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+ - HBO Adds Additional Encryption to Prevent Piracy->

Submitted by OccamsRazorTime
OccamsRazorTime (2621799) writes "HBO activated new HDCP encryption on their feed to cut down on piracy but at the encryption also blocks many common user functions in media centers not enabled for this type of encryption including DVR and HDMI output.
From the article:
"HBO is terrified of piracy—so terrified, in fact, that they're willing to toss roadblocks in the path of their subscribing customers as well. Ars Technica saw some complaints on a satellite forum, and discovered that DirecTV users with older DVRs and TVs are suddenly unable to watch HBO shows, thanks to newly-activated encryption."

Here is the story over at Ars Technica:

Perhaps worst of all is the fact that the encryption used has already been cracked so the only people suffering are their actual customers."

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Government

+ - Who's Buying Your Congressman?->

Submitted by
itwbennett
itwbennett writes "A new site called SopaTrack, created by ex-Googler Randy Meech, 'shines the light on whose votes are for sale, and for how much'. Blogger Dan Tynan spent some time poking around SopaTrack and found 'four US Congressfolk have perfect 100 percent records, which means they favor the bills that put more greenbacks in their campaign coffers every single time.'"
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Cloud

+ - Amazon's Cloud Now 1% of Interet->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Wired story claims Amazon's cloud now hosts enough companies and traffic to generate 1% of all Internet traffic (and visits from 1/3 of daily Internet users). An amazing number if its true. And a little scary for one company to host this much cloud infrastructure."
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Printer

+ - Inside the fastest 3D Nano printer ever->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology this week said they have created a 3D printer that is orders of magnitude faster than similar devices opening up all manner of new applications for manufacturing small parts. Known as "two-photon lithography" the technology can create “grain of sand-size structures in just four minutes."
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+ - Besy Buy lays off 400, closing 50 stores->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S.-based electronics chain said it would close 50 big-box stores this year, test new store formats in San Antonio and Minneapolis, and lay off 400 corporate and support workers as part of a plan to trim $800 million in costs and restructure its ailing business."
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Android

+ - iOS gaining new users, Android holding steady->

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Fluffeh
Fluffeh writes "A recent survey by Nielsen shows that iOS is continuing to creep up on Android's smartphone market share. Overall, Android continues to lead the smartphone market in the U.S., with 48 percent of smartphone owners saying they owned an Android OS device. Nearly a third (32.1%) of smartphone users have an Apple iPhone, and Blackberry owners represented another 11.6 percent of the smartphone market. Among recent acquirers who got their smartphone within the last three months, 48 percent of those surveyed in February said they chose an Android and 43 percent bought an iPhone."
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Medicine

+ - Drug Turns Immune System Against All Tumor Types->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A single drug can shrink or cure human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver, and prostate tumors that have been transplanted into mice, researchers have found. The treatment, an antibody that blocks a "do not eat" signal normally displayed on tumor cells, coaxes the immune system to destroy the cancer cells."
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Biotech

+ - South Korean Scientists to Clone Wooly Mammoth->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last year Russian researchers discovered a well-preserved mammoth thigh bone and announced plans to clone a mammoth from the bone marrow within — and they just signed a deal with South Korea's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation to bring the project to fruition. The Sooam scientists plan to implant the nucleus of a woolly mammoth cell into an elephant egg in order to to create a mammoth embryo, which would then be placed in an elephant womb. “This will be a really tough job,” Soaam reasearcher Hwang In-Sung said, “but we believe it is possible because our institute is good at cloning animals.”"
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Politics

+ - From Anonymous To Shuttered Websites, The Evolution Of Online Protest->

Submitted by silentbrad
silentbrad (1488951) writes "The days of screaming activists marching with signs in hand to voice their displeasure at a particular politician are changing rapidly – just ask Vic Toews. Canada's public safety minister was the latest in a string of public-policy lightning rods to feel the wrath of Anonymous, a loose coalition of web-based activists who went after Toews for his overly vociferous promoting of the government's online surveillance bill. ... Graeme Hirst, a professor of computational linguistics at the University of Toronto, says that while Anonymous does share some properties of older protest movements, sometimes its motives can be called into question. "It's a kind of civil disobedience, so we can immediately make analogies to the Civil Rights movement of the '60s," Hirst said in an interview. "On the other hand, it's not entirely clear that Anonymous is as altruistically motivated as those protests were." ... Hirst viewed the January showdown as "the first legitimate online protest" that was really only about the online world and suggested that the key to its success was that it was organized not by individuals but by organizations — and ones with clout. ... Another apparently successful online campaign was the Cost of Knowledge protest started by an international group of researchers in January, following a blog post by Cambridge University math professor Timothy Gowers."
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Canada

+ - Canadian Police Recommend Online Spying Tax for Internet Bills->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "One of the major unanswered questions about Bill C-30, Canada's lawful access/online surveillance bill, is who will pay for the costs associated with responding to law enforcement demands for subscriber information ("look ups") and installation of surveillance equipment ("hook ups"). Michael Geist recently obtained documents from Public Safety under the Access to Information Act that indicates that the government doesn't really have its own answer. But he reports that the police do — a new "public safety" tax to be added to Internet and wireless bills."
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AI

+ - Judea Pearl Wins Turing Award for Contributions to "Probabilistic" AI->

Submitted by
rogerz
rogerz writes "Pearl, the father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, conceived of practical algorithms for integrating probabilities into decision systems. Vint Cerf summarizes his impact in the article: Like Alan Turing himself, Pearl turned his thinking to constructing procedures that might be harnessed to perform tasks traditionally associated with human intelligence. His accomplishments over the last 30 years have provided the theoretical basis for progress in artificial intelligence and led to extraordinary achievements in machine learning, and they have redefined the term 'thinking machine. Pearl's work on reasoning with uncertainty as well as his gamechanging contributions to machine reasoning about causality have had a pervasive influence not only on machine learning but on natural language processing, computer vision, robotics, computational biology, econometrics, cognitive science, and statistics "
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+ - "The Hobbit" pub threatened with lawsuit.-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""The Hobbit" a small pub in Southampton, England has been threatened with a lawsuit by lawyers representing the Saul Zaentz Company (SZC) in California. the pub which has traded under the name for the last 20 years without incident now faces closure if it does not change it's name. Yet another example of big business trying to use it's weight to get it's way."
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Software

+ - Startup offers to buy Cisco's WebEx for $1 ->

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "A collaboration startup is offering to buy Cisco's WebEx conferencing platform for $1 and 15% equity in the acquirer. SalesCrunch is apparently serious about its offer. It wants to acquire WebEx intellectual property, assets and engineering talent to build out the SalesCrunch platform, which sounds like an updated, more intuitive and social conferencing system than WebEx."
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