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+ - Teacher Fired for Refusing to Make Students Buy E-Textbooks->

Submitted by cultiv8
cultiv8 (1660093) writes "

Wanting to save his students some money, rather than requiring them to buy an e-book he considered “redundant” and “irrelevant,” he left all texts off his syllabus and is now out of a job because of it. Tracy, who has previously never required books for his Photoshop class, was informed by school administrators that all teachers must require e-book purchases from their students as part of a new school policy. When Tracy refused to adhere to that policy, he received a letter dated last Tuesday, August 10, from school president Gregory Marick, who issued this ultimatum: "As you have been previously informed, you are required to utilize an eBook from the listFailure to comply with this directive will result in your immediate termination of employment for insubordination." The teacher refused, and was fired August 14.

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Android

+ - Google versus Oracle: Android doesn't infringe patents-> 1

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udas
udas writes "Theverge reports that the jury for the patent suite Oracle brought on Google, after a week long deliberation, found Google in the clear:
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1135637/Patent_Phase_Verdict.pdf
There are two minor Copyright infringement which gives Oracle "maximum of $150,000 per infringement count".
With Microsoft already collecting money from several Android based device sellers, the opposite verdict wouldn't have been nice on the technology that is bringing inexpensive smart phones to the masses."

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Science

+ - 'Huge' water resource exists under Africa-> 2

Submitted by gambit3
gambit3 (463693) writes "Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater. They argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground is 100 times the amount found on the surface.
Across Africa more than 300 million people are said not to have access to safe drinking water.
Freshwater rivers and lakes are subject to seasonal floods and droughts that can limit their availability for people and for agriculture. At present only 5% of arable land is irrigated."

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Security

+ - One busy fraudster -- targets IRS, Fidelity, e-Trade, others->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "First, the FBI this week charged Russian national Petr Murmylyuk, aka "Dmitry Tokar," 31, of Brooklyn, New York for his alleged role in a ring that stole approximately $1 million by hacking into and stealing $1 million total from finance companies Fidelity, Scottrade, E*Trade, and Schwab. But apparently hacking was only one Murmylyuk's alledged nefarious activities. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, this week also announced the indictment of Murmylyuk on charges of submitting phony tax returns in the names of hundreds of victims to the Internal Revenue Service to steal their tax refunds."
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Government

+ - RIAA wants to scrap anti-piracy OPEN Act-> 1

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "The Recording Industry Association of America found itself in an unusual position this week: opposing an anti-piracy bill that's gaining momentum in Congress. "The OPEN Act does nothing" to stop online infringement and "may even make the problem worse," the industry group says in a statement it is circulating on Capitol Hill this week. "It does not establish a workable framework, standards, or remedies. It is not supported by those it purports to protect."

The basic approach of OPEN, which is sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), is to shift enforcement against rogue sites to the International Trade Commission, which has become a popular venue for international patent disputes. The ITC would investigate claims that a foreign site is dedicated to infringement. If the ITC found a site was dedicated to infringement, the site would be cut off from American advertising and payment networks.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/02/shoe-on-the-other-foot-riaa-calls-for-open-act-to-be-scrapped.ars"

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Security

+ - TSA Facing Death By A Thousand Cuts->

Submitted by OverTheGeicoE
OverTheGeicoE (1743174) writes "The Transportation Security Administration is getting a lot of negative attention, much of it from the US government itself. A recent congressional report blasted TSA for being incompetent and ineffective (PDF). A bill to force TSA to reduce its screening of active duty US military members and their families was approved unanimously by the House of Representatives. After a TSA employee was arrested for sexually assaulting a woman while in uniform, a bill has been introduced to prevent TSA from wearing police-style uniforms and badges or using the title 'officer'. The bill's sponsor calls these practices 'an insult to real cops.' The FBI is getting involved by changing its definition of rape in a way that might expose TSA's 'enhanced pat-down' screeners to prosecution. Lastly, public support for TSA's use of X-ray body scanners drops dramatically when people realize there is a cancer risk."
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Google

+ - Google goes IPv6 for internal network ->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "In a project that has taken longer than company engineers anticipated, Google is rolling out IPv6 across its entire internal employee network.

Google network engineer Irena Nikolova discussed the company-wide implementation and shared some lessons that other organizations might benefit from as they migrate their own networks to the next generation Internet Protocol."

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