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Here’s what today’s gene ruling means for software patents

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that it is impossible to patent a naturally-occurring gene. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, said that a gene was a “product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated,” but artificially created genes could be patented. Patents are a hot-button issue right now, especially… Read More

Superhero Economics

Nerd Notes: Superhero economics, a Harlem Shake bookmarklet and playlists that adjust to your mood

Editor’s Note: Nerd Notes is GeekWire’s roundup of random geekiness from around the globe. Superhero economics: The ever-present superhero question is back on the table for debate: Batman or Spiderman? Generally, we weigh traits like physical strength, charisma, weapons, etc. Now there’s a new factor: money. This series of infographics from the Geeks of Doom compares the wallets… Read More