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Michael Crider writes primarily for Android Community and covers Windows for SlashGear. A native-born Texan, Michael's previous careers include graphic design, TV and movie blogging and technical writing. You can follow him on Twitter (@MichaelCrider ) and Google+ for geeky insights on sci-fi, detective noir and Big Band music.

Reddit founder won’t invest in Facebook thanks to CISPA

Reddit founder won’t invest in Facebook thanks to CISPA

As you read this, tens of thousands of brokers and investors are scraping together every loose penny they can find to get a chunk of Facebook's initial public offering. But one technology investor won't be joining them: Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.com and current NYC-based angel investor. He's not concerned with bubbles or percentages, just with Facebook's corporate culture: he objects to the fact that the social networking giant supports the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA.

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Golden-i takes on Project Glass

Golden-i takes on Project Glass

A couple of decades ago, wearable displays and head-mounted computers were the stuff of spy stories science fiction - which is certainly where Kopin, Inc. seems to have gotten the inspiration for Golden-i. They're calling their new device a head-mounted computer, with a bevy of integrated sensors and radios to help it along. Instead of acting like a more techy version of glasses like Google's Project Glass, the Golden-i is designed to actually fit over standard glasses or safety goggles giving it applications in all sorts of industrial capacities. Golden-i will make another trade show appearance at CTIA.

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Oracle vs Google: jury deadlocked over copyright fair use

Oracle vs Google: jury deadlocked over copyright fair use

Deliberations in the first portion of Oracle vs Google have gone on for the better part of a week, with little movement in the case. The jury reached a verdict late Monday afternoon, declaring that Google's use of Java APIs in the Android platform constituted copyright infringement. However, the jury was deadlocked over whether or not the use of these APIs counted as fair use under American copyright law. The partial verdict may not be enough for Oracle to claim damages from copyright.

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Minecraft developer says EA is “methodically destroying” gaming

Minecraft developer says EA is “methodically destroying” gaming

If you were inclined to feel pity for international megacorporations, you might just set your sympathetic gaze on Electronic Arts - because at the moment, no one else is. After EA released a new batch of "indie" games on the PC gaming distribution network Steam, the developer of the incredibly popular Minecraft series had some choice words for the multi-billion-dollar company. Markus "Notch" Persson has become something of a gaming demagogue since Minecraft exploded onto the independent scene, and he made it clear in no uncertain terms that EA was pushing into an area where it doesn't belong.

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1 in 4 Facebook users lies over privacy concerns

1 in 4 Facebook users lies over privacy concerns

With Facebook's ever-changing privacy and security system, it's hard enough to tell who has access to your real life information and when. According to a survey from Consumer Reports, many users aren't worrying too much about it, because the information on display is somewhat less than accurate. The survey indicates that one out of every four Facebook users lied about basic information in their profile, for fear of having their identity stolen. This isn't the old age or height fibbing - it's a natural response to the fear instilled by modern-day identity thieves.

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Adobe patches security flaw in Flash Player for PC, Mac and Android

Adobe patches security flaw in Flash Player for PC, Mac and Android

If you're reading this on your laptop, desktop or smartphone, odds are pretty good that you've got some way, shape or form of Adobe's Flash Player installed. If that's the case, scoot your browser on over to the Flash Player update page and download the latest version of Flash Player 11.2 quick, fast and in a hurry. Adobe has patched a critical security flaw in the ubiquitous animation software, and marked the upgrade Priority 1 - in other words, you need to download it within 72 hours at the latest.

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Jury closing in on verdict in Oracle vs Google

Jury closing in on verdict in Oracle vs Google

In what's easily the highest-profile patent case so far this year, the jury is narrowing down its information while it prepares for a verdict. Three days into deliberations, the jury for Oracle vs Google is asking for more specific information of who uses the Java software, the patents of which are the central crux of Oracle's case. While it's dangerous to infer what the jury is thinking, it indicates that they're seeking out the audience that may have been affected by Google's alleged infraction.

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BlackBerry maker RIM’s stock hits 8 year low

BlackBerry maker RIM’s stock hits 8 year low

On a day when all eyes in the mobile space are turned towards Samsung, Research in Motion has got to be feeling pretty low - and not just for the lack of attention. The Canadian BlackBerry manufacturer's stock slid to just $11.91 today, losing over 15% of their value in the last three days alone.  To add insult to injury, this financial blow comes just two days after RIM's BlackBerry World 2012 conference, where ir introduced a new hardware and software platform.

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The Elder Scrolls Online MMO announced

The Elder Scrolls Online MMO announced

Those of you who have been wandering around the epic wilderness of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the past few months, prepare to be blown away. Developer Bethesda has just announced that they're actively working on The Elder Scrolls Online, a massively multiplayer interpretation of the wildly successful Elder Scrolls series. The game itself will be developed by Bethesda's sister company Zenimax Online Studios, and set a thousand years before the events of Skyrim.

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Slow Windows 8 downloads indicate low interest

Slow Windows 8 downloads indicate low interest

If you rushed to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview the minute it was available, this story probably isn't for you. If you simply went "meh" when it became available and updated your Windows 7 security definitions, then apparently you're in the vast majority. According to the analytics firm Net Applications, just about .11% of Internet users connected from a Windows 8 device last week, showing flat growth numbers from March. When compared with the same numbers during Windows 7's Beta period in 2009, they're at about the 40% mark.

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