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asvravi (1236558) writes "A crowd-funded experiment on experiment.com seeks to extend the color range of human vision into near infra-red by only manipulating the amounts of vitamin A1 and A2 in the diet of subjects. https://experiment.com/project... It has now reported initial success with human eye response at 950nm as compared to 850nm before the diet modifications. https://experiment.com/u/aAcR2... How long until full night vision?" top
Intellectual Ventures LLC wins Lawsuit against Canon; Settles with Xilinx
Patent owner Intellectual Ventures has settled a lawsuit against one of its own investors, chipmaker Xilinx, a case that had been closely followed by advocates seeking to change the U.S. patent system....
Chipmaker Xilinx invested in two Intellectual Ventures funds and licensed a portion of IV's patents, but resisted IV's entreaties to license more patents in 2010, court filings show. Xilinx eventually asked a California federal judge to declare those IV patents invalid, while IV countersued in Delaware, accusing Xilinx of infringement.
Intellectual Ventures reports that the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware rendered a verdict finding two Intellectual Ventures’ (IV) image sensor patents valid and infringed by digital camera products of Canon Inc. and Canon USA. Law360.com adds that "the jury held that Canon’s EOS 1DS Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II and Vixia Camcorders infringe at least one claim of U.S. Patent Number 6,023,081, which Canon failed to invalidate for obviousness."
In one account, Intellectual Ventures has been reported to operate out of 3200 shell accounts to either intimidate or protect industry players making use of a broken US patent system. It has raised about $6 Billion and has amassed a vast portfolio of 70,000 patents and counts many of the biggest consumer industry players among its investors and clientele."
asvravi writes "There has been something of a sting in the tail of the year for lovers of the Android mobile operating system, as researchers (http://blog.mylookout.com/2010/12/geinimi_trojan/) uncovered a new Trojan horse.
The Troj/Geinimi-A malware (also known as "Gemini") has been seen incorporated into repackaged versions of various applications and games. Once the malware is installed on a user’s phone, it has the potential to receive commands from a remote server that allow the owner of that server to control the phone. The affected applications request extensive permissions over and above the set that is requested by their legitimate original versions.
The good news is that it appears not to have made it into the official Android market app store — meaning that you would only have been putting yourself at risk if you installed poisoned software from an unauthorised source." Link to Original Source top
asvravi writes "The Indian supreme court banned the use of involuntary Narco tests and Brain mapping techniques as an unjustified intrusion into the mental privacy of an individual and against the evolving norm of international human rights.
In a blow to investigating agencies which routinely use these methods, a three-judge bench of the supreme court held in a 251-page judgment that the involuntary administration of these three investigative tools was in direct conflict with the constitutional right against self-incrimination." Link to Original Source