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+ - Ridley Scott to direct new Blade Runner movie->

Submitted by fwarren
fwarren (579763) writes "Alcon Entertainment, best known for the movie "The Blind Side" purchased the rights to Blade Runner earlier this year. The next order of business? Hire Ridley Scott.

Scott has signed on to make a new Blade Runner movie. At this point it is not known weather it will be a sequel or a prequel. With no script or writer at this point. I think it is safe to say that it will be roller coaster ride for the next few years."

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Portables

+ - Under $100 Laptops have finally arrived-> 1

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Roman Phalanx
Roman Phalanx writes "OLPC had promised that it would be possible to mass produce a sub $100 laptop. The folks at OLPC tried to realize that dream by re-imaging what a laptop looks like. How large of screen and keyboard it has. What OS runs on the laptop. Now that OLPC has decided to super size their systems to run Windows XP the $100 price point has slipped beyond their reach.

A Chinese firm has realized that dream. Taking the best from both the OLPC and EeePC. They ditched x86 compatibility and switched to a MIPS architecture to further reduce production costs. HiVision has managed to create a UMPC that sells right now for $120.00. They say they have refined the manufacturing process and have learned from building this laptop how to mass produce a laptop that will sell for $98.00. The new HiVision MiniNote is due out in October of 2008.

TechVideoBlog has footage of one of these Mini Notes being shown off at a trade show in Germany. They have managed to borrow a unit overnight for a while and have done a quick review on it. Overall it looks pretty good. MIPS based processor, WiFi, 1GB flash storage, it runs Linux, has 3 USB ports, Ethernet, SDHC card reader, audio in and out, , multi-tabbed Firefox browser support and Abiword for word processing. Running a custom Chinese Linux distrubution named Xip.

Overall performance seems snappy and no problems connecting to WiFi. Other than the lack of a webcam and the Adobe Flash Player it seems perfect. For $98 it looks like quite a value."

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Music

+ - Record Labels Don't Want To Answer P2P Questions

Submitted by fwarren
fwarren (579763) writes "The details here aren't entirely clear, but in one of the cases the RIAA is trying against someone for file sharing, lawyer Ray Beckerman (famous for defending plenty of people accused of file sharing) got the court to ask the record labels in the case to explain how employees at the labels actually used peer-to-peer file sharing apps in sending songs to radio stations. Beckerman is now complaining that the labels are refusing to answer,"

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