Archive for April, 2012

Apple objects to discovery request of secret Steve Jobs and Eddy Cue depositions

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Apple is objecting to a discovery request in a class action case against Universal Music Group that seeks the release of trial exhibits, expert reports, and depositions from former CEO Steve Jobs and Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

The depositions were originally given in a case between F.B.T. Productions, producers of Eminem records, and Universal Music group division Aftermath Records. That case is about to go to trial, but Apple is filing an objection to the discovery request from the class action that would alter an existing protective order, claiming the depositions and documents are “highly confidential and proprietary trade secrets.”

In its objection, Apple apparently referenced the fact that most involved in the case were sent out of the room during the depositions and claimed if released it could lead to “competitive harm”:

In support, Apple points to the fact that when the depositions were taken, many individuals, including UMG employees, were sent out of the room. And that when Jobs’ deposition was played before the jury, the judge closed the courtroom, ordered many people to leave, and had the transcripts from the trial sessions filed under seal.

The report explained that in the case between F.B.T and Aftermath, the courts previously ruled the “plaintiff was correct in asserting that a contract between the parties should be read as treating digital music as ‘licenses’ rather than ‘sales.’” The case will go to trial in the near future to determine how much that ruling is worth. Meanwhile, the judge in the class action is urging parties to request changes to a protective order on the depositions and documents they are seeking from the F.B.T case.

The class action case against UMG was brought by a number of musicians, including Rob Zombie and the Rick James’ estate, and is seeking revenues from music downloads.



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Jordan Kahn

April 30th

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Dentist Removes All of Her Ex-Boyfriend’s Teeth in His Sleep [Wtf]

I had an emergency tooth extraction last Friday. One of my molars cracked and got infected. Fortunately, my dentist isn't an ex-girlfriend. Otherwise I may have ended like Marek Olszewski, who went to his girlfriend's practice with a toothache and left without his teeth. All for revenge! More »


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Jesus Diaz

April 30th

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Apple to use Bloom fuel cells powered by landfill biomass for North Carolina data center

There were several new developments today about how Apple will help fuel its new North Carolina data center that powers iCloud. According to a filing today, and as first reported by CNET, Apple tapped Bloom Energy to provide fuel cells to power the data center. Each fuel cell can set off up to 200 kW of power by combining biogas with oxygen and other chemicals. Apple plans to build a 4.8 MW fuel cell farm for its data center that is set to consume a whopping 20 MW of power. Apple will get the other needed energy from an adjacent 174-acre solar farm that is said to bring 20 MW of power towards the plant, according to Apple’s latest numbers.

Bloom Energy announced today the opening of a new factory in Newark, Del., which will most likely manufacture some— if not most— of the fuel cells that would be used at Apple’s North Carolina data center. The new factory is set to create hundreds of jobs and open up Bloom Energy’s business out of California.

Since the Bloom Energy fuel cells require either natural gas or biogas, Apple will take an interesting approach by using trash from local landfills to produce the biogas, according to Data Center Knowledge.

Apple will use methane from landfills, which will be transported via a natural gas pipeline system, according to a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The raw biogas will be cleaned and separated to increase the methane content and remove unwanted components (including sulfide, chlorine and sulfur) before being injected into the natural gas pipeline.

Biogas is considered a renewable resource in many states, but is not widely used due to a low awareness of the technology. As Apple works to make its huge data center environmentally friendly, fuel cells powered by biogas and solar panels should prove effective.

Check out GigaOm’s interview with Bloom Energy.



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Jake Smith

April 30th

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Pachyderm-Inspired Fan Lets You Direct the Breeze Through Its Adorable Trunk [Fans]

Summer is right around the corner, and if air conditioning is a luxury you can't afford, it's time to start amassing your collection of fans to stay cool. We particularly like Yuen'to Design's humorously-named Elefan which features an articulating trunk-like tube for directing its blast. More »


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Andrew Liszewski

April 30th

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Stained Glass Iron Man Helmet Would Totally Class-Up Avengers HQ [Iron Man]

It's a little-known fact that's rarely mentioned in the comic books, but in addition to battling the forces of evil with a cybernetic supersuit, Tony Stark also has a passion for stylish Art Nouveau lighting. More »


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Andrew Liszewski

April 30th

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Cuppow Turns Any Jar Into a Travel Mug [Video]

Maybe you care about the environment. Maybe you just want to look cool while enjoying your morning coffee. Or maybe you're just a total hipster. Whatever your motivation, Cuppow, a lid that will turn your jars into a travel mugs, helps you drink your beverages on the go. More »


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Leslie Horn

April 30th

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Tagg Pet Tracker Review

Tagg Pet Tracker Review

How many times have you or someone you know lost a pet? I’ve been looking for something I can use to keep track of my dog, Moto, when we take him out of the house — you know, in case he starts to chase a squirrel and gets off leash. The Pet Tracker is the best thing I’ve found so far. It’s a reasonably small puck (with wings) that securely attaches to your dog’s leash, and it features a cellular connection to provide data on your pet’s whereabouts. It will also provide information about the device itself. The Pet Tracker charges on an included charging base in under a few hours, and in normal usage with Moto in the house most of the time, and the Pet Tracker reasonably close to the charging base, I’ve seen it last upwards of one week.


The concept isn’t new, but it’s done in a way that completely takes the frustration out of using something to track your pets. After you set up and register your Pet Tracker through their website, you’re able to define geo-fences that will alert you whenever the device is outside of that zone (from 75 to around 1,000 yards). This includes push notifications on your iPhone through the company’s iPhone app, text messages, and emails that even include a snapshot of a map with your pet’s location. You can also get alerts when the battery on the unit is low to remind you to charge it, too.

While the features of the Pet Tracker are impressive, they aren’t always completely accurate, and don’t offer 100% perfect real-time information about your pet all of the time. Additionally, the web site interface could be simplified and could be a bit faster to load and navigate.

Even so, having something that combines an always-on connection with GPS into a small and compact package is refreshing when other options are bulky and incredibly expensive. That’s not to say that the Pet Tracker is totally inexpensive — it’s $99.95 for the package with one month of monitoring service, and $7.95 a month after that. Compared to other alternatives though, this is easily the best all-in-one solution by far. Make sure to check out all of the photos in the gallery.

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Jonathan S. Geller

April 30th

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Mom of the Year Makes Her Son’s Lunch Look Like Awesome Art [Food]

With Mother's Day right around the corner, it's a good idea to tell your mom you love her. Go ahead, she's done a lot for you. If you're the son of Heather Sitarzewski though, you might have to give a little extra love. Wonderful soul Heather turns her son's lunches into amazing pieces of art. More »


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Casey Chan

April 30th

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This Giant Low-Res LCD Ribbon Is More Beautiful Than Your Hi-Def TV [Video]

Even though this installation at the Nature Research Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, is composed of 3,600 see-through glass 'pixels' that can only change their opacity, it's still capable of playing back stunning animations mimicking phenomena in nature. More »


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Andrew Liszewski

April 30th

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Epic Gaming Bathroom Desperately Needs a Warp Pipe Toilet [Gaming]

Don't get us wrong, we're totally blown away by Photobucket user gpinzone's retro gaming-themed bathroom that incorporates elements from Super Mario, Donkey Kong, and Pac-Man. We just can't help but feel they missed a fantastic opportunity to turn the throne into a functional warp pipe that sucks down more than just plumbers. More »


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Andrew Liszewski

April 30th

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