Enigma23 writes: The BBC reports that Australians creators have constructed a seven atom transistor, which could result in microchip components "up to 100 times smaller" than those currently in use. The article does point out that this is not the smallest ever, as one-atom transistors have already been created. The work on the tiny transistor is being carried out as part of a larger project to create a quantum computer.
Enigma23 writes: As reported on news.com.au, scientists from the International Cancer Genome Consortium of 12 institutes around the world will today release the first DNA profiles of some of the most prevalent types of tumours. While the story asserts that "A new era of cancer treatment has dawned" I'm a bit more sceptical, given that gene therapy and immunotherapy are still very much in their infancy at the current time.
Enigma23 writes: As reported on the BBC News website, three Google executives have been convicted of privacy law violations after "a video showing a teenager with Down's Syndrome being bullied" was posted to Google Videos. They have been convicted of breaking Italian Law by allowing the video to be posted online, although all three were cleared of defamation charges. They received 6 month suspended sentences each and a fourth was acquitted.
One of the convicted, David Drummond was said to be "outraged" by the decision and intends to appeal. He makes an excellent point by saying, "If individuals like myself and my Google colleagues who had nothing to do with the harassing incident, its filming or its uploading onto Google Video can be held criminally liable solely by virtue of our position at Google, every employee of any internet hosting service faces similar liability."
Prosecutors argued that Google broke Italian privacy law by not seeking the consent of all the parties involved before allowing it to go online, while Google argued that prescreening of all content "was impossible". IANAL — especially not of Italian law — but it seems that if this decision is upheld on appeal it would set a legal precedent that could make any internet platform liable for future Privacy Law violations. Will the likes of Google Video and YouTube simply block any access to their platforms from Italian IP addresses in the future?