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+ - Huawei banned from Australia's NBN->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Huawei has called Australia's ban on the company from supplying equipment for its national broadband project due to security concerns a "setback." Huawei's chairman for Australia was reportedly told by a top official in the Attorney General's office that the company would not be allowed to supply equipment for the National Broadband Network (NBN) because of worries over cyberattacks originating from China."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsft unjustly denies winner of Windows Phone Challenge->

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the100rabh
the100rabh writes "I headed down to the Santa Clara Microsoft Store this morning after hearing about the Windows Phone challenge last night. For those not familiar, anyone who completes a task faster than a Windows Phone on their own smart phone can win a $1000 Special Edition Laptop assuming they meet some standard terms and conditions. Those who “get smoked” by a Windows Phone, have the opportunity to trade in their existing device for Windows Phone....My opponent finished a split-second later. She had two live tiles on her home screen displaying the weather of two different cities as well. Why does it take longer on Windows Phone? She had to perform two actions. First, she hit the power button to turn on the screen. Second, she had to swipe away the lock screen. That’s pretty much as fastest as it gets on that platform. Windows Phone takes two interactions. Android takes just one.

I excitedly thought I won out of pure luck. However, I was quickly told that I lost. I asked for a reason and was told Windows Phone won because “it displays the weather right there.” That was rather unclear. I showed her my device which also was showing off the same information with two side-by-side weather widgets on the center home screen. After pressing for a better reason, I was told that Windows Phone won “just because.”....I calmly and politely tried pointing out that I was absolutely never told about having to show off two different states, but at this point I realized there was no point in even attempting to argue since the Microsoft Store employees clearly had no intention of even potentially discussing the possibility of considering me the winner."

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Google News Sci Tech: James Cameron Completes Record-Breaking Mariana Trench Dive - National Geographi->

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James Cameron Completes Record-Breaking Mariana Trench Dive
National Geographic
James Cameron lowers himself into his sub prior to his historic descent to Challenger Deep. The DEEPSEA CHALLENGER sub during a February test off Papua New Guinea. Photograph by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic At roughly noon, local time (10 pm ET), ...
James Cameron back on surface after deepest ocean diveBBC News
James Cameron reaches deepest spot on EarthUSA TODAY
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Canada

+ - Canada plans removal of protections for fish habitats: scientists p.o.'d->

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grouchyDude
grouchyDude writes "A senior Canadian government biologist has leaked proposed changes that would weaken Canada's protection for fish habitats, and thus the environment in general. Over 600 (real) scientists, many with very senior academic credentials, have signed a petition to complain about what they refer to as a highly destructive planned policy. The government responded that existing policies "do not reflect the priorities of Canadians" (what baloney!), but the suspicion is that this is one step in clearing environmental obstacles to the oil sands pipeline. This has gotten very little press and warrants real attention before it's too late."
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Space

More First-Light Data From Herschel Space Telescope 21

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from the staring-at-gas dept.
davecl writes "First-light images and spectra have now been released for all three of the instruments on Herschel. (The first images came out a couple of weeks back.) The news is covered on the BBC, on the ESA website, on the Herschel mission blog, and elsewhere. The data all looks fantastic, and is especially impressive since the satellite was only launched about 7 weeks ago. I work on the SPIRE instrument and help maintain the blog; but even I am astounded by the amount of information in the SPIRE images."

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