that overlays on top of KDE), snap packages, and roll them all up into a pseudo rolling release? You get Nitrux. At first blush, this particular Linux distribution seems more of an experiment than anything else — to show how much the KDE desktop can be tweaked to resemble the likes of the…

September 9, 2017
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