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+ - Goodbye to an old friend: 1-800-GOOG-411->

Submitted by DriverDude
DriverDude (213749) writes "Google cancels 1-800-goog-411

Back in 2007 we launched 1-800-GOOG-411, a voice-powered directory assistance service that connects you quickly to businesses across the U.S. and Canada. On November 12, 2010, we will shut down the service.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/goodbye-to-old-friend-1-800-goog-411.html"

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+ - How Do I Get Tech Work on the Side?

Submitted by furgussen
furgussen (638649) writes "In these times of economic struggle, I'm wondering how people are able to get decent tech work on the side? I work as a Network Specialist for an ISP during the day, but I'm looking to augment my income a little by doing odd tech jobs on the side. I'm not particularly interested in cleaning viruses or setting up email clients. I'd prefer doing some small network setups for small businesses in my community. How can I get my name out? I'm guessing a post on Kijiji would not be the best way to attract the kind of work I'm looking for. Any ideas?"
Politics

+ - Facebook Billionaire Gives Money to Legalize Pot

Submitted by Aldenissin
Aldenissin (976329) writes "Dustin Moskovitz confirmed that he has recently given (an additional) $50,000 in support of Proposition 19, which is seeking to legalize marijuana in California this November. He had previously donated $20,000 to supporters of the act, which would allow people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate or transport cannabis for personal use and would permit local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of the substance. Asked for a comment as to why he’s backing the legalization of marijuana, Moskovitz just sent this statement:

“More than any other initiative out there, Prop 19 will stabilize our national security and bolster our state economy. It will alleviate unnecessary overcrowding of non-violent offenders in our state jails, which in turn will help California residents.”

An irony here is about a month ago Facebook refused to take FireDogLake’s ‘Just Say Now’ pro-cannabis law reform ads"
The Courts

+ - "Investors beware" of record companies say->

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes ""Investors beware" of "Sony (NYSE: SNE), BMG, Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG), Vivendi Universal, and EMI", says the Motley Fool investment web site. In an article entitled "We're All Thieves to the RIAA", a Motley Fool columnist, referring to the RIAA's pronouncement in early December in Atlantic v. Howell, that the copies which Mr. Howell had copied from his cd's to mp3's in a 'shared files folder' on his computer were "unauthorized", writer Alyce Lomax said "a good sign of a dying industry that investors might want to avoid is when it would rather litigate than innovate, signaling a potential destroyer of value.""
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft to Push Silverlight via Redesigned Site->

Submitted by Marilyn M.
Marilyn M. (666) writes "It looks like Microsoft is getting desperate about the dismal rates of Silverlight adoption by consumers and developers since its release earlier this year. According to NeoSmart Technologies, Microsoft is preparing a fully Silverlight-powered redesign of their website, doing away with most HTML pages entirely. With over 60 million unique users visiting Microsoft.com a month, Microsoft's last-ditch effort might be what it takes to breathe some life back into Silverlight."
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Movies

+ - LG & Netflix Team Up to Offer D/L Movies on TV->

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "It might seem like they've come full circle, but the movie injection method has gone from TV to through mail to online download to TV on demand. And Netflix & LG are betting it's going to be a hit and they bet you want to buy yet another device for your home theater. The article astutely notes: "The partnership between Netflix, Los Gatos, Calif., and South Korea's LG represents another gamble by technology companies that video from the Internet, which is commonly downloaded to personal computers, will go mainstream when users can easily access it from TV sets. So far, Internet television products such as Apple Inc.'s Apple TV have largely been unsuccessful, stymied by a poor selection of videos, complexity of use and other shortcomings.""
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+ - Medical myths unrevealed->

Submitted by
somberlain
somberlain writes "The British Medical Journey (BMJ) has a rather interesting story on some medical myths that are no longer true. Thought that you only used 10% of your brain? Think again and use that other part of your brain as well! Necessary to drink more than 8 glasses of water each day? If you really eat nothing: yes. Eating turkey makes you drowsy? Probably the wine you drink next to it is the cause. Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight? Certainly not, I guess all Slashdot-readers would have become blind by now."
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Security

+ - Largest Swedish newspaper hacked

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Marcus
Marcus writes "At January 2nd, 10.19 PM CET, it was announced (in Swedish) that Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet had been hacked. The announcement contains information about user names and passwords for the newspaper's internal mail system, as well as threats about sensitive information that had been gathered.

It did not take long before Aftonbladet managed to take the mail servers down, but in that time several persons were able to log in and send e-mails of questionable nature. Sensitive information may also have leaked, which brings up the question about Reporters' Privilege. It may be possible that names of sources providing Swedish media with sensitive information now are in the hands of hackers.

It appears that Aftonbladet, the victims of this attack, are trying to keep the lid on to this story. No reports have been published about the attack by any of the major Swedish newspapers, including Aftonbladet, although both Swedish radio and TV have included the story in their morning reports."
Censorship

+ - Russia to go all Cyrillic for DNS?-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "The Guardian reports that the Kremlin may start an alternate top-level domain: .rf. According to the story, .ru in Cyrillic translates to .py, the top-level domain for Paraguay, which the Russian government feels leads to confusion. This is similar to a move by China, which has their own .net and .com top-level domains in their native character set along with .cn, .com, and .net in ASCII. Will .ru go the way of .su? Will this new top-level domain make it more difficult for phishers and spammers and scammers? Will this give the Russian government more control over the registration process and ultimately lead to censorship?"
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Debian

+ - Article: Ubuntu - beyond the hype->

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Rob Teng
Rob Teng writes "To start of 2008, an in depth article: Ubuntu — Beyond the Hype has just been posted. The article discusses the merits of Ubuntu, going way beyond installation, configuration and into daily use, highlights and shortcomings, touching on Kubuntu and Xubuntu as well. From the article: "All users of any other distribution have seen this, myself included. We've seen Ubuntu proponents diss our own distribution (doesn't matter which one that is). We've seen the claims being made that Ubuntu is the first to get right what any other distribution "has not gotten right yet", whereas we sometimes know that this is incorrect. We've read the comments how Ubuntu is ready for the masses where all other distributions are not there yet.
In short, we've seen and read the hype.
[...]
On the other hand, like all Linux distributions I have used so far, Ubuntu is a full fledged Linux system. On top of the myriad of software packages, easy installation, up to date hardware support, Ubuntu sports some really great features (such as Synaptic and apt-get, sudo and the whole method of system administration) that it inherits from Debian. It's a very usable if not enjoyable system."
BTW Happy New Year!"

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Wine

+ - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on Linux with Wine->

Submitted by
twickline
twickline writes "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on Linux with Wine, howto guide with screenshots. The scoop is this game was was announced on April 25, 2007 and It was released on November 6, 2007 in North America... Full DirectX 9.0c games now play on Linux with Wine, less then two months after release! So who needs TransGaming now?

http://wine-review.blogspot.com/2008/01/call-of-duty-4-modern-warfare-on-linux.html"

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OS X

+ - A Filesystem to Visualize Live Window Screenshots

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Over at the Google Mac Blog, Amit Singh has released GrabFS, which is a MacFUSE filesystem which "shows you a live view of the window contents of currently running applications. In a GrabFS volume, folders represent running applications and image files represent instant screenshots ("grabs") of the applications' windows. You simply copy a file or just open it in place, and you have a screenshot. Open it again, and you have a new screenshot! It's pretty cool actually and looks nice with CoverFlow. For instance I realized that all those Desktop icons are actually individual windows inside Finder.app... and the shadow behind the main menu-bar is a window in itself!"
Music

+ - Rumour: Apple to launch record label with Jay-Z

Submitted by Sebastien
Sebastien (666) writes "BGR heard whispers reporting of Apple's plan to open up a record label in cooperation with Jay-Z. According to "a high-up person attached to Jay" (BGR), both Apple and Jay-Z feel very confident about this idea. The musician just quit his CEO job at Def Jam Recordings and it seems as if he's looking for the next big business. Apple however might be looking for another way to rake in money."

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