MMS Is Not an Illicit File-Sharing Service, Appeals Court Says

The Multimedia Messaging Service is not an illicit file-sharing protocol, a federal appeals court ruled, setting aside Monday a complaint from an MMS-greeting-card supplier that claimed the nation's largest telecoms helped consumers infringe via MMS te...

Google Chrome Speeds Up the Small Screen

Google's Chrome for Android web browser gets a much-needed speed boost.

Spider-Man Physics: How Real Is the Superhero?

Spider-Man might be a fictional superhero, but at least two of his tricks exist in the real world. Now, scientists have shown that it's possible spin silk strong enough to stop a train, and are crafting a new, super-sensory suit that warns its wearer w...

Creativity Wins Over Photoshop in Clever Kid-Created Scenes

Growing up, kids are taught to pose and smile when they¿re in front of a camera. We want them to look cute. Problem is, kids aren¿t always cute. Photographer Jan von Holleben knows that and avoids this photographic trap by letting his young subjects be their creative and sometimes obnoxious selves.

Star Wars Revolutionized Special Effects Twice; Can It Do It Again?

Regardless of your feelings about Jedis, George Lucas, or J.J. Abrams, the announcement of new Star Wars films is a big deal. Since the release of the first film in 1977, Star Wars has been an unavoidable part of American film culture, not only directl...

Obama’s Memo on Targeted Killings Is a Drone Strike on the Law

What do you call a country where an unelected bureaucrat has the ability to order the execution of its citizens? Answer: President Barack Obama's America. That rationale is explained in a 16-page Justice Department "white paper" (.pdf) NBC obtained an...

Kim Dotcom’s Mega Gets Third-Party Search Engine

The file-sharing site Mega, introduced two weeks ago by infamous file-sharing kingpin Kim Dotcom, just became a lot more useful to content pirates, thanks to a community-fed search engine of links to content hosted on Mega's servers.

Apple vs Samsung: Judge Rules Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe

Samsung's infringement of Apple's design and utility patents was not "willful," a federal judge ruled Tuesday, rejecting Apple's bid for bonus damages in the Apple v. Samsung smartphone lawsuit. Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California re...

The Hobbit Earns More in Worldwide Box Office Than Fellowship or Two Towers

As of this last weekend, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has made more money worldwide than either Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring or Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers managed in their entire time in movie theaters.

Craft Brewing: Etsy Sales Jump 70 Percent in 2012

The homemade marketplace's sales were up 70 percent in 2012 over 2011, thanks to more furniture, wedding and jewelry purchases.

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