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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 5 declined, 1 accepted (6 total, 16.67% accepted)

Privacy

Submission + - Europen Court Overturns UK DNA Database

gerbalblaste writes: The European Court of Human Rights has spoken with a strong and clear voice — retaining indefinitely the DNA and fingerprint records of unconvicted suspects is unlawful. The court said the UK was the only one of the 47 members of the Council of Europe to permit the "systematic and indefinite" retention of DNA samples and profiles from people who have been acquitted, though within the UK the arrangements apply only to suspects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Toys

Submission + - Coolest science toy ever (badscience.net)

gerbalblaste writes: Phun is without question the greatest computer toy in the history of the universe, if this had been around when I was a kid I would be a frickin genius by now. You don't need things any more.
Cellphones

Submission + - Verizon Wireless to open up network (marketwatch.com)

gerbalblaste writes: Verizon Wireless, the nation's No. 2 wireless-phone carrier, said Tuesday it will allow customers to use phones and software not sold by company starting at the end of 2008 so long as the devices and applications meet certain standards that make them compatible with its network.
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/verizon-wireless-open-up-network/story.aspx?guid=%7BE879FB44-3D42-48FD-8B6B-DD6FEADB4FBD%7D

Sounds like verizon feels google breathing down its neck.

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