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Submission + - Google Asks for Judgement on Java Copyrights (

benfrog writes: "Google asked the court last night for a judgement that would invalidate at least part of the copyrights Oracle claims over Java APIs. "Google argued that the source code and object code for implementing Oracle's APIs are not derivative works of the copyrighted work as a whole. Further, Google said the alleged copying of Java code is 'de minimus,' or insignificant, and 'thus non-actionable.' Groklaw has copies of Google's brief as well as Oracle's response. The case could have a verdict as soon as next week."

Submission + - Detained at the border (

An anonymous reader writes: I was detained last night by federal authorities at San Francisco International Airport for refusing to answer questions about why I had travelled outside the United States.

The end result is that, after waiting for about half an hour and refusing to answer further questions, I was released – because U.S. citizens who have produced proof of citizenship and a written customs declaration are not obligated to answer questions.


Submission + - ISP threatened by Argentine Govt. ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The argentine government has taken away the license of Argentina's biggest ISP. The cable company Fibertel is part of the Grupo Clarín, a media consortium critical of Mrs. Fernández administration. Out of the blue, over one million users found out last Thursday that they will have to find a new provider in 90 days.

Submission + - Motorola leaves LiMo Foundation board (

angry tapir writes: "Motorola is so focused on Android that it has dropped its board seat on the LiMo Foundation, the mobile Linux group it helped found. The LiMo Foundation, started by companies including Motorola, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic, NEC and Samsung, has built a standard middleware layer that can run on different mobile Linux OSes. Android, which is supported by Google and has replicated some of the development done in the LiMo Foundation, is based on Linux and could thus join the LiMo foundation, though it has not."

Submission + - Carl Sagan on Marijuana ( 1

eldavojohn writes: "BoingBoing is reporting that allegedly Carl Sagan wrote a piece for "Marihuana Reconsidered" under the pseudonym Mr. X that appears to look fondly upon the science of trippin' balls. Puff the Magic Sagan's full piece can be found here. It opens with 'It all began about ten years ago. I had reached a considerably more relaxed period in my life — a time when I had come to feel that there was more to living than science, a time of awakening of my social consciousness and amiability, a time when I was open to new experiences.' Too bad old Mr. Cosmos couldn't enjoy his latest vocals."

Scientists Deliver Bee Toxin To Tumors Via "Nanobees" 98

ScienceDaily is reporting that Washington University School of Medicine researchers have found a way to deliver bee toxin to tumors using nano-spheres they call "nanobees." The results in mice showed a cessation of growth or even shrinkage of tumors while the surrounding tissue was protected from the toxin. "The core of the nanobees is composed of perfluorocarbon, an inert compound used in artificial blood. The research group developed perfluorocarbon nanoparticles several years ago and have been studying their use in various medical applications, including diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerosis and cancer. About six millionths of an inch in diameter, the nanoparticles are large enough to carry thousands of active compounds, yet small enough to pass readily through the bloodstream and to attach to cell membranes."

Aion Open Beta Starts September 6th 147

NCSoft announced today that the open beta for upcoming fantasy MMO Aion will begin on September 6th, extending through to the 13th. The client is available now. The game launches on September 22nd in the US, with a two-day head-start given to players who pre-order. NCSoft has also said they'll be showing off Aion in more detail at the Penny Arcade Expo, expanding on the information they provided at Gamescom (video).

Submission + - Paging Doctor Google

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, at least three-quarters of all Internet users look for health information online; 1 in 9 of those with a high-speed connection do health research on a typical day; and and 75 percent of online patients with a chronic problem told researchers that "their last health search affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition." But just adding a word makes all the difference. Searching for the name of a certain cancer will bring up the Wikipedia entry and several information sites from major hospitals, drug companies and other providers but add the word "community" to that search and "it's like falling into an alternate universe," filled with sites that connect patients says Susannah Fox, the associate director at Pew. As a result "patients aren't learning from Web sites — they're learning from each other," says Dr. Ted Eytan. But can online information be trusted? In a study earlier this year, a report in the journal Cancer looked at 343 Web pages about breast cancer that came up in online searches and found an error rate of 5.2 percent."

Submission + - Philip K. Dick's novel Ubik to be filmed (

bowman9991 writes: "Could this be the new Blade Runner? SFFMedia reports that Celluloid Dreams has obtained the movie rights to Philip K. Dick's science fiction masterpiece "Ubik". First published in 1969, Ubik's central character is Joe Chip, a technician for a telepathic organisation that employs people with the ability to block certain psychic powers so they can secure other people's privacy. In the novel the dead are kept in "half-life", a form of cryogenic suspension, with limited consciousness and communication ability, while a mystical substance called Ubik, available in spray can form, is the only thing stopping reality from disintegrating before Joe's eyes. It'll be hard to film, but fantastic if they get it right!"

Submission + - SPAM: Carl Icahn Takes on Yahoo Board 1

narramissic writes: "In a letter distributed this morning to the press and addressed to Yahoo's board Chairman Roy Bostock, Carl Icahn charges the board with acting irrationally and losing the faith of shareholders and Microsoft and announces he is nominating 10 candidates to replace all incumbent directors at the company's shareholders meeting in July. The move, rumored since earlier this week, is intended to ultimately reignite merger negotiations between Yahoo and Microsoft.

'It is quite obvious that Microsoft's bid of $33 per share is a superior alternative to Yahoo's prospects on a standalone basis. I am perplexed by the board's actions. It is irresponsible to hide behind management's more than overly optimistic financial forecasts,' Icahn wrote.

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Submission + - Patent case filed against Red Hat and Novell


Submission + - Red Hat and Novell sued for patent infringement

twistedcubic writes: Red Hat and Novell have been sued for patent infringement in Texas by IP Innovation, LLC. and Technology Licensing Corporation. On October 9, IP Innovation filed suit claiming Red Hat and Novell violated U.S. patents 5072412, 5533183, and 5394521. The patents were originally assigned to Xerox Corporation. A cursory look suggests the patents involve virtual workspaces and sticky windows with different properties in each virtual workspace. Groklaw has the scoop.

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