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+ - Astronomers find star that doesn't fit->

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JoshuaZ
JoshuaZ writes "Astronomers have found an unusual small star. SDSS J102915+172927 is a small faint star with very little of any elements other than hydrogen or helium. The star's composition is surprising since standard theories of star formation require heavier elements in small stars in order to allow the stars to be heavy enough to come together. Possibly the most unusual aspect of this star is the complete non-detection of lithium which would be expected in a star of this size. The only elements created shortly after the Big Bang were lithium, hydrogen and helium, and the star should have lithium levels much higher since they should correspond closely with the levels believed to have been formed shortly after the Big Bang. The actual paper can be found at http://www.eso.org/public/archives/releases/sciencepapers/eso1132/eso1132.pdf."
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Government

+ - Man arrested in New York for photography->

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Joshua Zelinsky
Joshua Zelinsky writes "A man in New York City was arrested for photographing subway trains. A police officer confronted the man and when the man attempted to explain to the officer that what he was doing was legal the officer arrested him. The man was charged with three separate crimes including one count of disorderly conduct for speaking to the officer in an "unreasonable voice." So far, two of the three charges have been dropped but the third is pending."
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Censorship

+ - ISPs in Great Britain censoring Wikipedia-> 5

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Joshua Zelinsky
Joshua Zelinsky writes "Wikipedia is being . censored by a variety of ISPs in Great Britian. The activity was first noticed when it appeared that almost all edits from Great Britain were coming through only a handful of IP addresses. This created serious problems in preventing vandalism from Great Britain. It then emerged that this was due to the system being used by ISPs to censor Wikipedia. At present it is not known in full which pages are being censored. However, at least one page which is being censored is a page is Virgin Killer about an album from a German heavy metal band which has a naked young girl on the cover. Individuals in Great Britain attempting to access the page report that they are simply getting error messages and not even being told that the page is being censored. Some commentators have already started referring to the Great Firewall of Britain."
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Security

+ - Obama's cell phone records accessed ->

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Joshua Zelinsky
Joshua Zelinsky writes "According to Obama's transition team, his cell phone was accessed by unauthorized Verizon employees. Verizon has alerted the Secret Service but there is currently no criminal investigation. Verizon has stated that employees who inappropriately accessed the records will be subject to disciplinary action. This is not the first unauthorized access of politically relevant people. Recently, the Plumber's state government records were accessed by a contractor without permission."
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Spam

+ - Researchers find spam response rate by spamming->

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Joshua Zelinsky
Joshua Zelinsky writes "Researchers estimated the successful response rates to spam by sending out millions of spam messages using the Storm botnet. They received 28 responses out of 350 million messages sent out and estimate that approximately one of every 12,500,000 spam emails generates a sale. Most disturbingly even with this low response rate the researchers estimate that a spammer will still make an easy profit."
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Businesses

+ - Corp plagiarizes Wikipedia, threatens reporters->

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Joshua Zelinsky
Joshua Zelinsky writes "A Polish company, 4fun.tv, has plagiarized from the Polish Wikipedia by using content without attribution. When Wikinews inquired about the apparent plagiarism, the company first claimed that they had taken the text from an old encyclopedia that was in the public domain that Wikipedia must have taken it from also. When this was shown to be false, the company's representative threatened the reporter saying that "he found the reporter's picture on the Internet and asked how the person would feel if this picture was to appear on billboards or press releases that advertised the TV station""
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