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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Slashdot - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:44pm
curtwoodward writes: Many states have laws that prevent car manufacturers from operating their own dealerships, a throwback to the days when Detroit tried to undercut its franchise dealers by opening company-owned shops. But dealers have taken those laws to the extreme as they battle new competition from Tesla, which is selling its cars direct to the public. In some states, dealers have succeeded in limiting Tesla's direct-sales model. But not in Massachusetts (PDF): the state's Supreme Court says the dealers don't have any right to sue Tesla for unfair competition, since they're not Tesla dealers. No harm, no foul.

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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Slashdot - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:44pm
curtwoodward writes: Many states have laws that prevent car manufacturers from operating their own dealerships, a throwback to the days when Detroit tried to undercut its franchise dealers by opening company-owned shops. But dealers have taken those laws to the extreme as they battle new competition from Tesla, which is selling its cars direct to the public. In some states, dealers have succeeded in limiting Tesla's direct-sales model. But not in Massachusetts (PDF): the state's Supreme Court says the dealers don't have any right to sue Tesla for unfair competition, since they're not Tesla dealers. No harm, no foul.

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Play 3DS games on Oculus Rift (some assembly required)

Engadget - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:22pm
Got a little too much money and an abundance of gaming gadgetry on your hands? Here's a weekend project that may be right up your alley. As demonstrated by KatsuKity, the makers of a 3DS capture card, you can rig up a way to play your favorite games...

Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

Slashdot - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:02pm
ericgoldman writes Even though "googling" and "Google it" are now common phrases, a federal court ruled that the "Google" trademark is still a valid trademark instead of a generic term (unlike former trademarks such as escalator, aspirin or yo-yo). The court distinguished between consumers using Google as a verb (such as "google it"), which didn't automatically make the term generic, and consumers using Google to describe one player in the market, which 90%+ of consumers still do.

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The Big Picture: Scientists pick a landing site for their historic comet probe

Engadget - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:56pm
You're not just looking at an unassuming piece of rock -- if anything, it's a piece of history. That's Site J, the European Space Agency's long-awaited choice of landing spot for Philae, the first probe built to reach a comet's surface. Scientists...

Recruitment Trainwreck BranchOut In Talks To Be Acquired, May Sell Mobile Team To Hearst

TechCrunch - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:41pm
 BranchOut’s story is a brutal lesson about building on someone else’s platform. After raising $49 million and growing to 33 million users, Facebook changed its viral channels leading BranchOut to starve. Now the “Linkedin Within Facebook” wants to throw in the towel. Sources confirm that BranchOut is in discussions with several acquirers in the recruiting space for its… Read More

CEO Of Guess Watches Welcomes Apple To The Fray

TechCrunch - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:37pm
 In what amounts to a “welcome” turned sputtering softball aimed at Apple’s broad side, the CEO of Guess Watches Cindy Livingston wrote an open letter to Apple while, at the same time, proclaiming her own interest in the smartwatch world. Guess, a fashion brand founded in the 1980s, is best known for dress watches known as “department store styles”: the kind of… Read More

SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)

Slashdot - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:21pm
Edison is an Intel creation aimed squarely at the maker and prototype markets. It's smaller than an Arduino, has built-in wi-fi, and is designed to be used in embedded applications. SparkFun is "an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible." They're partnering with Intel to sell the Edison and all kinds of add-ons for it. Open source? Sure. Right down to the schematics. David Stillman, star of today's video, works for SparkFun. He talks about "a gajillion" things you can do with an Edison, up to and including the creation of an image-recognition system for your next homemade drone. (Alternate Video Link)

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How to get the new U2 album 'Songs of Innocence' out of your iTunes

Engadget - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:20pm
Apple capped its iPhone 6 & Apple Watch launch event last week by announcing it would give away copies of a brand-new U2 album to all iTunes users -- but some people aren't happy about it. In apparently shocking news to the folks from Cupertino, not...

500px Co-Founder And Former CEO Ousted From The Startup

TechCrunch - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:09pm
 Toronto’s 500px photo portfolio site and marketplace is undergoing some major changes, as co-founder Oleg Gutsol is out from the company he started. The executive shared the information on Facebook on Monday, saying that he was “ousted from the company that [he] created by the people [he] trusted most.” It’s impossible to see this as a move that was reached equitably… Read More

Watch This Robotic Cheetah Run Like A Real Animal

TechCrunch - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:48pm
 It’s not every day that you see a robotic electric cheetah traipse merrily on the MIT quad and football field, but here you go: the Cheetah, a robot that will be able to run as fast as 30 miles per hour, is now wandering about untethered like Big Dog’s jumpy younger brother. The Cheetah was made at MIT’s Biomimetics Lab and features a light, powerful collection of electric… Read More

Over 3 million comments on net neutrality registered with the FCC

Engadget - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:44pm
It looks like a lot more of you have strong opinions on net neutrality than initially thought. The FCC has just announced that it's received more than 3 million comments on the topic, which blows away the previous estimate of 1.48 million and is more...

Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Slashdot - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:38pm
mpicpp writes with Uber's latest plans for expansion. The future of Uber is about pharmacies and rickshaws. So says CEO Travis Kalanick. One of several avenues for expansion is in a category of delivery that's about running errands. "In Los Angeles, we're doing something called Uber Fresh, which is you push a button and you get a lunch in five minutes," Kalanick told CNN's Fareed Zakaria. "In DC, we're doing Uber Corner Store. So imagine all the things you get at a corner store...FedEx isn't going to your nearest pharmacy and delivering something to you in five minutes," he continued. Another is in emerging markets, where the company may focus on rickshaws, rather than high-end black cars, Kalanick said.

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You Can Now Text Groot

TechCrunch - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:36pm
 Groot seems like he’d be a pretty good friend to have. He’ll always have your back in a fight, he can inexplicably summon fireflies out of thin air when your movie needs more 3D effects, and he’s one helluva dancer to boot. He’s also a pretty good texter, it turns out. At the very least, he’s consistent. Want to see for yourself? Here’s Groot’s… Read More

A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

Slashdot - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:15pm
stephendavion writes A 16-year-old from India has designed a device that converts breath into speech. High-school student Arsh Shah Dilbagi invented TALK as a portable and affordable way to aid people suffering from ALS, locked-in syndrome, and anyone else speech-impaired or paralyzed. Prototyped using a basic $25 Arduino microcontroller, Dilbagi's invention costs only $80, or about a hundred times less than the sort of Augmentative and Alternative Communication device used by Stephen Hawking. TALK works by translating breath into electric signals using a MEMS Microphone, an advanced form of listening tech that uses a diaphragm etched directly onto a silicon microchip. The user is expected to be able to give two distinguishable exhales, varying in intensity or time, so that they can spell words out using Morse code.

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Microsoft Confirms Its Windows Event Will Take Place On September 30th

TechCrunch - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:13pm
 Microsoft today confirmed its correctly rumored Windows event that will take place on September 30 in San Francisco. The event is widely expected to include a release of the technical preview of Windows 9, the successor to the controversial Windows 8.x operating system that was released in 2012, along with the Surface line of tablets. Microsoft is not expected to release a preview of its… Read More

​Kickstarter is now accepting projects from Ireland and Scandinavia

Engadget - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:04pm
Folks looking for crowdfunding in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland just got a lucky break: Kickstarter is expanding its international reach. Starting today, creators in Ireland and Scandinavia will be able to submit projects to the crowdfunding...

Swatch Group Head Nicolas Hayek Jr. Is Putting Smartwatches In The “No Fly Zone”

TechCrunch - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:55pm
 A source said that Swatch Group head Nicolas Hayek Jr., son of the late SG CEO Nicolas Hayek, is adamant that the company would not be pursuing smartwatches inside Swatch itself or within any of the many Swatch brands. The source said that Hayek Jr. felt “burned” by a 2004-2005 MSN SPOT watch partnership that fizzled and is avoiding mention of smart watches in general. “He… Read More

Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Slashdot - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:55pm
concertina226 writes Harvard scientists have invented a new artificial spleen that is able to clear toxins, fungi and deadly pathogens such as Ebola from human blood, which could potentially save millions of lives. When antibiotics are used to kill them, dying viruses release toxins in the blood that begin to multiply quickly, causing sepsis, a life-threatening condition whereby the immune system overreacts, causing blood clotting, organ damage and inflammation. To overcome this, researchers have invented a "biospleen", a device similar to a dialysis machine that makes use of magnetic nanobeads measuring 128 nanometres in diameter (one-five hundredths the width of a single human hair) coated with mannose-binding lectin (MBL), a type of genetically engineered human blood protein.

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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Slashdot - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:55pm
concertina226 writes Harvard scientists have invented a new artificial spleen that is able to clear toxins, fungi and deadly pathogens such as Ebola from human blood, which could potentially save millions of lives. When antibiotics are used to kill them, dying viruses release toxins in the blood that begin to multiply quickly, causing sepsis, a life-threatening condition whereby the immune system overreacts, causing blood clotting, organ damage and inflammation. To overcome this, researchers have invented a "biospleen", a device similar to a dialysis machine that makes use of magnetic nanobeads measuring 128 nanometres in diameter (one-five hundredths the width of a single human hair) coated with mannose-binding lectin (MBL), a type of genetically engineered human blood protein.

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