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+ - Supreme Court to Decide Whether or Not You Own What You Own->

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Jafafa Hots
Jafafa Hots writes "The Supreme Court is set to decide, in the case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, whether or not First Sale Doctrine applies to products made with parts sourced from outside the United States.
If the Supreme Court upholds an appellate ruling, it would mean that the IP holders of anything you own that has been made in China, Japan or Europe, for example, would have to give you permission to sell it.
Your old used CDs, cell phone, books, or that Ford truck with foreign parts? It may not be yours to sell unless you get explicit permission and presumably pay royalties.

âoeIt would be absurd to say anything manufactured abroad canâ(TM)t be bought or sold here,â said Marvin Ammori, a First Amendment lawyer and Schwartz Fellow at the New American Foundation who specializes in technology issues."

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Google

+ - Google to launch Facebook killer?

Submitted by Jafafa Hots
Jafafa Hots (580169) writes "First rumored this week via Twitter by Digg founder Kevin Rose, http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/06/here_we_go_again.php
SF Weekly now reports that a source "very close" to Google has confirmed that Google is about to launch a new social networking service designed to compete with Facebook.
http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/06/here_we_go_again.php

So, which will it be — the next Orkut, or the next Google Buzz?"
The Internet

+ - College Credits for Trolling the Web?->

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Jafafa Hots
Jafafa Hots writes "As pointed out on Richard Dawkins' website, (www.richarddawkins.net/article,4149,Dembski-Exam,William-A-Dembski---designinferencecom) some undergraduate and masters level courses at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary require trolling as part of their requirements. In William Dembski's classes on Intelligent Design and Christian Apologetics, (www.designinference.com/teaching/teaching.htm), 20% of the final grades come from having made 10 posts defending Intelligent Design Creationism on 'hostile' websites. There seems to be no requirement that the posts contain original writing, apparently cut and paste jobs are sufficient. Is this the first case of trolling the net being part of course requirements?"
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The Internet

+ - Has PBS's website been infected with malware?->

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Jafafa Hots
Jafafa Hots writes "Doing a search on information for the PBS Nature program "Land of the Falling Lakes," I was surprised to find in Google's search results a malware warning that PBS's site might harm my computer. I've seen this warning before, but never on results pointing to a mainstream site.

What's going on? Is PBS infected, or does Google's malware detector return false positives?"

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Windows

+ - Who are the three men hiding in Windows Vista?

Submitted by Jafafa Hots
Jafafa Hots (580169) writes "A buyer of Windows Vista has found a tiny holographic image of three men embedded in his Vista DVD. The original website is Spanish-language, and the Vista DVD in question may not be the U.S. version, but the question remains — who are these three men, and why are they on the disc? Cool photos on the page: http://inicia.es/de/kwisatz/index.html#28787904629 39498204"

For God's sake, stop researching for a while and begin to think!

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