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Submission + - Yahoo Drops own Hadoop, Commits on Apache

mvar writes: According to this announcement Yahoo! has decided to discontinue the "The Yahoo Distribution of Hadoop" and focus on Apache Hadoop, helping Apache produce binary releases of Apache Hadoop "that are so bullet proof that Yahoo and other production Hadoop users can run them unpatched on their clusters."

Submission + - Google Launches Voice-Tweet Service For Egyptians (eweekeurope.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: A new service allows Egyptians to circumvent Internet blocks and tweet by telephone

Google has launched a service aimed at allowing Egyptians to post Twitter messages without the use of an Internet connection.

The move follows the blackout of Internet services in Egypt, amid protests demanding the ousting of the country’s president, Hosni Mubarak.

Voice messages
The service allows users to dial into any of three international telephone numbers and leave a voice message. The messages are instantly translated into text and posted on Twitter using the hashtag #egypt, according to Google.

Users can listen to the voice messages by dialling into the same numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet.

The voice-tweet service was devised by a small team of engineers from Twitter, Google and SayNow, a company Google acquired last week.

“Like many people we’ve been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground,” wrote Google product manager AbdelKarim Mardini and SayNow co-founder Ujjwal Singh on the official Google blog. “Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service — the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection.”

Submission + - Swine flu vaccination causes narcolepsy in kids. (googleusercontent.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Finnish agency of health and well being has confirmed that 500% increase in diagnosed cases in narcolepsy last year is connected with swine flu vaccination. It seems that there are other factors also, since this connection is only found in nordic countries. Link to google translated article from Finlands biggest daily news paper Helsingin Sanomat.

Submission + - Court grants RIAA Sum Judg Motions vs Limewire (blogspot.com) 1

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: District Court Judge Kimba Wood has granted some of the RIAA's key summary judgment motions in Arista Records v Lime Group. In her 59-page decision (PDF) she found Lime Group itself, as well as its CEO and a separate company, liable for intentionally inducing Limewire users to infringe plaintiffs' copyrights. The decision was not a final judgment, so it is not appealable. Additionally, it denied summary judgment on certain issues, and did not address any possible damages.

Submission + - John Carmack to Cut Space Tourism Prices 50% (gizmodo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Looks like John Carmack, "through Armadillo Aerospace, "will be battling Burt Rutan and Richard Branson to make space affordable, and more Alan Shepard than Chuck Yeager: 'Space Adventures is going to use an Armadillo Technologies rocket to launch amateur astronauts 62 miles into the sky. Nothing new, except that they will do it at half the price of Virgin Galactic's ticket, and in a real rocket!' Like the article says: Perhaps I'll visit space, after all.

Submission + - Internet uprising in Spain against proposed change (google.com)

[rvr] writes: Last Monday, the Spanish Goverment published the latest draft for the Sustainable Economy Act, which would enable a Commission dependent of the Ministry of Culture to take down websites without a court order, in cases of Intellectual Property piracy. On Wednesday, using Google Wave, a group journalists, bloggers, professionals and creators composed and issued a Manifesto in Defense of Fundamental Rights on the Internet, stating that "Copyright should not be placed above citizens' fundamental rights to privacy, security, presumption of innocence, effective judicial protection and freedom of expression". Quickly, more than 50,000 blogs and sites re-published the manifesto. On Thursday morning, the Ministry of Culture Ángeles González Sinde (former president of the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) organized a meeting with a group of Internet experts and signers of the Manifesto. The meeting was narrated in real time via Twitter and concluded without any agreement. On Thursday afternoon, the Prime Minister's staff had a private meeting with the Ministry of Culture and some party members (who also expressed their oposition to the draft). Finally, Spain Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announced in a press meeting that the text will be changed and court order will continue to be a requirement, but still will search for ways to fight Internet piracy. However, many activists remain skeptic about this announcement.

Submission + - Firefox Memory Hogging Is Due to Fragmentation (pavlov.net)

A beautiful mind writes: It has been long claimed by users that Firefox leaks memory, and on the other hand the developers claimed the number of leaks are minimal. It turns out both groups were right. Stuart Parmenter, one of the authors of the RAMBack extension started investigating and found out that the issue is memory fragmentation. He discovered that while loading about:blank uses 12,589,696 bytes of memory in the test he performed (image), after exercising Firefox with different websites and then clearing the caches with the help of the RAMBack extension the picture is wholly different: "Our heap is now 29,999,872 bytes! 16,118,072 of that is used (up 4,634,208 bytes from before... which caches am I forgetting to clear?). The rest, a whopping 13,881,800 bytes, is in free blocks!"

Submission + - Altoids DS Game Case

Callum writes: "Its a Sunday and exams are coming up, its the perfect time to cut and stick some pokemon cards into an altoids tin, no?
My old DS Games holder reached it limit so I made my own, it holds 10 games, a stylus, and has room for a cloth.

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