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+ - The Art of the Animated GIF

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Some artists work in oils, some in pastels, some in acrylics. Photographer Jamie Beck and motion graphics artist Kevin Burg? Their medium of choice is animated GIFs. 'We wanted to tell more of a story than a single still frame photograph but didn't want the high maintenance aspect of a video,' said the two of their unusual collaboration. Needless to say, these are not your father's GeoCities 'Under Construction' GIFs — it can take several hours of manual editing for Beck and Burg to breathe the whisper of life into each image."

+ - World of Warcraft and Information Week deploy IPv6->

Submitted by ptudor
ptudor (22537) writes "A post to NANOG mentions the 4.1 software update to World of Warcraft, arriving Tuesday, will support IPv6. Information Week is now serving IPv6 AAAA DNS records for public websites, joining sites like Heise and nixCraft that have already deployed IPv6 well in advance of World IPv6 Day on June 8th. Still notably absent? Slashdot. Lame."
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Security

+ - Sony "rebuilding" PlayStation Network after attack->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "The outage of Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity service, now in its fourth day, looks set to continue after the company said on Sunday that it is "rebuilding" its system to better guard against attacks. Sony said on Saturday that the outage was caused by an "external intrusion" into the network, but has yet to detail the problem. The PlayStation Network is used for PlayStation 3 online gaming and sales of software to consoles and the PlayStation Portable. The Qriocity service runs on the same network infrastructure and provides audio and video to Sony consumer electronics products."
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Security

+ - Apple: We 'must have' comprehensive location data

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Apple's iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, and iPad models are also keeping track of consumers whereabouts. Mac computers running Snow Leopard and even Windows computers running Safari 5 are being watched. But the question is why? "To provide the high quality products and services that its customers demand, Apple must have access to the comprehensive location-based information," Apple says."
Sony

+ - Father of CD's, Norio Ohga dies at 81->

Submitted by kaptink
kaptink (699820) writes "Former Sony president and chairman Norio Ohga, credited with expanding the company from electronics hardware to software and entertainment and developing the compact disc, died Saturday at age 81. Ohga, who led the company from 1982 to 1995, died of multiple organ failure in Tokyo, Sony said."
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+ - EC2 outage shows how much the Net relies on Amazon

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Much has been written about the recent EC2/EBS outage but Keir Thomas at PC World has a different take: it's shown how much cutting-edge Internet infrastructure relies on Amazon, and we should be grateful. FTA: "Amazon is a personification of the spirit of the Internet, which is one of true democracy, access to the means of distribution, and rapid evolution.""
Windows

+ - Windows 8 will come with a built-in App Store->

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gia9211
gia9211 writes "Screenshots from the Windows 8 beta posted on cnBeta seem to have revealed why Microsoft went to the extent of hiring a linguist to protest Apple’s trademark application for the phrase ‘App Store’.

These screenshots show an app with the name Windows App Store, and it bears a similar format to those stores already out in the wild — like Apple’s Mac and iOS app stores minus the polish. Here’s one shot, complete with an obligatory Angry Birds inclusion:

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Linux

+ - Linux Kernel violates patent->

Submitted by doperative
doperative (1958782) writes "A jury has found that in using Linux on its back-end servers, Google has infringed a patent held by a small Texas-based company and must pay $5m in damages.

In 2006, Bedrock Computer Technologies sued Google and several other outfits – including Yahoo!, Amazon.com, PayPal, and AOL – claiming they infringed on a patent filed in January 1997. The patent describes "a method and apparatus for performing storage and retrieval...that uses the hashing technique with the external chaining method for collision resolution", and the accusation is that companies infringed by using various versions of the Linux kernel on their servers."

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+ - Fukushima: Day 42: How is a core cooled?->

Submitted by DrKnark
DrKnark (1536431) writes "Tepco has released more information about their plan to stabilize the Fukushima reactors(link 1, link 2).

They are basically facing 4 problems, ensuring long term cooling of the cores, ensure cooling of the spent fuel pools, prevent release of radioactive material and mitigate the consequences of the releases that will continue for a while. I want to speak a bit more about cooling in this blog post since it is the most crucial problem.

This is a blog by people very knowledgeable about nuclear power. It contains a somewhat day-to-day account of the events in Fukushima, as well as a lot of other info."

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