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+ - World's Largest Remote Control Plane

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Matthew Sparkes
Matthew Sparkes writes "A passenger plane full of journalists was controlled from a fighter plane flying alongside. It was a demonstration of a system whereby fighter pilots will be able to control entire squadrons of uncrewed combat aircraft as well as their own plane. The pilot of a modified Tornado fighter plane assumed remote control of a BAC 1-11 airliner, and was also in control of three simulated Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles. The controlling software assigns an agent to look after each UCAV or UAV and automatically draws up flight based on simple inputs from the pilot such as attack or refuel."
Television

+ - BBC strikes YouTube deal

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An anonymous reader writes "BBC News reports on a deal it has struck with YouTube to show clips of BBC shows in exchange for a portion of ad revenue. Three special BBC channels will contain clips of popular Beeb shows like Doctor Who, as well as segments from archived shows and news videos. Of particular note is the attitude of the BBC director for Future Media and Technology with regards to the copyrighted material that already exists on YouTube: it won't be hunted down. "We don't want to be overzealous," he says. "A lot of the material on YouTube is good promotional content for us.""
Sun Microsystems

+ - Worm exploiting Solaris telnetd vulnerability

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MichaelSmith
MichaelSmith writes "Several news sites [ itwire zdnet itnews] are reporting that a worm is starting to exploit the Solaris Telnet 0-day vulnerability. From the itnews article: By adding simple text to the Telnet command, Ullrich explained that the system will skip asking for a user name and password. If the systems are installed out of the box, they automatically come Telnet-enabled."
Television

+ - Inventor of the TV remote dies

Submitted by QuietLagoon
QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Zenith Electronics Corporation said today that Engineer Robert Adler, who co-invented the TV remote control with fellow Engineer Eugene Polley, has passed on to the big sofa in the sky. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Adler and co-inventor Polley, another Zenith engineer, an Emmy in 1997 for the landmark invention."
Google

+ - Google acquires in-game advertising company

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Firmafest
Firmafest writes "According to Red Herring Google has bought an in-game advertising company called Adscape for $23 million. Is this the next logical step to delivering ads where there's sufficient potential buyers? Or is it simply a response to Microsoft acquiring a similar company. Considering the massive budget for product placement in movies, this could mean larger budgets for games resulting in better and/or cheaper games."

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