April 1, 2005
Court Denied Google's Motion to Dismiss in Trademark Suit
In a preliminary victory for American Blinds & Wallpaper Factory, a District Court Judge dismissed Google's motion to dismiss and allowed the trademark case to go to trial. Read more about it here from internetnews.com.
Technology Can Understand Thoughts in the Brain
BBC News reports about a paralyzed United States man, confined to a wheelchair, who can now control objects in his home through his thoughts. A new "brain chip" reads his thoughts and sends them to a computer for translation. For example, he can now control his television stations and volume via his thoughts.
March 31, 2005
The DVD-By-Mail Competition Is On
Blockbuster and Wal-Mart are actively engaged in competing for the DVD-by-mail market after Netflix initially began this marketing strategy. Read about the details in the New York Times.
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Microsoft
Yes, Microsoft is helping save the day. As reported by CNET, Microsoft is developing new tools for fighting and tracking cybercrime. The hope is that these tools will soon be available to law enforcement agencies.
March 29, 2005
Sony Receives Negative Ruling in Intellectual Property Case
Sony has been ordered by a federal judge not to "manufacture, use, sell or import" its well-known PlayStation video games that use technology that was created by Immerson Corp. Read about the case from the Los Angeles Times.
March 28, 2005
A New Way to "Hear" Legal Developments
The New York Law Journal provides an interesting article entitled "Podcasting," which discusses how legal issues can be recorded onto pods to be used with MP3 players. The author, Robert J. Ambrogi, ponders whether this type of technology may soon be used for CLE credits.
File-Sharing Case Goes to the US Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on the validity of file -sharing software and the liability of those who create it, which allow users to share music and movie files. Read about the case background here, from the New York Times.
March 27, 2005
New Technology Allows Commercials to be Tailored to Individual's Interests
The New York Times reports that technology is being developed to allow advertisers to provide commercial ads that will interest individual households based on the television they chose to watch. This is in response to society's use of digital television programming, like TiVo, that allows consumers to zap through commercials quickly. Read about these latest developments here.