New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones • The Register


The New York Police Department will scrap 36,000 smartphones, thanks to a monumental purchasing cock-up by a billionaire’s daughter.The city spent millions on the phones back in October 2016 as part of its drive to bring the police force into the 21st century. And the woman behind the purchase – Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology, Jessica Tisch – praised them for their ability to quickly send 911 alerts to officers close to an incident.There was only one problem: Tisch chose Windows-based Lumia 830 and Lumia 640 XL phones, and Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 8.1 in July.

Source: New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones • The Register

US renews fight for the right to seize content from the world’s servers | Ars Technica


No access to world’s servers thwarts “criminal and national security investigations.”

Source: US renews fight for the right to seize content from the world’s servers | Ars Technica

How Big Pharma’s Shadow Regulation Censors the Internet


Americans pay by far the highest prices in the world for most prescription drugs, and of course big pharma would like to keep it that way.

Source: How Big Pharma’s Shadow Regulation Censors the Internet

Trademark dispute with Sky broadcasting sought name change for No Man’s Sky | Ars Technica


Dispute ends after “three years of secret stupid legal nonsense.”

Source: Trademark dispute with Sky broadcasting sought name change for No Man’s Sky | Ars Technica

Stupid Patent of the Month: Microsoft’s Design Patent on a Slider | Electronic Frontier Foundation


For the first time ever, this month’s Stupid Patent of the Month is being awarded to a design patent. Microsoft recently sued Corel for, among other things, infringing its patent on a slider, D554,140, claiming that Corel Home Office has infringed Microsoft’s design. The design patent, as detailed by Microsoft in its complaint, is titled “User Interface for a Portion of a Display Screen” and entitles Microsoft to own this:

Source: Stupid Patent of the Month: Microsoft’s Design Patent on a Slider | Electronic Frontier Foundation

European Patent Office Threatens Blogger With Defamation Lawsuit For Criticism | Techdirt

World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) is reporting that the European Patent Office, EPO, has threatened Roy Schestowitz with a defamation lawsuit over a blog post he did. Schestowitz writes the Techrights blog, which I personally think can go overboard with some of its stories at times. However, to argue that his stories are defamation, especially by a government agency, is crazy.

Source: European Patent Office Threatens Blogger With Defamation Lawsuit For Criticism | Techdirt

Busted Pirate Told to Get 200K YouTube Hits or Face Huge Fine – TorrentFreak

A software pirate is facing the most unusual punishment ever seen in a copyright infringement action. The man lost a case brought by an anti-piracy group but couldn’t pay damages, so instead agreed to star in PSA showcasing his life as a pirate. If that film doesn’t get 200K hits on YouTube, he’ll be required to pay a large fine.

Source: Busted Pirate Told to Get 200K YouTube Hits or Face Huge Fine – TorrentFreak

Skype restricted my paid account, without recourse, over a billing hiccup | Ars Technica

I fixed it by playing the journalist card—but regular customers might not be so lucky.

Source: Skype restricted my paid account, without recourse, over a billing hiccup | Ars Technica