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Famed Architect’s Lawsuit Against Google Just Got Much More Serious

Eli Attia alleges he wasn’t the only one mistreated by the search giant.

A long-running lawsuit filed against Google by a prominent architect has just gotten much broader.

Last week, the Superior Court of California granted a motion adding racketeering charges to the civil case being pursued against Google by Eli Attia, an expert in high-rise construction. Attia claims Google stole his idea for an innovative building design method – and now he wants to prove that it does the same thing frequently.

Attia’s suit was originally filed in 2014, four years after he began discussions with Google (prior to its reorganization as Alphabet) about developing software based on a set of concepts he called Engineered Architecture. Attia has said Engineered Architecture, broadly described as a modular approach to building, would revolutionize the design and construction of large buildings. Attia developed the concepts based on insights gleaned from his high-profile architecture career, and has called them his life’s work.

Google executives including Google X cofounder Astro Teller came to share his enthusiasm, and championed developing software based on Engineered Architecture as one of the company’s “moonshots.” But Attia claims the company later used his ideas without fulfilling an agreement to pay to license them.

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Attia’s suit names not just Google, but individual executives including founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. It also names Flux Factory, the unit Attia’s suit alleges was spun off specifically to capitalize on his ideas.

Speaking to the San Jose Mercury News, Attia’s lawyer claims Google told Attia his project had been cancelled, “when in fact they were going full blast on it.” Flux Factory is now known as Flux, and touts itself as “the first company launched by Google X.”

Attia’s suit will now also seek to prove that his case is representative of a much broader pattern of behavior by Alphabet. According to court documents, the motion to add racketeering charges hinged on six similar incidents. Those incidents aren’t specified in the latest court proceedings, but Alphabet has faced a similar trade-secrets battle this summer over X’s Project Loon, which has already led to Loon being stripped of some patents.

The idea of racketeering charges entering the picture will surprise many who associate them with violent organized criminals. But under RICO statutes, civil racketeering suits can be brought by private litigants against organizations and individuals alleged to have engaged in ongoing misdeeds. The broader use of racketeering charges has slowly gained ground since the introduction of RICO laws in the 1960s, with some famous instances including suits against Major League Baseball and even the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Twitter Just Told Users How To Block Your Brand Forever

Twitter just realised an array of tools to limit abuse on the platform – the trouble is they can also be used to block your brand.


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Obama just freed whistleblower Chelsea Manning


President Obama just effectively freed Chelsea Manning from the 32 remaining years in her jail sentence, according to the New York Times. While it’s not a presidential pardon, the commutation of Manning’s sentence will see her go free in just five months. After leaking more than 700,000 documents to Wikileaks, including video of a 2007 airstrike dubbed ‘Collateral Murder’ that showed military personnel gunning down innocent civilians in Baghdad, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison and has since been held at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth for the past three years. The past three years have been…

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The Galaxy Note 2 that caught fire on a plane is just horrible timing for Samsung

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Things just keep getting worse and worse for Samsung.

After weeks of investigating cases of Galaxy Note7 phones catching on fire, destroying people’s cars, and even injuring people, Samsung and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an official recall for 1 million of the phones sold in the U.S.

As per the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), affected Note7 phones with defective batteries must be turned off and can’t be used during flights. Many public transportation agencies like New York City’s MTA have also urged riders not to use the Note7. Read more…

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What Did Google Just Buy?

This is a consequence of many confluent trends in software, data centre management and cloud computing. Today, it’s all about containerization.


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Facial Recognition Software Lets You Find a Camgirl Who Looks Just Like Your Crush

Megacams.me, a site that touts itself as a “live sex search engine” has just introduced its latest feature: a search function that lets you upload pictures of your crush to find camgirls that look just like her.

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Kickstarting a Windows 10 phone is a terrible idea, yet someone is doing just that

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Who out there is excited for a new Windows 10 Mobile phone? Did your eyes just light up and your heart skip a beat? You’re in the very small minority that cares about Windows 10 Mobile then.

For some reason, the Japanese company NuAns is kickstarting a Windows 10 Mobile phone. It would be a great idea if Windows 10 Mobile was relevant at all, but it’s not. With only 0.7% of the worldwide smartphone marketshare as of Q1 2016 (that’s worse than the 1.7% ending Q3 2015), according to Gartner, the mobile platform is as a good as dead.

Even Microsoft knows it, which is why we’re seeing the company pivot towards providing its excellent apps and services on iOS and Android instead. Read more…

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Cloud computing 'more than just a tech shift'

Cloud computing delivers significant benefits in terms of tangible business metrics such as simplified and flexible IT environment, right sizing of IT …
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Google’s Magenta project just wrote its first piece of music, and thankfully it’s not great

Deep in the bowels of Google’s Google Brain, the company is asking the question: can neural networks create music? Google’s Magenta project has an answer: yes.

Whether that music is good, however… nah. Google may have annihilated its human competition in the ancient game of Go, but human artists don’t have to worry—yet—about losing their livelihoods. Still, it appears that Magenta could at least drop a riff or two that human artists could remix.

Want to hear it for yourself? Here it is: 

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Digital Wealth Management – Robo advise is not just for millennials any more

Lured by the presence of lower commissions and the absence of sometimes awkward sales pressure, investors of all stripes appear eager to embark on relationships with robo-advisors.


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