Posts Tagged ‘California’
Toshiba Rocked With $87 Million Fine In Price Fixing Scandal
Last Updated on Friday, 6 July 2012 05:58 Written by Laddie13 Friday, 6 July 2012 05:58
Tuesday a California jury found Toshiba guilty of conspiring in price-fixing liquid crystal displays. The lawsuit was brought up against Toshiba and other LCD suppliers earlier in the year that alleged the companies were guilty of anti-competitive practices. Most of the other companies settled out of court but Toshiba, in a move I’m sure they are now kicking themselves over, decided to fight the allegations. Now they must pay $70 million to customers who purchased assorted products and an additional $17 million to manufacturers who used Toshiba’s LCD panels. Bruce L. Simon who served as co-lead council for the plaintiffs had this to say. “There was strong evidence that Toshiba participated in the price-fixing conspiracy through the communications with other TFT-LCD manufacturers, and that it received future pricing information from its competitors, shared its own future information, and was aware of its wrongdoing.” Toshiba claimed they had done nothing wrong but the jury wasn’t having it and this goes down as one of the few antitrust class actions to return a successful verdict. Read the following press releases for more details. Read more: Toshiba Rocked With $87 Million Fine In Price Fixing Scandal
Google hits the powder to take Street View to slopes! [VIDEO]
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 November 2011 10:14 Written by LoganDX Saturday, 26 November 2011 01:00
Street View for Google Maps is a wonderfully fun addition to the mapping services. Instead of looking at some bland map, you can zoom down and check out exactly what you’re looking for. Or you can be a peeper and just view whatever was going on when Google drove down your ex’s street. Either way, you get a better experience. Well the masterminds at Google outfitted a snowmobile with a 360° camera and took to a few ski slopes to bring the snow home to you!
The modded vehicle scanned in images of Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado, Squaw Valley in upstate California and Whistler Blackcomb in America’s cap, Canada. No other resorts have been mentioned yet but one can only believe more will be added as time goes on. As you can see, the images are gorgeous and makes me want to stay at home even more. Yep, I have no need to go skiing now thanks to Google! Hit the jump to see some more photos of the Slope View as well as Google’s video of it in action.
LightSquared Faces FCC and Congress
Last Updated on Saturday, 10 September 2011 06:29 Written by Nick McD Saturday, 10 September 2011 06:00
Following the FCC‘s conditional allowance for their announcement of a true 4G hybrid satellite-tower LTE system, LightSquared was called on due to the huge amount of power they would be pushing through this new conceptual architecture. Concerns for interference on GPS devices (especially aircraft systems), data streams relied on by the military and meteorology operations, down to the broadcast mechanisms for tracking trains and preventing crashes were voiced in front of the United States Congress.
LightSquared offered amendments to their datacasting system that tightens frequencies from satellite sources to prevent accidental overlap, and insisted that their tower-based operations will be measured in power by the radius of the broadcast to ensure that they are not overpowering and causing other surface-based interference or radio black-outs due frequency similarities that exist. Read more: LightSquared Faces FCC and Congress
BREAKING: Supreme Court Nukes California Videogame Law!
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 July 2011 01:00 Written by LoganDX Monday, 27 June 2011 09:57
Rejoice lovers of digital shenanigans! Earlier today, the Unites States Supreme Court put a chokehold on California’s Violent Videogame Law and made it tap out. The law, Brown vs EMA, proposed a legal ban on the selling or renting of violent videogames to minors. Many people and organizations have been fighting this battle since 2005 and now the highest court in the land has sided with the gaming industry. Citing that the law would not comport with the 1st Amendment, the justices melee’d the law 7-2.
What’s really sad about of this is the fact that the ESRB does a very good job of rating games and educating people what they mean. The industry has policed itself for many a year now and this ban felt more like an over reaching needless waste of taxpayer dollars than any reasonable attempt at “protecting the children”. Hopefully, this ends the farce of a attack on a hobby millions of people enjoy on a daily basis. Maybe Jack Thompson is shedding a tear of agony?