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+ - Twitter finally drops the hammer->

Submitted by atsabig10fo
atsabig10fo (857922) writes "Twitter has finally released their hinted-at changes to their API, including limiting number of users for 3rd party clients, rate limiting, and restrictions on how tweets can be displayed and posted. Third party app developers are certainly going to be sweating these changes, and it puts the future of new development in question. Is it finally time to move on to an open alternative like app.net?"
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Medicine

+ - Birth control for men edges closer->

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ananyo
ananyo writes "Developing oral contraceptives for men has not gone as swiftly as researchers imagined in the early 1970s, who suggested at the time that a 'male pill' was not far off. But researchers now report a new way to make male mice temporarily infertile. Although the treatment is not ready for human use, the method avoids some of the pitfalls of earlier attempts.
The technique appears to have a much more specific action than previous methods: it impairs sperm production by blocking a protein called BRDT. This protein was singled out as a potential therapeutic target five years ago because it only occurs in the testes, where it is required for the division of sperm cells. If the approach proves safe in humans, it would be an improvement over hormone-based methods of male contraception, which are not completely effective and cause side effects such as mood swings, acne and a loss of libido (abstract).
On the downside, however, the compound "shrank the mice's testes"."

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Biotech

+ - US court sides with gene patents-> 2

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ananyo
ananyo writes "Gene patents have been upheld in a landmark case over two genes associated with hereditary forms of breast and ovarian cancer.
The lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, a diagnostic company, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, that holds patents on the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, has bounced from court to court since 2010. In a 2-1 decision today, a federal appeals court reaffirmed their latest decision that genes represent patent-eligible matter. As noted before on slashdot, the case will have major implications for cancer researchers, patients and drug makers."

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Science

+ - Birdsong Isn't Music After All-> 2

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Although humans have long attributed musical qualities to birdsong, cold, hard statistics show that's all an illusion. Out of the 243 comparisons researchers made between nightingale wrens' songs and musical scales, only six matched harmonic intervals. Despite the beauty of birdsong, when we call it music we’re projecting our own biases."
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NASA

+ - Scientists set bold plan for future exploration of the Sun->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Our understanding of space weather and the impact of space around Earth has greatly increased in the last 10 years and if the ambitious plan the National Research Council can be implemented, the next 10 years will generate tons more scientific insight. The National Research Council issued its second research recommendation report, "Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society," which represents 18 months of research by more than 85 solar and space physicists and space system engineers and lays out major scientific goals for solar exploration on the next 10 years."
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Science

+ - Computer Science at University of Florida being demolished->

Submitted by goodguynews
goodguynews (2618157) writes "The dean of college of engineering at University of Florida has decided to destroy the long standing Computer Science department.
In the pretext of budget cuts she is all set to put forward a proposal that will cut down all research from the department, fire most professors and staff and distribute the remaining faculty to either Industrial Engineering, Electrial engineering or Biomedical engineering. She confidently states in public that Databases belongs to Industrial Engineering, thereby making a mockery of herself and her position.
The Computer Science department is amongst most revenue generating department and attracts THE MOST international and american students.
Despite these facts the dean is misrepresenting the budget and vital figures and has given a less than a week's ultimatum before she finalizes this. Watch videos and for more info visit the website."

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Programming

+ - When proprietary computer code becomes law->

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Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace writes "In his Code is Law post, lambert strether discusses how banksters use proprietary code to apply mortgage payments to fees and interest first, even when that is against the mortgage contract. This creates a bias towards foreclosure and computer code supersedes legal code. It is a long post which goes into the details of how this comes about.

Proprietary information systems like Wells Fargo’s do not magically appear. These systems are not purchased in shrink-wrapped boxes. They are custom-coded and glued together with immense effort by people in cubes, and they cost money. Lots of money. They are also risky to develop. For these reasons, corporations establish formal processes for systems development, deployment, and maintenance of information systems. These processes are heavy-weight. “Agile” they will not be. Scrums will not figure largely in them. There are many methodologies for such processes, but there will be two common feature shared by all: They will be documented, each step of the process will be documented, and major documents — for example, accepting a requirements analysis or a decision to deploy — will be agreed and signed off on at the executive level. CYA is the order of the day. (And if none of that is true, so much the better.)

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+ - Anonymous: Which Side Are You On in the Hacker Class War->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With dramatically growing hacker and leaker activity paralleling the revolutionary upheavals around the world, we are increasingly hearing the rhetoric of "cyberwar" thrown around by governments attempting to maintain legitimacy and exercise more police-state powers.

We're experiencing the opening stages of the next Hacker Class War, and with many factions at play each operating with their own agenda and strategies, with more and more hackers breaking into shit for the rev or selling out to the military intelligence industrial complex, the question is asked "which side are you on"?"

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The Internet

+ - Apple under fire for backing off IPv6 support-> 1

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Apple Computer came under fire for back-pedaling on its support for IPv6, the next-generation Internet Protocol, at a gathering of experts held in Denver this week. Presenters at the North American IPv6 Summit expressed annoyance that the latest version of Apple's AirPort Utility, Version 6.0, is no longer compatible with IPv6. The previous Version, 5.6, offered IPv6 service by default. While home networking vendors like Cisco and D-Link are adding IPv6 across their product lines, Apple appears to be the only vendor that is removing this feature."
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