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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 13 declined, 11 accepted (24 total, 45.83% accepted)

Submission + - SPAM: Getty Images embraces embedding, stops suing over copied pictures.

H_Fisher writes: After years of threatening bloggers and others with litigation for copying their copyrighted pictures, Getty Images has decided that the cat is finally out of the bag. In an article published today on Bloomberg Businessweek, Getty is said to be rolling out an image-embedding tool, allowing bloggers and other non-commercial users to hotlink photos — and allowing Getty to track views, and potentially add Google-style advertising. Commercial users are still expected to pony up for licensing fees. As for the small fry, a Getty VP is quoted as saying: "There are two ways to look at the world. People sharing content without a license is an issue—or it’s an opportunity.”
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Submission + - The rise and fall of Kodak->

H_Fisher writes: "Michael Hiltzik of the L.A. Times writes with a frank look at the decisions and changes that have led to Kodak's decline from top U.S. photography company to a company whose product is almost irrelevant. He writes: "[Kodak] executives couldn't foresee a future in which film had no role in image capture at all, nor come to grips with the lower profit margins or faster competitive pace of high-tech industries." He also notes that Kodak's story comes as a cautionary tale to giants like Google and Facebook."
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Submission + - Sony blaming Anonymous for PSN hack->

H_Fisher writes: "In a letter to Congress, Kazuo Hirai, chairman of Sony's board of directors, blames hacker group Anonymous for making possible the theft of gamers' personal information. "What is becoming more and more evident is that Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack designed to steal personal and credit card information for illegal purposes," Hirai wrote. He also indicated that Sony waited two days before notifying the FBI of the theft."
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Submission + - China bans time travel->

H_Fisher writes: "Disrespect the Chinese government at your peril ... and this includes anything you do with the past. Time magazine's "Techland" blog reports that China is banning references to time travel which are disrespectful to the nation's culture and history. No word on whether this includes a travel ban on time lords."
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Submission + - Xoom sues Motorola over use of name->

H_Fisher writes: "Here come the lawyers: San Francisco-based financial company Xoom is suing Motorola for "trademark infringement, false designation of origin, unfair competition, false advertising, unfair business practices and other claims" due to the use of their name for the tablet PC released last week,"
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America Online

Submission + - Beginning of the end for AOL?->

H_Fisher writes: A Fortune magazine report confirms what many geeks have thought for ages: AOL is relying on an unsustainable business model. A leaked plan from inside shows a company using an ever-declining pool of dial-up users, many of them elderly, while struggling to rebrand itself as a source for "content" — articles on topics like "Backpacking the Axis of Evil," farmed out to writers for $10 or so a pop.
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Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Teen unlocks iPhone from AT&T network

H_Fisher writes: "The Associated Press reports that a New Jersey teenager has managed to unlock the iPhone from AT&T's network. From TFA: " George Hotz of Glen Rock, N.J., confirmed Friday that he had unlocked an iPhone and was using it on T-Mobile's network, the only major U.S. carrier apart from AT&T that is compatible with the iPhone's cellular technology." The 'proof' — a video showing the TMobile logo on Hotz's iPhone — and the directions for the hack were posted on Hotz's blog. According to the AP: "Both hacks leave intact the iPhone's many functions, including a built-in camera and the ability to access Wi-Fi networks.""

Submission + - Mitochondria may hold secret to preventing death

H_Fisher writes: "Research into mitochondria — small parts within a cell that have their own DNA — are a cause of cellular death, Newsweek reports. The article from the most recent edition of the magazine, entitled "The Science of Death: Reviving the Dead," reports on people who have recovered from sudden death due to cardiac arrest through the use of medically-induced hypothermia. The cooling process may help stop the death of brain and heart cells caused by the mitochondria once they are deprived of oxygen. The next step: figuring out how to keep the brain from dying, and arguing for or against "the view that the mind is more than the sum of the parts of the brain, and can exist outside it.""

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