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Cloud

+ - 134 Ubuntu Chief Mark Shuttleworth Opens Up About Software, Space and Sperm ->

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pacopico
pacopico writes "Businessweek has a far ranging interview with Mark Shuttleworth in which he discusses everything from Ubuntu's future to his reproduction plans. Despite modest revenue around Ubuntu, Shuttleworth promises a big future for the software in the cloud and on things like smartphones and TVs. He also describes his wild life as a "gaziollionaire, bachelor, astronaut" and how he's settled down now as a "nerd.""
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Facebook

+ - 112 Facebook Admits It Doesn't Know How Mobile Works->

Submitted by deltaromeo
deltaromeo (821761) writes "As Facebook moves inexorably toward its much-anticipated initial public offering, attention has been focused on all kinds of things about the giant network with the $100 billion potential market valuation—including the earth-shattering fact that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg insists on wearing a hoodie during his meetings with Wall Street bankers and analysts. But what investors should be more focused on is the problem Facebook highlights in the most recent amendment to its S-1 securities filing: namely, that its mobile business is noticeably light on advertising revenue and that the company isn’t exactly sure how (or whether) it can fix that."
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Education

+ - 254 California Students Rank 47th In National Science Test->

Submitted by bonch
bonch (38532) writes "22 percent of California eighth-graders passed a national science test, ranking California among the worst in the U.S. according to the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress. The test measures knowledge in Earth and space sciences, biology, and basic physics. The states that fared worse than California were Mississippi, Alabama, and a tie between the District of Columbia and Hawaii."
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Biotech

+ - 246 Researchers Use Stem Cells To Grow New Teeth->

Submitted by bonch
bonch (38532) writes "Scientists from the College of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University have successfully grown new teeth from stem cells. After extracting stem cells from existing oral tissue, the cells are molded into the shape of a tooth using a polymer scaffold. Using this method, teeth have already been successfully grown in mice and monkeys, with human clinical trials under way."
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Microsoft

+ - 168 Microsoft to bring full Internet Explorer browsing to Xbox 360 with Kinect contr->

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TheGift73
TheGift73 writes "Microsoft is currently testing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 on its Xbox 360 console, according to our sources. The Xbox 360 currently includes Bing voice search, but it's limited to media results. Microsoft's new Internet Explorer browser for Xbox will expand on this functionality to open up a full browser for the console. We are told that the browser will let Xbox users surf all parts of the web straight from their living rooms."
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The Internet

+ - 178 Nicholas Carr Foresees Brains Optimized for Browsing->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In the next decade, our brains are going to become optimized for information browsing, says best-selling author Nicholas Carr. According to Carr, while the genetic nature of our brains isn't being changed by the Internet at all, our brains are adapting "at a cellular level" and are weakening modes of thinking we no longer exercise. Therefore, in 10 years, if human beings are using the Internet even more than they do today, says Carr, "our brains will be even more optimized for information browsing, skimming and scanning, and multitasking — fast, scattered modes of thought — and even less capable of the kinds of more attentive, contemplative thinking that the net discourages.""
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+ - 297 Netherlands cements Net Neutrality in Law->

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Fluffeh
Fluffeh writes "A while back, Dutch Telcos started to sing the "We are losing money due to internet services!" song and floated new plans that would make consumers pay extra for data used by apps that comflicted with their own services — apps like Skype for example. The politicians stepped in however, and wrote laws forbidding this. Now, the legislation has finally passed through the senate and the Netherlands is an officially Net Neutral country, the second in the world — Chile did this a while back. That's not to say that Telcos aren't smarting from the new laws, they have been busy severly reducing data on plans and charging extra for their services while using the very same apps in their marketing campaigns — sorry, I should rephrase that to "adapting to the new marketplace"."
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Microsoft

+ - 150 Mozilla Claims 'IE only' on Windows 8 ARM->

Submitted by
Fluffeh
Fluffeh writes "Here we go again, it seems that sometimes Microsoft just can't learn old lessons. Mozilla has claimed that due to "technical restrictions" that Microsoft is putting on the Windows 8 ARM port, IE will be the only browser able to work. Unlike the x86 flavor, WOA (Windows on ARM) will not broadly support legacy applications. WOA will only run applications that are distributed through Microsoft’s application store. Third-party developers who bring their software to WOA will be confined to using the Windows Runtime stack and standard platform APIs. As Microsoft explained in a February blog post, the point of these restrictions are to maximize security, performance, and battery life for WOA users. The downside of this approach is that it makes it difficult to support certain kinds of highly complex third-party software, such as Web browsers, that require more capabilities than those provided by the standard API set."
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Security

+ - 156 Adobe introduces the paid security fix-> 1

Submitted by Nimey
Nimey (114278) writes "Adobe has posted a security bulletin for Photoshop CS5 for Windows and OSX. It seems there is a critical security hole that will allow attackers to execute arbitrary code in the context of the user running the affected application. Adobe's fix? You need to pay to upgrade to Photoshop CS6. For users who cannot upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe recommends users follow security best practices and exercise caution when opening files from unknown or untrusted sources."
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Canada

+ - 236 Wear a Mask During a Protest in Canada: 10 Years in Jail-> 5

Submitted by Phrogman
Phrogman (80473) writes "The Conservative government of Steven Harper in Canada has proposed a new bill that would impose a jail term of 10 years for anyone wearing a mask while "participating in a riot or unlawful assembly". The conservative backbencher who proposed the bill makes it clear that he intended it to allow police to arrest anyone wearing a mask "before protests spiral out of control". Since this is the same government that arrested hundreds of protesters during the G8/G20 summit using a law that didn't actually exist, it raises the question as to how they will define "unlawful". This is the latest in a series of "tough on crime" legislation being promulgated by the Conservatives now that they have the power of a majority government. The 10 year penalty is more than double the penalty awarded to a person who murdered someone in a fit of "road-rage" recently."
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Games

+ - 129 Wolfenstein 3-D turns 20!->

Submitted by Dr Herbert West
Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "20 years ago today, ID software released "Wolfenstein 3D", a remake of a classic Apple II game, "Return to Castle Wolfenstein". To celebrate, Bethesda Softworks on Wednesday released a free, browser-based version of the iconic first-person shooter, Wolfenstein 3D.
Users can pick which level they wish to play in the browser version, even the secret levels."

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News

+ - 157 FDA cracking down on x-ray exposure for kids-> 1

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ericjones12398
ericjones12398 writes "The Food and Drug Administration is proposing that manufacturers of X-ray machines and CT scanners do more to protect children from radiation exposure. If companies don't take steps to limit X-ray doses, the agency may require a label on their new equipment recommending it not be used on children.

X-rays and CT scans can provide doctors with lots of useful information. But the radiation that creates the helpful images also increases a person's risk for cancer. There's been an explosion in the use of imaging tests. And rising radiation doses, particularly from CT scans, have drawn concern.

The cancer risk increases with the dose of X-rays received during a person's lifetime, so kids' exposure is particularly important. It's also the case that children are more sensitive to X-ray damage.

The FDA is also telling parents to speak up. If a doctor orders a test or procedure that uses X-rays, parents shouldn't be afraid to ask if it's really necessary. Also, it doesn't hurt to ask if there's an acceptable alternative, such as ultrasound or MRI, that doesn't rely on X-rays.

Even so, the agency doesn't want people to forgo needed X-rays. "The risk from a medically necessary imaging exam is quite small when compared to the benefit of accurate diagnosis or intervention," Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, head of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement. "There is no reason for patients who need these exams to avoid them."

The agency scheduled a public meeting in July to talk about the proposal.
The Medical Imaging & Techonology Alliance, a trade group, said it looks forward to commenting on the FDA's proposal and working with the agency."

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Games

+ - 119 This Real Life 'Portal' Turret Is the Coolest Thing I've Seen All Week-> 1

Submitted by
darklordzor
darklordzor writes "People tend to have a weird obsession with the quirky Aperture Science turrets from Portal. Their funny, dumb, and if you aren’t paying attention, will shoot you dead. Now a Penn State University student has created a real life Portal turret that can both track AND shoot you."
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Businesses

+ - 163 Dozens of U.S. Companies Face Bribery Probes->

Submitted by bonch
bonch (38532) writes "Wal-mart, Deere, Hewlett-Packard, Las Vegas Sands, Qualcom and others are under investigation for violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Wal-mart is suspected of bribing Mexican officials to quickly obtain store permits, while former employees of HP are being investigated for alleged bribery, embezzlement and tax evasion to land a Russian IT contract for a former German subsidiary. Even U.S. movie studies are under investigation for using bribes to influence the Chinese entertainment industry. In total, at least 81 public companies are being probed by the SEC for FCPA violations."
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Science

+ - 197 Looting Leads Archaeologists to Oldest Known Mayan Calendar-> 1

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A team of American researchers has discovered a small trove of ancient Maya texts in a surprising place. In a paper published online today in Science, researchers report finding Maya astronomical tables and other texts painted and incised on the walls of a 1200-year-old residential building at the site of Xultún in Guatemala. The newly discovered astronomical tables are at least 500 years older than those preserved in the Maya codices, giving researchers a new glimpse of science at the height of the Maya civilization. "I think we are all astonished by this find," says Stephen Houston, an archaeologist at Brown University who was not part of the team."
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Government

+ - 182 DVDs, Blu-Rays To Show 20-Second Unskippable Warnings->

Submitted by bonch
bonch (38532) writes "DVDs and Blu-Rays will begin displaying two unskippable anti-piracy screens, each 10 seconds long, shown back-to-back. Six studios have agreed to begin using the new notices. Of course, pirated versions won't contain these 20-second notices; however, an ICE spokesman says the intent isn't to deter piracy but to educate the public."
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Advertising

+ - 253 Dish Network Announces Prime Time TV with No Ads

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Forbes reports that Dish Network has announced a new feature called called Auto Hop for its satellite TV subscribers that will let you automatically skip all commercials for prime time television from the four major broadcast networks when you watch the day after the programs are first aired. “Viewers love to skip commercials,” says Vivek Khemka, vice president of DISH Product Management. “With the Auto Hop capability of the Hopper, watching your favorite shows commercial-free is easier than ever before." Craig Moffett says that its going to be hard for Dish to maintain good relationships with its programming affiliates when they start offering a feature intended to cut out the bulk of the affiliates’ revenues and adds that whether the auto-skip feature can withstand legal challenge remains to be seen. “Given the already long list of industry-unfriendly features promoted by Dish, one wonders if Auto Hop will be the final straw that provokes legal action from the broadcast networks,” says Moffett. "We suspect Auto Hop probably uses some sort of bookmarking insertion based on automated recognition of commercial inserts (called ‘fingerprinting’), which if true could certainly be argued to be a manipulation of the content stream by the distributor.”"
Security

+ - 164 Coming Soon: New .secure Internet Domain ->

Submitted by ancientribe
ancientribe (1057834) writes "ICANN is considering a new top-level domain (TLD), .secure, which could change the way website domains are secured. It will require fully encrypted HTTPS sessions and a comprehensive vetting process for websites and their operators. But critics say it doesn't solve website vulnerability problems."
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