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+ - Allofmp3 Shutdown->

Submitted by studguy1
studguy1 (815469) writes "AllOfMp3, the popular online music store, has been shut down by the Russian government . Pressure from the United States, and a refusal to enter the World Trade Organisation (WTO) convinced the Kremlin to take the website down for good. Looks like a follow-up of the agreement Russian Govt. had signed back in 2006, now that Putin and Bush are buddies again."
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The Courts

+ - Suit: RIAA Threatened to Interrogate 10 Year Old

Submitted by eliot1785
eliot1785 (987810) writes "A woman has sued the RIAA after she claimed they threatened to confront and interrogate her 10 year old daughter in pursuit of a case that they knew was failing. Apparently the woman in question had the preponderance of evidence in her favor, but the RIAA was afraid of dropping the case for fear it would embolden other defendants, so they compensated for the lack of evidence with empty threats. The RIAA's fear is very real, by the way — their shotgun legal strategy would be too expensive for themselves if they had to actually prosecute every case instead of settling."
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+ - Without marijuana there would have been no Apple

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Shadi Almosri
Shadi Almosri writes "Apple CEO Steve Jobs gives his view on drugs and the current worldly perceptions on them. Quite controversial but possibly an eye opener? Steve Jobs always leaves me pleasantly entertained by being such an extremely high ranked member of the IT community, yet so incredibly politically incorrect, i find it rather refreshing from the usual Silicon Valley PR we are constantly deluged with. "In my own life, drugs have played a huge role not only in helping me relax and unwind and have a good time, but also in being able to open up my creativity and see things in a new way. Without marijuana, I can almost guarantee you, there would have been no Apple Computer. Certainly there would have been no Macintosh.""
Google

+ - OpenDNS says Google-Dell browser tool is spyware

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PetManimal
PetManimal writes "David Ulevitch, the founder of OpenDNS, claims that Google and Dell have placed 'spyware' on Dell computers. Ulevitch made the claim based on his observation of the behavior of the Google Toolbar and homepage that comes preinstalled on IE in new Dell machines. He says that a browser redirector sends users who enter nonexistent URLs to a Dell-branded page loaded with Google ads. Another observer, Danny Sullivan, says that this is a different result than what happens on PCs without the redirector. However, the original article notes that Ulevitch has a vested interest in the results of mistyped URLs:

Ulevitch's complaint also stems from the fact that the error redirector breaks some of OpenDNS's functionality. If an OpenDNS user types "digg.xom" by mistake, their browser pulls up the correct "digg.com" instead. But the redirector breaks the free service's typo correction — as well as the browser shortcut feature it unveiled last month. "Google's application breaks just about every user-benefiting feature we provide with client software that no user ever asked for," Ulevitch said.
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+ - Apple sued - Macbook LCD not "millions" of

Submitted by
qu1j0t3
qu1j0t3 writes "Business 2.0 reports, "Two MacBook owners ... have filed a class action lawsuit ... charging the company with deceptive advertising, misrepresentation and unfair competition over the use of the phrase 'millions of colors' to describe the capability of the LCD displays in MacBook and MacBook Pro computers." (Engadget broke the story. I can't comment if these guys have a genuine complaint; I've no plans to upgrade my Powerbook G4.)"
Databases

+ - The HardWare Database

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An anonymous reader writes "A new project has been started at SourceForge to create a community database for all the hardware that exists in the world. Users can enter details about the product (completely anonymously) and update hardware profiles that already exist. The database can be search using varying criteria to find exactly what hardware the user needs. Users can also rate products and in the coming weeks it is hoped that they will be able to write reviews of the products they have used to help other users decide on the right hardware to purchase."

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