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Wednesday Morning (15 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 6-October-2010  02:43:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apple is facing (and challenging) a $625M patent infringement verdict against them. Closely held Mirror Worlds, founded by Yale University computer-science Professor David Gelernter, sued in 2008, claiming Apple’s iPod music device, iPhone and Mac computers infringed its patents for a way documents are displayed on a computer screen. Apple challenged the validity of the patents and whether they were infringed, according to court records. Some claims were thrown out before the case went to the jury.

GamePron have another episode of their gaming video blog. This time around, we look at a whole lotta zombies – in Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Dead Rising 2. There’s a quick peek at Guybrush Threepwood’s appearance in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, and the amazing voice actor lineup for Fable III – and in console news, the latest in PS3 jailbreak attempts, and of course, plenty of news on the Nintendo 3DS.

A Census of Marine Life has been completed. These numbers only begin to describe the scope of the Census of Marine Life, a 10-year international effort undertaken in to assess the diversity (how many different kinds), distribution (where they live), and abundance (how many) of marine life—a task never before attempted on this scale. The Census stimulated the discipline of marine science by tackling these issues globally, and engaging some 2,700 scientists from around the globe, who participated in 540 expeditions and countless hours of land-based research. The scientific results were reported on October 4, 2010. There's some amazing images of critters from the deep.

Gords sent word of some trouble brewing in the forum software community, with ex-vBulletin developers Kier, Mike and Ashley creating new forum software called xenForo. It seems the (relatively recent) owners of vBulletin, Internet Brands, are suing xenForo and the ex-VBB guys in response. The lawsuit is about these claims: infringement of our copyrighted intellectual property, breach of contract, and unfair business practices. The suit is simple: we claim that Kier, Mike, and Ashley have infringed and violated contracts they signed with us to gain unfair business advantage.

The case between the ACCC and Optus continues, with some amusing comments from the judge. Advertising unlimited broadband gave customers the impression they were getting a Ferrari, ''but what is disguised is the fact that the steering wheel disintegrates after 10 kilometres,'' Justice Tony North said in the Federal Court in Melbourne.

Timbot sent in this submerged PC in an aquarium, which is nice, but there's not a huge amount of detail in the video.

Dasuperham noticed the US Government mandating their agencies move to IPv6 by 2012. We have the administrative infrastructure to issue IPv6 addresses,” added Curran. “I’ve been informing Internet backbone companies, content providers, enterprises, and governments that we’re going to be running out of IPv4 addresses for 15 years. It’s now taking those plans and realizing them promptly over the next 18 months that will be essential for success. More info here.

Today's timewaster is QWOP, a tricky running-physics game from MadHatter.



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