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Submission + - US lawmakers demand WikiLeaks be shutdown (

An anonymous reader writes: Cutting across party lines, US lawmakersexpressed their outrage at what they called "illegal" publication of classified American documents by WikiLeaks, and asked the Obama Administration to use all legal means to shut down this whistleblower website.

Submission + - IG: FBI's Sentinel program still off-track, over b (

GovTechGuy writes: The FBI's new system for managing case files is $100 million over budget and two years behind schedule, according to a new inspector general's report. Sentinel is the successor to the FBI's troubled Virtual Case File system, which was canceled in 2005 after the agency invested $170 million into its development. Lawmakers blasted the news, while an independent estimate by The Mitre Corp. predicted that completing Sentinel using the FBI's current approach would cost an additional $351 million and take six more years.

Submission + - Wikileaks Under Attack (

bilotrace writes: Wikileaks seems to be under attack! Someone in its tweeter posted,
"WikiLeaks communications infrastructure is currently under attack. Project BO move to coms channel S. Activate Reston5."
Did they just post some pass phrase?


Submission + - Digital Cloning & Social Networking as a Cylon (

An anonymous reader writes: Have you ever wished to once again be able to talk with a loved one who has died? Despite claims that our brain will never live in a matrix and that teams are trying to create purely evil AI, as of today you can be in two places at once and live forever. Somewhere between epically cool and downright creepy, you can create a digital clone that looks like you, talks like you, sounds like you and takes on your personality, so that future generations can find out all about you after your death. Intellitar, or intelligent avatar, could be you, a virtual assistant or a famous professor meant to interact, social network and live forever. Who knows what privacy rights AI might have or what laws might apply in case the avatar is hacked, turns evil, has an e-affair, or switches to a virtual life of crime. The potential to be in two places at once, and to virtually live forever, is both exciting and frightening. How did the Cylons get started?

Submission + - 68% of iPhone Apps Collect Unique Device ID (

An anonymous reader writes: It looks like iPhone users are not immune to the types of data leaks recently discovered on the Android platform. Researchers looked at the top free applications available from the App Store and discovered that "68% of these applications were transmitting UDIDs to servers under the application vendor’s control each time the application is launched." The iPhone's Unique Device ID, or UDID, cannot be changed, nor can it's transmission be disabled by the user. The full paper is here.

Google Releases New Image Format Called WebP 378

An anonymous reader writes "Google has released WebP, a lossy image format based on the image encoding used by VP8 (the video codec used in Google's WebM video format) to compress keyframes. According to the FAQ, WebP achieves an average 39% more compression than JPEG and JPEG 2000 while maintaining image quality. A gallery on the WebP homepage has a selection of images which compare the original JPEG image with the WebP encoded image shown as a PNG. There's no information available yet on which browsers will support the WebP image format, but I imagine it will be all the browsers which currently have native WebM support — Firefox, Chrome, and Opera." Independent analysis of WebP is available from a few different sources.

China To Tap Combustible Ice As New Energy Source 185

lilbridge writes "Huge reserves of "combustible ice" — frozen methane and water — have been discovered in the tundra of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in China. Estimates show that there is enough combustible ice to provide 90 years worth of energy for China. Burning the combustible ice may be a far better alternative than letting it just melt, releasing tons of methane into the air."

European Parliament Declaring War Against ACTA 307

An anonymous reader writes "The European Parliament is preparing to take on ACTA. A joint resolution (DOC) has been tabled by the major EP parties that threatens to go to court unless things change. The EP is calling for public access to negotiation texts and rules out further confidential negotiations. Moreover, the EP wants a ban on imposing a three-strikes model, assurances that ACTA will not result in personal searches at the border, and an ACTA impact assessment on fundamental rights and data protection."

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