Month: March 2019

Everything Is Obvious – Intellectual Property Watch

Everything Is Obvious – Intellectual Property Watch

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By Ryan Abbott, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, University of Surrey School of Law and Adjunct Assistant Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles [Note: Originally published in the UCLA Law Review here. Reprinted with permission.] For more than sixty years, “obviousness” has set the bar for patentability.  Under this standard, if a hypothetical “person having ordinary skill in the art” would find an invention obvious in light of existing relevant information, then the invention cannot be patented.  This skilled person is defined as a non-innovative worker with a limited knowledge-base.  The more creative and informed the skilled person, the more likely an invention will be considered obvious.  The standard has evolved since its introducti
Trump Campaign Sends TV Producers Memo Accusing Dems of Mak…

Trump Campaign Sends TV Producers Memo Accusing Dems of Mak…

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The Trump campaign sent a scathing memo to major TV news producers Monday calling on networks to consider dropping certain prominent Democrats as guests for “lying to the American people” about the Mueller report, according to a tweet from ABC reporter Meridith McGraw. After falsely claiming that Attorney General Barr’s four-page summary of Mueller’s findings can only be viewed as “a total and complete vindication of President Trump,” the memo accused prominent Democrats of “lying to the American people by vigorously and repeatedly claiming there was evidence of collusion.” The memo calls out Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CA); Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Eric Swalwell (D-CA); DNC Chairman Tom Perez; and former CIA director John Brennan, and advises networks to cons
WhatsApp, GoFundMe, Google fight against fake news

WhatsApp, GoFundMe, Google fight against fake news

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WhatsApp, GoFundMe, Google fight against fake news&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspAFP Last week, WhatsApp began testing another tool designed to combat the spread of disinformation on the platform, while GoFundMe officially banned anti-vaccination campaigns. Recently, social media networks, fundraising campaigns and major tech companies have been taking huge steps in the global fight against fake news. WhatsApp WhatsApp has been developing a hefty arsenal of tools designed to reduce the spread of disinformation. On Friday, it was discovered by WABetaInfo that the platform is testing a feature that would automatically label viral messages that have been forwarded more than four times with "fr
Google Hurt Pinterest’s Growth in 2018 by Deindexing Keywor…

Google Hurt Pinterest’s Growth in 2018 by Deindexing Keywor…

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Pinterest’s recent IPO filing contains details about the site’s growth being hurt in 2018 due to a Google update.Google deindexed Pinterest’s keyword landing pages in the first quarter of 2018, which impacted search traffic and user growth throughout the rest of the year.Further, Pinterest says it may not be able to recover from the damage caused by Google’s actions.It’s not known why Google deindexed Pinterest’s landing pages as the exact details were not revealed.Here’s what is stated in Pinterest’s IPO filing regarding Google’s actions:“… in the first quarter of 2018, Google de-indexed our keyword landing pages, which negatively impacted traffic and user growth in the quarters that followed. Our ability to appeal these actions is limited, and we may not be able to revise our search e
The web burglars trying to break in every second

The web burglars trying to break in every second

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Image copyright Getty Images Businesses are under siege every second of every day, bombarded by a "grey noise" of potentially harmful web traffic seeking access to their networks. But IT staff often can't tell the malicious traffic from the benign. Why?If your office building were visited thousands of times a day by criminals peering through the windows seeking a way in, you'd be understandably nervous about hanging around.Yet any organisation with an online presence gets exactly this type of unwelcome attention all the time.Security researcher Andrew Morris calls this constant barrage "grey noise...
Downtown San Jose residences draw dozens of buyers – Marin …

Downtown San Jose residences draw dozens of buyers – Marin …

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SAN JOSE — A new residential development in downtown San Jose being built by Trumark Homes is poised to launch an emerging urban village near the Diridon rail station and Google’s future transit-oriented community. SP78 has already landed dozens of buyers, even while units are being constructed in the 78-unit development, which is perched on the edge of the bustling San Pedro Square restaurant and entertainment district in San Jose. “The recent announcement of Adobe’s new downtown office tower and Google’s proposal for a transit-oriented village coupled with the city’s greater effort for urban revitalization of the area further demonstrates the tremendous opportunity associated with downtown San Jose,” said Tony Bosowski, Northern California Division President at Trumark Homes. Tech tit
What Is Fake News? – Fake News Websites

What Is Fake News? – Fake News Websites

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Mar 25, 2019 You've definitely heard about fake news by now. There's a chance it's come up in class, around the dinner table with your family, or on Twitter.But the term may have left you wondering: WTF is fake news anyway? Is it something you yell out when you want to dismiss a source that you disagree with? When people say "fake news" are they just talking about satire sites like The Onion? Or does it mean some websites and news outlets are actually making up facts that are seriously influencing people's ideas and, in the meantime, shaping our culture and even affecting our elections?To get to the bottom of the "fake news" phenomenon, we spoke with Katy Byron, manager of Po...
Google’s rel=prev/next Communication Method: Nothing Has Ch…

Google’s rel=prev/next Communication Method: Nothing Has Ch…

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Google keeps saying the same thing over and over again regarding their communication around the rel=prev/next blunder. Simply that nothing has changed, to do pagination just like you always have been doing and that is it.To catch you all up, Google last week shocked the SEO and developer community when they said that they haven't supported rel=prev/next for years. It turns out that Gary Illyes from Google discovered it and Google had to quickly tell the community that they don't support it the way they have been telling SEOs for the past several years. To be clear, Google did apologize saying "We apologize for any confusion. This was an oversight and something that we should have communicated proactively before taking down the documentation. As our systems improve over time, the...