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Submission + - No Boys Allowed in Apple, HUD-Backed Learn-to-Code Program for Low-Income Kids

theodp writes: In a press release Tuesday, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) announced it was teaming with Lifetime Partner Apple and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to engage 10,000 girls in learning computing concepts. "Currently, just 25 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science to count as a math or science graduation requirement," explained the press release. "Because boys get more informal opportunities for computing experience outside of school, this lack of formal computing education especially affects girls and many youth of color." HUD, the press release added, has joined the Commitment to Action to help extend the program’s reach in partnership with public housing authorities nationwide and provide computing access to the 485,000 girls residing in public housing. "In this Information Age, opportunity is just a click on a keyboard away. HUD is proud to partner with NCWIT to provide talented girls with the skills and experiences they need to reach new heights and to achieve their dreams in the 21st century global economy," said HUD Secretary Julian Castro, who coincidentally is eyed as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea is the Clinton Foundation's point-person on computer science. Last year, Chelsea Clinton gave a keynote speech at the NCWIT Summit and appeared with now-U.S. CTO Megan Smith to help launch Google's $50 million girls-only Made With Code initiative.
Space

Submission + - Every Black Hole Contains a New Universe (insidescience.org)

SciNye writes: A physicist presents a solution to present-day cosmic mysteries: Our universe may exist inside a black hole. This may sound strange, but it could actually be the best explanation of how the universe began, and what we observe today. It's a theory that has been explored over the past few decades by a small group of physicists including myself.
The Courts

Submission + - X-Rays show memory card still in digestive tract of accused hang glider. (www.cbc.ca)

dumuzi writes: A hang glider instructor in British Columbia is accused of obstructing justice during a police investigation of the death of one of his passengers. Lenami Godinez's boyfriend bought her a hang gliding experience for their anniversery. Immediatly after take off Godinez began to fall. She struggled to hold onto the pilot William Orders, who attemped to help her according to bystanders. Godinez was unable to hang on and fell to her death. A police investigation revealed the memory card from the camera attached to the hang glider was missing and Orders was arrested for obstruction of justice. Several recent X-Rays show the memory card is making its way through Orders digestive tract while he is being held in custody. The card likely contains video evidence which is expected to be intact once the memory card is recovered.

Submission + - How often do you clean your computer case? 1

StikyPad writes: 2+ times/week; Weekly; Monthly; Biennially; Yearly; Only when I install new components; What's this cleaning you speak of?; Just fin... oh wait, there's another spec of dust!

Submission + - Flaw In YouTube Takedown Process Exposed (hollywoodreporter.com)

BraveThumb writes: One independent rap group found it impossible to post their song on YouTube. When they tried to put up their video, they were informed that the copyright belonged to Universal Music, even though the rap group wasn't signed to any label. The Hollywood Reporter shares what happens and concludes by saying, "For an industry that's pursuing copyright reform, the portrayal of a copyright regime that works against young artists can't be a good thing."
Music

Submission + - Megaupload.com shut down, founder charged with pir (bgr.com) 2

zacharye writes: Federal prosecutors in Virginia have shut down notorious file-sharing site Megaupload.com and charged the service’s founder with violating piracy laws. The Associated Press broke the story on Thursday, reporting that the indictment accuses Megaupload.com’s owner with costing copyright holders including record labels and movie studios more than $500 million in lost revenue.
Security

Submission + - FBI: Megaupload.com shut down, workers jailed (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "The US Department of Justice today said it charged seven people and two corporations with running what it called an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works. The DoJ stated that through the company known as Megaupload.com and other related sites, the group has generated more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and cost copyright holders more than half a billion dollars."

Submission + - Megaupload down, FBI Charges Seven With Online Pir (justice.gov) 3

Syobon writes: WASHINGTON – Seven individuals and two corporations have been charged in the United States with running an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works, through Megaupload.com and other related sites, generating more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and causing more than half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners, the U.S. Justice Department and FBI announced today.
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun Unleashes 'Spectacular' & Powerful Eruptio (space.com) 1

Endoflow2010 writes: The sun unleashed a massive solar storm today (June 7) in a dazzling eruption that kicked up a vast cloud of magnetic plasma that appeared to rain back down over half of the sun's entire surface, NASA scientists say.

The solar storm hit its peak at about 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT), but the actual flare extended over a three-hour period, said C. Alex Young, a solar astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center who runs a website called The Sun Today, in a video describing the event.

"The sun produced a quite spectacular prominence eruption that had a solar flare and high-energy particles associated with it, but I've just never seen material released like this before," Young said. "It looks like somebody just kicked a giant clod of dirt into the air and then it fell back down." [Video: See the sun's June 7 solar flare and eruption]

Math

Submission + - Relatively Prime: A Mathematical Story Kickstarter (kickstarter.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Following in the footsteps of the super succesful mathematics Kickstarter project Punk Mathematics by Tom Henderson, Samuel Hansen, voice of the ACMEScience.com podcasts, has decided to crowdsource funding for his new podcast project: Relatively Prime. From the project description, "Relatively Prime will be an 8 episode audio podcast featuring stories from the world of mathematics... With each episode structured around topics such as: The Shape of Things, Risk, and Calculus Wars, Relatively Prime will illuminate each area by delving into the history, applications, and people that underlie the subject that is the foundation of all science."
The Media

Submission + - AP Files FOIA Request for Bin Laden Photos

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Atlantic reports that President Obama's decision to withhold the visual evidence of Osama bin Laden's death has created a fundamental disagreement between the White House and the Associated Press, one of the largest journalism organizations in the world, prompting the news organization to file a Freedom of Information request for the bin Laden photos. "This information is important for the historical record," says Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor at The Associated Press. "That's our view." AP's FOIA request includes a reminder of the president's campaign pledge and a plea to be more transparent than his predecessor. "The Obama White House 'pledged to be the most transparent government in U.S. history," writes the AP, "and to comply much more closely with the Freedom of Information Act than the Bush administration did.'"The AP isn't alone in wanting more insight on the specifics of the raid. When it eventually surfaced that bin Laden was not killed in a firefight, his wife wasn't used as a human shield, there was no live footage of the event and the "mansion" where he lived was only worth between $250,000 and $480,000, many became skeptical of the White House's narrative. Other organizations that have filed FOIAs include Politico, Fox News, Judicial Watch and Citizens United. Oreskes sympathizes with the president. "This is obviously one of his most difficult decisions and we understand that.""
Cloud

Submission + - Facebook Bans Mark Zuckerberg (zdnet.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Mark S. Zuckerberg is a bankruptcy attorney in Indianapolis. Unfortunately for him, he shares the first and last name of Facebook CEO Mark E. Zuckerger. This has resulted in his account being banned from the social network. The other Zuckerberg has had to explain to his friends that he didn’t unfriend them all: it’s merely Facebook that unfriended him. The lawyer said Facebook claimed “false identity” as their reason for deleting his account.

Submission + - BackTrack 5 Released! (backtrack-linux.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Backtrack 5 — the most advanced Linux Penetration testing Distribution has been released!
This new revision has been built from scratch, and boasts several major improvements over all their previous releases.
Based on Ubuntu Lucid LTS. Kernel 2.6.38, patched with all relevant wireless injection patches. Fully open source and GPL compliant. Head down to their downloads page to get your copy now!

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