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Submission + - Obama Backs MPAA, RIAA, and ACTA 1

boarder8925 writes: "In a move sure to surprise no one, Obama has come out on the side of the MPAA/RIAA and has backed the ACTA: "We're going to aggressively protect our intellectual property," Obama said in his speech, "Our single greatest asset is the innovation and the ingenuity and creativity of the American people [...] It is essential to our prosperity and it will only become more so in this century. But it's only a competitive advantage if our companies know that someone else can't just steal that idea and duplicate it with cheaper inputs and labor.""

Submission + - Amazing Breakthroughs In Science And Tech For 2009 (

Singularity Hub writes: "Amazing robots, giving sight back to the blind, people controlling prosthetic arms simply by thinking, and a cure for bubble boy disease using gene therapy are just a taste of the amazing breakthroughs that we have seen during the first quarter of 2009. Join Singularity Hub as we look back at the last three months and uncover a list of amazing breakthroughs that you don't want to miss."
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Submission + - Build Your Own Multi-Touch Tabletop "Surface&# 1

notthatwillsmith writes: We've all seen the nifty demos of Microsoft's Surface PC, but you may not have known that you can build your own multi-touch tabletop PC today. Maximum PC details the process, showing how you can build the cabinet and combine that with a standard PC, a decent projector, about $350 worth of assorted hardware (cameras, lenses, mirrors, and screens), and a handful of free apps to build your own Surface-like PC--without giving Microsoft $10,000.

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