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This Week July4 2011

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Charge Your Phone with Your Shirt. Unless you have an impeccable phone-charging routine, chances are you’ve been caught with a dead battery at a very inopportune time.

Charge Your Phone with Your Shirt

If you’re lucky, you may catch a break with a car charger. For Europe’s start-ups, Silicon Valley still calls. By Kim Hjelmgaard, MarketWatch LONDON (MarketWatch) — “Go West,” young technology company.

For Europe’s start-ups, Silicon Valley still calls

That sentiment, with its compass-point directive, is both a rallying cry and a death knell in Europe’s war to assert the credentials of its homespun technology entrepreneurs. Divided by geography, language, regulation and, in some cases, just old-fashioned cultural prejudice, the region has struggled to shed fully its image as a place where men and women with ideas are born, but where they do not necessarily stay, prosper or secure funding. And that’s despite some global-headline-grabbing deals recently for some of the Old World’s most innovative and promising young companies.

Evidence that this unofficial tradition of European entrepreneurs leaving for the U.S. in order to make good on their business models is, at the very least, undergoing a period of critical self-examination. A view of downtown San Jose, Calif., the self-proclaimed capital of Silicon Valley. Quoted: Silicon Valley vs. Wall Street, or the hoodies vs. the suits. $750,000 awarded to man for loss of Einstein papers in Lick fire. Posted: 05/02/2012 10:35:42 PM PDT0 Comments|Updated: about a year ago.

$750,000 awarded to man for loss of Einstein papers in Lick fire

Google unleashes army of lobbyists - Terrifed of anti-trust action. Terrified of having a Microsoft done to it, search outfit Google has hired 12 lobbying firms to try and stop it being labelled a monopolist.

Google unleashes army of lobbyists - Terrifed of anti-trust action

Google Goes Missing In Lodsys Litigation. Android developers continue to ask when Google will come to their defense as Apple has done for its developers.

Google Goes Missing In Lodsys Litigation

They may have a long wait. When Apple's iOS developer community faced patent infringement claims from Lodsys, an intellectual property licensing company, developers complained. Apple responded, first with a letter to discourage Lodys from suing its developers, and then, when that failed, with a request to intervene in Lodsys' lawsuit. Google's Android developer community has also seen a few of its members accused of patent infringement by Lodsys. Lodsys files suit against New York Times, five others. Lodsys, the group that's gone after both mobile-application developers and large companies in defense of patents it holds, today filed a new patent infringement lawsuit aimed at The New York Times Co. and five others, all of which have previously taken legal action against it in separate court filings.

Lodsys files suit against New York Times, five others

The suit (PDF), filed in the U.S. AMD tablet chip details leaked - Bought to you by Turks. Cisco draws flak for China surveillance project - Money sings in Chongqing. Despite facing harsh criticism in North America, Cisco is reportedly pushing ahead with plans to aid China in keeping its bustling population in check - with a wide surveillance network.

Cisco draws flak for China surveillance project - Money sings in Chongqing

There is a loophole in the United States that says while companies may not provide or sell products to keep tabs on criminals, such as fingerprinting equipment, they are free to sell technology which could be exploited to do so. Think security cameras. The Wall Street Journal has looked over the proposed Peaceful Chongqing project. Terms of the project include western companies exporting equipment to, er, prevent crime. O'Brien: Silicon Valley must lead charge to land regional patent office. Posted: 05/02/2012 10:35:42 PM PDT0 Comments|Updated: about a year ago.

O'Brien: Silicon Valley must lead charge to land regional patent office

In the city, summer of love (and sex) never ended. Another day, another set of national rankings placing San Francisco quite literally on top.

In the city, summer of love (and sex) never ended

We admit this one piqued our interest more than most: The average San Franciscan has had 30 sexual partners, more than residents of any other city. Poor Chicago. It ranked lowest with 11. So says the Trojan U.S. Sex Census. Some People May Be Bad to the Bone. A man's facial bone structure can predict unethical behavior, according to new research.

Some People May Be Bad to the Bone

New research holds that male facial structure can predict whether or not certain men will engage in unethical behavior. Genetics and hormonal development likely play a primary role in establishing the link between behavior and facial structure in men. This trait also appears to predict success in business and leadership roles.

Men who have wider faces relative to their facial height are more likely to engage in unethical behavior, according to a new study in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The finding adds to the growing body of evidence that an individual's genes and hormonal development can influence that person's behavior. "Other researchers have found that differences in facial width-to-height ratio (WHR) emerge around puberty," co-author Michael Haselhuhn told Discovery News. NEWS: Could Brain Scans ID Potential Criminals? NEWS: Software Predicts Criminal Behavior.

A year after its big redesign, how Google News is thinking about the best ways to present news stories. iPad Generates 1% Of Global Internet Traffic. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices now account for 5% of all worldwide browsing sessions, according to the latest numbers from NetMarketShare. In the 15 months since its release, the iPad has gone from zero presence to creating 1% of all Internet traffic around the planet. In the United States, the iPad accounts for 2.1% of Internet traffic. While these numbers aren't huge, they are still significant. The trend clearly points out how mobile Internet use is taking hold not just in the United States, but everywhere.

NetMarketShare reports that 5% of browsing sessions around the world now come from mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Breaking things down by platform: -- The iPhone has the highest share of mobile browsing in the United States, with 2.9% of all Internet traffic and 35.2% of all mobile Internet traffic. Cisco Poised to Help China Build Surveillance Project. The Coming Brick Wall in Venture Capital & Why This is Good for US Innovation. This is the final part of a 3-part series on the major changes in the structure of the software & the venture capital industries.

Have you heard the one about Apple’s data center? Magnetic memory and logic could achieve ultimate energy efficiency. Future computers may rely on magnetic microprocessors that consume the least amount of energy allowed by the laws of physics, according to an analysis by University of California, Berkeley, electrical engineers.