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Sony Hack Reveals Intent to Acquire Super Smash Bros. Film Rights

Included in the deluge of Sony executive emails, memos, PDFs and presentations released on WikiLeaks earlier this week is one little nugget that will warm your inner child’s heart: Sony may be trying to nab film rights to the Super Smash Bros. series.

On Thursday, WikiLeaks unveiled a new portal for the entire archive of leaked materials from the 2014 Sony hack, many of which, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange claims, are “newsworthy and at the center of a geopolitical conflict.” While the rumor of a Super Smash Bros. movie probably doesn’t rank high on the list of geopolitically-important fallout for the multinational corporation, it ranks pretty high on my personal list of rumored movies that really need to happen right now.

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A standard evil villain to invoke here at Techdirt is "copyright maximalists", which implies existence of both minimalists and moderates. Minimalists and pirates don't comment here, right? Should be plenty of moderates. I might even identify myself as one, if a definition could be agreed on.

Spare me all diversionary complaint as for "loaded" terms used below: it's axiomatic that "copyright minimalists" will object to ANY balanced view. You'll only be stating that are no moderates here. -- And skip history "lessons": just deal with TODAY.

In my view, to be regarded as a "copyright moderate", one must stake out a position. If won't state a position, then you are RIGHTLY characterized as a moral-less pirate.

I've long stated is much bad to evil in practices of corporations and individuals using statute for monetary gain and censorship. I'm actually way out in front of most for wishing to hang lawyers and tax the hell out of the rich. Stop saying I'm a "maximalist" for corporations, you "moderates". It's a lie.

Now YOU go positive. Yes, it's a trap. Not stating is too...

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The typical, consumer-grade 3D printer creates objects made of thin layers of stiff, brittle plastic fused together. Of course, hard plastic isn’t ideal for all projects, so that’s why researchers from Disney, Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon Univeristy have developed a new 3D-printing technique that creates objects out of layers of felt.

Disney’s fabric 3D printing method starts by taking a 3D model of an object, and “slicing” into printable layers—a typical part of the 3D printing process. Next, the printer laser-cuts shapes out of adhesive fabric that correspond to the sliced layers, then transfers that layer onto the printer’s build platform. It then applies heat to each layer to “activate” the fabric’s adhesive. 

The printer repeats this process to cut, stack, and adhere each layer until it completes the model. TechCrunch characterizes the printer as being “as much a laser cutter as it is a 3D printer.” The output is a bit rough, but it’s an impressive process nonetheless.

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This is more confirmation, but it has already been known in the microbiology community for some time.

Many of the genes that contribute to antibiotic resistance are far older than human use of antibiotics.

How can that be? A couple ways. Mom Nature has been playing the antibiotic game for a very long time. Most of our antibiotics come from antibiotic producing organisms in nature (penicillin for example). The countermeasures have long been out there, but only in a small percentage of the bacteria out there, s

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Cortana Windows Phone

Apple was the first major mobile company to personify its voice assistant when Siri was announced as the flagship feature of the iPhone 4s. That was back in 2011, but just last year Microsoft attached a personality to its own voice assistant on Windows Phone (and soon Windows 10). It’s called Cortana, just like the AI in the Halo video games. Use of Cortana is still restricted to Microsoft products, but two industrious hackers have managed to coax Cortana into working on Android.

It’s not the prettiest implementation of a voice assistant, but the system (dubbed Portaña) gets the job done — in Italian. That’s the only language it speaks right now. Also, you need to be online for it to function. Portaña makes use of a hardware proxy to trick Microsoft’s back end servers into working with the ported interface. There are also some custom SSL certificates and DNS spoofing involved. See? A little messy, but impressive nonetheless.

The mod comes by way of a hacker group calling themselves OrangeSec. They demoed their creation at Droidcon 2015. There’s a remote possibility that there is some fakery going on, but everything looks legit in the above video — the slides are English, but the speech is Italian. Since the data is all coming from the same cloud platform used on Windows Phone, Portaña could be capable of all the same things eventually.

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One of the key features of Continuity across Apple devices is Handoff. Handoff allows Apple's first-party apps and any third party developers to send an app's data seamlessly between devices so you can "pick up where you left off."

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For example, start composing an email message on your Mac in OS X Mail and a symbol will appear on your iPhone's lock screen to continue writing on the go. Open a webpage in Safari on your iPhone and a Safari icon will appear in your Mac's Dock to load the same webpage. Or start reading a story in the official AppleInsider app on your iPhone, and quickly continue on your iPad.

Handoff works with Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Maps, Messages, Notes, Reminders, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote as well as any enabled third party apps. Some examples of apps you can try with Handoff are Pocket, Wunderlist, and the NYTimes app.

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Microsoft announces Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 on Windows Phone and details of Office 2016.
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Microsoft Office 365 MDM: Hits And Misses

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Microsoft has announced the impending launch of the Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 on Windows Phone. With this release, anticipated for the end of this month, Microsoft is completing its Office for Windows line-up.

This news follows a series of app updates for Windows 10. In February, Microsoft launched Universal apps for tablets in its Windows 10 technical preview. Last month, the Desktop IT Pro and Developer preview for Office 2016 was released.

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Editor’s note: Tom Goodwin is senior vice president of strategy and innovation at Havas Media.

In 2015 it seems foolish to have a digital or mobile strategy, you just need a business strategy for the modern world. Whether it’s Uber reinventing the transportation business, Instagram changing the nature of photography or Netflix disrupting video content, what binds these companies is they brought digital thinking to the very heart of their companies, not just bolted it onto the side.

From Tesla to Instacart, Hotel Tonight to Twitter, BuzzFeed to WhatsApp, every high-growth, high-profit, high-value unicorn was constructed with one thing in mind: the modern world.

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As curious creatures, we attempt to understand the world around us in many ways and nowadays that usually boils down to big data visualization. Whether we're creating models of large-scale systems or breaking down reality into wireframes and exposing the digital bones beneath, the data-rich internet and open-source tools are helping people map and explore the world in new ways. People are leveraging technology to make their voices heard in political realms and using digital expression to bypass physical conflict. Indeed, in this digital age, the lines between life and art are becoming blurred. Don't believe us? Then explore the gallery below for just a few examples.

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The dinosaurs walk among us — and they really love to jam.

YouTube user and musician Eddie van der Meer arranged an acoustic version of the Jurassic Park theme song, featuring your favorite (CGI) dinosaurs from the movie.

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Turn IKEA Cubbies into a Rustic Apothecary Chest

If you didn’t see the before pictures you’d probably never guess that the rustic apothecary chest on the right was actually made from a basic IKEA cubby console. What a transformation.

Corey Decker on Sawdust 2 Stitches walks you through this makeover. Besides some wood pieces, stain, drawer pulls, and hinges, all you need are decent carpentry skills.

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The average phone case is basically a piece of plastic that protects your device when you drop it. But what if you could add modular features to your iPhone like a heart rate monitor, a grappling hook, or a backup battery? Now you can.

Moscase comes to use from Hungary and is being crowdfunded to the tune of $150,000. The case protects your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and has a removable back. You can quickly snap out the back and replace it with one of the optional tools, turning your case into a breathalyzer, a speaker, or even an e-ink screen for reading.

The device comes in two parts. The bumper without a backplate can sense your pulse, temperature, and body impedance AKA how fat you are. It costs $129 and comes with a “passive” backplate. A model with one “active” backplate costs $219. I think the e-ink solution is the coolest, allowing you to read on the back of your phone, saving your battery for more important work.

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When OnLive announced that it would be officially shutting down its cloud gaming service on April 30, gamers who enjoyed the service had to confront the fact that they would have to seek an alternative. That’s when Larry Gadea, a frequent OnLive user, decided to take matters into his own hands.

On April 12, Gadea posted a blog update on his website that detailed how any gamer can operate his or her own gaming cloud service.

Related: OnLive streaming game service closing on April 30 due to Sony buyout

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The spring issue is here

Find out what Sofia Vergara wants from her modern smart home. Get your copy today for big savings off newsstand prices.

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It’s been a week where the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens proved it was possible for the Internet to be optimistic about something without a wave of cynicism immediately following it, and a genuinely amazing music video from David Hasselhoff proved that irony has itself discovered irony and now no one knows what they really like and just pretend to like anymore. (No, really, go watch that video; it’s nuts.) With all that in mind, here are the other highlights from this thing we call Internet over the last seven days.

The New Hero of Star Wars

What Happened: Never mind the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser; the thing that really blew up on the first day of Star Wars Celebration is the next movie’s new droid, BB-8.

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, blogs, media think pieces

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