Jefferson Franklin writes: "It looks like Facebook has silently launched a new payments feature to a number of partners. The payments system uses credits with a value of 10 cents. One of the partner applications, GroupCard allows you to make a purchase that normally costs $2.99 with 30 credits.
The integration right now looks to be limited only to certain applications. Facebook has a list of them here"
Sonoflin writes: Much like SETI@Home Singularity Hub (http://singularityhub.com/2009/05/28/create-an-ai-on-your-computer/) is running a story detailing how you can help researchers at intelligence realm (http://www.intelligencerealm.com/user/system.php) create a software based map of the brain using only your idle CPU cycles!
Ultimately they hope this work will lend a hand in the blooming AI research arena.
Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that the Pentagon plans to create a new military command for cyberspace, administration officials say, stepping up preparations by the armed forces to conduct both offensive and defensive computer warfare. Obama is expected to sign a classified order in coming weeks that will create the military cybercommand, The decision to create a cybercommand is a major step beyond the actions taken by the Bush administration, which authorized several computer-based attacks but never resolved the question of how the government would prepare for a new era of warfare fought over digital networks. The main dispute has been over whether the Pentagon or the National Security Agency should take the lead in preparing for and fighting cyberbattles. Under one proposal still being debated, parts of the NSA would be integrated into the military command so they could operate jointly. Officials declined to describe potential offensive operations, but said they now viewed cyberspace as comparable to more traditional battlefields. "We are not comfortable discussing the question of offensive cyberoperations, but we consider cyberspace a war-fighting domain," said Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman. "We need to be able to operate within that domain just like on any battlefield, which includes protecting our freedom of movement and preserving our capability to perform in that environment.""
esme writes: Over at Boing Boing, there's a scoop on the Obama administration joining with other western countries to block a treaty that would create international standards for copyright exceptions for the blind and others who need technology to read. Activists at the WIPO negotiations are trying to get the word out that lobbying from publishers has caused the US, Canada, the EU, Australia, New Zealand, the Vatican and Norway to oppose the treaty.