Source : Agence France Press
LONDON May 31 – Bono, lead singer of Irish rockers U2, is planning a second Live Aid concert, 20 years after the original charity extravaganza raised 60 million pounds (90 million euros, $110) for famine-hit Ethiopia, a British newspaper reported Monday.
The proceeds from Live Aid 2 would go to reducing the international debt of developing nations, The Sun tabloid reported, citing British government sources.
Bono, 44, is a long-time advocate for the (…) [U2 WORLD NEWS]
Junior hits 494th HR of career
MIAMI (AP) — Ken Griffey Jr. passed Lou Gehrig on the career
home run list with a go-ahead, three-run drive in the seventh
inning that helped the Cincinnati Reds beat the Florida Marlins 9-7
Griffey’s home run was his 13th this season and the 494th of his
career, moving him into sole possession of 20th place.
Sean Casey homered twice and raised his major league-leading
average to .394. He scored four runs and had three RBI for
Cincinnati, which overcame a 5-0 deficit… [ESPN.com]
PubPat won’t be all alone in the patent fight. EFF has announced that the Parker Family Foundation has donated $50,000 so that EFF can set up what they are calling EFF’s Patent-Busting Project. “We are concerned about the growing number of illegitimate software and Internet patents,” said Glenn Parker, trustee of The Parker Family Foundation. “By investing in EFF, we know that we will be helping to protect the rights of individuals, nonprofits and others that have legitimate noncommercial uses of software and Internet technology.” They are seeking to attack overly broad or trivial patents which they believe are interfering with innovation with the result that technologies built on prior inventions “can be tied up in litigation for years”. “We seek to attack these types of patents,” said Jason Schultz, EFF staff attorney and project leader. “By doing so, we hope to clear the way for the public to enjoy the benefits of these technologies and help build the case for stronger reform to the patent system. These patents strip our right to use publicly available knowledge, disrupt ongoing research and innovation, and threaten to shut down important community-based projects.” The patents will be challenged under a legal process called reexamination, which you will remember is the process that PubPat successfully used recently with regard to the cotransformation patent. PubPat also recently asked the United States Patent and Trademark Office to revoke Microsoft’s patent on the FAT File System, submitting prior art and saying that the patent is causing significant public harm. Reexamination is the way third parties to advocate affirmatively for the invalidity of the patents. [GrokLaw]
by AUSTIN SCAGGS
Source : Rolling Stone
“Tough” targeted for U2’s tenth album
U2 have recorded “Tough,” a tribute to singer Bono’s father who passed away in 2001, for their tenth album, which they hope to finish this summer for a fall release.
Among the other new tracks to be featured on the follow-up to 2000’s Grammy-winning All That You Can’t Leave Behind is “Full Metal Jacket,” which Bono describes as “the mother of all rock tunes.”
The band began recording in Dublin (…) [U2 WORLD NEWS]
Great Happy Hour last night at Nicholson’s. It was great to see Stephanie in from Chicago. We had a summer associate-mentor party Thursday night with Candle-Pin Bowling. Pretty interesting game and lots of fun. Except for the Cicadas. The bowling was in wyoming and there were millions of cicadas. Makes me really appreciate living in Mason – not a single cicada spotted yet.
According to the Denver Post — Las Vegas section, a little over halfway down the page — Microsoft will begin selling a $50 music player that … [Slashdot]
Cincinnati’s bats hit three-year low
CINCINNATI (AP) — Tommy Phelps limited hot-hitting Cincinnati to one double over seven innings Wednesday, leading the Florida Marlins to a 3-0 victory that ended the Reds’ winning streak at seven games.
The Reds were held to one hit for the first time since Sept. 26,
2001, when Philadelphia’s Randy Wolf beat them out 8-0.
Hee Seop Choi hit his fourth homer in his last five games
against the Reds, who lead the NL Central and have the league’s
best record after a late-May… [ESPN.com]