If you are stuck in traffic, you could take to Twitter or Facebook, but will anyone besides your friends and followers read it?
Wired reports on a way to get attention in higher places. Called the I’m Stuck App, it notifies your elected representatives when you are stuck in transit. The idea being that tie ups and delays may be part of larger problems in America’s infrastructure, and by contacting representatives in Congress action may result.
The app was developed by the bi partisan infrastructure advocacy group Building America’s Future.
The post that swept the internet Thursday by a Long Island woman who said her families home was searched by the FBI after her family searched for information about pressure cookers and backpacks was touched off by her husband’s former employer, according to Tech Crunch.
The article quotes the Suffolk County Police as saying in a statement:
Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Detectives received a tip from a Bay Shore based computer company regarding suspicious computer searches conducted by a recently released employee. The former employee’s computer searches took place on this employee’s workplace computer. On that computer, the employee searched the terms “pressure cooker bombs” and “backpacks.”
After interviewing the company representatives, Suffolk County Police Detectives visited the subject’s home to ask about the suspicious internet searches. The incident was investigated by Suffolk County Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Detectives and was determined to be non-criminal in nature.
The U.S. Justice Department announced it’s proposal for penalties against Apple Friday after the company was found to have fixed prices and restricted competition in the e-book market earlier this month.
Reuters reports the government is asking U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan to penalize Apple by asking it to cancel existing agreements with the publishers, submit to a five year ban from entering e-book distribution contracts which kept consumer prices inflated.
Publishers Hachette Book Group Inc, HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Penguin Group (USA) Inc, Simon & Schuster Inc and Macmillan settled with the government.
Apple would not be able to make deals with content providers of video and music for iPad and iPhones which would increase the prices at which competitors sold the same content.
Apple does not have a significant share of the e-book market according to analysts quoted in the article.
Competitors Barnes & Noble and Amazon would have to be given the opportunity to have a link within their apps that would allow customers to check for a lower price.
Apple is planning to appeal the verdict.
If you live in South Windsor and have old electronics you want to get rid of, Saturday is the day.
The town will sponsor a dropoff for old electronic equipment at the Town Hall, 1540 Sullivan Avenue on Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM in the rear parking lot.
In a press release the town stated, “Residents may bring to the collection site telephones, phone equipment, cell phones, computers, copiers, fax machines, iPods / PDAs, modems, computer monitors, keyboards, mousse, printers, stereos, radio equipment, televisions, speakers, microwaves, digital cameras, VCRs, DVD players.”
Saying they were overcharged stemming from a transaction in 2004, Google and AOL are suing the Internal Revenue Service for $88 million.
According to a Bloomberg article, the companies worked together on several projects, starting in 2002.
Google, based in Mountain View, California, issued the warrant for its “series D preferred stock” in June 2002 in recognition of AOL efforts to promote Google’s search engine among its users, according to the complaint.
The IRS erred in disallowing a $238.6 million deduction claimed for the difference between the price AOL paid to exercise a warrant for Google stock and the value of the shares, according to the complaint in U.S. Tax Court.
AOL’s suit is separate from Google’s action. Google is asking for over $83 million and AOL is asking for over $4 million.
Local Yokel Media, a Stamford firm that places digital ads in hyperlocal media has announced that it’s raised over $2 million in funding.
The funding comes in part from Connecticut Innovations and the Department of Economic and Community Development. The firm specializes in placing advertising that it targeted to specific geographical areas, using the websites of local newspapers and blogs. The company also creates ads if needed.
“The funding that we have secured will be used to further build our hyperlocal ad targeting platform, and for business development and sales and marketing efforts,” said Dick O’Hare, Local Yokel Media CEO.
Microsoft gives the United States government the it’s bug fixes before releasing them publicly according to a report from Bloomberg.
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), the world’s largest software company, provides intelligence agencies with information about bugs in its popular software before it publicly releases a fix, according to two people familiar with the process. That information can be used to protect government computers and to access the computers of terrorists or military foes.
Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft (MSFT) and other software or Internet security companies have been aware that this type of early alert allowed the U.S. to exploit vulnerabilities in software sold to foreign governments, according to two U.S. officials. Microsoft doesn’t ask and can’t be told how the government uses such tip-offs, said the officials, who asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential.
Internet carriers were also worried that allowing government access to their networks for security reasons might open them up to liability and according to sources, asked for and received letters of exemption from the Justice Department. Those letters were not confirmed by spokespeople for the companies.
Here’s a great explanation of today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding DNA patents from Scotusblog.com.
The Court said the company actually did not create anything at all, but simply extracted the genetic material from its location in human blood, and setting it apart for study.
The gaming commission in New Jersey has issued a directive stating that people wearing Google Glass can be banned from the casinos in Atlantic City.
The Press Of Atlantic City quoted a directive from the New Jersey Gaming commission that would allow the casinos to remove a player with the wearable computing device.
“For example, if these eyeglasses were worn during a poker game, they could be used to broadcast a patron’s hand to a confederate or otherwise be used in a collusive manner,” the division warned in a newly issued advisory to the casino industry.
The article states that New Jersey is the first state to make a ruling like this.
It’s Connecticut Beer Week and local brewers will be joined with tourist officials and state legislators will be rolling out an app to help people find their way along the CT Beer Trail.
The press conference will be held in Room 1B of the State Legislative Office Building at 11 a.m. to highlight the contributions of local brewers to the state’s economy. They will launch a “Brew & Buy Local” campaign to make public more aware of the breweries in the state and their contributions to Connecticut’s economy.
According to the press release, part of the campaign will include the app which will “help visitors connect with the CT Beer Trail.”