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+ - The Transistor's Birthday

Submitted by Apple Acolyte
Apple Acolyte (517892) writes "Tomorrow the transistor turns 60 years old:

Sixty years ago, on Dec. 16, 1947, three physicists at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., built the world's first transistor. William Shockley, John Bardeen and William Brattain had been looking for a semiconductor amplifier to take the place of the vacuum tubes that made radios and other electronics so impossibly bulky, hot and power hungry.
In a related story, the AP looks at the prospect of processor technology nearing the end of potential gains from fab shrinks, indicating that the transistor is showing its age and may need to be replaced in order for the industry to keep pace with Moore's Law."
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+ - Court dismisses teen's suit against MySpace

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Apple Acolyte
Apple Acolyte writes "According to news.com a federal court dismissed a negligence lawsuit against Myspace.com by parents of a teen who was sexually assaulted by someone she met through the network. The court found that Myspace is protected by its classification as an "interactive service" under the Communications Decency Act of 1996. According to a legal expert, the ruling could be a persuasive factor in similar lawsuits filed in state court."

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.

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