So it’s come to this: You can get sued for using the word “saga” in your work.
King.com makes “Candy Crush Saga,” which you’re almost certainly familiar with. The company now has filed a lawsuit against the makers of a PC game titled “The Banner Saga.” King alleges that the two titles’ names and natures are so similar that “The Banner Saga” will cause confusion amongst customers. Never mind that "The Banner Saga" is a turn-based strategy RPG and "Candy Crush Saga" is a touch-based puzzle game on a completely different platform.
This isn’t the first time King has been in the courts, claiming to own words; King recently trademarked the word “candy” -- seriously -- and successfully defended the trademark in court. Apple sent messages to all developers of games with “candy” in the title, because they’ve all got to change the names.
In less depressing tech news, Google’s private shuttle bus system in San Francisco is now sanctioned by the city. Well, sort of. The City of San Francisco has set up a “pilot program” for Google’s buses, which until now had operated on public bus routes pretty much unregulated. The new deal stipulates that the parent company of private shuttles (in this case, Google) will pay the city $1 for every stop it makes on the public bus route.
San Francisco activists are not pleased, though -- they allege that the program doesn’t put enough money into the city’s resources to help fix problems. They believe the money collected from Google should go toward real estate and the like. As it stands, the program stands to help very few people outside of Google.
There might be another way to get to work without driving, though. In the future, anyway. Ford announced that it’s working with big-name science schools MIT and Stanford to develop autonomous cars. The plan: MIT makes sure the cars can predict what other cars and people will do, and Stanford makes sure the cars can actually drive on the road without hitting signs and light posts.