Tech giants team up for patents

“Information technology giants are teaming up in defense against potential patent-infringement lawsuits, the Wall Street Journal said on Sunday” – Reuters

Companies Include Verizon, Google, CIsco, HP and Ericsson and the group is called Allied Security Trust. (via slashdot)

Tech majors to join hands against patent suits

Bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol

Silicon Valley is experimenting with bacteria that have been genetically altered to provide ‘renewable petroleum’. Genetic alteration of very, very small bugs makes it possible for them to feed on agricultural waste such as woodchips or wheat straw and excrete crude oil.

Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol

Hackers Crack London Tube’s Ticketing System

Dutch security researchers rode the London Underground free for a day after easily using an ordinary laptop to clone the “smartcards” commuters use to pay fares, a hack that highlights a serious security flaw because similar cards provide access to thousands of government offices, hospitals and schools.

Hackers Crack London Tube’s Ticketing System

Shape shifting skyscrapers with dynamic architecture!

The Dynamic Tower design is made up of 80 pre-fabricated apartments which will spin independently of one another. According to the creators — this building never looks the same, not once in a lifetime; and would be energy self-sufficient and even feed extra power back into the grid!

Dubai plans ‘moving’ skyscraper

Bill Gates and the Microsoft story, a BBC exclusive

Fiona Bruce of BBC presents the definitive profile of Bill Gates as he prepares to step down next week from full-time involvement with Microsoft. (Available to view online for 6 more days and dowloadable to view for 30 days).

Note: BBC iPlayer downloads only works in the UK.

Bill Gates: How a geek changed the world

File sharing may get banned in UK

“Internet would be a much better place if sharing of any kind would be stopped altogether – at least that’s what some people seem to think. Lord Triesman, the parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Universities and Skills in the UK government, called on ISPs to voluntarily stop illegal file sharing in their networks, threatening to legislate if they don’t comply.” – Mashable

UK might force ISPs to block file sharing