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+ - DC Introduces First Transgender Character in Mainstream Comics->

Submitted by helix2301
helix2301 (1105613) writes "Once banned from the world of mainstream comic books by the infamous Comics Code Authority, LGBT characters now have a stronger presence in the world of superhero comics than ever before, with gay and lesbian heroes like Batwoman, Northstar and Green Lantern Alan Scott openly declaring who they are — and even getting married. Today, DC Comics told Wired that it will continue to expand the LGBT diversity of its superhero universe by introducing the first openly transgender character in a mainstream superhero comic."
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+ - Two Ham Radio Operators Scheduled to Head to ISS This Week->

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helix2301 (1105613) writes "NASA will televise the launch and docking of its next mission to the International Space Station (ISS) beginning at 3:30 PM EDT on Thursday, March 28 (1930 UTC). NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS, and Alexander Misurkin are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:43 PM EDT (2043 UTC). They will join Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/KC5RNJ, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, KE5HOC, and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko — already aboard the ISS — for Expedition 35. It will take Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin only six hours to reach the ISS. NASA will begin its live coverage of the docking at 8:30 PM (0030 UTC on Friday, March 29). The trio will dock at 9:32 PM (0132 UTC), and hatches are scheduled to open between the Soyuz and the ISS at 11:10 PM (0310 UTC)."
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Databases

+ - Bill Gates' $100 million database to track students->

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helix2301
helix2301 writes "Over the past 18 months, a massive $100 million public-school database spearheaded by the $36.4 billion-strong Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been in the making that freely shares student information with private companies. The system has been in operation for several months and already contains millions of K-12 students’ personal identification ranging from name, address, Social Security number, attendance, test scores, homework completion, career goals, learning disabilities, and even hobbies and attitudes about school. Claiming that the national database will enhance education, the main funder of the project, the Gates Foundation, entered the joint venture with the Carnegie Corporation of New York and school officials from a number of states."
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Security

+ - 'HOMELAND' TO SCAN EMAILS, MONITOR WEB TRAFFIC->

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helix2301
helix2301 writes "The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country's private, civilian-run infrastructure. As a result, more private sector employees than ever before, including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a precaution against cyber attacks."
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Security

+ - Hillary Clinton's 'hacked' Benghazi emails: FULL RELEASE->

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helix2301
helix2301 writes "On the back of widespread public interest RT has decided to publish in their entirety a series of memos which were allegedly sent from a one-time White House aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The emails, which were allegedly sent by former political adviser Sidney Blumenthal to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were forwarded to RT by a hacker using the alias “Guccifer.” Guccifer was credited with hacking the AOL email account of Blumenthal last week, though the authenticity of the emails has not been verified."
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Facebook

+ - Man to Visit 788 Facebook Friends in Person->

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helix2301
helix2301 writes "The 23-year-old Hartford Art School grad plans to travel to visit every single one of his original 788 Facebook friends in person and photograph them — not with an iPhone or a digital camera, but with an old-fashioned 8X10 camera. His project is called “Friend Request: Accepted.” Morin estimates that it will take about an hour to photograph each person. The other part is a documentary that captures the passion that Morin’s friends have for the things they love to do, whether it is sculpting, dance or body building. Morin will set off on a road trip at the end of April and hopes to photograph about 150 friends by the end of the year. Morin knows this project will take years it will be worth it if he reaches his goal of exhibiting the photo series in a New York gallery that can handle 788 pictures."
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Security

+ - Hacker Targets Clinton Confidant In New Attack->

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helix2301 writes "The hacker who has spent the past several months breaking into the e-mail accounts of family, friends, and political allies of the Bush family has crossed party lines and illegally accessed the AOL account of a former senior White House adviser to President Bill Clinton. The intrusion into Sidney Blumenthal’s e-mail account apparently occurred this week, days after the hacker--who uses the alias “Guccifer”--defaced Colin Powell’s Facebook page and breached the former Secretary of State’s AOL account."
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Music

+ - Spotify's Daniel Says "I don't worry about Apple, Google"->

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helix2301
helix2301 writes "As Google and others gear up to enter the streaming-music business, the Spotify founder says he's staying focused on bringing music to as many people as possible. Google is aiming to roll out two subscription music services this summer, and Apple is reportedly trying again to tackle the streaming business. But Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek says he's not concerned, because his company is laser-focused on music and music only."
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The Internet

+ - Marvel free comics promotion called off after Comixology overwhelmed by demand->

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helix2301
helix2301 writes "Over the weekend Marvel announced that it was offering free digital copies of over 700 of its first issues for a limited time — but the response was so overwhelming the company's digital distribution partner Comixology has had to call off the promotion. As a result, not only have customers been unable to take advantage of the Marvel promotion, but they haven't been able to buy other titles through Comixology either. CNET reports that several publishers haven't been able to sell any of the books through the app since the initial server crash occurred."
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Microsoft

+ - France pushes for controls on Skype calls->

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helix2301
helix2301 writes "French prosecutors have been asked to investigate Microsoft’s Skype because of its failure to register in the country as a telecoms operator, in the latest attempt by France to control the activities of global internet companies. Skype rejected the claims, saying: “We have engaged with Arcep in discussion over the last several months during which we shared our view that Skype is not a provider of electronic communications services under French law.”"
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Science

+ - DHS awards contract for utility plant at the Kansas biolab->

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helix2301
helix2301 writes "DHS has awarded a $40 million contract to build a utility plant at a $1.15 billion animal research lab in Kansas. The 87,000 square foot facility will replace an animal research lab on Plum Island in New York and will be used to research deadly animal diseases that affect livestock. Funding for the National Bio-Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) has been slow because of concerns raised about and continuous reviews of the size, scope, and risk of the lab."
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Security

+ - Tech Guru Warns Of Internet "Disaster"->

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helix2301
helix2301 writes "Speaking to Wired’s Michael V. Copeland at the TED 2013 conference currently taking place in Long Beach, Hillis argues that because so many interconnected systems are now reliant on the world wide web, “We’re setting ourselves up for disaster, like we did with the financial system.” Pointing to examples like the Stuxnet virus, US military data being routed through China, and the threat of a massive denial of service attack targeting the entire web, Hillis advocates building a second backbone that would kick in like a back-up generator “when the internet is in trouble.”"
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Android

+ - LG has no plans for Windows Phone 8 handsets->

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helix2301
helix2301 writes "LG’s reluctance to embrace Windows Phone 8 underscores the difficulties that the platform faces with both consumers and vendor partners. LG was one of the early partners that signed on with Microsoft, releasing the LG Quantum in the first wave of Windows Phone devices. Microsoft’s has a great relationship with Nokia, which is considered in the industry first among equals when it comes to Microsoft partners, has some vendors reassessing their own support for the operating system. Over the past year or so, LG has been focusing on Android and has started building phones running on Mozilla’s Firefox mobile OS."
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Facebook

+ - iPhone Instagram users vulnerable to hackers->

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helix2301
helix2301 writes "Facebook’s popular photo sharing app for iOS, Instagram has a vulnerability that could make your account susceptible to be compromised. A security researcher Carlos Reventlov published on Friday another attack on Facebook's Instagram photo-sharing service that could allow a hacker to seize control of a victim's account."
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Businesses

+ - $1 Billion Dollar Apple Stock Scheme->

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helix2301
helix2301 writes "A trader from New York has been charged in a scheme that involved the unauthorized purchase of about $1 billion of Apple stock that wound up costing his Connecticut-based employer $5 million, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. David Miller, while employed as an institutional sales trader for Rochdale Securities LLC in Stamford, executed a trade to buy 1.6 million shares of Apple Inc. stock in October on a day the company was scheduled to announce earnings, prosecutors said. The scheme was designed so Miller would profit if the stock price rose, but it declined, they said."
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