Day 10 of Leo’s Job Held Hostage and I forgot to take off my Easter Bonnet.
Galileo was convicted of heresy on this day in 1633 because he insisted that the Earth revolved around the Sun. He spent the rest of his life under house arrest. The Civil War began when Fort Sumter was fired upon on this day in 1861. One hundred years later Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. Harvard received the first genetic patent in 1988 for a mouse. It’s the 10th anniversary of the first widespread spam campaign by immigration law firm Canter & Siegel.
- That Mac OS X trojan I told you about Friday turns out to be somewhat bogus. The trojan exists, yes, but not in the wild. And it can’t be easily spread. Nevertheless Intego and Symantec have updated their virus definitions to protect against MP3Concept. Guess it gives them something to do. Macfixit has a folder action that can protect you, too.
- Chip maker AMD has settled with former chip manufacturer Intergraph for up to $25 million over the next four years. Intergraph claims key chip making patents. It won a suit last year for $225 million from Intel.
- Microsoft also settled a patent lawsuit today, paying $440 million to InterTrust Technologies to license its patent for digital rights management tools.
- Today’s the last day to comment on the FBI’s proposal to make it easier to wiretap broadband communications. As the use of the Internet for telephone calls (VoIP) soars, the FBI is worried it won’t be able to tap into those calls. Privacy advocates and Internet engineers say the proposal is a bad idea.
- Sony is planning to introduce a wireless LCD TV that can be controlled via the Internet in October. Dubbed “Location Free” in the US, the TV is already being sold in Japan as the “Airboard.” The LA Times quotes Woz who says, “I loved my early Airboard. It was certainly impressive to … walk around watching TV. I would never have thought of that.”
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