The report calculates an industry's "patent intensiveness" by dividing the number of patents it received by the number of people it employs. By this metric, the IT industry leads the pack. The top four industries are computer hardware, communications hardware, semiconductors, and "other computer and electronic products." As we've already noted, the software industry seems to have been excluded from the list because it's not considered to be in the manufacturing sector, but it would likely rank highly if it were on the list. … [Read more...] about New government report on IP doesn’t say what Big Content thinks it says
This creates some frightening possibilities. Systems with backdoors would likely increase the number and scale of cybercrimes, from targeting state-owned devices and networks to creating a black market for illegal exploits. As Bruce Schneier wrote in The New York Times, it also potentially opens up critical infrastructure systems that manage major public utilities to foreign and domestic threats. … [Read more...] about What Is an Encryption Backdoor?
Each of the titular hunters has their own reason for being part of the group – but the drawback of having a large ensemble cast is that it takes a bit too much time to get a proper sense of each hunter's inner life. The first episode stands out because it's mostly about Jonah's superhero-style origin story, while subsequent episodes are weighed down by having more characters to accommodate. … [Read more...] about Nazi-killing show Hunters, starring Al Pacino, is Wolfenstein meets The Avengers
The IRS alleges Facebook undervalued intellectual properties when selling them to an Irish subsidiary in 2010. Shuffling money internally this way is not unusual for multinational corporations. Ireland is considered a haven because of its lower corporate tax rates. … [Read more...] about The IRS is suing Facebook for $9 billion in unpaid taxes