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+ - Psychoactive strain of marijuana sequenced->

Submitted by tgibbs
tgibbs (83782) writes "The genome and transcriptome of a psychoactive strain of cannabis has been sequenced, leading to insights into the biosynthesis of THC. This information will be useful in understanding the evolution and history of cultivation of the marijuana plant and its divergence from non-psychoactive species of hemp. It could also be useful in genetic manipulation of the marijuana plant to control potency, or to develop transgenic plants in which the psychoactive properties of marijuana are conferred onto other plant species."
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Privacy

+ - Carbonite privacy breach leads to spam->

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richi
richi writes "It looks like Carbonite, Inc. has been giving out customers' personal information. The company's admitted giving customer email address to a third party, in direct contravention of its privacy policy.

Lest we forget, this is the same online backup company that lost the backups of thousands of its customers, while denying any data were lost, despite reports from customers who said they had (ahem) lost data. It's also the company whose VP of marketing was caught red-handed astroturfing on Amazon, along with other Carbonite employees. When the news broke, the company denied it had sanctioned the phony reviews.

So I guess this is Strike Three, right?"

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Security

+ - Chicago Merc. Exchange Secrets Leaked to China->

Submitted by chicksdaddy
chicksdaddy (814965) writes "A 10 year employee of CME Group in Chicago is alleged to have stolen trade secrets and proprietary source code used to run trading systems for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and passed them to officials in China, where he hoped to set up a software firm to help create electronic exchanges, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Illinois. Chunlai Yang, 49, is alleged to have downloaded "thousands of files" containing "source code and proprietary algorithms" used by CME to run its trading systems. The files were downloaded from a company-owned source code repository maintained by CME to Yang's work computer, then copied them to removable "thumb" drives. The complaint also cites personal e-mail correspondence between Yang and an official in China that contained proprietary CME information."
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Media

+ - UK paper closing admid 'phone hacking' allegations->

Submitted by Jozza The Wick
Jozza The Wick (1805012) writes "The BBC reports that the News of the World, a UK newspaper owned by News International, is to close after police report they have the names of over 4000 people who may have had their phone voicemails 'hacked'. The list includes families of victims of the 7/7 attacks, familes of bereaved service personnel , as well as the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler."
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Handhelds

+ - Toshiba On The Verge Of Shipping Its First Tablet

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "Flying under the radar, Toshiba's Thrive tablet running Google's Android 3.1 Honeycomb is now available or pre-order on Best Buy. According to the BestBuy the tablet will come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB versions. The tablet will be powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip, feature multi-touch and carry a 10.1 inch screen with 1280-by-800 LED display. The tablet hosts two cameras, a 2-megapixel front-facing webcam, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera."
Android

+ - Google Maps Now Available Offline On Android->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "One of the grips of the Android users was the lack of offline Google Maps. If you are driving across the country you need continuous Internet connectivity to download the maps of the region as you move in. Many times it happened that you lose the connectivity and now you are stranded if you need to re-navigate.

Google was expected to announce a feature which allowed users to download maps and use them offline. Google just did it. Google has added a feature in its Labs which allows users to download the map of the area they are visiting."

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+ - Flash comes to the iPhone via app

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An anonymous reader writes "While the HTML 5 and Flash standard debate rages, Apple, a major promoter of HTML5, has allowed its iOS devices to run Flash videos. Apple has given approval to an app developed by Skyfire that translates Flash code into HTML5. According to CNN when a user clicks on a Flash video the Skyfire app downloads the Flash video on Skyfire's server where the video is decoded and then encoded in HTML5 and is delivered to an iOS device. The app is embedded in the Safari browser."
Security

+ - Adobe to Push Emergency Fix for Flash Bug ->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Adobe has moved up the release date for the patch for the critical bug in Adobe Flash Player revealed last week, and now plans to have an emergency fix ready on Thursday. The company still plans to patch Reader two weeks from now.

The vulnerability in Flash also exists in Reader and researchers said last week that attackers had already begun exploiting the bug in Reader by the time that Adobe acknowledged the problem and published an advisory. At the time of the initial advisory, Adobe officials said they planned to release a patch for Flash on Nov. 9 and for Reader on Nov. 15."

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