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Submission + - ThinkGeek in potential trademark violation (

Blackdognight writes: BoingBoing is reporting that the National Pork Board has filed a formal cease and desist order against ThinkGeek based on the phrasing of their recent April fools product "radiant Foarms Canned Unicorn Meat." Apparently ThinkGeek's use of the tag line "the new white meat." was a little too close to the Pork Board's "the other white meat" trademark. ThinkGeek's response is wonderful:

Submission + - Mars may have been 1/3 ocean? (

coondoggie writes: It’s possible that a huge ocean covered one-third of the surface of Mars some 3.5 billion years ago, a finding likely to reignite an old argument about that amount of water on the red planet, according to a new report. The study by the University of Colorado at Boulder is the first to integrate multiple data sets of river deltas, valley networks and topography from a cadre of NASA and European Space Agency orbiting missions of Mars dating back to 2001, the researchers claim.

Submission + - FTC Proposal Would Tax Slashdot (

FutureDomain writes: In an attempt to save the old media, the FTC is floating proposals to subsidize news sources and tax consumer electronics and news aggregators such as Slashdot. Among the proposals is a plan to "Allow news organizations to agree jointly on a mechanis to require news aggregators and others to pay for the use of online content, perhaps through the use of copyright licenses." Are news sites like Slashdot the next thing on the government hit list to be taxed?

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.