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Court: Native American tribe can’t be a “sovereign” shield during patent review
In a unanimous decision, an appellate court has resoundingly rejected the legal claim that sovereign immunity, as argued by a Native American tribe, can act as a shield for a patent review process. On July 20, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found in a 3-0 decision that the inter partes review (IPR) process is closer…

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Coal company executive and lawyer convicted of bribing Alabama lawmaker
On Monday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the conviction of a coal company executive and a lawyer on charges related to bribing an Alabama state lawmaker. The two men—David Roberson, vice president of Government and Regulatory Affairs for coal firm Drummond Company, and Joel Gilbert, a partner at law firm Balch & Bingham—paid Alabama State Representative Oliver Robinson $360,000…

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Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 trailer will resonate with TOS fans
After a raucous Season 1, CBS dropped a first glimpse into the forthcoming Season 2 of last Friday at San Diego Comic-Con International. The season will begin January 2019. . Season 1 of ended with the coming bow-to-bow with the most famous starship of them all, the . The new trailer opens with a Michael Burnham voiceover, superimposed on a…

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Ajit Pai gets message from his hometown ISP: Don’t hurt us small ISPs
A broadband provider from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's hometown says one of his latest plans could prevent it from purchasing spectrum needed to bolster its network. Wave Wireless is a locally owned and operated home Internet provider in Parsons, Kansas, where Pai grew up. Last year, Pai met with Wave's owner and wrote in a tweet that Wave is "connecting…

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Dealmaster: Get a 128GB Samsung microSD card for $35
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by new price lows on Samsung's EVO Select microSD cards, with the 64GB model down to $18 and the 128GB variant down to $35. Neither of those is a discount, all told, but they are the cheapest prices we've seen…

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Uber’s self-driving cars are returning to public streets—in manual mode
Four months after a fatal crash forced Uber to halt testing of its self-driving cars nationwide, the company announced Tuesday that it is resuming testing on Pittsburgh streets. But the announcement comes with an important caveat: initially, the cars will only be driven in "manual mode" with human drivers—not Uber's software—controlling them.

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We tested throttling on the MacBook Pro—now Apple says it has a firmware fix
Today, Apple will release macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update—an update the company says will fix the widely reported performance throttling problem with the new 2018 MacBook Pro. Since the device's launch about a week ago, some users reported that sustained, heavy utilization of both the CPU and the GPU caused the 15-inch MacBook Pro's Intel Core i9 processor to…

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Four huge rockets are due to debut in 2020—will any make it?
Rocket enthusiasts are lucky to see the debut of a handful of large, powerful rockets per decade. For example, during the last 10 years, just three rockets with a capacity of 25 tons or more to low-Earth orbit have made their debuts: the Russian Angara A5 flew in 2014, the Chinese Long March 5 in 2016, and the SpaceX Falcon…

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Today’s the day that Chrome brands plain old HTTP “not secure”
Since February, Google has planned to brand non-HTTPS sites as "Not Secure," and today, with Chrome 68, that change is being rolled out to a wide audience. With the change, every site now gets a label in its address bar: "Secure" if the site is loaded over HTTPS, "Not Secure" otherwise. In September, Google will make another change and remove…