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Los Angeles Times

The happy face and "Have a Nice Day ☺" helped to define the '70s. With two dots and a pencil stroke, schoolchildren have brightened handwritten messages by filling in their O's with mini-smileys. These days, nary a cheery e-ma

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Journal Star

Mike Herchenbach was sure he would get a fine. He’d pay a couple hundred dollars, like his roommates, and go on with his life, even though he wasn’t at the party that got out of hand at his rental house. After all, his name was on the lease.

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IDG News Services

Based on the group's own digital watermarking technology, for tracking pirated audio files in peer-to-peer file-sharing networks as an alternative to digital rights management, which he says require special players and are prone to hacking.

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Associated press

Residents rejected a proposal to evict Supreme Court Justice David Souter from his farmhouse to make way for the "Lost Liberty Hotel." But voters deciding which issues should go on the town's March ballot replaced the group's propos

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CNET News

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will re-examine the validity of the so-called JPEG patent held by Forgent Networks, who claim that their patent covered the JPEG compression technique used in digital cameras and PCs. Forgent has collected $105 mi

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ssociated PRess

Patricia Santangelo just wanted to save money, but the mother of five quickly realized that acting as her own lawyer against the music companies accusing her of illegal downloading was a big-time money-burner.

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The Christian Science Monitor

After months of emotionally exhaustive waiting and wondering, homeowners in the most devastated parts of New Orleans now know they'll have to wait until late June to rebuild, and it's not certain their property will be safe from public seizur

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Business Week

How to determine when an invention is "obvious" is one of the most critical and contentious issues in patent circles. Critics say, the hurdle for passing the obviousness test has been steadily lowered, and the U.S. is now awash in a sea of

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Associated press

A suburban Kansas City man is appealing a ticket he received for homemade yard signs opposing the war in Iraq. The ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri is helping David Quinly appeal the citation in Johnson County District Court. Quinly sought the ACL

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Associated Press

A federal appeals court rejected an attempt by the grand-daughter of "Winnie the Pooh" author A.A. Milne and backed by the Walt Disney Co to strip rights to the popular children's books from the estate of long-time Pooh licensee Stephe

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Associated Press

For decades, Jean Jesse has dreamed of building a home on the plot she owns near Portland. She may have to dream a little longer. When voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure loosening some of the strictest zoning restrictions in America, Jes

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Arizona Republic

Paradise Valley district, which was required to mail election information pamphlets to voters, is being sneaky because the pamphlet didn't spell out the tax implications for residents. District officials maintain that no one asked for that inform

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