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22-04-2009, 08:50:02

Ancient Books Go Online

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Ancient Books Go Onlinejd writes "The BBC is reporting that the United Nations' World Digital Library has gone online with an initial offering of 1,200 ancient manuscripts, parchments and documents. To no great surprise, Europe comes in first with 380 items. South America comes ...
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22-04-2009, 06:50:02

Consortium To Share Ad Revenue From Stolen Stories

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Consortium To Share Ad Revenue From Stolen StoriesHugh Pickens writes "Erick Schonfeld has an interesting story in TechCrunch about a consortium of publishers including Reuters, the Magazine Publishers of America, and Politico that plans to take a new approach towards the prolif...
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22-04-2009, 02:50:02

World's First X-Ray Laser Goes Live

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World's First X-Ray Laser Goes Livesmolloy writes "The world's first X-ray laser (LCLS) has seen first light. A Free Electron Laser (FEL) is based on the light that is emitted by accelerated electrons when they are forced to move in a curved path. The beam then interacts with th...
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22-04-2009, 00:50:04

Google Brings 3D To Web With Open Source Plugin

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Google Brings 3D To Web With Open Source Pluginmaxheadroom writes "Google has released an open source browser plugin that provides a JavaScript API for displaying 3D graphics in web content. Google hopes that the project will promote experimentation and help advance a collaborat...
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21-04-2009, 22:50:03

A Layman's Guide To Bandwidth Pricing

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A Layman's Guide To Bandwidth Pricingnarramissic links to IT World's A Layman's Guide to Bandwidth Pricing, writing "Time Warner Cable has, for now, abandoned the tiered pricing trials that raised the ire of Congressman Eric Massa, among others. And, as some nice data points in ...
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21-04-2009, 20:50:03

Fair Use Affirmed In Turnitin Case

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Fair Use Affirmed In Turnitin CaseHugh Pickens writes "The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion affirming a ruling that will be cheered by digital fair use proponents for allowing a fair use of students' work when their teachers electronically file students' wri...
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21-04-2009, 18:50:03

Ballmer, IBM Surprised By Oracle-Sun Deal

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Ballmer, IBM Surprised By Oracle-Sun DealGeon Lasli writes "Reporters caught up with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in Moscow to get his take on Oracle's deal to buy Sun Microsystems for US$7.4 billion. Ballmer was at a loss for words: 'I need to think about it. I am very surprised...
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21-04-2009, 16:50:03

Highlights From the 2009 Google Summer of Code

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Highlights From the 2009 Google Summer of Codemask.of.sanity writes "Over a 1000 students were accepted into the fifth year of the program from 70 countries and will work on about 150 open source projects with mentor organisations. The program, created in 2005, has exposed some ...
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21-04-2009, 14:50:04

Do We Need Running Shoes To Run?

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Do We Need Running Shoes To Run?prostoalex writes to tell us The Daily Mail has an interesting look at current research in the field of running and injuries related to running. Most of the evidence pointed at a lack of any need for running shoes. Some of the more interesting poi...
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21-04-2009, 12:50:05

Bethesda Announces New Fallout Game For 2010

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Bethesda Announces New Fallout Game For 2010On Monday Bethesda announced a new title in the popular Fallout series called New Vegas, set for release sometime in 2010. It's planned for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. They said it wasn't a sequel to the highly-acclaimed Fallout 3, but ...
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21-04-2009, 10:50:02

Physicists Propose New Kind of Quantum Tunneling

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Physicists Propose New Kind of Quantum TunnelingKentuckyFC writes to tell us that scientists from the UK and Germany are proposing a third kind of quantum tunneling. They propose that a quantum particle is capable of changing into a pair of "virtual particles" capable of passing...
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21-04-2009, 08:50:02

Bohemian Rhapsody On Old Hardware

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Bohemian Rhapsody On Old Hardwareeldavojohn writes "The sweet sweet melodies of Queen and the late Freddie Mercury are reproduced by hardware almost as old as the song is. 'There are millions of computers sitting idle at home consuming fantom electricity. Let's see where all tha...
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21-04-2009, 06:50:02

Telstra Lays Down Law On Social Media

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Telstra Lays Down Law On Social MediaKerrieanne writes to tell us that Australian telecommunications giant Telstra has become the first major player down under to lay down the law with respect to social media. Still recovering from the shakeup surrounding a Telstra worker using ...
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21-04-2009, 04:50:02

US Military Issuing iPod Touches To Soldiers

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US Military Issuing iPod Touches To Soldiers644bd346996 writes "Newsweek has an article about the latest weapons in the US military's arsenal. The iPod Touch and the iPhone are being adapted as general purpose handhelds for soldiers in the field. 'Apple gadgets are proving to be...
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21-04-2009, 02:50:01

Vatican To Build 100 Megawatt Solar Power Plant

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Vatican To Build 100 Megawatt Solar Power PlantKarim Y. writes "The Vatican is going solar in a big way. The tiny state recently announced that it intends to spend 660 million dollars to create what will effectively be Europe's largest solar power plant. This massive 100 megawat...
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21-04-2009, 00:50:02

Exploring the Current State of Beta Testing

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Exploring the Current State of Beta TestingKaren Hertzberg writes "Since the earliest days of MMO gaming, beta testing has played a pivotal role in the success or failure of our persistent worlds. We've come a long way since the initial tests of Ultima Online and The Realm, but ...
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20-04-2009, 22:50:02

Threat To Net Neutrality In Europe

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Threat To Net Neutrality In EuropeNarcissus writes to tell us that the European Parliament is planning a vote in the Industry, Transport, Energy (ITRE) committee that could reintroduce amendment 138 (currently amendment 46) which deals with safeguards to user rights on the inter...
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20-04-2009, 20:50:02

Energy-Beaming Space Collector to Also Alter Weather?

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Energy-Beaming Space Collector to Also Alter Weather?Recently we covered California utility company PG&E's ambitious deal with upstart Solaren to beam energy to earth from a space-based solar collector. What we didn't know is Solaren's patent also covers the alteration of we...
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20-04-2009, 18:50:04

Stephen Hawking Is "Very Ill" In Hospital

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Stephen Hawking Is "Very Ill" In HospitalC S Miller writes "Not much more to add. The BBC is reporting that 'Stephen Hawking is "very ill" in hospital.' He has had a few health scares before, and as a post-graduate he was told he didn't have much longer to live; he's now 67."Rea...
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20-04-2009, 16:50:03

Ridley Scott's Forever War In 3D

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Ridley Scott's Forever War In 3Dbowman9991 writes "Ridley Scott's next science fiction film, his first since Blade Runner, will be a 3D adaptation of Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, an action packed novel about the impact of the time dilation effect on soldiers returning from an...
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20-04-2009, 14:50:02

Oracle Buys Sun

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Oracle Buys Sunbruunb writes "Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) and Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximat...
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20-04-2009, 12:50:03

Skin-Based Display Screens From Nanotech Tattoos

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Skin-Based Display Screens From Nanotech Tattoosdestinyland writes "Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York is developing flexible nanotubes inserted under the skin to create a handheld display — inside your hand. They wirelessly receive data and display reminders and...
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20-04-2009, 10:50:05

Next-Gen Nuclear Power Plant Breaks Ground In China

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Next-Gen Nuclear Power Plant Breaks Ground In ChinaAn anonymous reader writes "The construction of first next-generation Westinghouse nuclear power reactor breaks ground in Sanmen, China. The reactor, expected to generate 12.7 Megawatts by 2013, costs 40 billion Yuan (~US$6 bill...
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20-04-2009, 08:50:02

Nexr-Gen Nuclear Power Plant Breaks Ground In China

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Nexr-Gen Nuclear Power Plant Breaks Ground In ChinaAn anonymous reader writes "The construction of first next-generation Westinghouse nuclear power reactor breaks ground in Sanmen, China. The reactor, expected to generate 12.7 Megawatts by 2013, costs 40 billion Yuan (~US$6 bill...
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20-04-2009, 06:50:02

eReader.com Limits E-book Sales To US Citizens

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eReader.com Limits E-book  Sales To US CitizensAn anonymous reader writes "eReader.com seems to have begun applying distribution restrictions to its library. I first noticed that there was a FAQ page about distribution restrictions this morning. When I tried to order a few books...
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20-04-2009, 02:50:01

Cornell Grad Students Go Ballooning (Again)

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Cornell Grad Students Go Ballooning (Again)ballooner writes "A group of Cornell University graduate students are attempting to break the Amateur Radio Ballooning duration record this weekend. The project is a continuation from last year when some other Cornell grad students brok...
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20-04-2009, 00:50:02

Anonymous Network I2P 0.7.2 Released

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Anonymous Network I2P 0.7.2 ReleasedMathiasdm writes "The Invisible Internet Project, also known as I2P, has seen its 0.7.2 release (download). I2P uses multiple encryption layers, and routing through several other computers to hide both sender and receiver of messages. On top o...
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19-04-2009, 22:50:04

12 Small Windmills Put To the Test In Holland

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12 Small Windmills Put To the Test In Hollandtuna writes "A real-world test by the Dutch province of Zeeland (a very windy place) demonstrates that small windmills are a fundamentally flawed technology (PDF of tests results in Dutch, English summary). Twelve much-hyped micro win...
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19-04-2009, 20:50:04

Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharingsurpeis writes "This snub is an attempt to point the finger at something I feel has been widely ignored in the ever-lasting debate surrounding (illegal) filesharing, now again brought in the spotlight by the Pirate Bay trial. I ...
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19-04-2009, 18:50:03

British Spy Agency Searches For Real-Life 'Q'

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British Spy Agency Searches For Real-Life 'Q'suraj.sun writes with this quote from the Associated Press:"Britain's domestic spy agency — MI5 — is hunting for its very own 'Q,' of sorts. MI6's sister organization, which carries out surveillance on terror suspects insi...
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19-04-2009, 16:50:03

Stem Cell Treatment To Cure the Most Common Cause of Blindness

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Stem Cell Treatment To Cure the Most Common Cause of BlindnessThe Times Online reports that researchers from the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London and Moorfields eye hospital have developed stem cell therapy that can treat age-related macular degeneration (...
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19-04-2009, 14:50:07

Why There's No iTunes For Movies

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Why There's No iTunes For Moviestheodp writes "Slate's Farhad Manjoo would gladly pay a hefty monthly fee for immediate access to recent movies and TV shows — if someone would just take his money. In reality, he pays nothing because no company sells such a plan, and instea...
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19-04-2009, 10:50:03

Pirate Bay Court Loss Won't Stop the Flow of Files

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Pirate Bay Court Loss Won't Stop the Flow of FilesAdrian Lopez writes "According to PC World, 'Hollywood may have won a battle, but the war against piracy is far from over. Unauthorized file sharing will continue (and likely intensify), if not through The Pirate Bay, then throug...
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19-04-2009, 08:50:02

Internet Archive Seeks Same Online Book Rights As Google

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Internet Archive Seeks Same Online Book Rights As GoogleMiracle Jones writes "Brewster Kahle's Internet Archive has jumped on Google's 'Authors Guild' settlement and asked to be included as a party defendant, claiming that they ought to get the same rights and protections from l...
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19-04-2009, 06:50:02

Looking to Spammers to Solve Hard AI Problems

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Looking to Spammers to Solve Hard AI ProblemsAn anonymous reader writes "With bots getting closer to beating text-based CAPTCHAs for good, New Scientist points out that when they do, OCR technology will at least have advanced. The article goes on to suggest that whatever kind of...
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19-04-2009, 02:50:01

Microsoft Leaks Windows 7 RC Date — Before May 5

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Microsoft Leaks Windows 7 RC Date — Before May 5CWmike writes "Microsoft will deliver a release candidate of Windows 7 in about two weeks, the company's Web site revealed Saturday. According to a page posted on Microsoft's partner program site, Windows 7 Release Candidate ...
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19-04-2009, 00:50:03

A Secure OS For the Dalai Lama?

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A Secure OS For the Dalai Lama?Jamyang (Greg Walton) writes "I am editor of the Infowar Monitor and co-author of the recent report, Tracking Ghostnet. I have been asked by the Office of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama (OHHDL) and the Tibetan Government in Exile (TGIE) to offer some...
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18-04-2009, 22:50:03

FBI and States Vastly Expand DNA Collection, Databases

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FBI and States Vastly Expand DNA Collection, DatabasesMike writes "Starting this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will join 15 states that collect DNA samples from those awaiting trial and will also collect DNA from detained immigrants. For example, This year, Californ...
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18-04-2009, 20:50:07

Record-Breaking Model Rocket Launch Set for April 25

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Record-Breaking Model Rocket Launch Set for April 25darkjohnson writes with this impressive excerpt from Rocketry Planet: "On April 25, 2009, history will be made. At Higgs Farm in Price, Maryland, Steve Eves will enter the history books as the person who flew the largest model ...
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18-04-2009, 18:50:03

Comic Sans, Font of Ill Will

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Comic Sans, Font of Ill WillKelson writes "The Wall Street Journal profiles Vincent Connare, designer of the web's most-hated font, Comic Sans. Not surprisingly, the font's origins go back to Microsoft Bob, where he saw a talking dog speaking in Times New Roman. Connare pulled o...
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18-04-2009, 16:50:04

Obama Appoints Non-Tech Guy As CTO

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Obama Appoints Non-Tech Guy As CTONewYorkCountryLawye r writes "President Barack Obama has named his chief technology officer, and the appointee is not a Silicon Valley name like so many predicted. He is Aneesh Chopra. As t...
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18-04-2009, 14:50:04

Robo-Arm Signatures Are Legal, Gov't Buys One

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Robo-Arm Signatures Are Legal, Gov't Buys OneAndreV writes "It's endlessly comforting to know a recently designed and implemented long-distance robotic signing arm can produce signatures legal in both the US and Canada. The aptly named LongPen replicates the handwriting from a p...
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18-04-2009, 12:50:03

How Piracy Affected the Launch of Demigod

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How Piracy Affected the Launch of DemigodDemigod is an RTS/RPG hybrid developed by Gas Powered Games and published by Stardock, a company notable for their progressive and lenient stance on DRM. The game was set to be released on April 14th, and shipped without any form of copy ...
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18-04-2009, 08:50:02

Lobby Groups Launch Full Assault For Canadian DMCA

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Lobby Groups Launch Full Assault For Canadian DMCAAn anonymous reader writes "Bill C-61, the previous attempt at a Canadian DMCA, may have failed, but it is clear that the music, movie, and business software industries are engaged in putting massive pressure on the Canadian gove...
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18-04-2009, 06:50:04

Space Sails Could Bring Used Rockets Back To Earth

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Space Sails Could Bring Used Rockets Back To EarthGordonCopestake writes "An article from New Scientist proposes that all new spacecraft have sails attached to bring them back to earth — a measure that would reduce the amount of garbage in space. From the article: 'The ris...
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18-04-2009, 04:50:02

A Closer Look At Chromium and Browser Security

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A Closer Look At Chromium and Browser SecurityGhostX9 writes "Tom's Hardware's continuing series on computing security has an interview with Adam Barth and Collin Jackson, members of Stanford University's Web Security Group and members of the team that developed Chromium, the op...
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18-04-2009, 02:50:02

NSA Overstepped the Law On Wiretaps

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NSA Overstepped the Law On WiretapsHugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that legal and operational problems surrounding the NSA's surveillance activities have come under scrutiny from the Obama administration, Congressional intelligence committees, and a secret national sec...
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18-04-2009, 00:50:02

Predator C Avenger Makes First Flights

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Predator C Avenger Makes First Flightsstoolpigeon writes "General Atomics' new unmanned combat aerial vehicle, the Predator C Avenger, has been making test flights. This new Predator has a stealthy design, 20-hour endurance, is jet powered and has an internal weapons bay. A numb...
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17-04-2009, 22:50:03

Ford Bets on Social Media for Fiesta

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Ford Bets on Social Media for FiestaFord is gambling on the power of social media for the new marketing campaign surrounding the Ford Fiesta subcompact. The auto giant handed over 100 new Fiestas to "agents" selected from 4,000 applicants and created YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, a...
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17-04-2009, 20:50:02

Looking Back at Copyright Predictions

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Looking Back at Copyright PredictionsTechdirt has an interesting look back at some of the more interesting predictions on copyright. The article looks at two different pre-DMCA papers and compare them to what has happened in the world of copyright. "The second paper is by Pamela...
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