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Submission + - French court frowns on Google autocomplete, issues (

Lexx Greatrex writes: Google had been sued by insurance company Lyonnaise de Garantie, which was offended by search results including the word "escroc," meaning crook, according to a story posted Tuesday by the Courthouse News Service. "Google had argued that it was not liable since the word, added under Google Suggest, was the result of an automatic algorithm and did not come from human thought," the article states. "A Paris court ruled against Google, however, pointing out that the search engine ignored requests to remove the offending word... In addition to the fine, Google must also remove the term from searches associated with Lyonnaise de Garantie."

Submission + - NASA set for Mars spacecraft's big thruster blast (

coondoggie writes: "NASA today said all systems were go for the Jan. 11 firing of its Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft's thrusters — a move that will more precisely set the ship's trajectory toward the Red Planet. NASA said the blast is actually a choreographed sequence of firings of eight thruster engines during a period of about 175 minutes beginning at 3 p.m. PST. The maneuver has been planned to use the spacecraft's inertial measurement unit to measure the spacecraft's orientation and acceleration"

Submission + - Iceland Announces First Carbon-Neutral Data Center (

An anonymous reader writes: Data centers consume a lot of energy, so companies ranging from Facebook to Google are exploring ways to lighten the load. Now the Icelandic city of Keflavik has announced plans to construct the world's first zero-carbon data center from a set of 37 prefabricated components. The project, commissioned by UK start-up Verne Global (a data hosting company), will comprise 5,400 sq ft and will be powered completely by geothermal and hydroelectric power.

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