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Paper Companies' Windfall of Unintended Consequences

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Paper Companies' Windfall of Unintended ConsequencesJamie found a post on ScienceBlogs that serves as a stark example of the law of unintended consequences, as well as the ability of private industry to game a system of laws to their advantage. It seems that large paper companie...

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ne: 12-04-2009, 10:50:08

Closing Time At Microsoft's Campus Pub

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Closing Time At Microsoft's Campus Pubtheodp writes "Just three days before the Spitfire pub was to open on Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division campus, TechFlash reports that Microsoft got cold feet and pulled the plug on the project, leaving the bar's owner and his...

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ne: 12-04-2009, 06:50:02

Sweden Sees Boom In Legal Downloading

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Sweden Sees Boom In Legal DownloadingQuantos writes with word that in Sweden, in addition to a drop in traffic following the introduction of the IPRED anti-file sharing law, the country also saw a doubling of legal downloads. "The sale of music via the Internet and mobile phones...

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ne: 12-04-2009, 04:50:02

Goldman Sachs Tries To Shut Down Dissident Blogger

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Goldman Sachs Tries To Shut Down Dissident BloggerThe Narrative Fallacy sends along a piece from the Telegraph on efforts by Goldman Sachs to silence a blogger who is posting commentary critical of the bank. "Goldman Sachs has instructed Wall Street law firm Chadbourne & Par...

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ne: 12-04-2009, 02:50:01

Hungary, Tatarstan Latest To Go FOSS

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Hungary, Tatarstan Latest To Go FOSSchristian.einfeldt writes "It seems as if almost every other week there is news of another government migration toward Free Open Source Software. Two of the most recent such moves come from Hungary and the tiny independent former Russian repub...

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ne: 12-04-2009, 00:50:01

"Tweenbots" Test NYC Pedestrian-Robot Relations

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"Tweenbots" Test NYC Pedestrian-Robot RelationsMBCook recommends Kacie Kinzer's tweenbots page, which documents some of her experiments with small, anthropomorphized robots that need help. Kinzer is writing a thesis (at the Center for the Recently Possible) centered around inves...

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ne: 11-04-2009, 22:50:02

Paid Shilling Comes to Twitter

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Paid Shilling Comes to TwitterAn anonymous reader alerts us that an outfit called Magpie is paying Twitter users to tout advertisers' products. Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb has identified a number of household-name companies — among them Apple, Skype, Kodak, Cisco,...

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ne: 11-04-2009, 20:50:05

Spam Replacing Postal Junk Mail?

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Spam Replacing Postal Junk Mail?TheOtherChimeraTwin writes "I've been getting spam from mainstream companies that I do business with, which is odd because I didn't give those companies my email address. It is doubly strange because the address they are using is a special-purpose...

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ne: 11-04-2009, 18:50:05

Better Living Through Nukes?

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Better Living Through Nukes?perkonis writes "So, you've got 23,000 nukes laying about and no one to use them on. What to do with them? Well, you blow up stuff for fun and profit. Some of the ideas range from good on paper (such as mining oil shale) to just downright bad (such as...

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ne: 11-04-2009, 16:50:07

NASA's Zero-Gravity Robotic-Arm Partnership With Canada

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NASA's Zero-Gravity Robotic-Arm Partnership With CanadaAndreV writes "We've entered into an extraterrestrial quid pro quo with our Northern neighbors: After celebrating 25 years of the Canadarm's first venture into space, NASA has reached out (so to speak) to the Canadian Space ...

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ne: 11-04-2009, 14:50:02

Voting Machines and 'Calibration Drift'

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Voting Machines and 'Calibration Drift'An anonymous reader writes "Tuesday saw elections for school boards and city officials throughout Kansas. In Saline, ES&S voting machines in several locations were 'mis-calibrated,' and when the voter touched next to one candidate's nam...

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ne: 11-04-2009, 12:50:03

The Net — Democratic Panacea Or Autocratic Tool?

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The Net — Democratic Panacea Or Autocratic Tool?Alex writes "On April 6, 10,000 protesters organized in Moldova against the nation's Communist leadership by utilizing new media like Twitter and Facebook, demonstrating the ever-increasing potential of the Internet as a demo...

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ne: 11-04-2009, 08:50:01

Rockstar Games Develops Connection Between Flash Gaming, Nintendo DS

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Rockstar Games Develops Connection Between Flash Gaming, Nintendo DSAn anonymous reader writes "It's been a long-talked-about but never fully realized aim of developers, publishers and format holders to create a game that runs on multiple platforms, but connects and exchanges as...

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ne: 11-04-2009, 06:50:02

Sharing Lives As Stories On the Web

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Sharing Lives As Stories On the Webblackbearnh writes "Jeff Holden spent a decade at Amazon, where he was involved as Senior Vice President of Consumer Websites with the recommendation engine, Amazon Prime, and the product review system. He's left now, and has started Pelago, a ...

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ne: 11-04-2009, 04:50:03

Linux On Netbooks — a Complicated Story

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Linux On Netbooks — a Complicated StoryAn anonymous reader writes "Keir Thomas has responded to the recent raft of news stories pointing out that Linux's share of the netbook market isn't as rosy as it used to be. Thomas thinks the problem boils down to a combination of un...

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ne: 11-04-2009, 02:50:02

Copyright Scholar Challenges RIAA/DOJ Position

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Copyright Scholar Challenges RIAA/DOJ PositionNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "Leading copyright law scholar Prof. Pamela Samuelson, of the University of California law school, has published a 'working paper' which directly re...

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ne: 11-04-2009, 00:50:05

Tesla Roadster Runs For 241 Miles In E-Rally

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Tesla Roadster Runs For 241 Miles In E-RallyN!NJA writes with the mention of a recent alternative energies rally where the Tesla Roadster managed to cover 241 miles on a single charge, with another 38 miles of juice still left in the battery. "That would give the Roadster a theo...

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ne: 10-04-2009, 22:50:04

Altered Organism Triples Solar Cell Efficiency

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Altered Organism Triples Solar Cell EfficiencyAn anonymous reader writes "By harnessing the shells of living organisms in the sea, microscopic algae called diatoms, engineers have tripled the efficiency of experimental dye-sensitized solar cells. The diatoms were fed a diet of t...

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ne: 10-04-2009, 20:50:09

Microsoft's "Pseudo-Transparent" and Fold-Up PCs

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Microsoft's "Pseudo-Transparent" and Fold-Up PCswaderoush writes "At the CHI 2009 conference, which wrapped up yesterday in Boston, Microsoft researchers showed off two radical prototypes that push the boundaries of user interfaces. One was a 'pseudo-transparent' iPhone-like dev...

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ne: 10-04-2009, 18:50:02

Swedish Tax Office Targets Webcam Strippers

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Swedish Tax Office Targets Webcam StrippersSweden's tax authorities are cracking down on unreported webcam stripper income. They estimate that hundreds of Swedish women are dodging the law, resulting in a tax loss of about 40m Swedish kronor (£3.3m) annually. The search in...

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ne: 10-04-2009, 16:50:05

How Does Flash Media Fail?

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How Does Flash Media Fail?bhodge writes "Aside from the obvious 'it stops working' answer, how does flash media — such as USB, SD, and CF — fail? Unlike with traditional hard drive, where anyone who's worked with computers for a while knows what a drive failure looks...

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ne: 10-04-2009, 14:50:04

STEREO Spacecraft To Explore Earth's L4 and L5

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STEREO Spacecraft To Explore Earth's L4 and L5Hugh Pickens writes "Launched on October 25, 2006, NASA's twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft are about to enter the L4 and L5 Lagrangian points, special points in our orbit around which spacecraft and ot...

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ne: 10-04-2009, 10:50:02

Robot Body Suit To Be Marketed In Japan

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Robot Body Suit To Be Marketed In Japandestinyland writes "A Japanese company is preparing limited mass production of a cybernetic bodysuit which dramatically increases user strength up to ten times. The "Hybrid Assistive Limb" suit synchronizes movements of a mechanical exoskel...

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ne: 10-04-2009, 08:50:01

Norfolk Police Officers To Be Tagged To Improve Response Times

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Norfolk Police Officers To Be Tagged To Improve Response TimesPolice in Norfolk, England already have tracking units, The Automatic Vehicle Location System, installed in their cars that allow a control room to track their exact locations. Later this year a similar system will be...

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ne: 10-04-2009, 06:50:01

Decent DVD-Ripping Solution For Linux?

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Decent DVD-Ripping Solution For Linux?supersloshy writes "I'm a user of Ubuntu Linux and I have been for a little while now. Recently I've been trying to copy DVDs onto a portable media player, but everything I've tried isn't working right. dvd::rip always gets the language mixe...

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ne: 10-04-2009, 02:50:02

Openmoko Phone Not Dead After All

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Openmoko Phone Not Dead After AllIn response to the report I posted a few days ago that the Openmoko FreeRunner phone had been discontinued, Pat Meier-Johnson writes on behalf of Openmoko to say that this isn't so. "Some bloggers have been misinterpreting a presentation by Openm...

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ne: 10-04-2009, 00:50:04

Working Toward a Patent-Agnostic Open Source License

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Working Toward a Patent-Agnostic Open Source LicenseGlyn Moody writes "Are there ever circumstances when software patents that require payment might be permitted by an open source license? That's the question posed by a new license that is being submitted to the Open Source Init...

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ne: 09-04-2009, 22:50:07

Gecko-Inspired Dry Adhesive Set For Space

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Gecko-Inspired Dry Adhesive Set For SpaceAndreV writes "Biomimetic adhesives aren't new, but a PhD graduate in British Columbia has developed a new method of creating microscopic, mushroom-like plastic structures in order to produce a dry adhesive that mimics the stickiness of g...

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ne: 09-04-2009, 20:50:05

Microsoft Begs Win 7 Testers To Clean Install

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Microsoft Begs Win 7 Testers To Clean InstallBarence writes "Microsoft is imploring millions of Windows 7 beta testers to perform a clean install of the forthcoming Release Candidate, rather than upgrade from the beta. 'The reality is that upgrading from one pre-release build to...

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ne: 09-04-2009, 18:50:05

EFF Says Obama Warrantless Wiretap Defense is Worse than Bush

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EFF Says Obama Warrantless Wiretap Defense is Worse than BushSonicSpike writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just said that 'In the Warrantless Wiretapping Case, Obama DOJ's New Arguments Are Worse Than Bush's'"Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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ne: 09-04-2009, 16:50:03

Privacy In BitTorrent By Hiding In the Crowd

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Privacy In BitTorrent By Hiding In the Crowdpinguin-geek writes "Researchers at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University have identified a new "guilt-by-association" threat to privacy in peer-to-peer (P2P) systems that would enable an ea...

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ne: 09-04-2009, 14:50:02

AP Harasses Own Member Over AP Youtube Videos

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AP Harasses Own Member Over AP Youtube VideosDrEldarion writes "The Associated Press, who has been acting very bipolar lately about Google News (they get paid by Google for their content, and then complain about Google "stealing" that content), has another issue with not knowing...

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ne: 09-04-2009, 12:50:04

Microsoft Ordered To Pay $388 Million In Patent Case

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Microsoft Ordered To Pay $388 Million In Patent Casejeffmeden writes "BusinessWeek reports today that Microsoft suffered a loss in federal court Monday. The judge rendering the verdict ordered Microsoft to pay $388 Million in damages for violating a patent held by Uniloc, a Cali...

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ne: 09-04-2009, 10:50:02

Microsoft Order To Pay $388 Million In Patent Case

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Microsoft Order To Pay $388 Million In Patent Casejeffmeden writes "BusinessWeek reports today that Microsoft suffered a loss in federal court Monday. The judge rendering the verdict ordered Microsoft to pay $388 Million in damages for violating a patent held by Uniloc, a Califo...

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ne: 09-04-2009, 08:50:02

Can Mobile Broadband Solve the UK Digital Divide?

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Can Mobile Broadband Solve the UK Digital Divide?MJackson writes "Lord Carter's interim Digital Britain report recently proposed a new Universal Service Obligation (USO), which would effectively make it mandatory for every household in the UK to have access to a broadband servic...

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ne: 09-04-2009, 06:50:02

Climate Engineering As US Policy?

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Climate Engineering As US Policy?EricTheGreen writes "The Associated Press has an article featuring Obama administration science advisor John Holdren discussing potential climate engineering responses to global warming. Among the possible approaches? His own version of Operation...

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ne: 09-04-2009, 02:50:02

Pentagon Cyber Defense Bill Comes To $100M For 6 Months

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Pentagon Cyber Defense Bill Comes To $100M For 6 Monthscoondoggie writes "Protecting defense departments networks cost taxpayers more than $100 million over the past six months, US Strategic Command officials said yesterday. The motives of those attacking the networks go from ju...

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ne: 09-04-2009, 00:50:02

CFLs Causing Utility Woes

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CFLs Causing Utility Woesdacut writes "We've seen compact fluorescent lamps start to take over shelf space at the local hardware store. Replacing a 60 watt incandescent with a 13 watt CFL seems like a great savings, though many consumers are disappointed with the slow warm-up ti...

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ne: 08-04-2009, 22:50:11

Building a Searchable Literature Archive With Keywords?

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Building a Searchable Literature Archive With Keywords?Sooner Boomer writes "I'm trying to help drag a professor I work with into the 20th century. Although he is involved in cutting-edge research (nanotechnology), his method of literature search is to begin with digging through...

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ne: 08-04-2009, 20:50:04

New ICANN TLDs May Cause Internet Land Rush

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New ICANN TLDs May Cause Internet Land Rushwiryd writes "A new ICANN proposal would allow applications for almost any TLD. From the article: 'Tourists might find information about the Liberty Bell, for example, at a site ending in .philly. A rapper might apply for a Web address ...

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ne: 08-04-2009, 18:50:03

Powerful Sonar Causes Deafness In Dolphins

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Powerful Sonar Causes Deafness In DolphinsHugh Pickens writes "Mass strandings of dolphins and whales could be caused because the animals are rendered temporarily deaf by military sonar, experiments have shown. Tests on a captive dolphin have demonstrated that hearing can be los...

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ne: 08-04-2009, 16:50:03

No More D&D PDFs, Wizards of the Coast Sues 8 File Sharers

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No More D&D PDFs, Wizards of the Coast Sues 8 File SharersAn anonymous reader writes "On April 6th, Wizards of the Coast took all of their PDF products offline, including those sold at third-party websites like RPGNow.com. From the RPGNow front page: 'Wizards of the Coast ha...

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ne: 08-04-2009, 14:50:03

Microsoft Ending Mainstream Support For XP

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Microsoft Ending Mainstream Support For XPSlatterz writes "Come next week, Microsoft will be in the unusual position of no longer offering mainstream support for its most widely used product. Windows XP will pass another milestone next week on the road to retirement when mainstr...

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ne: 08-04-2009, 12:50:03

US Electricity Grid Reportedly Penetrated By Spies

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US Electricity Grid Reportedly Penetrated By Spiesphantomfive worries about a report in the Wall Street Journal ("Makes me want to move to the country and dig a well") that in recent years a number of cyber attacks against US infrastructure have been launched over the Internet: ...

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ne: 08-04-2009, 08:50:02

DIY Multi-Touch Tabletop "Surface PC"

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DIY Multi-Touch Tabletop "Surface PC"notthatwillsmith writes "We've all seen the nifty demos of Microsoft's Surface PC. Now Maximum PC details how you can put together your own multi-touch tabletop PC. The article shows how you can build the cabinet and combine that with a stand...

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ne: 08-04-2009, 06:50:02

Watching the IPRED Watchers In Sweden

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Watching the IPRED Watchers In Swedendigithed writes "In response to Sweden's recent introduction of new laws (discussed here recently) implementing the European IPRED directive, a new Swedish Web site has been launched allowing users to check if their IP address is currently un...

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ne: 08-04-2009, 04:50:02

Apple Shifts iTunes Pricing; $0.69 Tracks MIA

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Apple Shifts iTunes Pricing; $0.69 Tracks MIAHodejo1 writes "Steve Jobs vowed weeks ago that when iTunes shifted to a tiered price structure in April, older tracks priced at $0.69 would outnumber the contemporary hits that are rising to $1.29. Today, several weeks later, iTunes ...

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ne: 08-04-2009, 02:50:01

Major League Baseball Dumps Silverlight For Flash

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Major League Baseball Dumps Silverlight For Flashchristian.einfeldt writes "This week, Major League Baseball will open without Microsoft's Silverlight at the plate, according to Bob Bowman, CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, which handles much of the back-end operation...

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ne: 08-04-2009, 00:50:02

Design Software Giants Target the Unemployed

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Design Software Giants Target the Unemployedavishere writes "People are losing their jobs, but for some execs the economic meltdown seems like the perfect time to get their software into the hands of those who can't afford their multi-thousand-dollar price tags. Software giants ...

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ne: 07-04-2009, 22:50:04

Twitter On Scala

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Twitter On Scalamachaut writes "Twitter, one of the highest profile Ruby on Rails-backed websites on the Internet, has in the past year started replacing some of their Ruby infrastructure with an emerging language called Scala, developed by Martin Odersky at Switzerland's &Eacut...