Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Attorneys General: Court Shouldn’t Have Halted Google Investigation


Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has garnered the support of 40 attorneys general in his effort to overturn a preliminary injunction that prevents him from enforcing a subpoena of Google over their search practices.
The attorneys general, led by Jack Conway of Kentucky, Mark Brnovich of Arizona and James “Buddy” Caldwell of Louisiana, argue that the preliminary injunction “would provide a roadmap for any potential wrongdoer subject to a legitimate state law enforcement investigation to attempt to thwart such an inquiry.”
The list included 23 Republicans and 17 Democrats. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman signed, California Attorney General Kamala Harris did not.
In March, U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate issued a preliminary injunction that bars Hood from enforcing his subpoena. Wingate wrote that there was a “substantial likelihood” that Google will prevail on its claim that Hood violated its First Amendment rights. The judge, however, has not made a final ruling on the merits of the case.
Hood is appealing that decision, and the attorneys general chimed in with an amicus brief on Monday.
Google claims that Hood’s investigation was unduly influenced by lobbying efforts of the MPAA, the Digital Citizens Alliance and Jenner & Block, which formed an “AG Working Group” as they pursue measures to combat piracy.
The attorneys general say that while they take no position on the likely outcome of Hood’s investigation, they write that the public has an interest “in preserving the ability of state attorneys general to investigate potentially unlawful and harmful conduct.”
They characterized Google’s lawsuit against Hood as preemptive and premature, as the search giant had yet to be subject to any complaint.
“Google’s suit does not merely challenge the subpoena’s requests for documents and information, it challenges the claims Google imagines the attorney general may file against it at some unknown point in the future,” the attorneys general write.
Earlier this month, Google asked a New York federal judge to force 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and Viacom to comply with a subpoena for their communications with Hood.
Google contends that the media companies played “key roles” in Hood’s investigation, spending “hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying state attorneys general to pressure Google to alter its search results and other products in service of their agenda on federal copyright issues.” They claim that the companies “formulated” Hood’s demands to Google and even ghost wrote talking points, letters and the civil investigatory demand.
In his appeal, Hood wrote that “what is surprising is that the district court allowed Google to stop in its tracks a state investigation that has barely begun.” He argued that the preliminary injunction is out of step with settled federal law and “deals a significant blow to fundamental principles of federalism and comity.”
VARIETY Ted Johnson Senior Editor@tedstew June 29, 2015 | 05:37PM PT

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Microsoft Exits Display and Video Ad Business With AOL Pact

Michael Mesker for Variety

Big changes are coming to Microsoft: The company is exiting its display, mobile and video advertising business, and has struck a deal with AOL, which is going to take over the business in the U.S. and eight other key markets.
News of the deal was first reported by Bloomberg. It was later confirmed by AOL, with AOL president Bob Lord saying: “This collaboration further validates our leadership position in digital advertising and the shift to automation, while also allowing Microsoft to focus on what they do best: industry-leading services and search innovation.”
As part of the deal, AOL is set to take over display, video and mobile advertising on key Microsoft properties like MSN and Outlook.com as well as within apps like Skype and on Microsoft’s Xbox gaming platform. AOL will run ads on these properties in the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Japan.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but at least one detail became public: AOL will make job offers to 1,200 Microsoft employees who currently handle everything from sales to engineering for the company’s display ad unit, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The deal, which lasts for 10 years, isn’t just benefiting AOL and its growing display ad business. It also makes Microsoft’s Bing the default search engine across all of AOL’s online properties starting January 1 of next year. Previously, Google powered AOL’s Web search.
Microsoft will continue to run its Bing search advertising business, which has been a growing revenue driver for the company: In its fiscal 2014, Microsoft saw search advertising grow 39%, whereas its display advertising business shrunk 25%. Altogether, Microsoft’s advertising business grew by $497 million last year.
Microsoft will also unload its display advertising in 10 additional markets, including Belgium and Austria, to New York-based advertising specialist AppNexus.
VARIETY Janko Roettgers Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent June 29, 2015 | 05:38PM PT

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THERE ARE 600 SPECIES OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS









Most carnivorous plants had to adapt because their environments that no longer produced the nutrients they needed to flourish. Just like most species, they'll do what they can to survive. For many meat-eating plants, that means gulping down bugs, but for some it even extends to feeding on mice and frogs. They present many clever ways to lure in their prey to swallow them up.

Snap Traps: The most well-known plant to use the snap trap is the Venus flytrap. When opens, it offers what looks like a bright red landing pad for flying creatures. The plant has trigger hairs that, once touched, alert it to snap shut, often capturing its prey inside. As its victim struggles to escape, the plant is triggered yet again and continues closing until it becomes airtight. The bug eventually suffocates and the Venus flytrap absorbs its fluid. That's a pretty sophisticated mechanism.

Glue Traps: Glue seems perhaps the most obvious way to trap a fly, similar to the type of flypaper traps humans use. The traps is set either by using a nectar as a reward or some glimmering droplets that attract them. Some plants have a sticky substance that holds the insect until it dies, while others have adhesive tentacles that wrap around their victims. When you see it in action, it looks quite aggressive. Again, the insect suffocates and the plant digests it.

Slip and Fall Traps: Pitcher plants evolved into a funnel shape as a way to trap food. It's easy to go in, but the shape makes it difficult to come back out. Like many other plants, they attract insects with sweetness and bright colors. What's different about these plants is that they have a slippery area around the rim caused by either a waxy substance or water droplets. Before the unsuspecting victims know it, they slip and fall down into the funnel. Once dead, the bugs get absorbed into the plant.

Suction Traps: The trap is arranged by pushing water out and therefore creating a negative pressure inside the sealed bladder. The entrance to the plant has trigger hairs, when prey gets close, the bladder instantly opens up and quickly sucks the prey in. The bladder then closes up to prevent prey from escaping so it can ingest it as a food source.


Video of carnivorous bladderworts (Utricularia species) catch prey animals with suction traps > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb_SLZFsMyQ

Sony Corp. to Raise $3.6B Through Stock and Bond Issue, Share Price Plunges

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Entertainment to electronics conglomerate to raise funds in Japanese and international markets to invest in growth business sectors.
Sony Corp. is to raise around $3.6 billion (440 billion) through an issue of new stock and bonds on Japanese and international capital markets in order to strengthen its financial base and invest in growth business sectors, the company announced Tuesday. 
The entertainment to electronics conglomerate is to sell up to 92 million new shares in Japan and overseas, as well as approximately $1 billion (120 billion) worth of bonds in Japan only. The stock offering is set for Aug. 17 with the exact price to be determined nearer the time. 
32 million shares will be placed in Japan, 55.2 million shares internationally, with an extra 4.8 million allocated in case the offering is over subscribed. 
Sony said the funds raised from the new shares will be invested in production, research and development of image sensors, which are used in smartphones and other devices, and have been a profitable segment for the company recently. The company also plans to pay down debt with the money raised from the bond issue. 
Sony stock was down more than eight percent on the Tokyo market at 3,460 ($28.25) shortly after the announcement. 
The Hollywood Reporter by Gavin J. Blair 6/29/2015 10:58pm PDT

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