David and Goliath Versus Another David

A patent dispute triggers an unusual alliance between an open standards group and Microsoft

3 min read

”Does Macy's tell Gimbels?” was once a popular saying in New York, back in the days when the world's largest department store was so close by it could have whispered to its small rival across Herald Square.

Nobody today will rhetorically ask, ”Does Microsoft tell the W3C?” That's because software giant Microsoft Corp. (Redmond, Wash.), whose empire is built firmly upon a foundation of proprietary software, has found itself a surprising ally in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an important but obscure organization devoted to open standards.

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How Nanotech Can Foil Counterfeiters

These tiny mechanical ID tags are unclonable, cheap, and invisible

10 min read
University of Florida

What's the largest criminal enterprise in the world? Narcotics? Gambling? Human trafficking?

Nope. The biggest racket is the production and trade of counterfeit goods, which is expected to exceed US $1 trillion next year. You've probably suffered from it more than once yourself, purchasing on Amazon or eBay what you thought was a brand-name item only to discover that it was an inferior-quality counterfeit.

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