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+ - Copyright Alliance Presses Presidential Candidates->

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I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Not satisfied with the current life plus seventy copyright terms and huge financial liabilities for infringement, the Copyright Alliance is pressuring presidential candidates for stronger copyright laws. In particular, they want the candidates to divert police resources to punish even non-commercial copyright infringement. After all, without copyright, what would become of the next Shakespeare, Michaelangelo, or da Vinci?"
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Television

+ - Philips latest suspect in CRT cartel investigation->

Submitted by Gustoman
Gustoman (666) writes "Philips Electronics has became the latest company drawn into a global investigation into possible price-fixing in the market for cathode-ray tubes used in TVs and computer monitors. Phillips implication in the cartel comes just a day after the European Commission said it had fined Sony, Fuji and Maxell a total of US$109 million for price fixing in the professional videotape market. Apparently Sony's fine was augmented further for obstructing the investigation — one of its employees refused to answer investigators questions and another was caught shredding evidence. Earlier this month the EC raided offices of several CRT (cathode-ray tubes) makers for suspected cartel involvement, although it didn't name them. It was part of a wider clampdown on suspected collusion between CRT manufacturers. Korea's Fair Trade Commission is also examining possible cartel behavior at CRT makers affiliated with Matsushita and Samsung Electronics, according to the report. The Commission say there is no strict deadline for its inquiry, and the report indicates that authorities in the U.S. have also been involved in the worldwide investigation."
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Space

+ - Russia's New Cosmodome Approved-> 1

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eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "You may recall discussing Baikonur, the Kazakhstan city rented by Russia that has been used as a launch site for quite sometime. Today, Putin has just approved construction of Vostochny between 2010 and 2018 which will be positioned in the far east of Russia to complement the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the northern part of the country. This is not bad news for Kazakhstan as the director of the Russian Federal Space Agency has announced they plan to operate this facility alongside Baikonur. Is this a sign of a growing healthy space program in Russia?"
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Handhelds

+ - Apple Forced to Sell Un-Locked iPhones in Germany->

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Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "Apple has been forced to release a version of the iPhone in Germany that is not locked into a specific network or contract, scuppering its exclusive deal with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile. Following a preliminary injunction, T-Mobile said that it would sell an unlocked phone for $1465 ( 999 ) until a final decision is reached. It will continue to offer iPhones locked into a two-year contract for $585 ( 399 ). Its announcement comes after rival Vodafone went to a German court to challenge T-Mobile's exclusive tie-up with the iPhone in Germany. Vodafone Deutschland won the injunction barring T-Mobile from offering the iPhone exclusively with a so-called SIM lock that stops users from switching the device to any other operator's network, and with a minimum two year contract. ( http://techluver.com/2007/11/21/t-mobile-germany-sell-un-locked-iphones-without-contract/ )"
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Graphics

+ - AMD HD 3800 Series Ushers New Life for Radeon-> 2

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SizeWise
SizeWise writes "Last month we learned of the NVIDIA G92 8800 GT graphics card that turned in $400 performance for $250. AMD wasn't going to miss the boat either and their new RV670 GPU is being released in both the Radeon HD 3850 and HD 3870 cards targeting similar performance levels but lower prices. PC Perspective has tested both cards in games like Call of Duty 4, Unreal Tournament 3, Bioshock and several others and found that the lower priced HD 3850 is the real winner, performing nearly twice as good as similarly priced NVIDIA parts. The HD 3870 doesn't do quite as well but still turns out to be a reasonable GPU for the money that uses much less power than the previous AMD R600 cards."
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