Will Spector be set free?

first_imgThe judge asked if there was any way he could help, including re-reading specific instructions or clarifying instructions, or even having attorneys re-argue part or all of the case. “At this time I don’t believe that anything else will change the positions of the jurors,” the foreman responded. Polled individually, some jurors agreed with the foreman and others disagreed. One suggested further instruction about reasonable doubt. The record producer is charged with second-degree murder, and the judge previously ruled that the panel would decide only that charge and not consider lesser charges. The judge, however, told the attorneys that he was reconsidering and believed he might have cause to instruct the jury to consider involuntary manslaughter. The judge, amid discussions with lawyers, told jurors he wanted them to take a break and sent them home with instructions to return today. By Linda Deutsch THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The foreman of the jury in Phil Spector’s murder trial said Tuesday that the panel is at an impasse, and the judge told lawyers he was considering allowing the panel to consider a lesser charge. The juror told Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler the panel was split 7-5, but he did not indicate which way it was leaning. “Just set the case aside for the rest of the day,” the judge told them. The defense immediately asked for a mistrial, but the judge denied it on grounds that three jurors indicated further instructions may help. If the deadlock persists and a mistrial is declared, prosecutors would have three options: seek a new trial of Spector, pursue a plea bargain or drop the charges. Spector, 67, is charged in the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting of actress Lana Clarkson, 40. The case went to the jury Sept. 10. Spector and his lawyers looked grim as they left court; Clarkson’s family members appeared sad. Clarkson was killed by a bullet fired from a gun in her mouth. The defense contended in the lengthy trial that she had many personal problems and killed herself either by accident or suicide. Spector was a producer of hit rock music records decades ago, creating what became known as the “Wall of Sound” technique. Clarkson had modest success as the star of Roger Corman’s 1985 film “Barbarian Queen.” She was working as a hostess at the House of Blues when she met Spector and went home with him, hours before she died. The judge ruled in August that the jury would consider only second-degree murder, saying the facts of the case did not support lesser offenses. Involuntary manslaughter involves causing a death through careless acts. The judge told jurors that to be guilty of second-degree murder, Spector “must have committed an act that caused the death of Lana Clarkson.” The act specified is pointing a gun at her and, while it was in Spector’s hand, causing it to enter her mouth. If involuntary manslaughter is presented as an option, the new instruction would say that Spector need only have caused her death by reckless behavior. “If the judge gives this instruction it sends a pretty clear message: If you don’t like murder or nothing, let me give you a compromise,” said Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The Three Smartphone Business Trends That Mattered Most In 2012

first_imgdan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology If I was a malware writer, I would call that a pretty good start.Security firm Kaspersky Labs noted nearly 9,000 new Android malware attacks in the third quarter of 2012. And that was actually down from nearly 14,000 in the second quarter – after three quarters of significant growth. We are now talking about serious volumes of malware that can and will become a dangerous problem for both consumers and enterprises. Asia and Eastern Europe – especially Russia and coastal China, long hotbeds for malware makers – see the highest infection rates of mobile malware, at an astonishing 30% rate in some areas. The U.S. does not escape though, with a smartphone malware infection rate of 0.4% For a baseline comparison, if 0.4% of Android smartphones in the U.S are infected with malware, that means that about 362,000 smartphones in America have malware.  Tags:#Mobile Payments#Patents#security Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Patent WarsIt is impossible to do a year-end review of the mobile ecosystem and not mention the thermonuclear patent wars. Patents are the story of the year in mobile – with billion dollar lawsuits, injunctions, cease-and-desist letters and patent trolls all marching us down the road to chaos. Samsung and Apple have battled patent lawsuits across the globe to dramatic (and something amusing) results. Apple won a $1.05 billion California jury settlement from Samsung in August based on copying of functional and design patents by many of Samsung’s older products. Samsung is, of course, appealing –  and there is a good chance that it might get either a retrial or a significant reduction in how much it has to pay Apple. The funniest quirk in the global patent battle this year came when a judge in the United Kingdom ruled in favor of Samsung that it did not copy Apple’s iPad design. Since Apple had brought the lawsuit and had allegedly damaged Samsung’s good name, the judge forced a public apology (of sorts) from Apple on its UK website and in major British media.Apple also brought patent cases against the likes of HTC (getting injunctions against the HTC One X in May) and Motorola. Nokia and Research In Motion have fought their own patent battles and Microsoft does whatever it possibly can to make partnerships with the other players, either to avoid paying licensing fees itself or to garner them from other manufacturers. The patent wars have spun so far out of control that even the hardcore patent pundits have a hard time tracking of all the cases in the world. A major reason for this are the patent trolls, companies that own and control patents but do not actually produce anything. All they do is sue companies who may or may not violate their portfolio full of patents purchased from other companies. This practice, along with the major lawsuits between major manufacturers, will no doubt continue into 2013 and beyond. Apple already has a lawsuit pending against Samsung for its latest round of products, scheduled for court in 2014. Mobile Payments Got Stuck In Neutral2012 was supposed to be the year that mobile payments became mainstream. With services like Google Wallet, Square’s card reader and point-of-sale system, and Near Field Communications platforms like Isis from the mobile carriers, legions of shoppers were supposed to be replacing cash and credit cards at retail stores in favor of paying with their smartphones. That did not happen. NFC is soon to become synonymous with “technology that does not solve a problem” when it comes to mobile payments. The ability to pay with a tap from your smartphone to a register seems cool, but there are plenty of technologies that seem cool but do not actually eliminate a problem. The standard system of cash and plastic credit/debit cards is so firmly entrenched in the American transactional society that it will extraordinarily difficult to replace. Just saying, “Hey, now you can pay just by tapping your phone,” is unlikely to be enough.That is if we ever reach the point where NFC terminals become ubiquitous and culturally accepted. For now, the big players in NFC cannot seem to get out of their own ways, with companies like Verizon exiling services like the Google Wallet from the carrier’s Android phones because of dubious claims of hardware security. As ReadWrite mentioned several times this year, the top end of the mobile payments market is chaos because all of the big players want to own as much of it as they can – and are not willing to cede control to another power player. As the transaction companies like MasterCard and Visa know, the companies that control the transactional flow of money create a lot of power for themselves in the American economy. What traction 2012 did see in mobile payments came from companies building infrastructure at the brick-and-mortar retail level right now, not in some theoretical future. That means that companies like Square, LevelUp, Dwolla and others may be putting themselves in a position to succeed when the market finally matures.But there’s something big holding them back: The problem of scale.A small company like LevelUp can do only so much with its limited resources. In the long run, the billion dollar behemoths will likely dominate mobile payments because only they can scale in meaningful ways. They just need to actually start doing it.Security Concerns GrewIt had to happen, right? You did not think that a new revolution in human computer interaction would take place and the malware authors of the world would just ignore it? Spammers, virus makers, malware enthusiasts and their ilk go where the money and eyeballs are. And in 2012, that meant mobile. According to mobile security firm Lookout, the global infection rate for mobile malware sat at 1% as of October 2012. That might not seem like a lot, but 2012 saw smartphones reach a billion users. Do the math: If 1% of a billion smartphones have malware, that means 10 million smartphones are infected worldwide. (Note, Lookout’s numbers account only for Android.)center_img Mobile malware arrives in many forms:App-based malware comes from giving apps certain permissions to access data in a smartphoneMobile-Web-based infections come through URL redirection (an old Web ploy repurposed for the smartphone world)Texting-based malware takes hold when an SMS text message signs you up for premium texting services (called “Toll Fraud”)Completely inadvertently when an app is not secured by its publisher and a hacker strong arms its way into an unknown vulnerability.Businesses have to be sure that their data is secured, but this is a problem for consumers as well.  Many people keep some of their most sensitive information on their smartphones. And when mobile payments finally do ramp up, mobile security will become even more critical.Mobile malware reached maturity in 2012, like many other things in the mobile industry. Lookout predicts that 18 million Android smartphones will be infected with malware from the start of 2012 to the end of 2013. The epic battle between security and malware makers will continue to grow more intense in 2013. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja not guilty, what?

first_imgThere is a term called Pyrrhic victory, which means something achieved at a loss greater than the value of the win. But the ICC hit wicket is not one. It needs to be called something worse. The ICC decision on the Anderson-Jadeja spat is blind and STUPID justice.Here were two players who brought disrepute to the game by their crass behaviour. The Indian team had charged English pacer James Anderson with pushing Ravindra Jadeja on the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge. Anderson was charged with a level 3 offence. The English countered the charge with their complaint that Jadeja threatened Anderson. Jadeja got a level 2 charge, which was cut to level 1 by match referee David Boon and which meant he will lose 50 per cent of his match fee. Boon did this before the 3rd Test began at Southampton.India got creamed here after the heady win at Lord’s and Anderson was the man of the match for his contribution with the ball. The BCCI had sought a re-hearing of the whole case in the hope of justice. They may have thought the might of the ICC, now under sidelined BCCI chief N. Srinivasan, would have punished Anderson and spared Jadeja the penalty. Anderson has been absolved, so has Jadeja. Some justice this, man. What seems to have been struck in the bargain is the mother of all compromises, farce is a cliche.last_img read more

Hotshots up against favored Beermen anew

first_imgSports Briefs: April 30, 2019 Reavis dominated both boards to finish with 20 rebounds while joining forces with Ian Sangalang, who came alive in the last quarter to give Magnolia a 55-52 lead going into the last two minutes.Despite the heroics of Reavis and Sangalang, experts predict easy sailing for the defending champion Beermen in their quest for a fifth straight all-Filipino title and a 26th crown overall against their sister team in the SMC franchise.After scrambling past the TNT KaTropa in their best-of-three quarterfinal series, the Beermen leaned on their deeper and more experienced bench to oust the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters in five games of their semifinal showdown Thursday.Phoenix, the tournament’s revelation after topping the one-round eliminations with a 9-2 win-loss record, found SMB a different foe in the semis and managed to win just the third game after dropping the first two encounters of what turned out to be a bruising series.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES This was how the veteran Rafi Reavis summed up the incredible stand by the Magnolia Hotshots in turning back the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in a classic Game 7 duel to reach the Finals of the PBA Philippine Cup for the second straight season on Sunday.The Hotshots rallied from 17 points down at 39-22 midway in the third, blew a chance to win in regulation before ousteadying the Elasto Painters in the extension to prevail, 63-60, and forge another best-of-seven title showdown with heavily favored San Miguel Beer starting Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges We just put our heads down and kept fighting.ADVERTISEMENT SPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 6-foot-8 Reavis, at 41 among the few still reliable senior players in the league, was a key factor as Magnolia finally survived the No. 2 team in the eliminations.Rain or Shine won the first two games of the semifinal series with Magnolia visibly spent from its quarterfinal meeting with Barangay Ginebra. The Hotshots then bounced back to win the next three games, but the Elasto Painters forced a rubber match with a masterful conquest in Game 6. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

J&K CM congratulates new IHF president Narinder Batra

first_imgJammu, Nov 18 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today congratulated Hockey India chief Narinder Batra on being elected as the first non-European President of the International Hockey Federation. The Chief Minister, who is also chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council, in her message said that with Batras election to the world sports body, sports activities in the State would get a further boost. “Recent win at Rome by our young Tajamul Islam and now the elevation of Narinder Batra is recognition of the fact that there is ample sports talent in the State which needs to be honed,” the Chief Minister said adding that Government would make all efforts to do that. Batra, who was elected IHF president last Saturday, has played hockey for J&K and has also been the member of J&K State Sports council. PTI TSS ABATK ATKlast_img read more