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The Almighty Buck

+ - Wikileaks donations account blacklisted-> 2

Submitted by Scrameustache
Scrameustache writes: The whistleblowing group WikiLeaks claims that it has had its funding blocked and that it is the victim of financial warfare by the US government.

Moneybookers, a British-registered internet payment company that collects WikiLeaks donations, emailed the organisation to say it had closed down its account because it had been put on an official US watchlist and on an Australian government blacklist.

The apparent blacklisting came a few days after the Pentagon publicly expressed its anger at WikiLeaks and its founder, Australian citizen Julian Assange, for obtaining thousands of classified military documents about the war in Afghanistan.

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Youtube

+ - The fashion industry as a model for IP reform

Submitted by Scrameustache
Scrameustache writes: In this TED talk (15 minutes), Johanna Blakley talks about a subject alien to most slashdotters, fashion, but in a way sure to grab our attention: How the fashion industry's lack of copyright protection can teach other industries about what copyright means to innovation, and yes, she mentions open source software. If you want to know more, or if you prefer text, the Ready To Share project's website should give you all the data you crave on the subject.
Biotech

+ - DNA differences observed between blood and organs->

Submitted by Scrameustache
Scrameustache writes: Researcher working on a rare type of aortic abnormality found that the DNA from diseased tissue did not match the DNA from the blood of the same patients on the same gene. So far it's unclear whether these differences in the blood and aortic tissue are the consequence of RNA editing, which changes the messenger RNA but not the gene, or DNA editing, which involves differences in the gene itself.
Based on the evidence so far, senior author Morris Schweitzer, an endocrinologist and lipidologist with McGill University, believes the differences his team detected resulted from developmental rather than somatic DNA alterations. Such a pattern may not hold true for all genes, he said, but there could be other genes that vary slightly between blood and other tissues.

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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Pythons DVD sales up by 23000% thanks to YouTube

Submitted by Scrameustache
Scrameustache writes: After uploading quality, indexed content and making it available for free on YouTube, Monty Python's DVDs climbed to No. 2 on Amazon's Movies & TV bestsellers list, with increased sales of 23,000 percent.

You can see the Pythons explain it in their own silly words: "We're letting you see absolutely everything for free. So there! But we want something in return. None of your driveling, mindless comments. Instead, we want you to click on the links, buy our movies & TV shows and soften our pain and disgust at being ripped off all these years."

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