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IBM

Submission + - IBM Watson to battle patent trolls (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "IBM’s Watson is made of many parts: speech recognition, natural language processing, machine learning, and data mining. All of these factors were perfectly combined to beat Ken Jennings in Jeopardy, and now each of these components are slowly finding their way into other applications. Health plan company WellPoint, for example, is using Watson to investigate patient records to improve diagnosis, and in a self-referential, possibly universe-destroying twist, IBM itself is using Watson to help sell Watson (and other IBM products) to other companies. Now, using Watson’s data mining and natural language talents, IBM has created the Strategic IP Insight Platform, or SIIP, a tool that has already scanned millions of medical patents and journals for the sake of improving drug discovery — and in the future, it's easy to see how the same tool could be used to battle patent trolling, too."
Linux

Submission + - Linux 3.0 will have full Xen support (h-online.com)

LarsKurth writes: "Linux 3.0 will have everything necessary to run Xen as both as a management domain and as a Xen guest. This means that every single bit of support needed in Linux to work perfectly well with Xen is -in- the Linux mainline kernel tree. As Linux evolves, now, within that code base, the Linux/Xen portions will evolve at the same rate without separate patch trees and big chunks of code to carry along. This is great, as Linux will work with Xen out-of-the-box."
Games

Submission + - Kid kills mom after she takes his PlayStation away (tekgoblin.com) 2

tekgoblin writes: 16 year old Kendall Anderson got into some trouble and got his PlayStation taken away by his mother Rashida Anderson. After a 90 minute argument with his mother over the issue he proceeded to enter her room while she was sleeping and hit her over the head 20 times with a claw hammer.
IBM

Submission + - IBM's Watson surges to Jeopardy lead, retains tie (networkworld.com)

jbrodkin writes: IBM's Watson surged to a giant lead in the early minutes of the Jeopardy man-vs.-machine challenge, taking a $4,200 advantage into the first commercial break by dominating "Beatles People" and several other categories. But the massive supercomputer relinquished "his" lead and ended Day 1 of the three-day challenge in a tie at $5,000 with Jeopardy champion Brad Rutter. Ken Jennings finished the first day in third place at $2,000.

The first historic moment came when Watson buzzed in and said "What is shoe?" in response to a clue asking for a four-letter word describing both the iron fitting on a horse's hoof and a card-dealing box in a casino. That was Watson's first correct answer, with the computer started a major roll, taking $5,200 into the first commercial break, compared to $1,000 for Brad and $200 for Ken. But there were a few strange answers along the way. Alex Trebek called Watson "very bright, very fast, but he has some weird little moments once in a while."

Submission + - 4chan has been DDOSed

An anonymous reader writes: According to the 4chan status page all of the 4chan boards have been DDOSed and are down. How ironic.

Submission + - 4chan target of DoS attack! (4chan.org)

An anonymous reader writes: It seems that 4chan is being targeted by a DoS attack. Likely as revenge for the Opt Payback attacks that have been done by Anon.

Submission + - Google hack 'directed by Chinese politburo' (bbc.co.uk)

Gravis Zero writes: BBC has a well written article about this revelation.

One cable, released by whistle-blowing site Wikileaks, cites a "well-placed" contact as saying the action against Google was "100% political".

A politburo member is said to have been angered after Googling his name and finding critical comments online.

The cable says it is unclear whether China's top leaders were involved.

There is also a video for all you tl;dr people.

I think it's only fair to ask China, "why so serious?"

Submission + - Wikileaks took advice from media outlets (google.com) 1

formfeed writes: According to the AP (through Google News), Wikileaks isn't just sitting on the recent material so they can release it bit by bit to the press, as many people implied. On the contrary, it's quite the other way around: "only after considering advice from five news organizations with which it chose to share all of the material" are they releasing it themselves. These Newspapers "have been advising WikiLeaks on which documents to release publicly and what redactions to make to those documents"

AP questions whether Wikileaks will follow these redactions, but nevertheless seems quite impressed by this "extraordinary collaboration between some of the world's most respected media outlets and the WikiLeaks organization"

Sci-Fi

Browser-Based Deep Space Nine MMO Coming In 2011 153

A publisher based in Germany has announced Star Trek: Infinite Space, a browser MMO based on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The game will be free-to-play, and it's planned for sometime in 2011. "Gameforge also contracted Michael Okuda, who served as scenic art supervisor for every live-action Star Trek series except for the original program, as a consultant. His wife Denise Okuda, who was a video supervisor and scenic artist for several of the sci-fi series' films and shows, will serve as a consultant, too."
Google

Submission + - Google bringing HTML5 to Gmail (goodgearguide.com.au) 1

angry tapir writes: "In keeping with Google's enthusiasm for the emerging HTML5 standard, many upcoming features of the company's Gmail Web-based e-mail service will be rendered in HTML5. One feature that the Gmail design team is now working on is the ability to drag files from the desktop into the browser. Gmail will also make use of HTML5's database standards. Currently the e-mail service uses Google Gears to store mail for offline reading, but over time that will migrate to the HTML5 standards."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Valve localizes currencies the creative way (steampowered.com)

An anonymous reader writes: After Valve announced in a rather short news item that the products for European citizens will now be priced in local currency (Pounds Sterling for UK citizens, Euros for other EU citizens) some consternation broke out after customers found out that according to Valve 1 US dollar is equal to 1 Euro. With the current exchange rate and added taxes EU citizens now pay up to 70% more for the same game then US citizens, and the EU prices are now above the retail prices of the games
Windows

Submission + - Valve raises prices on Steam by 40% in Europe (steampowered.com) 1

dRaakje writes: Valve decided to list all game prices on Steam in Euro's in Europe (and pound sterling in the UK). Unfortunately, they chose an exchange rate of 1 dollar equals 1 euro, effectively raising prices by 40%. For example, Left 4 Dead was listed as 45 dollars, which comes to about 31 euro's. It now costs 45 euro's, or about 65 dollars.
Star Wars Prequels

LucasArts, Bioware Announce Star Wars MMO 346

LucasArts and Bioware held a press conference today to confirm what has been suspected for a long time: they're working on a Star Wars MMO. It will be called Star Wars: The Old Republic, and it will be a continuation of the Knights of the Old Republic franchise. Further coverage is available at Gamespot, and IGN has some of the concept art. An official website for the game was launched as well. "According to the game's official announcement, Star Wars: The Old Republic is set thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader, with the galaxy divided by war between the Empire and the Sith. That's about 300 years after the events of KotOR, a time frame that, according to Zeschuk, 'is completely unexplored in the lore.' Players can take the role of either a Jedi, a Sith or other classic Star Wars characters -- and, as perhaps can be expected from BioWare, Muzyka says story will be a major component, underlying and driving all of the player's actions."
Role Playing (Games)

Large Warhammer Patch In December, Two New Classes 55

Eurogamer reports on an announcement from Mythic CEO Mark Jacobs regarding the future of Warhammer Online. Jacobs said the first big content patch will be coming in December, and it will contain two new classes, the Black Guard and the Knight of the Blazing Sun. These are two of the four classes lost to the pre-launch content cuts. A number of other changes are on their way as well. "The Knight of the Blazing Sun is described as a tactical leader using Battlefield Commands, while the Black Guard is simply 'the embodiment of hatred and disdain.' The arrival of the two new careers will mean that every race in the game has a damage-taking tanking archetype. Of the originally planned careers, only the Dwarf Hammerer and Greenskin Choppa, both melee damage-dealers, will remain on the cutting room floor."
Robotics

Flower Robots For Your Home 119

Roland Piquepaille writes "Flower robots are not new, and some have already been developed in the US. Now, South Korean researchers have created a robotic plant which acts like real ones. This robot has humidifying, oxygen-producing, aroma-emitting, and kinetic functions. It is about 1.30 meters tall and 40 centimeters in diameter. The robotic plant can interact with people when they approach, and it can 'dance' when music is played. The researchers don't say when a commercial version of their flowers will come to the market. They also don't mention a retail price."

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