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+ - Students use Twitter to storm presidency in Moldov->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Reacting the the alleged fraudulent election procedures, students are storming the presidency and parliament of the small eastern European country of Moldova. It is reported that they used Twitter to organize. Currently twitter and blogs are being used to spread word of what is happening since all national news websites have been blocked. If the 1989 Romanian revolution was the first to be televised, is this the first to be lead by twitter and social networks?"
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+ - First major overhaul of US patent law in 50 years->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "US lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that would mark the first major overhaul of U.S. patent law in more than 50 years. The legislation (PDF), introduced in the US Senate, is very similar to the Patent Reform Act of 2007, which died on the Senate floor last year. If passed, the 2009 version would change the way the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office works, bring U.S. patent law in line with global laws, and introduce so-called "reasonable royalty" provisions, which change the way damages are calculated and would reduce the likelihood of massive payouts for some patent holders."
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