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Submission + - Apple Steps Up in Lodsys Lawsuits (

TwiztidK writes: Nine days after Lodsys sued seven little app developers in the Eastern District of Texas, Apple filed a motion to intervene in the proceedings.

If the court grants Apple's motion to participate as an intervenor, Apple has already submitted its answer to the complaint, and its counterclaim.

Lodsys can oppose Apple's motion to intervene. That may happen, but I believe Apple is fairly likely to be admitted as an intervenor.

Submission + - Geoneutrinos Could Help Predict Earthquakes (

astroengine writes: "Using underground 'telescopes' more commonly associated with detecting solar neutrinos, Italian scientists are proposing they use a network of global neutrino detectors, not to detect solar neutrinos, but to detect neutrinos generated by the Earth itself. Could these recently discovered 'geoneutrinos' generated by radioisotope decay in the Earth's crust be used to predict earthquakes? Possibly."

Submission + - SPAM: Researchers find mice cages alter brains

H111 writes: Researchers at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus have found the brains of mice used in laboratories worldwide can be profoundly affected by the type of cage they are kept in, a breakthrough that may require scientists to reevaluate the way they conduct future experiments.

Submission + - Ikaros Spacecraft Successfully Propelled in Space (

An anonymous reader writes: Japan's IKAROS spacecraft has already successfully deployed the first solar sail in space, but today it made the only first that really matters: it successfully captured the sun’s rays with its 3,000 square-foot sail and used the energy to speed its way through space. Each photon of light exerts 0.0002 pounds of pressure on the 3,000-square-foot sail, and the steady stream of solar exposure has succeeded in propelling the nearly 700-pound drone.

Submission + - The Creativity Crisis (

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining.

Like intelligence tests, Torrance’s test—a 90-minute series of discrete tasks, administered by a psychologist—has been taken by millions worldwide in 50 languages. Yet there is one crucial difference between IQ and CQ scores. With intelligence, there is a phenomenon called the Flynn effect—each generation, scores go up about 10 points. Enriched environments are making kids smarter. With creativity, a reverse trend has just been identified and is being reported for the first time here: American creativity scores are falling.

Kyung Hee Kim at the College of William & Mary discovered this in May, after analyzing almost 300,000 Torrance scores of children and adults. Kim found creativity scores had been steadily rising, just like IQ scores, until 1990. Since then, creativity scores have consistently inched downward. “It’s very clear, and the decrease is very significant,” Kim says. It is the scores of younger children in America—from kindergarten through sixth grade—for whom the decline is “most serious.”


Submission + - Apple’s iAd: What Developers Think ( 1

Nemilar writes: "It’s been about a week since Apple rolled out its new advertising platform, and developers of iPhone apps are watching the earliest returns to see how much money they can expect to make from these ads. One developer reported Thursday that he earned $1400 in one day for his flashlight app. The amount iAds pay is “a high number when you get it, but you don’t get it very often,” said Dave Yonamine, the director of marketing at MobilityWare. The article discusses revenue potential in relation to the only other mobile ads platform, AdMob for Android, and claims that iAd paid $148 for the same number of ads as $1 on AdMob. What's Apple up to?"

Hollywood Accounting — How Harry Potter Loses Money 447

An anonymous reader writes "Techdirt has the details on how it was possible for the last Harry Potter movie to lose $167 million while taking in nearly $1 billion in revenue. If you ever wanted to see 'Hollywood Accounting' in action, take a look. The article also notes two recent court decisions that may raise questions about Hollywood's ability to continue with these kinds of tricks. For example, the producers of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' now have to pay $270 million for its attempt to get around paying a partner through similar tricks."

Submission + - Pre-Fab Data Centres Shipped In Months (

judgecorp writes: Service provider Colt has launched pre-fabricated data centres. Order one, and it ships to your site — currently Northern Europe — within four months, with a (target) PUE efficiency score of 1.2. These aren't the well-known mobile data centres — temporary capacity in a shipping container — they are about 15 times the size, and for permanent use. What we want to know is, why do we need them, when they cloud is supposed to be replacing in-house IT?

Submission + - SPAM: Why CEOs Don't Owe Shareholders a Return on Market

yuhong writes: "HBR has an article on the problems of the quarterly earnings game based on meeting expectations set by Wall Street. It uses Cisco as an example and says that "Trying to raise expectations indefinitely is not only impossible, it's positively damaging." and that " The fact is, despite their belief to the contrary, neither boards nor management actually owe public shareholders an attractive return on the market value of the stock they purchased.""
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Submission + - Israeli court protects online identities (

ygslash writes: The Israeli Supreme Court refused to force an ISP to reveal the identity of an anonymous talkback poster, thereby preventing a libel suit for labeling an alternative medicine practitioner a "charlatan". In the 70 page decision (to be published online, in Hebrew, within 72 hours), the court weighed the rights of freedom of speech and confidentiality against the right to protect one's reputation, and discussed the procedural complexities of allowing civil suits against anonymous parties while protecting the rights of all involved. The majority opinion of the court was that legislation would be required to allow any legal action in this case. Business Ethics researcher Asher Meir commented: 'If talkbacks were strictly subject to the laws of libel, then people would give them more credence. [The majority opinion of the court] is correct from a judicial point of view, but if we are weighing legislation a basic question would be: How much credibility do we in fact want talkbacks to have?'

Solar-Powered Augmented Reality Contact Lenses 213

ByronScott writes "Want eyesight that could put your neighborhood cyborg to shame? Well, University of Washington professor Babak Amir Parviz and his students are working on solar-powered contact lenses embedded with hundreds of semitransparent LEDs, letting wearers experience augmented reality right through their eyes. If their research proves successful, the applications — from health monitoring to gameplay to just plain bionic sight — could be endless."

Submission + - Mass Produced Mini-Nukes? (

An anonymous reader writes: Marketplace aired an interesting article about the possibility of decentralized "mini nukes" being used to provide power for towns or small cities. Based on designs for nuclear submarines, these reactors could prove to be a more economical solution for allowing nuclear power to become for widespread. By using a modular, mass-produced design costs for nuclear power could fall dramatically. The main corporate website for the reactors can be found here: .

Submission + - Jet-Powered ATV (

derGoldstein writes: "PopSci photographer John Carnett stripped a Polaris RZR and rebuilt it with a mishmash of parts—and a powerful jet engine". The project took 10 months and $15,000. "Topping out at just over 60 mph, it isn’t much faster than a stock RZR, but the Whirl’s gas turbine reaches maximum power in seconds and stays at that level all the time, so it can get up to its top speed almost instantly even from a dead stop".

Submission + - A new tax on storing devices hits Italy ( 1

musuruan writes: A new tax is striking Italy. The government has approved a new law that tax every storing device including mobile phones to compensate for piracy. And it isn't very cheap. For example, an external hard disk bigger that 250Gb will cost you an additional 28.98 euro.The income will go to the Italian Publishers' and Editors' Society (SIAE). A tax on recordable CDs and DVDs was introduces some years ago. The only result was that the market for these recordable media collapsed because consumers shopped abroad, especially in Luxembourg, to buy them at much lower prices. I expect the same thing will happen this time. Original article is in Italian.

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