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Submission + - UK Hacker McKinnon Extradition has been blocked (bbc.co.uk) 1

clickclickdrone writes: The UK Home Secretary has just announced that Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the US for hacking charges. She has cited grave concerns in recent years about the handling of UK->US extraditions. This was the last chance to extradite him so now it will be down to UK justice system.

Submission + - Samsung Galaxy Nexus ban overturned by US appeals court (bbc.co.uk)

Maow writes: The US Court of Appeals has overturned a ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phone, in a blow to Apple in the ongoing battle between the two rivals.

It said the district court in California, which had issued the ban in June, had "abused its discretion in entering an injunction".

Link to the decision.

I always wondered why the pure Google (Nexus) model was banned, and why Google didn't file an Amicus Curae filing in that suit...


Submission + - Mozilla Firefox browser upgrade (v 16) taken offline due to vulnerability (bbc.co.uk) 1

Maow writes: The latest version of Mozilla's Firefox browser has been taken offline after a security vulnerability was discovered.

Users who had upgraded to version 16 were advised to downgrade to the previous safe release until Firefox developers released a fix.

Indeed, checking the Firefox download URL, it shows version 15.0.1.


Submission + - Dice Holdings buys Slashdot and other Geeknet websites for $20M (yahoo.com) 3

Angostura writes: Dice Holdings Inc. said Tuesday that it acquired Geeknet Inc.'s online media business, including its Slashdot and SourceForge websites, for $20 million in cash.
The New York-based careers website company said the acquisition of the technology websites is part of its strategy of providing content and services geared toward technology professionals.

Submission + - Dice Holdings Aquires Slashdot (diceholdingsinc.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Dice Holdings has purchased Slashdot, along with Sourceforge and FreeCode. The statement form Dice Holdings:

"The acquisition of these premier technology sites fits squarely into our strategy of providing content and services that are important to tech professionals in their everyday work lives," said Scot Melland, Chairman, President & CEO of Dice Holdings, Inc. "The SourceForge and Slashdot communities will enable our customers to reach millions of engaged tech professionals on a regular basis and significantly extends our company's reach into the global tech community."


Submission + - Slashdot Gets Acquired as Part of $20 Million Deal (geek.net) 1

wiredmikey writes: Dice Holdings (Owner of Job sites including Dice.com) reported this morning that it has acquired Geeknet's online media business, including Slashdot and SourceForge.

"We are very pleased to find a new home for our media business, providing a platform for the sites and our media teams to thrive," said Ken Langone, Chairman of Geeknet. "With this transaction completed, we will now focus our full attention on growing ThinkGeek."

Dice Holdings acquired the business for $20 million in cash. In 2011, the online media properties generated $20 million in Revenues.


Submission + - Tokyo court deals win for Samsung (bbc.co.uk)

" rel="nofollow">AmiMoJo writes: "A court in Tokyo has ruled that Samsung Electronics did not infringe on a patent was related to transferring media content between devices. Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji dismissed the case filed by Apple in August, finding that Samsung was not in violation of Apple patents related to synchronising music and video data between devices and servers."

Submission + - HTC has no intention to settle with Apple (njuice.com)

Taco Cowboy writes: The recent lost by Samsung in a court battle against Apple apparently does not put a dent to other parties determination to fight Apple, inside and outside of the court system

HTC's Chairperson, Ms. Cher Wang, has publicly re-iterated her belief that the $1 billion jury verdict against Samsung in the U.S. "does not mean the failure of the entire Google Android ecosystem."

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Submission + - LibreOffice 3.6.0 is Here (ostatic.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The extensive list of features in the new release include support for color scales and data bars in Calc, PDF Export with Watermark option, and Import Filter for Corel Draw documents among others.

Submission + - Heat waves really are from global warming (nytimes.com)

mdsolar writes: ""The percentage of the earth’s land surface covered by extreme heat in the summer has soared in recent decades, from less than 1 percent in the years before 1980 to as much as 13 percent in recent years, according to a new scientific paper. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/07/30/1205276109.abstract

The change is so drastic, the paper says, that scientists can claim with near certainty that events like the Texas heat wave last year, the Russian heat wave of 2010 and the European heat wave of 2003 would not have happened without the planetary warming caused by the human release of greenhouse gases.

Those claims, which go beyond the established scientific consensus about the role of climate change in causing weather extremes, were advanced by James E. Hansen, a prominent NASA climate scientist, and two co-authors in a scientific paper published online on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.""


Submission + - Quality Control issues with Google's Nexus 7 (guardian.co.uk) 2

Maow writes: As someone with no interest in purchasing a "fondleslab", this is still somewhat sad news: It seems there are issues arising with the Nexus7 such as phantom-typing: a video at primary link showing the keypad actively accepting key presses with no user's hand nearby. Also a video showing the screen separating from the housing. Apparently it also allows light to leak from the edges.

Complaints are multiplying online about quality issues with the new Google Nexus 7 tablet, with a number of people complaining about "loose screens" which bleed light from the edges or move when touched.

This looks like an impending PR disaster for Google. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jul/22/nexus-7-glass-complaints-google


Submission + - House Votes Down Stopping Employers Asking For Facebook Passwords

An anonymous reader writes: House Republicans today defeated an amendment introduced yesterday that would have banned employers demanding access to Facebook accounts. While the practice isn’t widespread, it has caused a big brouhaha after reports surfaced that some organizations were requiring workers to hand over Facebook passwords as a condition of keeping their current job or getting hired for a new one.

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