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+ - Fund Set up for Bail of WikiLeaks' Assange ->

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geek4 (1735644) writes "A legal defence fund for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange has been set up, backed by journalist John Pilger

A fund has been set up for the legal defence of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, backed by leading investigative journalists.

The Julian Assange Defence Fund was announced on Twitter today, and will be used to defend Assange against legal actions in the US and Sweden, and may be used to assist with future bail conditions – Assange was bailed yesterday for £240,000 -. It has been described in detail in a document held on the site of law firm Finer Stephens Innocent."

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The Courts

+ - Assange Defence Fund Backed By Pilger And Others->

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An anonymous reader writes "A legal defence fund for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange has been set up, backed by journalist John Pilger among others

A fund has been set up for the legal defence of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, backed by leading investigative journalists.

The Julian Assange Defence Fund was announced on Twitter today, and will help pay Assange’s bail charges – set at £240,000 – as well as defending Assange against all legal actions including criminal and extradition actions brought against him in the US and Sweden. It has been described in detail in a document held on the site of law firm Finer Stephens Innocent."

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+ - BP monitoring tech failures in $21bn govt lawsuit->

Submitted by DMandPenfold
DMandPenfold (1108673) writes "The US government is suing BP for $21.1 billion over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, alleging that a serious failure of the company’s monitoring systems played a leading role in the accident.

BP and its partners had failed to use the safest and best drilling technology to monitor the well’s conditions and keep it under control, the Department of Justice said in its filing yesterday in a New Orleans court."

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+ - Amazon: hardware, not hackers, caused outage->

Submitted by ChiefMonkeyGrinder
ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "Amazon has denied reports that its European sites were brought down by a DoS attack by a hacker group sympathetic to Wikileaks cause. The retailer was a planned target for the attackers, called Anonymous. But Amazon said it was a hardware failure in its European data centre network that caused the half hour outage in Europe."
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Intel

+ - I, for one, welcome our new patent overlords ->

Submitted by ChiefMonkeyGrinder
ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "A significant event took place yesterday: potentially the biggest software patent troll of all has finally woken from its slumbers: Today Intellectual Ventures enforced its rights and filed patent infringement complaints in the US District Court of Delaware against companies in the software security; dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and Flash memory; and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) industries. Intellectual Ventures was founded by Microsoft, Intel and a Seattle based lawfim."
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+ - Cloud will create thousands of IT jobs->

Submitted by ChiefMonkeyGrinder
ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "Cloud adoption could help the UK achieve economic benefits of £100.7 billion over the six-year period from 2010 to 2015, according to a study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). Cloud could also create thousands of new jobs, says CEBR. In the UK, 289,000 jobs are expected to be generated cumulatively over the 2010 to 2015 period, contributing to the more than 2.3 million jobs that are expected to be created across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The net annual figure for all five economies is forecast to be 446,000 new jobs."
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+ - Oil spill IT disasters: Chevron modeling crashes ->

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DMandPenfold (1108673) writes "Chevron has been given the go-ahead to drill off the UK coast in the North Sea, in spite of the oil giant’s admission that its spill prediction software constantly crashes and is not a reliable predictor of how far oil could travel if an accident took place.

The news comes as an inquiry into BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill was derailed by one of the company's IT constractors. National Oilwell Varco, a firm that offers modeling software, rejected US government demands to provide access to its proprietary HiTech application. It said that handing over the code would..."

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+ - Wikileaks Julian Assange arrested in London->

Submitted by ChiefMonkeyGrinder
ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "The UK Metropolitan Police arrested the 39-year old founder of Wikipedia this morning on the basis of a European Arrest Warrant, as he voluntarily turned himself into a police station. He will appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court later. Assange is accused by the Swedish authorities of sexually assaulting two women. He has said the charges are wrong and are part of a campaign against him as Wikileaks reveals a raft of confidential government communications."
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Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban' 1425

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DMandPenfold writes "Sarah Palin, who is widely tipped as a possible Republican candidate for president in 2012, has said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be hunted down in the way armed forces are targeting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda." So that means we should spend billions of dollars and not catch him? Good plan.
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+ - BP ignored safety modeling software to save time->

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DMandPenfold (1108673) writes "BP ignored the advice of safety critical software in an attempt to save time before the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a presentation slide prepared by US investigators.

The slide in question briefly appeared on the Oil Spill Commission’s website in error, but was quickly retracted.

Advanced cement modelling software, provided by BP’s cement contractor Halliburton, had highlighted serious stability concerns with the well..."

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