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+ - Alpha Centauri B has an Earth mass planet->

Submitted by VitaminB52
VitaminB52 (550802) writes "Astronomers have announced they have found a planet orbiting one of the stars making up the most famous star in the sky: Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to our own! Orbital period of the planet is 3.24 days, far too close to the star and therefore too hot to sustain any kind of life as we know it."
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+ - Exam board deletes C and PHP from CompSci A-levels->

Submitted by VitaminB52
VitaminB52 (550802) writes "A-level computer science students will no longer be taught C, C# or PHP from next year following a decision to withdraw the languages by the largest UK exam board.
Schools teaching the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance's (AQA) COMP1 syllabus have been asked to use one of its other approved languages — Java, Pascal/Delphi, Python 2.6, Python 3.1, Visual Basic 6 and VB.Net 2008. Pascal/Delphi is "highly recommended" by the exam board because it is stable and was designed to teach programming and problem solving."

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+ - EU fines Microsoft record $1.3B->

Submitted by VitaminB52
VitaminB52 (550802) writes "The European Union fined Microsoft a record $1.3 billion for charging rivals too much for software information. EU regulators said the company charged "unreasonable prices" until last October to software developers who wanted to make products compatible with the Windows desktop operating system. The fine is the largest ever for a single company and the first time the EU has penalized a business for failing to obey an antitrust order."
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