A-A+ The Supreme Court, which is pretty squeamish about vulgar language, recently agreed to hear a case about whether the owner of a line of clothing sold under the brand name FUCT can register a trademark for the term. An official at the Patent and Trademark Office said no, reasoning that the term sounded like the past tense of the most versatile Anglo-Saxon curse word. A 1905 federal law allows the office to refuse to register trademarks that are âimmoral, deceptive or scandalous.â
The US government sends a lot of emails. Like any large, modern organization, it wants to “optimize” for “user engagement” using “analytics” and “big data.” In practice, that means tracking the people it communicates with — secretly, thoroughly, and often, insecurely. Granicus is a third-party contractor that builds communication tools to help governments engage constituents online. The company offers services for social media, websites, and email, and it boasts of serving over 4,000 federal, state, and local agencies, from the city of Oakland to the US Veterans Administration to HealthCare.gov. In 2016, the company merged with GovDelivery, another government-services provider. It appears that parts of the federal government have been working with GovDelivery, now Granicus, since at
Russia has launched a civil case against Google, accusing it of failing to comply with a legal requirement to remove certain entries from its search results, the country's communications watchdog said on Monday. If found guilty, the U.S. internet giant could be fined up to 700,000 rubles ($10,450), the watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said. It said Google had not joined a state registry that lists banned websites that Moscow believes contain illegal information and was therefore in breach of the law. A final decision in the case will be made in December, the watchdog said. Google declined to comment.Over the past five years, Russia has introduced tougher internet laws that require search engines to delete some search results, messaging services to share encryption keys with security services, ...
Google CEO Sundar Pichai offered a new justification for the company's exploration of a censored version of its search engine for people in China: it already censors information elsewhere. In a New York Times interview published Thursday, Pichai compared Europe's "right to be forgotten laws" to censorship when asked about launching a search product in China. "One of the things that's not well understood, I think, is that we operate in many countries where there is censorship. When we follow 'right to be forgotten' laws, we are censoring search results because we're complying with the law," Pichai told the Times. ...
It looks like Nintendo is working on an official Game Boy case for smartphones. Siliconera has spotted a new US patent filed by Nintendo which seems to be related to a plastic smartphone case that strongly resembles the design of the classic Game Boy. It's honestly not hard to find Game Boy cases for smartphones (a quick Google search will reveal quite a few that you can buy), but Nintendo's take on this concept seems to differ from the rest in two very distinct ways: it's official and it's fully functional. Yes, it looks like this case will allow your smartphone to function just like an old-school Game Boy. Based on the design blueprints, it seems that the case's buttons will be placed over your smartphone's touchscreen and are intended to recognize and register any commands
Google's Android mobile operating system is based on open-source software, but some of the most useful parts of it – Maps and Search, for instance – are proprietary, and the company makes sure that anyone wanting to use those features has to use other services that make it money too.If an investigation by the European Union's antitrust authority finds that that behavior constitutes abuse of a dominant market position, it could expose Google to a fine of up to $11 billion.While the fine won't have much effect on Android users, device makers or service providers, the legal remedies that usually accompany such findings could mean bigger changes to the way Google licenses Android, and in particular access to its search tools and Play store.If Google were forced to change those ag
By Suzanne Monyak Law360 (June 4, 2018, 11:26 PM EDT) -- Google urged the Federal Circuit on Friday not to rehear its decision to send an intellectual property licensing company’s audio and video search patents back to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for review, arguing that the panel had correctly sided with the tech giant’s construction of a key claim.Google LLC asked the Federal Circuit to deny Network-1 Technologies Inc.’s petition for en banc review of the court’s decision, claiming that the court correctly endorsed the company's interpretation of what a “non-exhaustive search” means in... To view the full article, register now. AddSearch News