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15-07-2009, 18:50:03

Google Voice Apps Arrive For Android and Blackberry

Google Voice Apps Arrive For Android and BlackberryMark Mathson writes "Two Google Voice apps have been released for Blackberry and Android phones. The Android app is the most complete, and it takes over the native dialer, address book and call log. Users won't be bothered with ...
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15-07-2009, 16:50:04

Internet Astroturfer Fined $300,000

Internet Astroturfer Fined $300,000New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that Lifestyle Lift, a cosmetic surgery company who posted fake reviews of their services on various websites, will have to pay $300,000 to the state of New York. Cuomo's office says th...
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15-07-2009, 14:50:02

Canadians Find Traffic Shaping "Reasonable"

Canadians Find Traffic Shaping "Reasonable"gehrehmee writes "A recent Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll on ISPs' use of traffic shaping suggests that 60% of survey respondents find the practice reasonable as long as customers are treated fairly, while 22% believe Internet manage...
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15-07-2009, 12:50:04

Microsoft Readies a Rival To Spotify

Microsoft Readies a Rival To SpotifyBarence writes "Microsoft has confirmed it is preparing to launch a music streaming service. The service will be a direct rival to Spotify, hugely popular in the UK (but unavailable in the US), which allows users to stream music for free in re...
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15-07-2009, 08:50:02

Launch of First International FOSS Law Review

Launch of First International FOSS Law ReviewGraeme West writes "A group of tech lawyers has announced the release of the inaugural issue of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review (IFOSS L. Rev.) — a place for high-level discussion of issues and best pr...
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15-07-2009, 06:50:02

Repulsive Force Discovered In Light

Repulsive Force Discovered In LightAurispector writes in with news that the Yale team that recently discovered an attractive force between two light beams in waveguides has now found a corresponding repulsive force. "'This completes the picture,' [team lead Hong] Tang said. 'We'...
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15-07-2009, 04:50:02

Judge May Take "Fair Use" Away From Jury

Judge May Take "Fair Use" Away From JuryNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "In what I can only describe as a shocker, the Judge in SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum has, on her own, issued an order questioning whether the...
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15-07-2009, 02:50:02

US Postal Service Moves To GNU/Linux

US Postal Service Moves To GNU/Linuxtwitter writes "The US Postal Service has moved its Cobol package tracking software to HP machines running GNU/Linux. 1,300 servers handle 40 million transactions a day and cost less than the last system, which was based on a Sun Solaris envir...
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15-07-2009, 00:50:02

Expanding the Electricity Grid May Be a Mistake

Expanding the Electricity Grid May Be a MistakePerhaps T. Boone Pickens was onto something. Al writes "An article in Technology Review argues that plans to string new high-voltage lines across the US to bring wind power from the midsection of the country to the coasts, could be ...
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14-07-2009, 22:50:05

Wikipedia Debates Rorschach Censorship

Wikipedia Debates Rorschach CensorshipGigsVT writes "Editors on Wikipedia are engaged in an epic battle over a few piece of paper smeared with ink. The 10 inkblot images that form the classic Rorschach test have fallen into the public domain, and so including them on Wikipedia w...
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14-07-2009, 20:50:03

UK, Not North Korea, Is Source of DDoS Attacks

UK, Not North Korea, Is Source of DDoS Attacksangry tapir writes "The UK was the likely source of a series of attacks last week that took down popular Web sites in the US and South Korea, according to an analysis performed by a Vietnamese computer security researcher. The result...
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14-07-2009, 18:50:02

The Amazing World of Software Version Numbers

The Amazing World of Software Version NumbersHarry writes "In theory, software version numbers should be incredibly mundane. In reality, companies have long twisted them for marketing purposes, avoided ones they didn't like, and even replaced them with things other than numbers....
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14-07-2009, 16:50:03

New Zealand Introduces Internet Filtering

New Zealand Introduces Internet FilteringThomas Beagle writes "The New Zealand government has been stealthily introducing a centralised internet child-pornography specific filtering system. Voluntary for ISPs but not for their users, ISPs representing over 94% of the market are ...
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14-07-2009, 14:50:03

Most Companies Won't Deploy Windows 7 — Survey

Most Companies Won't Deploy Windows 7 — Surveyangry tapir writes "Nearly six in 10 companies have no current plans to deploy Windows 7 by the end of next year, according to a new survey. Of 1,100 IT administrators who responded to the survey, 59.3 percent said they didn't ...
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14-07-2009, 12:50:03

Cats "Exploit" Humans By Purring

Cats "Exploit" Humans By PurringAn anonymous reader notes a BBC report on research recently published in the journal Current Biology, indicating that cats manipulate humans by adding a baby-like cry to their purring. "Cat owners may have suspected as much, but it seems our felin...
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14-07-2009, 10:50:05

Tracking a Move Via "Find My iPhone"

Tracking a Move Via "Find My iPhone"dmolnar writes "I recently helped my girlfriend move her stuff from Chicago, IL to Oakland, CA. The movers were scheduled to arrive at 8AM on the 5th of July, and we were stressing the day before about all the things that could go wrong with a...
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14-07-2009, 06:50:03

Pandora Wants Radio Stations To Pay For Music, Too

Pandora Wants Radio Stations To Pay For Music, Toosuraj.sun sends along an Ars writeup of the lobbying Pandora is doing now that it has secured its future, royalties-wise. Some might think it odd that Pandora is weighing in on the side of the record labels in their fight to get ...
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14-07-2009, 04:50:02

Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

Tomorrow's Science Heroes?An anonymous reader writes "As a kid I was (and still am) heavily influenced by Carl Sagan, and a little later by Stephen Hawking. Now as I have started a family with two kids, currently age 5 and 2, I am wondering who out there is popularizing science....
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14-07-2009, 02:50:03

NASA Has the Lost Tapes

NASA Has the Lost TapesThe Shuttle launch may have been delayed by two days, but NASA has better news to report. caffiend666 writes "As speculated a few weeks ago, NASA has found and is starting to restore the lost Apollo 11 tapes. A Briefing will be held July 16th at the Newseu...
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14-07-2009, 00:50:03

Google Releases Open Source NX Server

Google Releases Open Source NX Serverwisesifu writes with news of a new open source NX server, dubbed NeatX, that was released by Google and promptly lost in the shuffle of the Chrome OS announcement. "NX technology was developed by NoMachine to handle remote X Window connection...
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13-07-2009, 22:50:07

Hackers' Next Target — Your Brain?

Hackers' Next Target — Your Brain?Hugh Pickens writes "Wired reports that as neural devices become more complicated — and go wireless — some scientists say the risks of 'brain hacking' should be taken seriously. '"Neural devices are innovating at an extremely r...
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13-07-2009, 20:50:04

Hello World!

Hello World!stoolpigeon writes "Hitting middle age has been an interesting time. I catch myself thinking about how well kids have it today and sounding a lot like my father. One difference is while my dad was happy to teach me about sports or cars, we never spent any time knocki...
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13-07-2009, 18:50:02

Microsoft Vs. Google- Mutually Assured Destruction

Microsoft Vs. Google- Mutually Assured Destructionjmcbain writes "Robert X. Cringely asserts that nothing good will come out of the ongoing war between Microsoft and Google: "The battle between Microsoft and Google entered a new phase last week with the announcement of Google's ...
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13-07-2009, 16:50:02

NASA Plans to De-Orbit ISS in 2016

NASA Plans to De-Orbit ISS in 2016NewbieV writes "The international space station is by far the largest spacecraft ever built by earthlings. Circling the Earth every 90 minutes, it often passes over North America and is visible from the ground when night has fallen but the stati...
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13-07-2009, 14:50:02

ISS Launches First Permanent Node of "Interplanetary Internet"

ISS Launches First Permanent Node of "Interplanetary Internet"schliz writes "Researchers developing the 'Interplanetary Internet' have launched its first permanent node in Space via a payload aboard the International Space Station. The network is based on a new communications pr...
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13-07-2009, 12:50:03

Shuttleworth's Take On GNOME 3.0, Coordination with Debian

Shuttleworth's Take On GNOME 3.0, Coordination with Debiansuka writes "In a fresh interview with derStandard.at, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth talks about GNOME 3.0 — its strengths, but also about what he thinks is missing. He also mentions ongoing talks for a common me...
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13-07-2009, 08:50:03

Traditional News Media Lead Blogs By 2.5 Hours

Traditional News Media Lead Blogs By 2.5 HoursPeace Corps Online writes "The NY Times reports that researchers at Cornell studying the news cycle by looking for repeated phrases and tracking some 90 million articles and blog posts which appeared from August through October 2008 ...
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13-07-2009, 06:50:02

Endeavour's Launch Once More Delayed

Endeavour's Launch Once More Delayedschleprock63 writes "NASA has delayed the launch of Endeavour due to inclement weather, mostly lightning. According to NASA, 'Officials at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida have called off today's liftoff of space shuttle Endeavour due to...
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13-07-2009, 02:50:02

Windows 7 Hits Build 7600 (Possible RTM)

Windows 7 Hits Build 7600 (Possible RTM)An anonymous reader writes "One Microsoft Way is reporting that Microsoft has significantly incremented the build number of both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: 'Reports across the Web are pointing to a build 7600 for both Windows 7 ...
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13-07-2009, 00:50:03

Obama Photog Says "You're Both Wrong" To AP & Fairey

Obama Photog Says "You're Both Wrong" To AP & FaireyNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "In Fairey v. Associated Press, the Associated Press said artist Shepard Fairey's painting had infringed its copyrights in a photo of then...
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12-07-2009, 22:50:06

Rosetta Stone Sues Google For Trademark Violation

Rosetta Stone Sues Google For Trademark Violationadeelarshad82 writes that earlier this week "Rosetta Stone, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Google Inc in a US federal court, alleging trademark infringement. In the lawsuit, the company alleged that Google is allowing third parties,...
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12-07-2009, 20:50:05

Is Cataclysm the Next World of Warcraft Expansion?

Is Cataclysm the Next World of Warcraft Expansion?ajs writes "There has been no official announcement yet, but a number of moves by Blizzard Entertainment seem to indicate that the next expansion for World of Warcraft could be titled Cataclysm. Speculation began when Blizzard tr...
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12-07-2009, 18:50:03

Robotic Glider Set To Break Autonomous Flight Records

Robotic Glider Set To Break Autonomous Flight RecordsSoaringIsAwesome writes "Dan Edwards, a student at NC State University, is attempting to break two records by creating an autonomous glider. The project goal is a 142-mile cross country flight and a 25-mile flight (with return...
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12-07-2009, 16:50:05

Outlook Inertia the Main Factor Holding Business From Google Apps

Outlook Inertia the Main Factor Holding Business From Google AppsMeshach writes "There's an interesting article in PC World claiming that the major factor preventing businesses from transferring their communication interface from Outlook to Google Apps is employees' unwillingnes...
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12-07-2009, 14:50:06

Cruising Fisherman's Wharf For New Passports' Serial Numbers

Cruising Fisherman's Wharf For New Passports' Serial Numbersschwit1 writes "Fox News has an AP story on a SF hacker driving around and needing as little as 20 minutes to be successful in acquiring a passport number: 'Zipping past Fisherman's Wharf, his scanner detected, then dow...
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12-07-2009, 12:50:03

Stealing Data Via Electrical Outlet

Stealing Data Via Electrical OutletPonca City, We love you writes "NetworkWorld reports that security consultants Andrea Barisani and Daniele Bianco are preparing to unveil their methodology at the Black Hat USA conference for stealing information typed on a computer keyboard us...
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12-07-2009, 08:50:05

Plastic Circuits Designed To Enable Tough, Green Computers

Plastic Circuits Designed To Enable Tough, Green ComputersDanS writes "Computerworld has an article about two Australian engineers who have invented 'Circuits in Plastic' technology. CIP designs aim to be more environmentally friendly than traditional circuits as they can be mad...
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12-07-2009, 06:50:02

French "3 Strikes" Law Returns, In Slightly Altered Form

French "3 Strikes" Law Returns, In Slightly Altered Formsuraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica: "The French Senate has once again approved a reworked version of the country's controversial 'three strikes' bill designed to appease the Constitutional Council. Instead...
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12-07-2009, 02:50:03

Military's Satellite Meteor Data Sharing May Soon Resume

Military's Satellite Meteor Data Sharing May Soon Resumejbdigriz writes "Leonard David has a followup piece to his original story, referenced here on June 22nd ('US Military Blocks Data On Incoming Meteors'). Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Rego explains his decision to suspend the ...
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12-07-2009, 00:50:03

How To Teach Programming To Kids, Via Xbox

How To Teach Programming To Kids, Via XboxAn anonymous reader writes "Chris Wilson reviews Kodu, the new XBox game that he calls 'Logo on Steroids.' The game allows you to build a world and program every object in it with an in-house graphical language, making the game a primiti...
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11-07-2009, 22:50:03

Searching Google, Where Internet Access is Scarce

Searching Google, Where Internet Access is ScarceInternet searching means that finding information mundane, obscure, or fantastically useful is just a few keystrokes away — but not if you're without a connection to the Internet (or can't read), both the norm for many of th...
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11-07-2009, 20:50:02

Behind the "My Location" Errors In Google Maps

Behind the "My Location" Errors In Google Mapswaderoush writes "Ever since Google added the 'My Location' feature this week to the desktop and laptop versions of Google Maps, allowing Firefox and Chrome users to see their current location on a map, people have been reporting biz...
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11-07-2009, 18:50:03

Developer Stigma After a Bad or Catastrophic Release?

Developer Stigma After a Bad or Catastrophic Release?An anonymous reader writes "We hear in the news all the time about how executives can drive a company into the ground and yet somehow become more desirable to other big companies. What we don't hear about are the grunts who im...
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11-07-2009, 16:50:03

UK's National Portrait Gallery Threatens To Sue Wikipedia User

UK's National Portrait Gallery Threatens To Sue Wikipedia Userjpatokal writes "The National Portrait Gallery of London is threatening litigation against a Wikipedia user over his uploading of pictures of some 3,000 paintings, all 19th century or earlier and firmly in the public ...
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11-07-2009, 14:50:04

Apple To Sell WiFi-less iPhone In China

Apple To Sell WiFi-less iPhone In ChinaHugh Pickens writes "Business Week reports that the Chinese government has received an application from Apple seeking a Network Access License to sell the iPhone for officially-sanctioned use in the country. However, the application is for ...
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11-07-2009, 12:50:03

Memristor Minds, the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Memristor Minds, the Future of Artificial Intelligencegodlessgambler writes "Within the past couple of years, memristors have morphed from obscure jargon into one of the hottest properties in physics. They've not only been made, but their unique capabilities might revolutionize ...
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11-07-2009, 08:50:04

Why Video Games Are Having a Harder Time With Humor

Why Video Games Are Having a Harder Time With HumorKotaku is running an opinion piece discussing why video games are having a harder time being funny as they've shifted away from text-driven adventures and toward graphics-intensive environments. "As technology improved, things b...
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11-07-2009, 06:50:02

Bletchley Park WWII Staff Finally Recognized

Bletchley Park WWII Staff Finally Recognized99luftballon writes "Nearly 70 years after Station X (aka the Bletchley Park cryptanalysis unit) was set up, the surviving members are to be honored by the British government. Bletchley was one of the most important computing centers o...
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11-07-2009, 04:50:02

Facebook Sued Over Data Access

Facebook Sued Over Data AccessLate last year, a web service called Power.com launched with the aim of allowing users to unify their use of multiple social networks. Facebook quickly filed a lawsuit, objecting to the (user-authorized) gathering of their data. Reader sufijazz writ...
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11-07-2009, 02:50:03

Researchers Teach Mice To Exhale Fat

Researchers Teach Mice To Exhale Fatdestinyland writes "UCLA researchers made a startling discovery: genetic alterations enable mice to convert fat into carbon dioxide. Mammals digest fats differently than bacteria — so researchers introduced bacteria genes into mouse live...
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