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ibm demands $167 million from groupon for using its patents

two of the patents involved in the lawsuit are old intellectual properties that came out of the pre-internet prodigy online service from 80's. the newest of the bunch is a "single sign on" technology allowing users to log into a website with their facebook or google accounts. groupon lawyer david hadden argued that the case isn't valid, because the patents don't cover the world wide web, because ibm did not invent it.hadden also accused the tech giant of using the patents it owns to squeeze money out of other companies. "we are here because ibm has another business that ibm...




valve temporarily stops adding adult games to steam

shining song starnova creator love in space said via twitter that its title was being withheld from steam until it satisfied new requirements. valve confirmed the suspension in a statement to gamasutra: "yes, some titles are being held. we will have more info on this soon". despite appearances, this isn't about outright censorship -- valve says it's refining tools that would give users more control over what they...




amazon warehouse workers in europe stage protest on prime day

according to the washington post, 1,800 workers in spain went on strike today, july 16th, and the protest in the country is expected to last until july 18th. thousands of workers across six fulfillment centers in germany plan to walk out tomorrow, july 17th, while those in poland intend to do the bare minimum to stay employed.it's far from the first time amazon's warehouse workers staged a protest: distribution center employees in germany and italy also walked out on black friday last year over pay issues and workplace health hazards. over the years, reports about harsh working conditions in the company's distribution centers regularly popped up, including stories from people claiming they were injured on the job and collapsed due to exha...




'david bowie is' coming to your home through ar and vr

did you miss your chance to see the david bowie is museum exhibition and pay tribute to the late, great musician? you won't have to wallow in regret for very long. the david bowie archive, sony music, planeta and the victoria and albert museum have announced plans for both augmented an...




what's on tv: 'humans,' 'snowfall' and 'killjoys'

this week we have a season finale for amc's robot series humans and fx's pose, as syfy brings back wynonna earp and killjoys plus fx has a second season of snowfall. netflix's latest series features davi...




microsoft edge ios beta offers handy visual search tool

microsoft edge beta testers on ios also get a couple other new features. one, paste-and-search, saves you a step by letting you look for whatever's on your clipboard instead of having to paste it in a search field first. those with a work or school account ...




netflix's shows didn't pull in as many new customers as expected

netflix is spending billions of dollars on new shows and movies this year, with an expectation that this will add to its subscriber base. unfortunately, over the last three months, that plan didn't work quite as well as it had predicted. in april the company notched 125 million subscribers and predicted it would add 6.2 million more. today it announced numbers (pdf) that ceo reed hastings called "strong but not stellar" growing by 5.15 million customers worldwide with about 670,000 of in the us compared to the 1.2 million it anticipated. even that number isn't too shabby, since last year during the same period it added 5.2 million people to pass the 100 million subscriber mark.the letter did highlight all of th...




future earns highest-charting streaming-only album on billboard 200

future's new album, beastmode 2, is now the highest-charting streaming-only album, billboard reports, debuting at no. 3 on billboard's hot 200. with this album, future has dethroned chance the rapper, whose co...




crispr might cause more unintended dna damage than we thought

the researchers tested three types of cells -- mouse embryonic stem cells, mouse bone marrow cells and human retinal cells -- and observed that the crispr system resulted in dna rearrangements and dna deletions that were sometimes hundreds or even thousands of dna letters long. and the problem appears to arise in the repair portion of the procedure. "the cell will try to stitch things back together," allan bradley, a professor at the wellcome sanger institute in the uk and lead author of the study, told nature news. "but it doesn't really know what bits of dna lie adjacent to each other."how have these deletions and rearrangements slipped under the radar so far? it's likely a combination of chosen technique and search area. certain me...




adidas pledges to only use recycled plastics by 2024

a lot of that cost likely has to do with economies of scale. recycled polyester can carry up to a 20 percent premium over the freshly-made variety, and it could prove daunting to process the material in adidas-level quantities. the company is likely betting that refined techniques will bring the costs down over time.the company wouldn't be on the vanguard of embracing recycled plastics. stella mccartney's fashion label has vowed to stop using b...




instapaper buys itself back from pinterest

newly formed instant paper, inc. will receive ownership from pinterest after a 21-day waiting period so it can give instapaper users fair notice about the change. not much will change for users of the service, which the new owners say they'll continue offering...




amazon warehouse workers in europe stage protest on prime day

according to the washington post, 1,800 workers in spain went on strike today, july 16th, and the protest in the country is expected to last until july 18th. thousands of workers across six fulfillment centers in germany plan to walk out tomorrow, july 17th, while those in poland intend to do the bare minimum to stay employed.it's far from the first time amazon's warehouse workers staged a protest: distribution center employees in germany and italy also walked out on black friday last year over pay issues and workplace health hazards. over the years, reports about harsh working conditions in the company's distribution centers regularly popped up, including stories from people claiming they were injured on the job and collapsed due to exha...




apple’s new emojis will include a superhero and more hair options

apple announced today that more than 70 new emojis are on the way, including characters with more hair options, new food items and additional animals. emoji faces will soon have the option of having red hair, will include more gray and curly hairstyles and will also have a bald selection. as for new smiley faces, ap...




the new 'walking dead' mobile game won’t topple 'pokémon go'

the walking dead: our world plunges you into the same hardscrabble apocalypse that features in the amc tv show of the same name. you can walk around looking for zombies to gun down, human civilians to rescue and infestations to clear out. there's also the opportunity to rebuild the shattered world, creating trading posts, warehouses and armories for survivors to hide in. plus, you can team-up with heroes from the tv show who can help you take down the hordes of the undead by your side.success in-game is rewarded with playing cards. these form the basis for the game's upgrade system. the biggest challenges offer more cards as a reward, which include better weapons, companions, energy and money. on your first play, you'll get the odd hint t...




nuraphones update adds noise-cancellation and 'transparency' mode

today, the nuraphones are getting a serious upgrade, for free, and it's as simple as a firmware update. the "g2" software brings -- among other perks -- active noise cancellation (anc) and "social mode" (sometimes known as audio-transparency -- allowing you to hear the world around you without taking the headphones off). a cynical company might have released "new" hardware and bumped up the price, but nura is offering this as a free update for new and existing customers alike.while anc and social mode are probably the two most noteworthy updates, there are a few other goodies here. previously, the touch-sensitive discs on the headband could be assigned one action each (play/pause, skip track, etc.). now, you can assign actions for both s...




watch tomorrow's social media congressional hearing right here

hey, if you were wondering when we were going to get another congressional hearing about social media, you're in luck. on tuesday, executives from facebook, twitter and youtube will testify before a house judiciary committee hearing titled "examining the cont...




amazon’s site crashed just as prime day begins

update 7/16/18 5:07pm et: welp, doesn't sound like the company is suffering too much. ...




first 'stranger things' season 3 teaser is a perfect '80s mall ad

other than the mall opening up in hawkins and a brief glimpse of steve and new character robin (played by maya hawke) as ice cream store sales assistants, there's not much to directly tie the teaser to netflix's hit show. there are a few other nods, such as the announcer claiming the mall is "one of the finest shopping facilities in america... and beyond," which perhaps is a reference to the upside down. and, given stranger things' frequent use of classic movies as guiding lights, there's an obvious link to dawn of the dead, george romero's mall-set zombie flick.the youtube video'...




virgin orbit will be the first to fly rockets to space from the uk

rather than launch a rocket traditionally, virgin orbit sends cosmic girl to a plane's cruising altitude before deploying the rocket launcherone, which is safely stored under its left wing. from that altitude, launcher one will make its way to orbit. this means that virgin orbit doesn't need to build a launch pad and support infrastructure for its delivery system; that gives it more launc...




nathan fillion is a fitting star for an 'uncharted' fan film

okay, it's clearly shot somewhere in the california hills instead of the games' exotic locales, but it still touches the best of the uncharted series: quips, swashbuckling action and historical conspiracies. t...