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+ - Moviegoing Is Alive And Well In The Modern Age-> 1

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sperlingreich
sperlingreich writes "News about the demise and death of movie theaters has been greatly exaggerated according to John Fithian, President of the National Association of Theater Owners. In fact, statistical trends for the last three decades show that movie attendance is actually on the rise. In a discussion that touches on everything from the price of tickets to digital cinema technology, Fithian reveals the truth behind today’s movie going experience."
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Sony

+ - Sony Axes Dash development website

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sony sent me and many other possible developers an email saying the developers site will be gone in March. From: Sony Electronics Subject: dash(TM) Developer Site Closure To:Anonymous Chicken Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 9:06 AM Dear dash(TM) developer, Thank you very much for your interest in the development of applications for the Sony dash(TM). Beginning February 29, 2012, the Sony dash(TM) developer website (http://dash.sonydeveloper.com/) will close and no longer support development of new applications. This closure includes the dash(TM) developer forum and dash(TM) developer support email address (dash-support@sonydeveloper.com) which will close on March 31, 2012. Sony dash(TM) applications will remain available. Thank you for your contributions and we encourage you to continue your development activity on Sony's other platforms available at SonyDeveloper.com. Again, thank you very much, Team dash(TM)"
Space

+ - Any Exoplanet Possible in a 'Compulsive' Universe-> 1

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astroengine
astroengine writes ""Exoplanet discoveries have shown us that if it isn't forbidden by the laws of thermodynamics and Newtonian physics, then it is compulsive," said Virginia Trimble of the University of California at Irvine during the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Texas, last week. It appears that if you can imagine it, without breaking any laws of physics, then any kind of alien world is possible. Does this go for alien life too? "We will ultimately reach that summit with the eventual discovery that life is a condition of the universe," hypothesizes Discovery News' Ray Villard. "In other words, that self-replicating matter is nature's favorite form of self-expression.""
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Google

+ - Microsoft can remotely delete Windows 8 apps-> 3

Submitted by tripleevenfall
tripleevenfall (1990004) writes "Microsoft will be able to throw a "kill switch" to disable or even remove an app from users' Windows 8 devices, the company revealed in documentation released earlier this week for its upcoming Windows Store.

"In cases where your security is at risk, or where we're required to do so for legal reasons, you may not be able to run apps or access content that you previously acquired or purchased a license for," said Microsoft in the Windows Store terms."If the Windows Store, an app, or any content is changed or discontinued, your data could be deleted or you may not be able to retrieve data you have stored," Microsoft said.

Both Apple and Google can flip such a switch for apps distributed by the iOS App Store and Android Market, respectively."

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+ - US Supreme Court upholds removal of works from Pub-> 2

Submitted by langelgjm
langelgjm (860756) writes "While much of the web is focused on the SOPA and PIPA blackout, supporters of the public domain today quietly lost a protracted struggle that began back in 2001.The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, rejected the argument that Congress did not have the power to convey copyright upon works that were already in the public domain. The suit was originally filed to challenge provisions that the U.S. adopted when signing the TRIPs agreement. Justices Breyer and Alito dissented, arguing that conveyed copyright on already existing works defied the logic of copyright law. Justice Kagan recused herself. The text of the opinions is available here (PDF)."
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