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Glasshole heaven: Hotel offers free drink if you wear Glass

Being seen in public wearing Google Glass is a statement.

Some, though, see it as a statement that you are tone-deaf, socially blind, and congenitally self-righteous.

Casinos have banned it and one Seattle restaurant owner described Google Glass wearers as "man children stinkin' up the joint."

But now one joint has come to Glassholes' rescue. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the Stanford Court, in San Francisco's snooty Nob Hill, is welcoming Glass wearers.

Indeed, it's not just opening its arms. It's opening its pockets, by offering a free cocktail to anyone who DOES wear Glass in its Aurea Lounge.… Read more

Amazon workers' lawsuit to be heard by US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court selects very few cases to hear, but it appears a case involving Amazon workers is on its way to the country's highest court.

The Supreme Court decided on Monday to hear a case about employees having to wait in long lines to go through security checks at the end of their shifts, according to Reuters. The case will address whether the e-commerce giant should pay workers for this time spent, which can last as long as 30 minutes.

The employees involved in this case worked at Amazon warehouses in Nevada; they are former temporary workers … Read more

California court: Drivers can use smartphone maps, for now

Texting or chatting on the phone while driving is illegal in California, but the law seems still to be catching up with technology when it comes to other aspects of smartphone use behind the wheel.

A court of appeals has reversed an earlier court decision that ruled map reading on a cell phone was taboo under the law, according to the Associated Press. The 5th District Court of Appeal said the law currently applies only to talking and texting on mobile devices and doesn't yet have legal language for app use.

The case came about in January 2012 after … Read more

EU court: Go ahead and hyperlink. It's OK, really

Common sense prevails!

The highest court in Europe ruled on Thursday that it will not mess up a vital part of the Internet's functionality -- a decision that could have left much of the Internet in the 28 member state bloc to its knees.

The Luxembourg-based court decided that it would not be necessary to seek out the copyright holder's permission before someone links to their news article, blog post, or Web site.

In the case of Nils Svensson et al vs. Retriever Sverige, the court ruled this was a silly idea and to leave the Internet … Read more

With NSA reform, what does more disclosure from tech firms mean?

The US Department of Justice announced on Monday that it made a preliminary deal with a handful of top technology companies that will let them publicly disclose the number of times the government requests user data. While it appears this is a step toward greater transparency, what does it really mean?

For years, it's been unclear how much and what type of information the National Security Agency has been collecting from tech companies. The NSA is one of the biggest surveillance and eavesdropping agencies in the US and was where Edward Snowden worked before he decided to leak some … Read more

Aereo's Supreme Court battle may change how you watch TV

A tiny startup you've probably never heard of is heading to the US Supreme Court, and it could change how the entire country watches TV.

The top court in the country on Friday agreed to hear the case pitting television broadcasters against Aereo, an online subscription service with arrays of miniature antennas that grab over-the-air programming, stream it online to paying members, and store it for them in a remote DVR.

The big media companies, riled by lost revenue, say that Aereo is guilty of infringing their copyrights. But this is more than an arcane dispute about broadcast technology. … Read more

Supreme Court to rule on software patents

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that will determine what computer software is eligible for patent protection, Reuters reported Friday.

Several tech companies, including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Facebook, and Netflix, have urged the court to take on this decision.

The case centers on a dispute between two companies over financial transaction software. Alice Corporation Pty Ltd. holds a patent for software that facilitates financial transactions. CLS Bank International is challenging the patent.

This will be an important case, particularly for tech companies that often use patents to wield lawsuits as a way to fight off competition. Patents … Read more

Jurors: Samsung didn't make its case in Apple damages retrial

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A jury on Thursday ruled in Apple's favor in a damages retrial because Samsung didn't provide enough evidence to make its argument, jurors said following the verdict.

"I wish Samsung could have come up with more evidence to support its case," forewoman Colleen Allen told reporters outside the courthouse following the verdict. The 36-year-old from Aromas, Calif., works as a nurse in a community hospital. She formerly served as a combat medic in the US military.

An eight-person jury on Thursday ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $290.5 million in additional damages for patent infringement,Read more

Samsung owes Apple $290M more in damages, jury says

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A jury on Thursday ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $290,456,793 in additional damages for patent infringement, slightly less than the $380 million Apple had requested.

That brings its total award to about $930 million. Samsung believed it owed Apple only $52 million more in damages.

"For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money," Apple said in a statement. "It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. While it's impossible to put a price tag on … Read more

Jury reaches verdict in Apple v. Samsung damages retrial

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A jury on Thursday reached a verdict in a retrial to determine what additional damages Samsung owes Apple, ruling the Korean company must pay $290,456,793 more to its rival. That brings Apple's total award to about $900 million.

The amount is close to the $380 million more Apple requested but much higher than the $52 million Samsung said it owed.

Check out our further coverage of the verdict here.

The jury of six women and two men reached the decision slightly before noon PT Thursday after deliberating since midday Tuesday. Wednesday, the jury … Read more