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Intel

+ - Intel Facebook Page in Material Meltdown->

Submitted by Stoobalou
Stoobalou (1774024) writes "Activists protesting against mining activities in the Congo bombarded Intel's Facebook page yesterday demanding that the chip giant address the issue of 'conflict minerals'.

Things got so chaotic at one stage that Intel had to take the page down, but it's back now, with only the offensive comments removed.

The chip maker has been hit with a campaign designed to get it to support a congressional bill that seeks to restrict the importation of 'conflict minerals' from the Congo."

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Google

+ - Google Streetview cars tapped private WiFi traffic->

Submitted by bratgitarre
bratgitarre (862529) writes "Admit sustained criticism by European privacy advocates over its Streetview feature, Google has admitted (official announcement) its Streetview cars collected snippets of network traffic from open WiFi networks, contrary to a previous announcement. The search giant apparently noticed the privacy leak when responding to an audit request by Hamburg's privacy commissioner and promises deletion of the data."
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Image

Outsourcing Unit To Be Set Up In Indian Jail 249

Posted by samzenpus
from the you'll-love-the-benefits-package dept.
littlekorea writes "Indian outsourcing firm Radiant Info Systems has found yet another way to lower wages — hiring data entry clerks from a local prison. Some 200 inmates will be paid $2.20 a day to handle manual data entry tasks for Radiant's BPO deals in a pilot for the scheme. Radiant execs told the BBC that the deal will provide skills to inmates when they are released from prison. No doubt they would also be due for a pay raise." They're going to need to cut wages if they want to be competitive with the 100,000 US prisoners who work for 25 cents an hour.
Education

Exam Board Deletes C and PHP From CompSci A-Levels 663

Posted by samzenpus
from the who-needs-them dept.
VitaminB52 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."
Software

UK Court Finds Company Liable For Software Defects 205

Posted by samzenpus
from the lemon-law dept.
normsky writes "A software company's stipulation that it couldn't be held accountable for the poor performance of its software was unfair and could not be enforced, the High Court has said. 'Pursuant to the Sale of Goods Act 1979, a term is to be implied into the contract that Entirety would be fit for the purpose for which it was bought, namely that the system would increase revenue and occupancy levels and would allow quicker check-in and check-out, including accurately processing groups and making changes to group reservations while preserving the accuracy of the system. I am satisfied that Entirety was not fit for the purpose for which it was sold,' his Honor Judge Toulmin wrote."
The Courts

FBI To Prosecute "Money Mules" 215

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the sorry-about-that-nigeria-thing dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A top FBI official said today that the agency is planning a law enforcement sweep against so-called 'money mules,' individuals willingly or unwittingly roped into helping organized computer crooks launder money stolen through online banking fraud, writes Krebsonsecurity.com. The author says he has interviewed more than 150 money mules, and find most fit into one of two camps: the not-so-bright, and those who suspect something's not right, but do it anyway. From the story: 'I find most mules fit into the latter group, and you can usually tell because these individuals often will admit to having set up a new account for the job separate from where they keep their meager savings or checking. When pressed as to why they did this, if they're honest most will say they weren't sure about the whole arrangement and wanted to protect their investments just in case their employers turned out to be less-than-honest.'"
Medicine

Ultrasound As a Male Contraceptive 599

Posted by kdawson
from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong dept.
TeslaBoy writes "The BBC has an article about using ultrasound aimed at the testicles as a reversible male contraceptive. This can last for six months. With a grant of $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, researchers at the University of North Carolina will push ahead with more clinical trials, fine tuning, and safety tests."
The Internet

The Telcos' Secret Anti-Net Neutrality Strategy 457

Posted by kdawson
from the net-brutality dept.
NoMoreHelio writes "The political blog ThinkProgress lays out big telecom's plan to attack net neutality. The blog obtained a secret PowerPoint presentation from a telecommunications industry front group (PPT) that outlines the industry strategy for defending against regulatory attempts by the FCC. The industry plans to partner with two conservative 'astroturfing' groups, best known for their work seeding the Tea Party movement. Today's revelation from ThinkProgress comes as Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) joined various telecom-funded front groups to unveil an anti-net neutrality bill."
Linux Business

Mandriva Up For Sale 167

Posted by StoneLion
from the sic-transit-gloria-mandrake dept.
The French company that creates and sells the Mandriva Linux distribution is up for sale. The news about Mandriva SA originally surfaced on a French Mandriva portal, and was confirmed by one of the potential buyers. Mandriva the distribution is a merger of the former MandrakeLinux and Conectiva distros. Mandriva the company is no stranger to hard times, having sought bankruptcy protection in the past.
Television

TV Networks Don't Want DMCA Protection For YouTube 197

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the well-of-course-they-don't dept.
sburch79 writes "A brief filed in the Viacom v. Google case asserts that the DMCA Safe Harbor provisions were never meant to apply to sites like YouTube. It also goes on to say the if safe harbor were given to these sites, it would put too big a burden on networks to police their own material."

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