beckerist writes: "Scientists working on the Phoenix Mars Lander mission, which has already found ice on the planet, said preliminary analysis by the lander's instruments on a sample of soil scooped up by the spacecraft's robotic arm had shown it to be much more alkaline than expected. Sam Kounaves, the lead investigator for the wet chemistry laboratory on Phoenix, told journalists: "It is the type of soil you would probably have in your back yard, you know, alkaline. You might be able to grow asparagus in it really well.... It is very exciting for us.""
beckerist writes: "Recently someone close to me, who also happened to have a fairly large footprint on the Internet passed away. I know some of this individuals passwords and can access the majority of their online accounts. Technically I would be breaking into his account, but consider that those individuals he was social with might not even be aware of his passing. Is such a thing ethical?"
beckerist writes: "California-based computer software company Adobe Systems Incorporated has this week announced the beta launch of its Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) cross-operating system — which was, at one time, being developed under the codename of Apollo. Newly released AIR will allow developers to utilise such tools as HTML/CSS, Ajax, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Flex (also in beta) to "extend rich Internet applications (RIAs)" through to the desktop, further blurring the line between dedicated online and offline functionality."
beckerist writes: "Today, SONY attempted to strong-arm a well known and well respected gaming blog into posting only what SONY wants it to post. The blog involved retaliated by posting a rumor (that was clearly labeled as such) and SONY responded by breaking off all contact, invitations to events and demanding that their hardware be returned. Is Kotaku in the right for posting a rumor, even after asked not to by SONY? Is SONY impeding on free speech?"
A Florida judge has allowed the sale of Rockstar Games' new Bully game by dismissing a legal complaint against the company.
Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Ronald Friedman tossed out attorney Jack Thompson's complaint, which stated that the game violated the Sunshine State's nuisance law. The Florida law prohibits activities that can injure the health of the community. Friedman dismissed the suit Friday, just days before the video's North American release Tuesday.
It's good to know there are at least a few sane people left in the US judicial system!"
Murdoch, speaking in New York, said the company is trying to find a way to enter the Chinese market without running into political obstacles and the "heavy weather" that Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. have encountered.
Given the popularity of the site elsewhere, how could this ever be successfully moderated?"