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+ - NSA PRISM program linked to rendition program

Submitted by pocock
pocock (2827247) writes "Blogger Daniel Pocock has hypothesised about possible links between the recently exposed NSA PRISM program and the mistreatment, rendition and indefinite detention of foreign citizens, including children in Australia. He makes various connections, including the timing of British GCHQ's PRISM-powered productivity spurt as a clue about when Australia's ASIO may have gotten their hands on the data and subsequently started rounding up foreign citizens, including one pregnant woman and her two small children. The case of Dr Haneef is eerily similar, the Government even admitted in that case that his lengthy imprisonment, without charge, was solely due suspicions about what they saw in his chat history. Unlike the United States, Australia does not have a strong, legally binding bill of rights and any data that Australian authorities get through collaboration with the US may be used for violations of human rights that may not be constitutional on US soil."

+ - NYT Chinese Hack: a Blow to Symantec->

Submitted by Kochnekov
Kochnekov (2812773) writes "In light of the recent story about Chinese hackers infiltrating the New York Times with malware, Forbes' Andy Greenberg raises an interesting point:

"Out of the 45 different pieces of malware planted on the Times‘ systems over the course of three months, just one of those programs was spotted by the Symantec antivirus software the Times used[.]"

The article also points out that it's competitors would probably have been equally useless in detecting the malware, noting that "[Symantec] actually outperformed most of its competitors in the most recent tests by German antivirus testing firm AV-Test, which gave Symantec a rating of 5.5 out of 6 for protection of Windows 7 in its latest enterprise antivirus analysis, a better score than McAfee, Kaspersky, or Microsoft.""

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Hardware

+ - Toray's touchscreen film self-repairs scratches, cuts down on fingerprints->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Japanese manufacturer Toray has managed to combine an anti-fingerprint film and self-repairing film into one, producing a touchscreen film that minimises fingerprint build up while being able to recover from being scratched in a matter of seconds by repairing itself at room temperature."
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Android

+ - Judge Koh Rules: Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "In a nutshell there won't be a new trial, as Samsung wanted, because the judge thinks that the trial was fair despite allegations that the jury foreman could have been biased. She also ruled that there won't be any more money for Apple as the iPhone maker failed to prove they were 'undercompensated' by the jury. The most important ruling was that she also found that 'Samsung did not willfully' infringe'."
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China

+ - N.Y. Times: China hacked us for past four months->

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quantr
quantr writes ""The New York Times says Chinese hackers repeatedly penetrated its computer networks over the past four months, stealing reporters' passwords and hunting for files on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of one of China's leaders.

In a report released late Wednesday, the Times said security experts hired to plug the breach tracked the attacks to China, in some cases computers identified with the Chinese military.

The newspaper reports that, "After surreptitiously tracking the intruders to study their movements and help erect better defenses to block them, The Times and computer security experts have expelled the attackers and kept them from breaking back in."

The attacks coincided with a Times investigation into how the family and relatives of Premier Wen Jiabao built a fortune worth more than $2 billion. The report says no Times customer data was compromised but that the passwords for all employees were stolen.""

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Google

+ - Google's new image search experience harms content producers' revenues->

Submitted by taikedz
taikedz (2782065) writes "A couple of days ago, Google released a new version of its image search. This turned out to be a huge slap in the face of content creators [...]. When clicking on a thumbnail, the original image is hotlinked and embedded into Google’s result page [without displaying the original site at all]. This costs bandwidth [to the image host] and the user has less incentive to visit the webpage of the original creator."
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Science

+ - Why Petting Feels Good->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Social beasts—humans, elephants, chimps, dogs, and cats—seem to enjoy being caressed. Neurobiologists have now taken a step toward pinpointing neural circuitry underlying this pleasant sensation. Using genetically engineered mice, they demonstrated that a specific class of sensory cells in skin reacts to gentle stroking but not to a pinch or a poke. In addition to helping to identify similar cells in people, the findings could "lead to a drug or lotion that might make you feel better," suggests the study's leader."
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Earth

+ - Reality check on renewable energy-> 1

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Dawn Stover has another great piece detailing why renewable energy will never provide us with all our energy needs. She deconstructs the unrealistic World Wildlife Fund report (co-written by several solar companies) that claims renewables will be able to provide 100% of the energy needs of several countries by 2050. Good information on why even nuclear power can't do the job."
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Apple

+ - Apple trademarks its Stores to deter copycats->

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walterbyrd
walterbyrd writes "The US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) approved Apple's request to trademark the design and layout of its stores last week, according to patent office records.

Apple has requested that no store be allowed to replicate various features, including "a clear glass storefront surrounded by a panelled facade" or an "oblong table with stools... set below video screens flush mounted on the back wall"."

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NASA

+ - NASA: Feb. 15 asteroid fly-by will buzz Earth closer than many satellites->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "NASA says an asteroid about half the size of a football field will blow past Earth on Feb 15 closer than many man-made satellites. NASA added that while the asteroid, designated 2012 DA14 has no change of striking Earth, since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, astronomers have never seen an object so big come so close to our planet."
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Science

+ - Oil Detection Methods Miss Important Class Of Chemicals->

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MTorrice
MTorrice writes "For decades, scientists studying oil spills have relied on the same analytical methods when tracking the movement of oil and assessing a spill’s environmental impact. But these techniques miss an entire class of compounds that could account for about half of the total oil in some samples, according to research presented last week at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference, in New Orleans. These chemicals could explain the fate of some of the oil released in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and other spills, the researchers say."
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