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+ - Bed, Bath & Beyond recalls tissue holder on ra->

Submitted by OhSoLaMeow
OhSoLaMeow writes: "Bed Bath & Beyond Inc is recalling tissue holders because one of its materials emits low levels of radiation, the company said on Friday."

They go on to say "The NRC has also informed us that the material is believed to be in the tissue holder itself and cannot be inhaled, nor can it contaminate other objects (such as tissues)."

Darn. Not enough radiation to generate the 1.21 gigawatts needed for my flux capacitor.

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Censorship

+ - US Government Questions China Internet Censorship->

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tekgoblin
tekgoblin writes: "Everyone has known for some time that China censors their citizens from certain parts of the internet. But what qualifications must a site have to be excluded from the Great China Firewall?

Now the US Government wants to know how the filter actually works to filter out websites from results in China."

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Graphics

+ - Re-Defining Photo Manipulation-> 1

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tekgoblin
tekgoblin writes: "Photo Manipulation; the act of image editing techniques to photographs in order to create an illusion or deception, Kevin Karsch, Varsha Hedau, David Forsyth and Derek Hoiem have created a method which will take this skill to a new level.

Their system works with inserting synthetic objects into existing photographs without requiring access to the scene or any additional scene measurements. In the video below you can see that with just a single image and a small amount of annotation the program creates a physical model of the scene which can then be used for realistic rendering of synthetic objects of any kind. The system automatically accounts for lighting interactions between the objects and the scene."

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Firefox

+ - Firefox devs mull dumping Java to stop BEAST attac->

Submitted by rastos1
rastos1 writes: In a demonstration last Friday, it took less than two minutes for researchers Thai Duong and Juliano Rizzo to wield the exploit to recover an encrypted authentication cookie used to access a PayPal user account. The researchers settled on a Java applet as their means to bypass SOP, leading Firefox developers to discuss blocking the framework in a future version of the browser.
“I recommend that we blocklist all versions of the Java Plugin,” Firefox developer Brian Smith wrote on Tuesday in a discussion on Mozilla's online bug forum. “My understanding is that Oracle may or may not be aware of the details of the same-origin exploit. As of now, we have no ETA for a fix for the Java plugin.”

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Facebook

+ - Facebook 'fixes' ID cookie glitch->

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sydneyhype
sydneyhype writes: "A security glitch discovered by an Australian blogger that meant Facebook could have tracked users after they logged out of the site has been fixed, according to Facebook. But the blogger still 'recommend that users clear cookies or use a separate browser' as they 'want to retain the ability to track browsers after logout for safety and spam purposes'."
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+ - Bada to be Open Source Next Year->

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NaklsonofNakkl
NaklsonofNakkl writes: "After the answer to the rumors about Samsung buying WebOS being a resounding “no”, the next question is what will Samsung do about Google’s acquisition of Motorola. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company will be taking the fight to Google head on by focusing on its own mobile platform Bada and reduce its reliance on the Android OS."
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Crime

+ - TOS Violations No Longer A Crime (On Their Own)->

Submitted by nonprofiteer
nonprofiteer writes: The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act previously made "unauthorized access to a computer system" a crime — meant to apply to hackers, it also criminalized violations of a website's TOS or of a workplace's computer policies. The law is being changed to make the crime a felony rather than a misdemeanor. Senators Franken and Grassley added an amendment to exempt violations of TOS and employer policies from the lists of felony activity. w00t for common sense.
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PlayStation (Games)

+ - Sony Threatens No PSN Unless You Waive Lawsuit->

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tekgoblin
tekgoblin writes: "In yet another stunning action by Sony, an e-mail sent to all PSN subscribers today announced a new Terms of Service change that will be implemented on September 15th, 2011. The point of this because you must agree to the new TOS in order to continue using the Playstation Network, but in doing so will completely absolve Sony of any new class action lawsuit you may choose to file against them."
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